Meetings Notes – Great Plains Woodturners Woodturning Club in Lincoln, Nebraska Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:43:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 September 19, 2017 Meeting Notes Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:38:21 +0000 The meeting was called to order by Rob Otte in the absence of club president Mark Entzminger.

One guest was introduced.

Otte displayed an LED lamp that had been donated to our club by WoodTurners Wonders, of Gainesville, FL, for use on the lathe we use for demonstrations. It was used for that purpose during this meeting and is a great and useful addition.

Brian Newell announced that there are 46 people registered for the Cindy Drozda demonstrations on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and that there is one spot remaining on the following Tuesday (October 24) for the Monday-Thursday workshops that she will be conducting at Newell’s shop. Newell mentioned that all of the necessary wood has been secured for the demonstrations and workshops, but we will need two people to assist with set-up on Friday, October 20. He will secure these volunteers via email.

Otte mentioned that The Mill (long-time Lincoln coffee shop) has established a presence in the Maker Space. He encouraged our patronage since they will help with sponsorship of our upcoming art show.

Otte told of preparations for the upcoming art show, Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, 2017. He will circulate sheets for job volunteers at our next meeting.

Minutes of our last meeting were approved by voice vote as they appeared on the club website.

Club treasurer Steve Mawson reported a balance of $6,126.06. His report was approved by voice vote.

The program this evening was presented by Sam Boon on the topic of turning a 3-cornered bowl–a topic not familiar to many members. Sam began his turning demonstration with a perfect cube of aromatic red cedar—stressing the need for the cube to be accurately cut—and turned a bowl almost to completion. He passed around samples of 3-cornered bowls that he had turned previously. It is quite certain that the intriguing nature of this turning technique and the beauty of the resulting product will entice other members to give this procedure a try. We can expect to see samples of their work in the future during the Show and Tell portion of our meetings.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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August 15, 2017 Meeting Notes Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:50:44 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Entzminger asked the group for reflections on the American Association of Woodworkers national symposium in Kansas City, MO, June 22-25, 2017, by those that had attended this activity. Several responded about their very positive and meaningful experiences—particularly in regard to the humility and welcoming nature of some of the nationally-known presenters.

Entzminger announced that our participation in this year’s upcoming First Friday Art Walk art show will be Friday evening and all-day Saturday, December 1 and 2. In addition to our club, the Capital City Carvers club is again interested in participating. Rob Otte and Myron Heusinkvelt are in the process of organizing committees for various job responsibilities and will be seeking volunteers for those at our next meeting.

Four visitors were present.

Rob Kurth mentioned that the 2017 Plaza Art Fair will be held in Kansas City September 22-24, and that it is an opportunity to see and purchase some exceptional art work.

Treasurer, Steve Mawson, indicated a treasury balance of $6,366.06, with one unpaid bill of $147.00 for our July picnic expenses (primarily the meat).

Entzminger announced that Cassie Newell will be managing the club website and will attend our next meeting to provide information about the site.

Curt Norman moved that our club purchase a bright LED lamp with magnetic base (approximate cost $127) that can be attached to the Maker Space Powermatic lathe our club uses for meeting demonstrations. The motion was seconded and approved by voice vote.

Gary Scott announced that the Loess Hills Wood Turners are holding free a pen-turning workshop this coming Saturday, August 20. Lathes, tools and materials will be provided and anyone interested in turning such an item is welcome to attend and participate. Turning will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and extend into the afternoon. Lunch will be provided and Curt Norman will demonstrate the turning of a bud vase during the afternoon. The Omaha turning club meets in the lower level of the Omaha Elks Club building located at 6410 S 96th St. (near 96th and Harrison).

After our usual show and tell session, during which a wide assortment of beautiful unique turned items were displayed and described, Bill Ferguson, of the Loess Hills Wood Turners club of Omaha, provided several very interesting and useful lessons on the use of a skew. His handout, numerous descriptions and technique demonstrations, and responsiveness to questions offered all members considerable insight on the many proper uses of this tool. His excellent presentation should help alleviate the discomfort of those turners that do not use this kind of tool because of fears based on their past experience or those of others.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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June 20, 2017 Meeting Notes Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:40:05 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Entzminger asked the group how many planned to attend the American Association of Woodworkers national symposium in Kansas City, MO, June 22-25, 2017. Twelve members indicated such.

One visitor was present.

