Great Plains Woodturners Woodturning Club in Lincoln, Nebraska Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:01:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 February 20, 2018 Meeting Notes Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:57:13 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Two guests were introduced.

Steve Mawson was absent, so there was no treasurer’s report. The last balance reported was $6394.71 on November 21, 2017.

Doug Wilson called for assistance with a person who called him—needing access to a lathe that would allow the turning of a 20-inch diameter disc. Elmer Miller volunteered to help the caller.

Miller announced that world-renown, Irish turner Glenn Lucas will be the featured turner and teacher for a fall symposium sponsored by the Omaha and Lincoln turning clubs. Lucas will provide hands-on instruction to a very small group of turners Tuesday-Thursday, October 30-November 1, at a cost of $600 per person. These classes will be held in Brian Newell’s shop. Lucas will give a full-day demonstration/lecture on Saturday, November 3, in the Innovation Campus Maker Space. Cost of the demonstration/lecture is estimated to be $50 per person. On the following three days, Sunday-Tuesday, November 4-6, Lucas will teach full-day hands-on classes to a limited number of turners each day. These classes will be hosted in Newell’s shop.

Rob Otte brought a bag of coffee grounds which he touted as an excellent wood filler when mixed with super glue or epoxy and invited members to take some home with them. Otte, with the help of Max Wheeler, restated his request for members to put their names and addresses on the Google Map that Otte prepared so that members could more easily see each other’s shops and share rides to meetings and special events. Otte asked for help with website construction for our club.

Jim Young received accolades regarding his work with the veterans’ pen-turning group that meets every Thursday in the Maker Space from 1 to 3:30 pm. He welcomes any members that want to assist or learn to turn pens. He mentioned that a recent visitor made a significant financial contribution in support of the various veteran efforts being carried out in the Maker Space.

Otte announced that he will not be directing the Art Show this year and suggested that if anyone was interested in providing that kind of leadership, let him or Entzminger know.

Entzminger announced that yearly club dues of $40 should be paid at the March meeting (late date is April). Be prepared at the March meeting to discuss the kinds of programs that individual members would like to see presented during the upcoming year.

After our regular Show and Tell session, during which there were numerous unique and beautiful turned objects exhibited and described, Brian Newell demonstrated the use of the Robert Sorby Thread Chasing tools (such tools as well as kits are available through a variety of vendors). Newell uses the 16 tpi tools to put threads on lidded boxes that he turns. As part of his demonstration and description of the tools, he turned a small lidded box from a piece of cherry.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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January 16, 2018 Meeting Notes Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:16:20 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

One guest was introduced.

Steve Mawson was absent, so there was no treasurer’s report.

Jim Young spoke about the Veterans Pen-Turning Project being initiated. Four mini-lathes and the necessary tools have been secured. A few veterans have already met with Young and have made use of these machines and tools. Needed now are domestic hardwoods that can be cut into the required ¾ x ¾ x 5 ½ inch pieces. Young encouraged members to volunteer in assisting the veteran turners or come to the turning sessions as learners.

Entzminger mentioned that, in the future, there will be a monthly charge of $30 for use of the Maker Space—for a total cost of $300 per year. Tom Meyer moved that that amount be set aside in ourbudget for continued use of this facility. The motion was approved by voice vote.

Rob Otte brought up the topic of our annual art show by asking members if they thought it a worthwhile activity for the club in terms of both monetary and personal satisfaction. Members seemed non-committal. Entzminger suggested the possibility of broadening the types of artists invited to participate, moving beyond turners and carvers to include painters, potters, quilters, etc. That suggestion received a more positive response. Otte indicated that he would be polling the membership via email in two months.

Tonight was raffle night, so several pieces of wood were raffled off after our usual Show and Tell session, during which there were numerous unique and beautiful turned objects exhibited and described.

Curt Norman presented a program on turning bottle stoppers and kaleidoscopes. It is obvious when watching him turn that this is an activity of great enjoyment and constant learning. Throughout his presentation, Norman provided tips on woods, tool positioning and finishing to provide a product of maximum quality and satisfaction. The go-to suppliers mentioned were Penn State Industries and Craft Supply for bottle stoppers and kaleidoscopes and Klingspor’s Woodworking for sandpaper. This was another great learning opportunity for members because of Norman’s penchant for welcoming questions and clarity of explanation regarding a technique and the rationale for it.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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November 21, 2017 Meeting Notes Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:24:55 +0000 The meeting was called to order by former club president Rob Otte.

Four guests were self-introduced.

