The GWA woodturners group meets the second Thursday of each month at Peachtree Woodworking 6684 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, Ga 30071.
Meetings are two hours beginning at 6:30 PM. Each meeting begins with five to fifteen minutes of announcements and show-and-tell. Then a demonstration takes the remaining time. Demonstrations are conducted by GWA members, local woodturners, Georgia woodturners, nationally and internationally known woodturners.
Our April turners meeting got a good turnout and everyone enjoyed one of the top meetings so far. Russell Eaton and Constant Laubscher demonstrated how to assemble one of the beautiful Lazerlinez kits. To see the process step by step made us all feel less apprehensive about trying one of these outstanding kits. Russell then turned the barrel between centers, very interesting and makes a lot of sense. I'll try one this way, but I must say every time I see a demo done with such ease and then I try it, weird things happen for me. The CA finish once again proves beautiful and enduring. The evening surprise was the Eagle pen given away to the LUCKY winner Harold Smith. A very great gift Russell and Constant and thanks for a super demo.
Butch Davis, Turning Chair., GWA
During this class, Mike Peace demonstrated how to turn a winged box. He discussed the design aspects of the project and discussed the feedback he had received from a turner in New Zealand. The evolution of Mike's design from the first box to the most recent box is very evident. Mike discussed the tools he uses and the types of cuts he makes. He also provided an excellent hand out for everyone to take home! He made it look easy - lets see if we get some Show and Tell results from this demonstration.
Our February Turners meeting was attended by thirty members, thanks for a good turnout. The subject was on how to create some of the "Features" used in a Segmented feature ring. I needed to start by showing how to determine the size of the pattern and it's surrounding background. Our example was diamonds by using a tablesaw. A number of members have DeltaCad so I briefly showed how it get the face length and height in a drawing. I next briefly showed Bill Kandler's "Segmented Project Planner". We had some fun with "LaminationPro" part of the WoodturnerPro software. My next talk was on Points, both vertical and horizontal showing the sled to create the vertical ones. I have patterns from all these from my past projects. I got lots of good questions which I enjoyed as is shows all were involved. The last item to show was the glue up and cutting to create an "IndianBlanket". I had hoped to make a Diamond and it's background using a disc sander but our time was up, perhaps a future time. Butch Davis
Steve Mellott presented our December meeting and it was a wonderful show. This was Steve's first turning demo, he was steady, practiced and produced a perfect Urchin Ornament. Although he appeared a little nervous it was still easy to see he was having a good time. Many thanks Steve.
All who were present enjoyed this fine show. I called upon our own members to step up and do a Demo, come on everyone we would like to have you show what we are teaching and that we make a difference. Please see me and I'll put you in a schedule. Butch
Clark McMullen, a professional turner from Acworth, demonstrated the procedure he follows when making bird house ornaments. He also answered multiple questions regarding the funeral urns he makes as well as production turning in general. A very interesting class!
October 14th, 2010
Mark Sillay once again was a big hit with our Turners. Mark created a Christmas tree from a Banksia Pod. This held everyone's interest from start to finish. I believe everyone seemed more quite because all wore masks but really, all watched intensely. There are several important steps throughout the project but the pictures in sequence should guide you through the process. This was Mark's second visit this year and he certainly is an excellent instructor. Thanks Mark for a great class. Butch Davis
For our September meeting we were happy to have Frank Bowers, one of the area's most popular instructor's. Frank demonstrated spiral texturing on a turned box. The time seemed to go by quickly, however Frank finished with five minutes to spare, which were used for questions. I'm sorry it seems I didn't get a picture of the finished box so you will have to trust me when I say it's impressive and looks difficult to do but Frank made it look easy. Thank you Frank, fine demo that all enjoyed. Butch Davis- Chairman GWA Turning S.I.G.
April 09, 2010
Mark Sillay doing what he enjoys most, teaching turning fascinated all who attended our meeting last evening. His enthusiasm catches everyone and he constantly asks questions throughout the evening, however without embarrassing anyone he follows with his own quick answer. Everyone always learns something from Mark's demos and we certainly did.
Mark started with a simulated top of an Urn type vessel showing how he turns it,finishes it with CA glue, Sharpie and Shoe polish. Very interesting. He then went on to make a "collar" to top the vessel and finished the evening with a finial that really shows what practice and his special grind tools can do.
Mark we all thank you and look forward to your "shop Tour" tomorrow Saturday April 10th.
Butch Davis - Chairman GWA turners.
March 11, 2010
Our own Jimmy Rocker presented "Bowls 101'. Jimmy started with an excellent safety review and had a crowbar for us to use if he had any lapses. He then went on to show his method of finishing. Beall buffing system followed by S.C. Johnson paste wax. Jimmy's bowls do look great, I have one to prove it. He demo'd Faceplate, Tenon and Mortice mounting. Using a Vicmark Chuck and the accessory Bowl rings was an interesting part of the Demo. Jimmy graciously donated a Bowl for a drawing and Ralph Thorne Sr. thanks you Jimmy. It takes time to put together a demo and we all appreciate Jimmy stepping up for this one. Fine job, we all thank you. Butch
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