The president requested a motion for approval of the minutes of last month’s meeting as they appeared in the club website. Motion was made, seconded and approved by voice vote.

The president mentioned that Brian Newell’s daughter, Cassie, will update our website and that users may need to change their passwords.

Steve Mawson reported a treasury balance of $6,341.08. He mentioned the need for some dues to be collected and bills to be paid.

Entzminger and Rob Otte queried the club as to their interest in having an art show again this fall, beginning on the First Friday in December (the 1st) and continuing through the following day (Saturday). Most members showed interest when asked for a show of hands. One or more members mentioned that there was very little advertising about the show last year and suggested that a much better job of such should be undertaken for this year’s show. Otte will chair that effort and well seek assistance from members as the date nears.

Elmer Miller reminded members of the club symposium October 21, 2017, featuring nationally-known turner Cindy Drozda. There were 3 openings mentioned for the hands-on workshops she will be conducting in Brian Newell’s shop on October 22-25. Entzminger had the registration lists for those four days and asked that those interested in attending should see him after the meeting. Miller reminded us that the symposium is a cooperative venture between Great Plains Woodturning Club and Loess Hills Wood Turners of Omaha.

Entzminger asked that the Beads of Courage boxes be held until Fred Graber is able to return. He is our club’s contact with Debbie Wagers of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Miller reminded members that our July 18th meeting will be a picnic held in the enclosed shelter of Antelope Park. He moved that the club provide the main dish and drinks (motion seconded and passed). It was suggested that members with last names beginning with the letters A through M bring a dessert and those with last names beginning with the letters N through Z bring a side dish. A show of hands indicated that approximately 25 members plan to attend.

Otte rose to give special thanks to Tom Meyer for his work in making the new wooden, LASER cut and embossed name tags for members.

Myron Heusinkvelt mentioned that, because of the recent storm damage in our area, there are many “tree dumps” that contain excellent wood for turning. Entzminger cautioned the use of such wood, however, because of hidden cracks that may be in the wood due to the stresses created during their toppling.

After our usual Show-and-Tell session, during which numerous beautiful and unique items were described by their creators, we had our quarterly raffle of member-brought items.

The program was presented by club member and recently-retired Nebraska State Forester, Scott Josiah. The topic of Josiah’s presentation was: How to Identify Woods. Josiah focused on several wood traits, such as bark color and texture, wood color, harness, smell, taste, cell structure, etc., through a variety of electronic images—explaining the intricacies and varieties within each characteristic. He, then, divided the audience into three groups—giving each group a box containing thirty wood samples and challenging the groups to identify each sample. Some of the more common woods—walnut, cedar (western and eastern), oak (red and white), osage orange, boxelder, for example, were easily identified. The less common ones—yellow wood, hackberry, mulberry, hornbeam—proved to be more challenging.

At the end of his presentation, Josiah was thanked for his years of service to the club as a member and wished well in his new ventures as he moves to Washington state as a retiree. Thank you Scott for your many contributions to our state during your tenure as our State Forester.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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May 16, 2017 Meeting Notes Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:25:45 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

No guests were present.

Steve Mawson reported a treasury balance of $6,320.33 after receiving $360 for dues. A bill of $19 for name tag materials is outstanding.

Elmer Miller called attention to the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium which will be held in Kansas City this summer, June 22-25. Cost of the symposium is $345 with 27 professional turners scheduled to demonstrate and teach. Members are encouraged to attend.

Brian Newell remined members of the Cindy Drozda demonstrations that will be held in the Maker Space of Innovation Campus on Saturday, October 21st. She will be teaching small group sessions in Newell’s shop on the following four days. So far, 39 Lincoln and Omaha turner club members are registered for the Saturday sessions. On June 1, advertising for Drozda’s demonstrations and classes will be sent to other area wood turning and working clubs.

The program for our June 20th meeting will be presented by Scott Josiah on the topic of wood identification. We will also have our quarterly raffle that evening.

Our annual club picnic will be held July 18th at the enclosed shelter in Antelope Park. Details will be provided at next month’s meeting.

Tom Meyer and Rob Otte were recognized for the beautiful plywood name tags they designed and made.

After our usual Show and Tell session—again, many beautiful and unique items were on display and described by members—Mike Gullickson demonstrated his process for turning threaded nuts and bolts. Using a commercial thread-cutting jig, Gullickson explained his selection of wood, favored grain orientation and the planning required for best outcomes. He then turned a bolt and companion nut to illustrate his techniques. This was the first time that many members had seen both a thread-cutting jig and its use. This was another quality program that captured considerable attention.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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April 18, 2017 Meeting Notes Mon, 15 May 2017 02:20:01 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

One visitor was asked to stand and introduce his self.