Jerry Reif, manager of the Innovation Campus Maker Space talked briefly about the cooperative venture that has been established between his organization and our club in providing opportunities for military veterans suffering from PTSD to use the Maker Space for a pen-making venture similar to one in operation in San Diego CA. Club member Jim Young is spearheading this effort and has donated a lathe for this purpose. Young will need the assistance of volunteers to teach and demonstrate turning as well as donate money for program support. Young mentioned that Lancaster County has a program supporting veterans.

Rob Otte asked for a motion to approve last month’s minutes. Approval was given by voice vote.

Club treasurer Steve Mawson reported that, after paying for the meat prepared for our July picnic and some website expense, our treasury balance is $6,394.71.

Brian Newell thanked members for their participation in the recent very successful symposium featuring Cindy Drozda as presenter and teacher. Fifty turners attended Ms. Drozda’s presentation on Saturday, October 21, 2017, while 24 participated in the hands-on sessions she directed in Newell’s shop.

Newell reported a profit on the symposium of $862.52, an amount to be shared with Loess Hills Wood Turners of Omaha, co-sponsor of the symposium. A motion was made and passed to hold these funds in reserve for a 2018 symposium featuring Glenn Lucas of Ireland.

Our annual Christmas party will be held December 19, 2017, in The Mill’s party room at Innovation Campus, beginning at 7 pm. The Mill will be providing heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar. Members are encouraged to bring their bead bowls for child cancer patients at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Members were reminded of the upcoming woodworker’s art show in the Maker Space on December 1-2, 2017. Door will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm Friday and 9 am to 4 pm Saturday. Those wanting tables for selling items should contact either Bill Dykema or Mawson. Otte will email further instructions to members prior to the show. Elmer Miller announced that we need turners to provide demonstrations in 2-hour blocks during both days of the show. He mentioned that Mark Entzminger conducted an interview for the Friday Live program that will be broadcast November 24. 2017. That interview is available as a podcast on the Nebraska Public Radio website.

The program this evening was provided by Mike Aalberg on the subject of fishing lures, specifically for muskie fish. Aalberg focused on wood types, grain concerns, shapes, finishes and paint patterns. In addition to passing out to members several partially-turned lures and the hardware he uses to complete the lures, he demonstrated his turning techniques. Aalberg’s knowledge of muskie feeding habits was obvious from his descriptions of the color patterns and lure sizes and shapes for particular fishing areas.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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October 17, 2017 Meeting Notes Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:07:29 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Three guests were introduced.

Entzminger relayed from Steve Mawson (absent) that our current treasury balance is $6,411.53. It was mentioned by Entzminger that we will have considerable expense in the coming days because of the symposium in which Cindy Drozda is the featured turner.

Brian Newell reminded members of the Drozda symposium Saturday, October 21, 2017, to be held in the Innovation Campus Maker Space (at a cost of $55). Her demonstrations will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. with a provided lunch during the noon hour. The cost of her hands-on sessions at Newell’s shop Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (October 22-25) have one or two openings at a cost of $140. Enrollment per session is limited to 6. Newell has directions and time information regarding those sessions. At the conclusion of Newell’s comments, Entzminger spoke briefly about the benefit gained by even the most proficient turners in observing the demonstrations of a professional turner, such as Cindy Drozda.

Rob Otte reminded members of the art show our club is sponsoring December 1 and 2, 2017, in the Innovation Campus Maker Space. He will bring volunteer forms at our next meeting and encouraged members to “buy” a table so they could sell their work.

Doug Wilson described the Art Market to be held at the International Quilt Center (at 33rd and Holdrege) on November 17 and 18, 2017. Participating in this very diverse sale of items will be turnings by Mark Entzminger and Steve Mawson and layered glass by Pam Newell. Wilson will have this notice emailed to all members at a later date.

Otte brought up the topic of our annual Christmas party to be held in the party room of The Mill, the coffee shop within the Innovation Campus Maker Space. He is communicating with The Mill staff to arrange for food and drinks at an estimated cost between $7 and $10. This cost will come from our club treasury.

Our club’s quarterly raffle was held after the business meeting. Items ranged from bowl blanks and partially turned objects to a large assortment of industrial sand papers.

The program tonight was given by Entzminger on the topic of completing partially turned bowls: demonstrating his techniques for centering and re-turning a tenon so the bowl can be re-chucked. He then demonstrated his method of re-turning outer and inner bowl surfaces. He prefers the use of a 5/8 inch bowl gouge with a fingernail style grind for such turning. He completed the re-turning of one large bowl but had difficulty with a second when the tenon failed. Entzminger’s presentation was very well received. His  techniques are highly informative for turners of all skill levels.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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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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