Finger Lakes Woodturners January 2017 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular January club meeting on Thursday Jan 19th. Mike Brawley is our featured demonstrator to begin the new calendar year, and Mike will be talking about and showing us “Fair Curves And Fine Detail – Thoughts On Refining The Design Of Turned Objects” The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work, followed by a short business meeting which will commence at 6:30pm.

The topics that Mike will be discussing include:

    What is good design?
    How to study turned objects?
    How to develop a design.
    How to get from a wooden blank to the finished piece you want.

Good design is as important as good tool control, and it can be learned in much the same way.

Look, Listen, Practice.

There will be a few drawing exercises, so everyone should bring a pencil and perhaps an eraser. Paper will be provided.

Finger Lakes Woodturners December 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular December club meeting on Thursday Dec 15th. For December we are continuing our practice of having a holiday theme “Round Robin” session, with four different demonstration stations, and a delightful selection of snacks provided by our members. It promises to be a great gathering, with some interesting turning opportunities, and we encourage participants to turn at least one top to contribute to our Tops for Children program at one of the stations. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A fairly short business meeting will commence at 6:30pm. Following the business meeting we will have the round robin sessions.

Gary Russell will be turning finials. Jim Echter will be showing several kinds of spindle turned items and his belt sander sharpening system. David Gould will have two lathes available for members to turn a top, and he will help anybody who has not turned a top. Terry Lund will have the club grinder set up to answer questions about sharpening, and members should bring in their tools to be sharpened along with any questions.

We will also have our annual Holiday Party sharing drinks and treats. Don’t miss the opportunity to come out and learn some new things to turn and share some Holiday spirit with all of your turning pals…we hope to see everyone at the meeting!

The club will supply cider and the necessary supplies. Members are asked to bring a snack or treat to share with others.

Finger Lakes Woodturners Host Mark Sillay

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular November club meeting on Friday, November 18th, instead of the usual 3rd Thursday meeting date. For November we are hosting our first national turner of the season, Mark Sillay.The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting, which includes the elections for Vice President and Treasurer roles, will commence at 6:30pm. Following the business meeting we will have Mark’s demo.

Friday evening Mark will cover the following items:

WOOD SLICING: How to apply slicing tool techniques to form cleanly sliced beads, coves, flats,
discs and points so that little or no sanding required. Demonstration on pine 2 x 4 material.
Review of basic safety rules, the east west rule, proper tool entry to prevent screw backs,tool
tilts, arcing, use of body and hip motions, etc.

CONVEX GRIND: How to grind a spindle gouge with a parabolic shape and a convex bevel
profile using a wolverine jig and freehand spark trail drawing.

FINAL CUTS WITH NO TEAR OUT:
Side grain bowl cuts inside and out – a demonstration of tool application and grinds.
End grain bowl cuts inside and out – a demonstration of tool application and grinds.
(I use tools and grinds that work for me not always the traditional). I will demonstrate how to
make these grinds.

If there is time, he will also cover the following:

TOOTHPICK TECHNOLOGY: Tenonless joinery for your ornaments and other art. I will
demonstrate how you can make universal finials that can be interchanged on solid, hollow and
irregularly surfaced objects.This is easy fun and you will never have to measure tenons to fit
again.

All of the events with Mark Sillay will be held at the regular FLWT meeting location at the Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning facility.

You can register for the Saturday demonstration, which runs from 9am to about 3:30pm, at a cost of $35. or the Sunday hands on workshop, which runs from 8:30am to about 4pm, at a cost of $65. at the Register for Events link. You can sign up for lunch from Subway for $10 when you arrive for either Saturday or Sunday events, or bring your own lunch.

More information is available about the Saturday Demonstration and the Sunday Workshop

Finger Lakes Woodturners October 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular October club meeting on Thursday, October 20th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

This month we will feature FLWT Members Don DeBolt and Jeffrey Cheramie, and the topic of their presentation is – Windsor Chair Making on the Lathe

Don a Jeff will share general information on building Windsor Chairs and they will detail what sis required to lay out and turning parts for for the chairs on the lathe.  This is a demonstration that we have been waiting for and it give us the opportunity to see how turning is applied to a classic piece of furniture.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see all of your woodturning friends and to learn  some very applicable turning and furniture-related skills…we hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Finger Lakes Woodturners September 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold the first meeting of the 2016-2017 year on Thursday, Sept 15th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

At the September meeting, Dave Gilbert will be demonstrating how to make a vacuum hub for a lathe. The hub is what goes between the spindle and the turned object. A variety of sizes can be readily made with minimal cost. He will demo using PVC decking and PVC plumbing adapters from Lowes or Home Depot.

Once he makes a hub he will show some of the things that he can do with it in terms of turning bowls as well using them to help sand and finish spindles.