Minutes from the March 21, 2017 meeting were approved as they appeared on the club website.

The president’s Tip-of-the-Night pertained to the need to keep tools very sharp for matters of safety, cutting efficiency and maximum surface quality. Entzminger suggested a video by John Jordan as an excellent reference for sharpening tools.

Treasurer Steve Mawson reported a treasury balance of $6083.33 after paying our national American Association of Woodturners dues of $95.

Entzminger announced the upcoming need for volunteers to support our club’s involvement in a December art show to be held on either the 1st and 2nd or the 8th and 9th. This show will be similar to last year’s show held in conjunction with the Lincoln Arts Council-promoted First-Friday art walk night. More details will for forthcoming.

Brian Newell reminded the club of the fall symposium featuring renowned turner Cindy Drozda to be held in the Maker Space of Innovation Campus. She will present a full day of demonstrations on Saturday, October 21, 2017, and a series of full-day hands-on classes the following Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Newell’s personal workshop. Newell is handling registration but mentioned the upcoming need of committees that will provide assistance with facility set-up, food and hospitality. Elmer Miller urged members to participate in this symposium for purposes of self-education as well as increasing one’s ability to provide education to others within the club. As a sponsoring club, we need to have a substantial presence at the events being held.

Rob Otte and Tom Meyer described the new name tags they are designing as a replacement for our current member tags. These will be a LASER-cut thin plywood rectangle. The models displayed were very impressive in appearance.

Jim Young mentioned the progress he is making on a veterans’ pin project.

Entzminger said that our club’s bead box project will be a topic of discussion at next month’s meeting.

The Show-and-Tell portion of our meeting allowed several turners to describe the creative works they brought for display as well as provide other turners with insights on woods, turning strategies and finishes. As always, this part of the meeting offers great incentive to our many turner members.

Tom Steyer of JT Turning Tools in Omaha and a Great Plains Woodturners Club member demonstrated several tools and techniques he utilizes in the turning of a simple bowl. While the selection of the wood and its grain orientation is of great importance, Steyer focused on tools and techniques—emphasizing the need for a specific orientation of a given tool relative to the wood surface. This positioning included both how the tool is aligned with the wood’s axis of rotation as well as the orientation of its flute for most effective cutting. Steyer’s many years of experience as a turner and teacher were obvious from the ease with which he demonstrated specific types of cuts and his flexibility in responding to member questions. This presentation was another great learning opportunity for attendees.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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March 21, 2017 Meeting Notes Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:02:42 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club President Mark Entzminger.

Entzminger reminded the group that membership dues were to be paid tonight and to see Steve Mawson to make that payment.

One new member was introduced.

Three visitors were invited to stand and introduce themselves to the group.

Minutes from the February 21, 2017 meeting were approved as they appeared on the club website.

Entzminger introduced himself as the new president of our club and told some things about education, work, places of residence and turning history.

The president’s Tip-of-the-Night pertained to the need to keep tools very sharp for matters of safety, cutting efficiency and maximum surface quality.

Treasurer Steve Mawson reported a treasury balance of $4,877.33.

Brian Newell reminded the club of the fall symposium featuring renowned turner Cindy Drozda, to be held in the Maker Space of Innovation Campus. She will present a full day of demonstrations on Saturday, October 21, 2017, and a series of full-day hands-on classes the following Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Cost of the Saturday demonstrations is $50 (lunch included). The hands-on classes have a cost of $140 (including lunch) and will be held in Brian Newell’s shop–each having a maximum of six students.

Entzminger forwarded the idea of his need for assistance with the ten program meetings held by the club during the coming year. The June and December meetings are more social in nature with the annual summer picnic and Christmas party taking the place of formal programs during those two months. Members volunteering to assist in the planning of programs are: Brian Newell, Mike Gullickson, Mike Aalberg, Elmer Miller, Mark Entzminger, Sam Boon, Jeff Woldstad, Steve Mawson and Rob Otte. When Entzminger asked for possible topics, the following were suggested: Resins and epoxies, coloring, hollowing, tool making, off-center turning, drying and non-conventional materials.

