Great Plains Woodturners Woodturning Club in Lincoln, Nebraska Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:07:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 June 19, 2018 Meeting Notes Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:00:31 +0000 Instead of our regular meeting in the Maker Space of UNL’s Innovation Campus, we had a social event for both members and spouses in The Mill restaurant across the hall from the Maker Space. In addition to the buffet dinner, members brought a wide variety of turned objects that were the topic of many conversations around a large table where they were on display. There were no formal talks or presentations regarding the objects.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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May 15, 2018 Meeting Notes Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:43:30 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Four guests were introduced.

Brian Newell reported that the Sunday through Tuesday hands-on classes for the Glenn Lucas symposium (November 4-6, 2018) are full. Registration is still open for the all-day turning demonstration by Lucas on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The cost is $50 until July 1, at which time the cost will rise to $55. Newell mentioned that walnut for the hands-on turning projects had been secured from Midwest Walnut (Council Bluffs, IA).

Treasurer Steve Mawson, reported a balance of $6,995.23 in our club treasury. A payment of $300 was made to the University of Nebraska for our use of the Maker Space each month for the upcoming year.

Jim Young reported on the continuing interest by the veterans group that meets in the Innovation Campus by handing out VETERANS IN RECOVERY fliers regarding some of projects being pursued.

Entzminger mentioned that next month members will be asked to sign forms regarding the liability insurance our club carries with the American Association of Woodworkers.

It was announced by Entzminger that next month’s program will be our yearly social, to be held in The Mill—the restaurant adjacent to our usual turner meeting facility. Although food will be provided to attendees, some dessert dishes would be appreciated. A cash bar will be in operation.

After our usual Show-and-Tell session, in which displayed member items are described by their turner, our quarterly raffle was held. There seemed to be an unusually large number of items raffled this month.

The program presented by Mike Marshall focused on the techniques he utilizes to turn a bowl utilizing rings cut on a band saw. He mentioned that the procedure used is similar to one(s) available on Youtube videos, but that he completes the turning and sanding of the interior of the bowl before completing the exterior. He finds that this allows for better control of wall thickness. Marshall brought bowls in varying degrees of completion as well as some of the tools used to better illustrate his techniques. He completed his demonstration by using a bowl that was ready for final turning—with all glue joints having set for at least 24 hours. He identified Titebond III as his preferred glue. This was an interesting and well-received program. Marshall is noted for his beautiful and uniquely turned pieces.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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April 17, 2018 Meeting Notes Sun, 13 May 2018 19:08:31 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

One guest was introduced.

Brian Newell reported that the Sunday through Tuesday hands-on classes for the Glenn Lucas symposium (November 4-6, 2018) are full. Newell asked if there was any member interested in a Wednesday class. There was no interest shown, so there will be no Wednesday class. Registration is still open for the all-day turning demonstration by Lucas on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The cost for such is still $50, but that cost will rise by summer.

Treasurer Steve Mawson, reported a balance of $6,975.23 in our club treasury.

Jim Young reported on the continuing interest by the veterans group that meets in the Innovation Campus Maker Space each Thursday to turn pens. He indicated that some are involved in painting and ceramics.

The raffle that had been planned for this evening will be postponed until the May meeting.

Entzminger asked for a show of hands to indicate whether or not there is an interest in our club sponsoring an art show this December as we have the past two years on the first Friday and Saturday in December. The interest shown was not sufficient to schedule such an event for this December. Thus, further planning for this event is terminated.

It was announced by Entzminger that next month’s program will be presented by member Mike Marshall.

After our monthly show-and-tell session, the program presented by Entzminger focused on the techniques he utilizes to turn the interior of a natural edge bowl using a detail gouge with a fingernail grind. His choice of wood was black locust—utilizing a piece that he had turned partially prior to the meeting. With the outside turned to final shape, Entzminger focused on only the interior beginning with establishment of wall thickness and progressing inward toward the bottom. With the aid of the club camera/projection system, he was able to demonstrate and respond to many member questions about his techniques for using a detail gouge to produce his desired internal shape for the bowl.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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March 20, 2018 Meeting Notes Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:44:24 +0000 The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Three 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.

Jim Young reported that over 100 pens have been turned by the veterans group that meets in the Innovation Campus Maker Space, as well as many paintings and ceramic pieces.

Rob Otte mentioned that progress is being made on planning for the First Friday in December art show.

Entzminger asked for a show of thanks to Otte for his monthly newsletter. Applause was given.

Brian Newell reported that Mike Marshall and Tom Meyer had won the drawing for a select place in the hands-on portion of the Nebraska Woodturner Symposium featuring internationally known Irish wood turner Glen Lucas. Newell also mentioned that people need to register for places in the symposium and make their payments this evening: Saturday Demo, Nov. 3 = $50, Sunday hands-on, Nov. 4 = $170, Monday hands-on, Nov. 5 = $150, Tuesday hands-on, Nov. 6 = $150, Wednesday hands-on, Nov. 7 = $150. Each of these hands-on sessions will be limited to 6 participants and will be conducted in Newell’s personal shop. Registration sheets with detailed times and places were made available to members.

Gary Scott announced that Frank Simmons of Loess Hills Wood Turners will present a series of turning demonstrations for the Omaha club on April 14, 2018. These demonstrations will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6410 S 96th St. in Omaha. The demonstrations will include a bowl, hollow form, spiral and box. Cost is $10 tonight and $15 on April 14.

Max Wheeler announced to the group that the Maker Space had some excess finishing materials that he would like to see gone by the end of the evening, and that members were welcome to take any of these materials—as well as the tub in which they are contained.

Entzminger asked members to continue thinking of topics they would like to see presented as programs during the upcoming year.

The program this evening was presented by Tom Steyer, club member and owner of JT Turning Tools of Omaha (582 S 126th St). This company manufactures an articulated hollowing tool (The Gizmo) that Steyer demonstrated and described in considerable detail—speaking of its bearings, strength, rigidity, ease of use and variety of cutting tip configurations. He responded to numerous questions about The Gizmo and, at the conclusion of his program, invited people to come up to the lathe and try this tool for themselves. Several members accepted the invitation.

After Steyer’s program, members gathered at a nearby table to examine and hear described the many turned objects that people had brought for the Show and Tell portion of our meeting. As usual, these items were unique, highly varied and of exceptional interest and quality.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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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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