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4/11/2018

Treasurer reported no change in status.

Beads of Courage Bowls - the group has about 30 ready to go. Don will contact Angie at Albany Med to see if they're ready to take some.

We will be putting on a demo of 8th graders at Lisha-Kill MS on May 9th, making tops.

Unfortunately, I had to miss the Northeaster Woodworkers Showcase last month in Saratoga. If you did too, and you want to see what you missed, check out this link to photos of Showcase on Chris Stolicky's Flickr site.

Rich put on a great demo of Suminagashi - The Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling. It's essentially the dyeing or painting of an object by first floating the ink/dye on the surface of water and then plunging the object in. I don't have a lot of notes on the subject, but check out the photos in the Instant Gallery.

Safety tip of the month: Make sure your shop is kid proof. Remove starter keys, unplug power tools, and/or use guards to block electrical outlets or switches. Store hazardous chemicals out of reach. Secure sharp tools like your lathe chisels.

3/14/2018

10 turners joined us this evening for the second meeting at our new location. We've decided to form a committee to setup a youth program for the school. Committee is currently Courtney, Bob, Lou and Mike. They will meet before the regular club meeting next month.

We've come up with our meeting agendas for the year as follows:

    • April - Rich / Suminagashi
    • May - Form and Design: General Discussion
    • June - Swap Meet (wood, tools, etc.)
    • July - Chuck Maintenance (bring your chucks)
    • August - Jam Chucks
    • September - Kevin / Platters
    • October - Rich / Resins
    • November - Ornaments
    • December - Don / Bowls

    For the Instant Gallery, Joel Edwards brought in his first attempt at a segmented bowl - check it out at the Instant Gallery page.

    Notes from Mike's discussion on Shellac: A naturally occurring resin secreted by the Lac Beetle in India and Thailand. Varieties of shellac and color are harvested from different regions and time of year. "Shellac sticks to anything and anything sticks to shellac" is a common saying that has some truth to it, and some exceptions. The dewaxed shellac has its natural waxes removed, but not everything sticks to the shellacs with wax in it. Two coats of shellac and one coat of poly is a quick way to get durable finish, faster than 3 coats of poly. Mike then went into the mixing methods. I've pasted a table of ratios below. When mixing, it can take several hours or a day for the flakes to completely dissolve in the alcohol. A 1-lb cut would be good for a wash coat or seal coat and 2-3 pound coat good for a finish coat. Preferred method of storing is in glass jars as metal containers don't last long and can fail in storage. As an applicator, Mike prefers cut-up T-shirts.

    Safety tip of the month: Get some training. This could be as simple as getting your woodworking buddy to come over and show you how to properly operate a lathe, to watching a few online videos. Better yet, attend some classes offered by a local craft store or woodturning club. Woodturning clubs are located all over the country and are usually filled with people willing to teach you the craft.



    2/14/2018

    Attendance was low (9 people), it being Valentines Day, and we had a new meeting place. I was out sick, so not much to report. The insurance for the year has been paid. March topic will be "All About Shellac", presented by Mike Kross.

    Safety tip of the month: Keep the woodturning tools sharp. A dull chisel requires that you apply excessive feed pressure. Set up the sharpening grinder where you can reach it without moving away from the lathe.

    1/10/2018

    12 people joined us this evening for a great presentation by Lou on Segmented Turning. Treasurer reported we are solvent and there will be no increase in dues this year (as previously reported.) The web domain name and web hosting services were renewed for one year at a cost of $116. Insurance will be due next month - currently paid through March 15th

    Next month's meeting will be at the Lisha Kill Middle School. See your email for more information and directions.

    Volunteers were sought to move Patrick's lathe from its current location to Lisha Kill. That move will occur this month.

    Totally Turning will be on March 24 and 25 at the Saratoga Convention Center.

    Don't forget to check out our Instant Gallery. Note that there is new page up for 2018. See the links on that page for prior years.

    Safety tip of the month: It was suggested to review the video on The Wood Whisperer's website about 52 Shop Safety Mistakes. Also Mike K mentioned "job safety analysis" and think "where will it go if it slips".

    12/13/2017

    9 people joined us tonight, including a new guest: Burt Dingley. Burt enjoyed himself and may join next year.

    In January we will meet at our normal place, however Patrick is set to retire in January and as such our February meeting will be at the Lisha Kill Middle School. Thank you to Courtney for setting that up and obtaining permission to use the space.