Our Show and Tell session allowed several turners to describe the amazing works they brought to display as well as provide other turners with insights on turning strategies, finishes, specialized tools and great incentive.

Our quarterly raffle was held with many pieces of wood and Craft Supply coupons as rewards.

The program tonight was offered by Jeff Woldstad, UNL engineering professor and specialist in the design, layout, construction and turning of unique segmented bowls and other kinds of containers. Woldstad explained the varieties of mathematical and geometrical relationships he utilizes in developing the special shapes of pieces needed for a desired outcome. Also explained were some of the assembly techniques utilized in making certain that pieces are properly aligned and secured before turning. Woldstad welcomed questions and is always ready and willing to assist the interested turner.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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February 21, 2017 Meeting Notes Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:32:36 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club President Rob Otte.

Five guests were invited to stand and introduce themselves to the group.

The president’s Tip-of-the-Night pertained to safety as a consequence of his having CA glue spray onto his face shield when turning an object to which he had added CA glue to stabilize part of the wood. Even though Otte had waited several minutes for the glue to dry, a small quantity of still-liquid glue sprayed onto his face shield when turning was resumed. Otte’s Tip: Always wear eye protection when turning.

It was moved, seconded and confirmed by voice vote that the minutes of the January 17, 2017 meeting be approved as they appear on the club website.

Treasurer Steve Mawson reported that after all expenses for the December 2016 Art Walk were paid, our club lost $42.81. Otte mentioned that an unreported donation of $100 had been received. Our library had an expense of $181.30 for DVD purchases. Current bank balance is $4,618.18. Report approved by voice vote.

Otte thanked Mike Sawyer for his work in organizing and updating our audiovisual materials.

Brian Newell says that plans for the October 2017 symposium being planned in cooperation with Loess Hills Wood Turners of Omaha are moving forward with nationally-known turner Cindy Drozda as the demonstrator and teacher. In addition to a full day of demonstrations on Saturday, October 21st at the Loess Hills meeting site, she will conduct several days (depending on demand) of hands-on instructional sessions at Newell’s shop. Drozda’s emphasis will be on tool selection, use and sharpening as well as the wood selection, turning and coloring of natural-edge bowls. Cost for the Saturday demonstrations is $50 per person (lunch included). Cost for the full-day, hand-on instructional sessions is $140 per person (lunch included). Newell will begin taking money for this symposium at our next meeting. He thanked Bill Dykema for his drive in keeping the planning process moving forward. Newell mentioned in passing that there is the possibility of a Glenn Lucas symposium in October of 2018.

Elmer Miller encouraged members to support Newell in this symposium effort as well as announcing the slate of officers for next year.

President             Mark Entzminger

Vice-president    Mike Gullickson

Treasurer             SteveMawson

Secretary             Doug Wilson

It was moved that a unanimous ballot be cast for this slate of officers. Passed by voice vote. Both president Otte and treasurer Theo Alles declined re-nomination.

Otte thanked members for helping him get involved in turning and for making program suggestions. He said that he has had a great time meeting many wonderful people and visiting numerous member shops. He thanked the many members that have stepped forward to offer assistance. He, also, encouraged members to visit each other’s shops and mentioned the Google program he has referenced several times as a way of facilitating that process.

Mike Sawyer moved (Miller seconded) that our annual club dues be raised from their current $25 to $40. One reason cited was our need to be more supportive of programs. Miller suggested that we can lose quality programs if we cannot provide adequate support. Otte mentioned that the picnic cost will likely increase, as will the Christmas party if it is moved from a private home (where it currently is held) to a public facility. Motion passed by voice vote.

Our quarterly raffle will be held next month.

After our usual Show and Tell session, program provider Myron Heusinkvelt offered many ideas and demonstrated several techniques for turning rolling pins of the types that he sells and utilizes as gifts. In addition to turning one-piece pins, he often uses several pieces of contrasting wood to create beautiful and intricate designs. As part of his program, he demonstrated and explained his use of various tools and jigs as part of his construction and turning processes. This was another program that was well-received by all members. Thank you, Myron.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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January 17, 2017 Meeting Notes Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:34:50 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club President Rob Otte.

Four guests were invited to stand and introduce themselves to the group.

The president’s Tip of the Night pertained to the caution needed with one attaches a cone to any tail stock device, making certain that the fit is such that there is no danger of the cone becoming detached during high speed rotation.

