The meeting was called to order by president, Rob Otte.

One guest was recognized: Greg Hershberger.

The new manager of the UNL Maker Space, Jerry Rice, was introduced. Rice announced that he would like to have members provide some of their turned objects to be on display during the Make Lincoln Work celebration during the morning of October 3, 2016. He would also like to have members demonstrate the turning process. Interested members should notify president Otte.

Elmer Miller and Mark Entzminger reported on planning progress 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.). The Friday evening session coincides with the Lincoln Arts Council-promoted First-Friday art walk night. Table rental for sale items costs $35/table to the vendor(s) using them. Miller mentioned that our club will need volunteers to help set up tables prior to the fair, assist with advertising, provide food both days, and help with clean up at the conclusion of the fair. At our next meeting, forms will be made available for members to commit to specific tasks. Invitations have been made to other woodworking groups, such as Capital City Carvers, Cliff Hollestelle, a cutting board maker, etc.

Next month our club meeting will be held at the Nebraska State House, where member Mike Marshall will give members a tour of the facility—including the furniture shop, of which he is the director. Members were reminded by Otte and Marshall that they must be at the south door of the State House prior to 7 pm in order to be admitted. For security reasons, that door will be locked promptly at 7.

The Presidents-Tip-of-the-Night pertained to the danger of the very fine dust that is often created during various sanding and finishing turning operations. Otte mentioned having a respiratory issue after having worked with some oak and walnut. Such an issue prompted him to explore literature dealing with dust toxicity and methods of ameliorating its dangers. He suggested the use of a face mask having fine dust filtering capacity as well as a shop ventilation system that vents dust directly to the outdoors as well as having a means for providing fresh replacement air.

After our usual Show and Tell session, our club held its quarterly raffle of Craft Supply gift certificates, donated wood, and items that are useful to turners. Proceeds from the raffle will be announced at the next meeting.

Mark Entzminger presented a program dealing with his techniques for turning that eliminate much of the sanding that is often necessitated in finishing an object. He uses, almost exclusively, a D-Way Tools 5/8 inch bowl gouge with a fingernail grind and a CBN wheel for sharpening. By careful management of both the direction of cutting and the portion of the gouge in contact with the spinning wood, he can minimize the tear-out that plagues turners very frequently. Entzminger also spoke and illustrated his use of colored epoxy as a means of adding contrast to turned objects as well as a strategy for salvaging a badly damaged piece. He responded most affably to the many questions were raised by members and invited those interested (and daring) to come forward and experiment with some of his techniques.

 

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary