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Upcoming Meetings

Monday September 13, 7 pm
In person at Bridges Church
Program: Kalia Kliban - milk paint demonstration
Meeting flyer

Wednesday October 20, 7 pm
In person Show & Tell and President's challenge
Note: Monthly meetings at Bridges Church
The third Wednesday of each month -
new schedule

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Tuesday August 10 2021 - In person picnic at Cuesta Park


See what we showed at the BBQ.

President's Letter - Tom Gaston


I hope all is well and you are getting time on the lathe or other pursuits in your workshop. We had a wonderful summer BBQ with Silicon Valley Woodturners. We were able to share face time, stories, good food, and got to see some turned objects. Thank you all who contributed food and drink, especially Curtis Vose, grill master. As good as the zoom meetings have been, the BBQ showed how much better the in-person events are. Woodturning is more than a visual art. Being able to pick up a piece, see the intricacies of grain and chatoyance, true color, smell, shape, and heft gives much more of the woodturning's allure. And being able to talk with the maker to ask about particular techniques and finish is much more rewarding.

With that in mind, we will be resuming our in-person meetings starting September 13th, 7 to 9PM, at Bridges Church, 625 Magdalena, Los Altos. We will be on the second floor of the large building on the left. The meeting space has two doors and several windows that we can prop open to increase ventilation. Participants are asked to wear masks and be vaccinated. We plan to have a demonstration by Kalia Kliban on milk paint use and application on woodturning. We will send out another announcement the week before the meeting in case we need to postpone or switch topics. For this meeting we will have a short business meeting followed by the demonstration. The show and tell will be after the demo, time permitting.

Starting October, the monthly meetings will be the third Wednesday of the month at Bridges Church. This increases the interval between WBW and SVW meetings.

As October/November is the time for board elections, nominations are now being accepted for president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.


"As the Wood Turns" When is it time to quit? - by Dave Vannier

I had this beautiful piece of figured mulberry. Just the right size to make a 14” x 6” bowl. I turned the outside shape, and ran into a small internal crack. Mulberry occasionally suffers from cell collapse like pepper wood. But this seemed small, and didn’t look to deep. A 13” bowl would still be really nice, especially with all of the curl that I was looking at. So, let’s just turn a little more off.

Opps, the void got bigger and deeper. But it is so nice, I just can’t throw it away, so let’s change the design, maybe more of a cake stand kind of piece. Turn some more. Ugh, it’s not going to stop. Ok, a plate, will still get something out of it.

More turning. Ok, the void turned up, and there isn’t even a plate there. Maybe a vase.

Turn some more, it’s hopeless. I chased a crack again.

All of us either do it or have done it. Some have learned the old adage of not throwing good money after bad. Wood turning is the same. We can spend more time trying to salvage something, cause we put to much time into it at this point. But bottom line, it seldom pays off. In this case, I wasted tool steel, time turning, and then the time spent cleaning up. Some of us are slow learners. But, I’ll bet I do it again. So maybe I just don’t learn.


Considering Color

Because our next demo (Milk paint) will be about coloring wood, the following newsletter from the AAW would be a good primer for the subject.
"Considering Color."
"From the AAW Toolbox"


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.