Librarian Mike Sawyer announced that the club has purchased 7 new DVDs related to turning that can be checked out by using the card enclosed in the DVD case. He asked that people write their name, phone number and the day’s date on the card before filing it in the pack of checked out materials.

With neither Treasurer Theo Alles nor Assistant Treasurer Steve Mawson present, we had no Treasurer’s report.

Because we had no formal business meeting in December due to our annual Christmas party, no minutes were read or posted on the club website.

Sawyer suggested that Otte express to his wife (Carolyn) the club’s appreciation for her hospitality in allowing our group to have our party in the Otte home. Applause designated approval of such.

Otte asked for comments about the Art Walk that was held December 2 and 3, 2016. Several people commented about the event providing them an opportunity to display their turned pieces. One thought it a good learning opportunity for those not having shown items before. Otte was very pleased with the large number of people who volunteered to assist in setting up, taking down and being present to help with any problems that arose. There was optimism about this becoming an annual event.

Otte mentioned that the $35/month Maker Space fee was a bargain because of the availability of great tools and working space. Six club members indicated their involvement in the Maker Space. Otte suggested that the manager of the Maker Space is working hard to encourage more participation in what the Space offers. Otte displayed a poster of many free opportunities for people to observe and learn more about the Space and its many tools and processes.

Brian Newell presented the idea of our club partnering with the Omaha turning club in bringing a nationally-known turner/teacher to the area next summer. He suggested that some communication has already been established with Stuart Batty, with August being the most favorable time for his appearance. Newell suggested that Batty is similar to Rudy Lopez in terms of demonstration and teaching qualities. Typical costs associated with acquiring this caliber of individual are $750/day plus some travel and lodging expenses. Bill Dykema volunteered to assist Newell in planning for this proposed symposium.

As usual, many works of art were displayed and described by the members having created them. Our Show and Tell portion of the meeting is always a great time for both learning and inspiration.

The presenter for the evening was Stan Harder, master turner and wood artist from Omaha. The focus of his presentation was Cindy Drozda-style spindles. He had several pictures of her work as well as mathematical analyses of her shape distributions. He outlined his own artistic guidelines and principles before demonstrating a few of his turning techniques and some of the tools used in forming many of the intricate patterns he creates. Several members were seen making sketches and taking notes related to his suggestions. It was another presentation that was well-received by the club.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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December 20, 2016 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:31:54 +0000 Our December meeting was held at the home of our club president, at which time several bowls were displayed as part of the Beads of Courage project for children undergoing long-term treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. No formal business was conducted at this gathering.

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November 15, 2016 Meeting Notes Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:01:11 +0000 The meeting was called to order by president, Rob Otte.

Six guests were recognized and asked to introduce themselves.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed on club website.

Steve Mawson, acting on behalf of absent treasurer Theo Alles, announced a treasury balance of $6249.03 with an outstanding bill of $258.47 for annual website expense.

Elmer Miller reported on planning regarding the upcoming Great Plains Woodworkers Club-sponsored art fair to be held in the Innovation Campus Maker Space December 2-3, 2016 (Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). He passed around jobs needing done those days and asked for people to sign up for a minimum of 2 hours for those tasks needing coverage. Miller mentioned that information about the art fair has been forwarded to Channel 8 for airing, to the Lincoln Journal Star for publication and that Liz Shea will handle advertising for the event.

Mark Entzminger spoke to the issue of table rental for sale items, indicating a cost of $35/table to the vendor(s) using them. He was collecting money for such rental and suggested that several non-club entities had already rented table space: Capital City Carvers, Mid-America Woodcarvers of Omaha and two individual woodworkers.

The president’s Tip-of-the-Month pertained to safety issues:

  1. After working in your shop for a few minutes, shut of the lights and use a flashlight in your darkened shop to see if there is any illuminated dust. If so, that is the micro-dust that requires elimination.
  2. People our age should not attempt to ride RAZOR Scooters. (Skateboards could be included also.)

Club member and master turner, Kevin Elge, provided detailed instruction and demonstration regarding his technique for adding a contrasting ring to a turned bowl. This technique results in a very thin overhanging edge when the bowl is viewed from the side, but a considerably thicker overhang piece when measured internally. Elge’s secret is construction of a rabbet joint at the interface of the bowl and ring. His precise measurements and cutting techniques provides a fit between parts that eliminates any gaps or voids. As always, he was very open and responsive to member questions. This will surely be a technique utilized by many in attendance.


Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary

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