February 17, 2015 Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order by club president, Rob Otte.

Moved that the minutes of last month’s meeting being approved. Motion made, seconded and passed.

Rob welcomed the six visitors present and had them introduce themselves (Dana, Dave, Dennis, Martin, Myron and Taylor).

The Tip of the Night was provided by Rob (with the assistance of Theo Alles): When completing the bottom of a bowl, care must be taken to provide sufficient thickness of wood beyond the tenon that is to be inserted into a chuck to ensure that after the rounding of both inside and outside surfaces of the bowl, and completion of base details, there is adequate wood for support. It is often necessary to plan carefully and take frequent measurements of wood thickness to ensure the success of such provision.

Theo mentioned that annual club dues of $25 will be collected at next month’s meeting. It is appreciated if these can be paid on time. They can also be paid in advance.

Theo reported expenses of $652.67 (July picnic, December food, and audio-visual aids) and deposits of $2,970 (with a few checks yet to be deposited) since last month’s meeting, leaving a treasury balance of $6,554.42.

Sam Boon asked permission to purchase a set of books on turning fundamentals from the American Association of Woodturners. Motion for such purchase made, seconded and passed.

Plans for the 2015 Jimmy Clewes demonstrations and hands-on workshops are progressing nicely. There are 35 signed up for the Saturday, July 11 demonstrations. The workshops for July 12, 13, 14, 15 are full. There is still room at the Saturday sessions (morning and afternoon, with lunch provided). Registration prior to June 1 for is $60 After June 1, the cost per attendee is $65.

Don Shelton mentioned that the Facebook version of Nebraska Woodturners Forum is up and running. It is currently a closed group, but will become a secret group once a stable membership is reached. There are currently 19 participants. Don offered to assist anyone interested in setting up a Facebook account. He mentioned that postings so far have been highly interactive.

The Show and Tell portion of the meeting was held immediately after conclusion of the business meeting. As usual, many unique, intricate and beautiful turned objects were displayed, described and discussed. Pictures of such are displayed elsewhere on the club website.

Tonight’s program was presented by Curt Norman, club member and professional turner. His program began with descriptions of reactive wood and how the nature of compressive and tensile forces impact grain structure and characteristics, properties that should be taken into account when selecting pieces from harvested logs and limbs. Curt displayed several cross-sections of limbs to illustrate the most advantageous cutting directions.

A piece of split and cut walnut log was used to demonstrate the processes for turning a natural-edge bowl. Curt described his technique for mounting the piece onto the lathe, the tools used for each process, turning the tenon, reversing the partially finished bowl for hollowing, and use of a jam-chuck when finishing the bottom of the bowl. Curt’s refined turning skill and relaxed, conversational teaching style were greatly appreciated by all members of the audience.

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary

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