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Upcoming Meetings

All meetings listed below will be virtual meetings.
They will be Zoom meetings co-hosted by
West Bay Woodturners & Silicon Valley Woodturners

Wednesday May 5, 7 pm
Show and Tell
President's Challenge: Tops / Cup & ball / Yo-yo

Monday May 10, 7 pm
Program: Tod Raines of the Woodturning Tool Store
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Wednesday May19, 7 pm
Sawdust session

Wednesday June 2, 7 pm
Program: Walking Bowls by Rebecca DeGroot
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Monday July 12, 7 pm
Program: Hinged Box by Claude Godcharles
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Wednesday August 4, 7 pm
Program: Kalia Kliban - milk paint demonstration
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Tuesday August 10
In person picnic at Cuesta Park

Check your email for Zoom log-on instructions.


April 2021 Meetings

All meetings were virtual via Zoom
hosted by Bob Bley, Greg Peck and Mike Lanahan

Wednesday, April 7 2021
Program: GluBoost by Mark Dreyer


Mark is a master of embellishment. Starting with a bowl blank, he created in just two hours a piece of art worth $525.
It auctioned for that. He showed us a combination of turning, texturing and painting to create a work of art.

Photos of Mark's April 7 presentation


Monday April 12 2021 - Show & Tell

Photos of the show & tell

Wednesday April 21 2021 - Sawdust Session

Photos of the sawdust session.

President's Letter - Tom Gaston


Hope all is well in your world and you are enjoying our beautiful spring. This is a good season for woodturning as our shops are warmer and days longer. Doors and windows can be left open for fresh air and less dust. I know some turners even roll their lathes outside.

With the abatement of the covid crisis and loosening restrictions, we have decided to have our first in person meeting in over a year be a picnic. We have scheduled it for August 10 at La Cuesta Park in Mountain View. This will be a joint venture with Silicon Valley Woodturners. There will be burgers, buns, condiments, and water to be provided by the clubs, potluck side dishes to be brought by attendees, and BYOB for beer or wine for those who would like an adult beverage. In addition to food, drink, and camaraderie, we would like to have a show and tell of one or two turnings made during the covid quarantine. Further details and sign up sheets will be forthcoming .

Until August, we will continue with the zoom format for our meetings. Starting September, we hope to return to in person meetings, pending on CDC, state, and county guidance.

Elsewhere in the newsletter there is information about the Pens for the Troops. Jerry Galli is coordinating this for both SVW and WBW. Lets try and help provide pens if you are so inclined.

Have a good spring and happy turning.

Pay Your Dues

It's been a hard year in a number of ways. But one more subtle way is the problem of paying and collecting dues. We don't have the monthly reminder of Jon Bisop, our treasurer, sitting at his 'dues table' as we walk in the door. So...what can we do? I'll tell you what we can do. We can go to the website, click on the tab "Club" and click on 'Pay my dues' and complete the form. Or if that is too difficult, click here.

"As the Wood Turns" Mentoring & Teaching - by Dave Vannier

Another month of shutdown, but a little more light at the end of the tunnel, I hope.

I’ve been doing a little one on one training with an old friend, a potential new member. His lathe should finally be delivered in the next few weeks. It’s been fun watching his progress. The hardest part for me as a teacher is remembering to say things that I’ve done for so many years and don’t even think about them.

For instance, we really are dancers when we work on the lathe, keeping our feet in one place shifting weight, not moving our feet. As I go through this, I have remembered how hard it was for me to learn to spread my feet and prepare the body to start and end the cut in one spot. Another good practice is to keep the tool on the hip or side, not letting the butt of the handle rest in front of the body. Many of us have learned the hard way why you don’t do this, including me. It has been hard to explain why I have so many different grinds on my bowl gouges. Some clearly are just because. But others like the bottom feeder have important reasons.

I think I need to apply for a royalty fee, thinking of all the tools I’m pushing. Maybe that is how I could make money!


Pens for Troops

Following is a letter from Jerry Galli kicking off the Pens for Troops program:

For SVW & WBW Club Members

"I am planning to kick off the 2021 TURN FOR THE TROOPS activity following the April meeting. If you are willing to participate, PLEASE, send me an email indicating how many pens you will be willing to turn. I currently have 400 pen kits to send out to anyone who is ready to participate. I have committed to 1,000 pens this year for our service men & woman. I will also supply the pen blanks so there will be NO or very little out of pocket cost to our members only time to turn them.

"If every member would turn only 10 pens, we could EASILY exceed last year`s effort by a significant margin. Last Years number was 435 pens.

"I don't want to see only a few members carry the load - - it should be A TEAM EFFORT!! Remember, the old Chinese proverb: 'Many hands make light work!!' I am looking forward to this year's effort. I Will help anyone how needs it either by holding on hands workshop when possible following Covid 19 guide lines or u-tube video.

"Jerry M. Galli. Email Address tiretycoon@sbcglobal.net ,
Phone # 650-369-4925 Cell # 1-650-740-1560

"My Goal is to contact AAW and to send them our newsletter with photos and a brief description of you work or and clubs so they can insert it into their newsletter for recognition of our two clubs."

Also see this on the SVW website.

2021 WBW board members and committee chairs

President: Tom Gaston
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Jon Bishop
Secretary:  Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: Claude Godcharles
Meeting Program Coordinator: TBD
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Dennis Lillis
CA Glue:  Tom Kenyon
Craft Supply:  William Akey
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Kelly Smith
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website & Newsletter:  Tom Haines


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Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.