Per 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 national AAW for the many benefits including the excellent 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 last 20 minutes committed to cleaning up the shop (if you turn you clean!).

At the regular meeting of the Channel Islands Woodturners on Saturday May 22, Ron Lindsay demonstrated Reverse Turning Squares and Diamonds as well as Therming.  There was also an extensive Show and Tell session, and a raffle was held.  For pictures of the meeting and techniques relating to the demo (many that were not  shown at the demo) click here.  Here is a set of references pertinent to the demo topics:

American Woodturner, April 2010, “Beyond Round – Therming”, Art Liestman

American Woodturner, Winter 2001, “Christmas Ornaments”, Dean Andrus

American Woodturner, February 2010, “Turning Diamonds”, Peter Exton

American Woodturner, September 1991, “Turn Your Christmas Inside Out”, Michael Kehs

Steve Langton CD, <freeproj8.pdf>, “Project 8: Turn an Inside Out Vase”, Ellis Hein

(Back issues of the AAW Journal, American Woodturner, are available to members of AAW at:, Members Area, Online Journals.)


New members – Phil Gershwin, Ernie Rascon and Phil Stivers

President’s Corner – Steve Leblanc

Hands-On Session

Our Hands-On session is geared toward beginner/intermediate turners looking for some hands-on mentoring with our more experienced turners.  If you would like to turn at our 26 June meeting at Cabrillo Middle School, give me a call at 526-3840, or send me an email at to reserve some time on a lathe.  We can bring in extra mini lathes if there is a large demand for work stations.

Show & Tell

We will have a Show and Tell at the 26 June meeting, so bring your latest projects.

Ventura County Fair

Gary Toro and John Ascheman have volunteered to spearhead the Club’s participation at the Ventura County Fair.  Please be prepared to sign up (starting at the 26 June meeting) for particular time slots to demonstrate woodturning in our booth on the club mini lathe.

There are now twelve “Classes” for judged entries in Division 348, Woodturning (see p. 47 in the Fair Entry Guide).  The Fair theme this year is “Western Nights and Carnival Lights.”

Get your entries prepared if you haven’t already.

Entries must be submitted at the Fairgrounds Home Arts Building on Friday through Sunday, 23-25 July, 10 am to 5 pm.

We have a locked display cabinet near our booth at the fair to show our work separate from the judged entries.  We are asking that you contribute some of your other/older turnings for this.

The 2010 Fair is from Wednesday, 4 August to Sunday, 15 August.

Summer Social

You should have received by mail a flyer with the details of the Summer Social at the Rinde’s on July 10th.  Please RSVP according to the instructions on the flyer.

Best Regards,