February, 2005

Meeting Information: Saturday, February 26, from 9 am to 4 pm

Bonnie Klein: Special Demo

“Small Scale Turning” or “Miniatures”

For reservations see below!

At Levi Mize Woodcraftsman’s Shop

162 Aviador Street #17+18, Camarillo, CA 93010

Aviador Street is N. of the Camarillo Airport and is reached from the Central Ave. exit off of US 101: go S. and turn left on Ventura Blvd. then right on Aviador St.  About halfway to the dead end, on the left is a long building.  His shop is the last two doors on the left on the S. side of the building.  Please park directly in front of or behind his shop or against the curb on the N. side of the building and not in front of other shops.

BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR OR SIT ON THE FLOOR

    Reservations for the February special demonstration are preferred.  The fee is $25 and includes lunch.  Contact program chair Joel Oksner to reserve your spot if you didn’t sign up at the January meeting.  Only the first 45 people can be accommodated and members have first preference.  Members have Joel’s phone number and email address, and others should contact us via editor@channelislandswoodturners.org. It helps us to have a idea of how many are attending so we can order sufficient food!

    Bonnie Klein is well known for her small scale turnings, teaching skills and demonstrating. She has been turning seriously for nearly 20 years, and has presented at many major woodturning symposiums.  She has studied with many of the best: Richard Raffan, Liam O’Neill, Vic Wood, Ray Key, Rudy Osolnik and Dale Nish. Bonnie served on the board of the American Association of Woodturners for six years, five of those years as vice-president and conference coordinator. She especially enjoys working with young people, getting them excited about woodturning.  Bonnie is also known for her Klein Lathe which she designed, manufactures and markets throughout the world. The Klein Lathe was the first serious mini-lathe on the market more than 15 years ago. Her small lathe started a new direction in woodturning which she has termed “small scale turning”.

President Al Geller presided over the January meeting with over 30 in attendance.  Joel Oksner presented the Program Schedule for next year and the club agreed that the October meeting would be on Sunday and feature Chris Stott.  We have three hands-on-sessions scheduled this year, including the one in January, five professional demonstrators/presenters, and four of our own members presenting topics.  This will again be an exciting year.

Four new members joined and we welcomed Angela, James, Lynda and Mark.  All are new to turning and as you will see in the photos below we got them started immediately.  Our paid membership is 35 as of the meeting and with at least 8 additional existing members likely to rejoin we will have reached an all time high of 43.  If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, send your check to our Treasurer Ron Lindsay (make it out to him not CIW).  A tentative roster has been sent to the members and a printed version will be available subsequent to the February meeting.  Please send any corrections to the editor.

Sam Turner will again coordinate our participation at the Ventura County Fair, with Herm, Seth, Rob, Jim, and Chuck agreeing to help with the reconstruction of our part of the booth we share with the woodcarvers.  The number of woodturning categories has been increased to 10 and more information will be available soon.  Our recommendation for categories is in the  November 2004 newsletter.

Member Tim Albers from Mission Produce delivered a truck load of freshly cut Fuerte avocado wood and we will again make 25-30 bowls for his company (See the April 2004Newsletter for photos from last year).  In return he will donate $500 to our club’s mentoring program.  Al Geller reported on the status of the mentor program at Cabrillo Middle School (see last month’s newsletter) and we agreed to go ahead and purchase bowl gouges for the school in addition to the sharpening jigs.  Our education training grant application to the AAW  is still pending and would further enhance our ability to help the school program.

Check out the Resources Page for new information about the February 2006 Desert Woodturning Roundup sponsored by the Arizona Woodturners Association and Fred Holders’ article Measuring Wall Thickness with a Laser Pointer.

New members James and Mark, President Al Geller, and Herm Ross

New members James and Mark, President Al Geller, and Herm Ross

Items on the Show-N-Tell table

Items on the Show-N-Tell table

Vice-President Martha showing her work.

Vice-President Martha showing her work.

Sam teaching James

Sam teaching James

Al teaching Mark

Al teaching Mark

Jim putting a large avocado log on a small lathe

Jim putting a large avocado log on a small lathe

Jim preparing the endgrain blank

Jim preparing the endgrain blank

Jim helping Barbara shape the outside of the vessel

Jim helping Barbara shape the outside of the vessel

David discussing safety with Angela and Lynda before starting natural edge bowl from half-log

David discussing safety with Angela and Lynda before starting natural edge bowl from half-log

Showing Angela, Lynda, and Martha roughing out technique

Showing Angela, Lynda, and Martha roughing out technique

Matha continuing initial roughing out of outside for NE bowl - Iron Bark Eucalyptus

Matha continuing initial roughing out of outside for NE bowl – Iron Bark Eucalyptus

Martha has the outside almost finished

Martha has the outside almost finished

Lynda's 1st time on the lathe practicing with the bowl gouge

Lynda’s 1st time on the lathe practicing with the bowl gouge

Angela's 1st time on the lathe with the bowl gouge

Angela’s 1st time on the lathe with the bowl gouge

Matha making tenon in preparation for reversing the bowl

Matha making tenon in preparation for reversing the bowl

David using swept back bowl gouge to take final shear cut on outside of Natural Edge Bowl

David using swept back bowl gouge to take final shear cut on outside of Natural Edge Bowl

Martha and David discussing approach to hollowing inside of bowl

Martha and David discussing approach to hollowing inside of bowl

Completed rough turned bowl

Completed rough turned bowl

Doug cooking lunch

Doug cooking lunch

Time to chow down before the afternoon session continues

Time to chow down before the afternoon session continues