Newsletter for April 2019 Meeting

Hi fellow members,

We were all entertained by Mark Trenier and his UFOs, which is reality were not actual alien vessels but lidded vessels. Mark had a table full of his examples and demonstrated hollowing, lid fitting, using whatever tool works at the moment and explaining how you can never have enough chucks. In short order, Mark turned one of his UFOs. By the way, next month’s challenge is to turn your own little spaceship.

There were about 16 more bowls for the Milwaukee Empty Bowls project and we are now up to 31 bowls. The club wants to sincerely thank Matthew Conrad for his generous donation of bowl blanks. His box of wood seemed to be bottomless as he starting placing the blanks of the table and they were all gone before the meeting ended – Thanks Matthew!  And thanks again to Barb Nelson for her wood blank donations at the March and April meetings. There is a lot of wood out there now, so please start being in your bowls!

Dave Drickhamer announced that there are lots of free pen kits and wood blanks now available for Turning for Troops. If you need these supplies, just ask Dave at any of the club meetings.

Jerry Anson has donated his time and materials to build a drop-off box at the bottom of the stairs to the lower meeting area. If a member is returning an item from the Library, you can now just drop it off anytime you are at Woodcraft. Just place the items in the MAWT slot. Speaking of the Library, the Board has designated a budget for new materials and if you have a suggestion for a book or DVD, please talk to our Library coordinators John or Art and they will try get it.

MAWT, together with club member Jacob Pike have donated money for an ad in the Lemon Street Gallery 20 year anniversary book. Jake is a member and exhibitor at the Kenosha-based Lemon Street Gallery, which is a non-profit co-op gallery and teaching studio. Advertising and getting the word out will help promote MAWT throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

Next month’s demonstrator will be Jim Andresen. We are not sure what Jim will be up to but if you have seen any of Jim’s fabulous imitation basket weave vessels at the club’s Show and Tell, you can be sure it will be great.

Finally, we still need a couple of volunteers to do demonstrations. It really isn’t that difficult and you don’t need to be an expert. Most of the demonstrators are just a little better at a particular specialty. Please talk to Tony Rozendaal, our demonstration coordinator or any of the Board members.

Stay safe and keep turning,

Ron Zdroik


See below for selected photos from the meeting and the instant gallery. Click here to view all the pics from the meeting.

2019 April Meeting
2019 April Gallery

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