Note that our second Hands-On-Workshop for the year is on the 3rd Saturday, one week earlier than our usual meeting day.  As noted above in blue our agreement with the school and due to the AAW insurance policy that covers our activities only current members of the AAW will be allowed to use the lathes.  We strongly suggest that all members of Channel Islands Woodturners join the AAW anyway for the many benefits including the excellent quarterly journal and the annual symposium.  Non-AAW members are encouraged to attend and learn by watching.  If you don’t have a lathe and are just considering whether to pursue this hobby, we will link you up with one of our mentors and you can practice in their shop.  Also see the mentor info on the officers page.

Remember to bring not only your safety gear but also wood to turn, sandpaper, superglue, your turning tools (sharpened) and any finishes that you might want to use.  The meeting will end at 1 pm with the last 20 minutes committed to cleaning up the shop (if you turn you clean!)  Also we will not be providing drinks, snacks or lunch so it is BYO.

Since your editor is taking a (hopefully) short medical leave, this is being written two weeks prior to the April meeting.  Thus a report on Joel Oksner’s demonstration of how he makes baby rattles won’t be posted until a later newsletter.

By the time of the May meeting a group of members will have had a chance to tune up the lathes and possibly assemble the second Woodcraft bowl lathe.  Also it is planned that member Tim Albers will be bringing another load of avocado wood.  This year we really need to make a better effort to make bowls for him as our way of saying thank you for the wood.

President Bruce Berger will be using the membership email list via our CIWoodturners Google group to keep you posted on updates between meetings.  If you are not a member and have questions contact one of the officers using the links on the officers page.