October 21, 2014 Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order by club vice-president, Mike Aalberg, due to the absence of president, Rob Otte.

The four guests present were welcomed and introduced.

Rob Kurth was recognized for his being awarded Best of Nebraska at the Lincoln Arts Counsel Show held at South Point September 27-28.

Mike Ferris was recognized for his being selected as Chief Medical Officer of CHI Health St. Elizabeth. The September 22, 2014, Lincoln Journal Star article describing his accomplishments was passed among members.

Minutes of the September 16, 2014 meeting were approved as posted on the club website.

Doug Wilson presented the Tip of the Month: a leather triangle he places atop his very sharp revolving center as a way of protecting the back of his hand when manipulating partially-turned objects on the drive center. Magnets sewn into the corners of the triangle hold it in place until that center is used again.

Webmaster Don Shelton gave members the new password that protects their names, phone numbers and email addresses from non-member scrutiny.

Theo Alles reported that the club’s financial balance is $3947.04

Sam Boon mentioned that (a) The Real Wood Bible is now in our library, courtesy of Doug Wilson, (2) a DVD of last month’s pen turning program by Curt Norman is available, and (3) the Richard Raffan DVD Turning Boxes is missing from the library.

Doug followed up on Rob Otte’s discussion with Carol Campbell of Campbell’s Nurseries regarding club members selling products at Campbell’s pre-holiday sales events. Those wishing to do so should price their item (1/2 the retail price), sign the item and have with it the price and turner’s name. Products will have a sale price between $60 and $200. Members interested in such sales were encouraged to have their products at Rob Kurth’s shop on Wednesday, October 29, between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

Elmer Miller indicated that he has been in correspondence with Jimmy Clews as a possible guest turner, demonstrator and teacher for our club in 2015. The plan is to have a world-class turner provide a full day of demonstrations to which a large audience would be invited (Rob Kurth has volunteered the use of his shop for such an event), followed by 3 days of hands-on turning instruction provided to 5 or 6 individuals in Sam Boon’s shop. Elmer will continue to communicate with Mr. Clews in finalizing a time to which members of our club would have priority in reserving a position. Other turning clubs will be invited to participate in all events for which there is space. At this time, dates and prices have not been determined.

Al Domina mentioned that he has a Jet 1442 lathe for sale.

As usual, the Show and Tell portion of our meeting provided many amazing pieces by club members. The quarterly raffle raised $87 for the club.

The program was presented by Harold “Harry” Adams of Grand Island. Harry is a commercial turner who specializes in unique works of art, much if it from native Nebraska woods. In addition to displaying a wide variety of his pieces and describing both the artistic endeavors and the properties of the woods involved, he shared many insights on using and preserving green wood, his use of tools in gaining the desired shapes, and some of the unique challenges faced in meeting customer expectations and desires.

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary

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