    Treasurer reported no change in balance. Expects a rate hike in insurance next year.

    We held elections for offices for the next two years. Congratulations to the following:

    • Lou Carusone - President
    • Harry Mickey - Vice President
    • Kevin Barb - Secretary and Webmaster
    • Patrick Cummings (Mike Kross Backup) - Treasurer

    Dues will be due next month. Rate will remain unchanged at $20/year. It was discussed that when typical expenses of web page and insurance exceed dues collected, then it may be time to raise the dues, but for now they will be held constant.

    It was noted that AAW has an introductory rate of 3 months for $20, then 9 months for $40. Benefits are the bimonthly magazine, plus the Fundamentals of Woodturning magazine. Also it was noted that you can download the November Fundamentals Magazine (reportedly a good one) as a guest member at no charge.

    Don delivered 6 BoC bowls to Albany Med on Monday.

    We don't really have an inclement weather policy, so it was agreed that if school, or after-school activities were cancelled then we would cancel the guild meeting. Everyone should stay tuned to their email for notification.

    Safety tip of the month: When turning, don't forget to check how secure your work is. And re-check it periodically. Wet wood (green wood) is especially problematic and needs to be re-checked and re-tightened frequently. Also, it was suggested that you get in the habit of turning your lathe speed down before you turn the lathe off. This will prevent you from accidentally starting on high speed with an unbalanced workpiece.

    11/8/2017

    14 people joined us tonight, including a new member Donny Jones. Donny will be taking over for Patrick as instructor at the school after Patrick retires.

    • Tonight's meeting subject was Lidded Boxes. Here is a link to an information sheet from Lou.
    • A big shout out / thank you to Harry Mickey who volunteered to run for VP of the guild.
    • It was reported that NWA will be losing their shop on Solar Drive in Halfmoon.
    • Don confirmed with Albany Med they simply do not have the space at this time to receive more BoC boxes due to construction and renovations.
    • Also, Don pointed out a link to a very simple way to make BOC Boxes from PVC. Be sure to check it out.


    10/11/2017

    Tonight's meeting subject was Offset Turning or Multi-Axis Turning. Here is a link to an INFORMATION SHEET Don put together.

    13 people joined this evening for the meeting. Rich promised if he were elected President he would "Make Woodturning Great Again!" Everybody should think of a topic they would like to learn more about too and be ready to bring it up next month as we will be looking to setup next year's agenda at the next meeting. EVEN BETTER - EVERYBODY SHOULD THINK ABOUT A TOPIC THEY CAN DEMONSTRATE / TALK ABOUT AS WELL. Let's help share the load here.

    Don contacted Albany Med regarding more donations of Beads of Courage boxes. They have ONE BOX left of the 61 boxes we donated last year.

    I overheard this from somebody... I think it was Bob. He said a "The biggest worry of a friend of his was that when he dies, his wife will sell all his woodworking tools for what he told her he bought them for!" ROFL, right? :-)

    The big take-aways I got from the discussion on Multi-axis turning are: there are two basic types - parallel axis and non-parallel axis. It is a good idea to have a light or dark background to see the ghost image and see the "solid wood". Speed is very important - they're all interrupted cuts. Faster is better, but you have to fight the imbalance too. Finally, it is always best to turn between centers. You really want the tail-stock support. Also, check out some books on the subject by Barbara Dill and some power points you may be able to find online by her. Also, check out an AAW magazine article by Barbara Dill.

    9/13/2017

    Tonight's meeting subject was ornaments - the goal was to get us in the mindset for the upcoming holidays. Wow, they're coming up fast too!

    We welcomed another new member tonight: Joel Edwards. Welcome Joel!

    11 people joined this evening for the meeting. Lou brought in white birch logs for us all to take home. Plus he mentioned Beads of Courage beads remain available. Next month Don will give a demo on multi-axis / off axis turning. Pat announced his intention to retire in January 2018 so we will be looking for a new meeting place. Courtney is now at a new school and will check with the administration there.

    Chris Stolicky had a safety moment for us all: wear proper PPE. Hope your toe is doing better Chris! :-)

    8/9/2017

    I can't tell you how much about our meeting this evening... sorry. I was unable to attend. Usually I'll list the number of members in attendance, the discussion of club administration, and provide an overview of the presentation/demonstration for the evening, with key take-aways, tips, tricks, recommendations and links to webpages if any are of interest.

