• The usual suspects turned out for the demo.
  • Lynne started out by showing some of the signature forms she brought.
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  • More examples were projected on the TV monitors
  • More of the forms she brought
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  • Making the jam chuck to hold the top
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  • Finishing the bowl bottom
  • The finished object
  • Other finished examples
  • The next demo project is a square winged bowl.
  • Standard push cut with the gouge (w/hi-speed flash).
  • This is the turner's view in natural light.
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  • Cutting air with the gouge
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  • Take care not to remove your knuckles.
  • Ron Lindsay could not resist a little graffiti.
  • Scraping down in the trough.
  • The base is secured in the 4-jaw chuck using the tenon.
  • In natural light
  • A jam chuck holds the work while cleaning up the base.

he 2nd annual tool/wood swap meet and demo at the March 22 meeting held at Joe Levy’s was well attended.  The raffle brought in $127 and the tool sale $124.  Sam Turner explained how to make salt and pepper shakers according to the method devised by Al Geller for the Cabrillo Middle School mentoring program. See pictures on the Salt and Pepper Shakers page.  Al Geller’s instructions (PDF) can be found at S&P Shakers – Page 1 and S&P Shakers – Page 2.


New and continuing members should pay their club dues of $25 to treasurer Ron Lindsay.  Please mail them to him or bring to the meeting.  The membership forms can be found in Word and Acrobat formats on the top of the Bylaws page.
Please indicate your intention to attend the demo by clicking on RSVP.  The demo fee is $35 for members and $45 for guests.  Lunch is included.  Please mail your check to Ron Lindsay, Treasurer.  You may also pay at the door, but RSVP in either event.

You may view Lynne Yamaguchi’s  work at her website at www.lynneyamaguchi.com.



The Pleasant Valley [Camarillo-Somis] Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses for recycling to people who are visually impaired all over the world.  Lions Clubs International has been collecting and refurbishing used eyeglasses since 1925. Channel Islands Woodturning Association member, John Knittle, will be collecting used eyeglasses at both the April and May meeting.  After collecting the used eyeglasses they will be sent to the Avanal State Prison, where they will be cleaned, determined what the prescription is and then sent to various Lion’s Eye Medical centers worldwide for distribution.  What may seem like a little thing here in America, an old pair of glasses, may be a life saver to a person who has never seen properly due to the lack of a pair of eyeglasses. Pleasant Valley Lions Club asks for your support in the continuing effort to improve vision worldwide.

Lynne demonstrated her special techniques at the all-day demo at the Levi Mize shop for our 26 April 2008 meeting.  She lives in the Tucson Arizona area.

“Take-Away” Points

·         Use dry wood to avoid dealing with warping – during and after turning.

·         Don’t try to turn a thin wing after you notice it begins to flex.

·         Turn broken surfaces at high speed (2000 rpm or faster).

·         Use negative rake scrapers (e.g., bedan tool or skew chisel) and negative rake shear scrapers.  Scraper included angle from 40-70 degrees.

·         Use two illumination lights, one on each side.

·          A screw chuck (e.g., Glaser chuck) will hold work securely.

·         When finishing bottom, center work between centers using hand pressure to find center.

·         On a winged form, conical (straight), concave, or convex sides will give different effect to the wings.

Her website (www.lynneyamaguchi.com) has a write-up called Turning Air that describes her process for square winged forms.  Look under Other links > Articles.