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.  Whether or not they plan to turn at this meeting, we strongly suggest that all members of Channel Islands Woodturners join the AAW for the many benefits including the excellent quarterly journal and the annual symposium.  Non-AAW members are encouraged to attend the Hands-On and learn by watching.  If you don’t have a lathe and are 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 your safety gear and 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.

At the regular meeting of the Channel Islands Woodturners on Saturday November 22, officers were proposed and balloted upon.  We have a new president Steve Leblanc and vice president Bob Fahrnbruch.  The other previous year’s officers all agreed to continue for another term as noted on the Officers page. There was a reminder that dues of $25.00 are due to the treasurer, Ron Lindsay, by the end of the year, the sooner the better.  AAW dues of $45.00 are also due in January.  Remember that you can’t turn at a Hands-On day or at our booth at the VC Fair without being an AAW member.


The meeting included mini demos by Bruce Berger, Warren Brown, David Frank, Sam Turner, and Dave Staeheli.  Bill Boettcher, the owner/manager of the Woodcraft store in Ventura talked about his new venture and opportunities for relationships with our club.

The big holiday bash at Al and Lynn Geller’s home on December 6 was well attended and enjoyed by all.  Gifts were exchanged, other turned objects from previous demos and some tools donated by Paulo Marin were raffled.  As usual, the pot luck dinner was great.

There was a delay in posting the July 20 demo with Eli Avisera, the Aug 23 demo with Steve Dunn, and the Mini Demos on 22 November.  These will eventually be posted.  No newsletter was posted in December when we don’t hold a regular meeting.

The  2009 Schedule  for meetings is still being developed, but the preliminary information available now is posted.