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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday October 20, 7 pm
In person at Bridges Church
President's challenge:
     A painted turning (prefer milk paint)
Expanded Show & Tell
Nomination of officers (President and Vice-president)

Please note our new meeting schedule
The third Wednesday of each month

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Monday September 13
Milk paint demonstration by Kalia Kliban
In person monthly meeting


Kalia Kliban is a woodturner/artist who uses milk paint extensively to embellish her turnings. Milk paint provides a hard durable surface but should be topped with a clear finish.
Kalia showed images of finished products indicating the pleasant look that milk paint provides.
She mixed a smal batch from powder, then applied to a surface. She showed how interesting effects can be produced with textured surfaces. She showed examples of some of the products she uses.

milk paint

See images from the demonstration
Milk paint demo handout

President's Letter - Tom Gaston

Greetings Woodturners.

I am looking forward to our next in-person meeting, October 20, 7PM at Bridges Church in Los Altos. The program will be an expanded Show and Tell. I ask all (beginner to more advanced) to bring in at least 1-2 (or more) items made in the last 18 months. These will be displayed on tables around the perimeter of the room. I would like to see 50-100 turnings of all types, techniques, embellished or plain …..

The meeting will consist of a brief business portion, board election discussion, followed by a 20-25 minute break. During the break all are free to roam around the room to closer examine the items displayed and socialize. This will then be followed by the President’s challenge: turning finished with paint preferably milk paint. Next, the Show and Tell will start. Each participant can talk about 1-2 their turnings before moving on to the next member. If some people do not want to talk about their turning(s), there is no requirement to do so. Once we have gone through the list of members wanting tell about their turnings, a second round of tells could occur, time permitting. We would like everyone to get a chance to talk if they want to.

For this meeting we ask that participants be vaccinated, and wear a mask while inside the building. There will be no coffee or snacks served. The meeting room is spacious, with good ventilation, and we will have the doors and windows opened.

Thomas Gaston

"As the Wood Turns" How long does it take? - by Dave Vannier

When I first started turning, the thing I enjoyed the most was the ability to do a project in one day. Furniture takes weeks if not months to complete, while turning a green wood bowl can be done all in one day! Then I decided I wanted bowls that weren’t oval, so I started doing twice (sometimes three time) turning. Green wood in, rough bowls out and then to dry 6 to 12 months. More green wood, more rough out, but no finished bowls! So the pile grew. Eventually, I had a stash of dry rough out, and finished a bowl in a day.

When you start embellishments or segmentation, the time grows again. One thing I’ve gotten with our long shutdown is a feeling that I can take on projects that will take time. So, about all I’ve been doing is embellishments. Some have taken a month or more to finish. Others only adding a few days.

My last piece is titled “Tina’s fishbowl”. One of our new members, Tina, gave me a thin turned calabash that she made in one of her latest Craft Supply classes. Nice and thin. So, I’ll call it a collaborative. I had several different ideas, but after sketching them, I settled on what you will see at the meeting. I won’t spoil the tension with a real picture, just the mental image that I hope you are thinking of! To see it in person, you will just have to come to the club meeting on the 20th. I’ll plan to show several of my embellishment pieces, but not spend time on the tell unless you want me to bore you. I hope you will share your projects from the shutdown!

Seriously, we’ve all grown tired of the lockup and hope we get this virus under control It has been challenging to deal with mentally. I’ve lost 3 family members to Covid, so while I joke about it, I know it is serious, it’s just my way of dealing with life. I hope you’ve stayed well and can cherish and celebrate life. I want to thank those that have reached out to me. While I may not have made it obvious, it was appreciated. Some of the calls came at times I was pretty low. I apologize if I’ve offended anyone, just hope we can all recognize that each of us must deal with adversity differently. See you at the meeting!


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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