The meeting was called to order by Ray at 7PM. A summery of the last months meeting notes was given by Cindy and Theo was asked for a treasures report. We have a current balance of $2307.49 and the raffle tonight added $105.00 to this total. Thanks to everyone that brought a wonderful assortment of wood and goods for tonight’s raffle. A motion was made and seconded to allow $500.00 to be spent on a new video camera. The motion was seconded and carried and Dennis Callahan and Don Shelton will be selecting and purchasing the new equipment.

We had a great show and tell as we always do. Theo brought an Alder Vase and made note of the fact that Alder is one of the few woods that doesn’t shrink and holds it’s bark very well. Theo also brought a beautiful beadle killed pine bowl. We had a guest Jim that brought in some very nice pens. Sorry I didn’t get your last name Jim, but hopefully we will get to know you better if you become a member. Mike Gullickson brought a wonderful walnut bowl with a turquoise inlay rim. Maurice brought a selection of beautiful bottle stoppers and talked about the process he used to create inlace rings. He also made some very nice stands for his stoppers. Tom Meyer brought a nice Honey Locust bowl with turquoise inlace accents. Steve Mawson brought his wave bowls that he made following John Beavers class. Duane Eversol brought a lovely Aspen vase. Mark brought a nice Spalted maple bowl and Cindy brought a selection of pens and bottle stoppers. I am sure that there were others and I apologies for missing your names and contributions.

Our presentation tonight was Pens by Theo Alles

Theo covered wood selection for pen blanks as well as cutting, drilling and drying these blanks. He recommended using a drying rack made of a long section of 1×4 that was had dowels set every inch and a half or so down its length. Make sure you use thin dowels so that you have airflow inside your blanks. He leaves them on the rack for a few days and then redrilles the holes to the appropriate size before gluing in the tubes.

Theo also suggested staying with a couple of manufacturers as there can be quite a bit of difference from one kit brand to another. Some kits use metric tubes and some use SAE measured tubes and they are not interchangeable. Theo also talked about the different grades of kits from style to finish type. 24k Gold is one of the least expensive and has a much shorter wear life on the metal parts than Rodium or Titanium. Along with the increase in finish quality and wearability comes with an increase in price. You can buy started pen kits in the $2 to $3 range to upwards of $65.

Theo also recommended getting a good pen vice to drill your holes straight. He suggests that you cut your blanks 1/4 inch longer than the total length of your pen parts and that you do not drill all of the way through the bottom. Take a 2×2 square of waxed paper and roll it into a ball and press it into the bottom of your brass tube to form a plug. This will prevent your tube from getting glue inside when you insert it into the blank and giving you problems with assembly. Theo rough sands the outside of his tubes so that the glue has something to bite to and he uses Gorilla Glue. This is a moisture cure glue so you will need to slightly moisten the inside of the tube removing all excess water, coat the tube with a very thin coat of glue and insert the tube. When the glue has dried trim and sand the blanks to the tubes and remove the plugs.

For finishing his pens Theo uses Super Glue and a Beal Buffing System. Other good finishes are Hut ultra gloss especially for plastic and acrylic pens, Renaissance Wax, Shella Wax and Mylands Friction Polish.

An overall excellent program with a ton of good information.