    If anybody has any of this stuff and they want to fill in the blanks, please let me know. I'm more than happy to post it online. The topic of the evening was peppermills, and you can see one in progress by Don Orr on our Instant Gallery Page.

    7/11/2017

    9 members joined us this evening. Next month's meeting will be on Peppermills. It was noted that Cocobolo is now an endangered species. Check out the CITES page ( Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

    This months' meeting was at Chris Stoliky's new workshop. Chris first showed us his new workshop before the penmaking demo. He described his solar hot water collector with natural gas backup for his sub-floor heating system. He also had some pretty awesome LED shop lights that he said were about $30 at BJ's Warehouse. The exterior of the shop was English Tudor to match the style of his house. He also had a very impressive dust collection system and utility grade solid oak flooring that he used epoxy and coffee grounds to fill in any voids or knots.

    For the pen demo, a few of the tidbits I picked up were: White foam Gorilla Glue is good to glue in the tube. Blanks are ~1/8 longer than the tube. Keep a close eye on the grain for a two piece pen. Chris also demonstrated several finishes, with a very impressive Wood Turner's Finish appearing superior to thin CA glue. The tricks with the WTF was about 12 coats (goes on very quickly) followed by a blue rouge / dry buff. 400 grit is fine if you're using WTF.

    6/14/2017

    13 members joined us this evening.

    July Meeting will be held at Chris Stolicky's house. Subject will be his new workshop and penmaking.

    After a brief review of business and a review of the Instant Gallery, Rich D'Ambrosio gave us a demo on some of his resin work. Rich uses epoxy resin because the polyester stuff smells! Sometimes he'll use Alumilite too. Using cardboard, he fashioned a mold around some simple firewood with natural edge. The epoxy has a longer working time than Alumilite. He suggests to ensure there is a continuous line of hot glue under the good so you have no leaks. You can do without the pressure pot with epoxy, but not with Alumilite. The Clearcast 7000 is cheaper on Amazon than West System Epoxy, but I think he said he likes West System's better. Resins are a 1:1 mix. Also Amazon sells cheap spatulas that are better than popsicle sticks for mixing. Mixing container is reusable. Estimates 45 minutes working time. $60-$80 for the two bottles of resin. About 5 drops of red color and 1/8 tsp of pearl dust. Pour less viscous Part B second. easier to stop to ensure have a 50/50 mix. Burns top to burst bubbles. Let sit for about a week to cure, or overnight in the pressure pot.

    5/10/2017

    11 members joined us again this evening. It was noted that AAW encourages all OCGW members to become members of AAW. Tonight's subject was bowl gouges with a spindle gouge challenge from last month. Treasurer's report was given and it was noted that the web-hosting fee was paid and updated for another year. Rich is contemplating purchasing a CBN wheel and wondered what grit to buy. 180 was recommended by several. You cannot sharpen soft metals on these wheels (such as bronze, brass or aluminum) as they will clog the wheel.

    After a brief discussion we moved on to our "instant gallery." Make sure you check it out so seem of our excellent handiwork.

    Safety tip of the month: Police Your Environment. Keep your work area clean. Store tools safely. Don’t allow cords to run across circulation ways. Don’t start your lathe if people are in harm’s way. Ensure that there is adequate light and ventilation. If you are observing someone else, don’t place yourself in harm’s way.


    4/12/2017

    11 members joined us this evening. We agreed to renew our current webhosting contract while we continue to search for lower cost alternatives. Chris Stolicky posted some great pictures of most all of the works from the recent Woodworkers Showcase and Totally Turning event. Also, the results of our "Skew Challenge" can be seen on our Instant Gallery page.

    By the way, the Instant Gallery webpage has a new look this month. I broke out the Instant Gallery photos into different pages for each year for easier searching and faster page loading. You'll see links to each of the different years on each of the yearly gallery pages. If you want to quickly find your pictures, just hit CTL-F and type your last name. It should take you to all your previous work!

    If you notice any broken links because of this change, or as usual, if I accidently got the wrong name assigned to a particular piece, please just drop me a line. And if you have any recommendations for improvement or things you'd like to see on the web page, please let me know.

    And, if any of you ever visit our Home Page, I also updated those pictures to be more current.



    3/8/2017

    13 members joined us this evening.

    Webhosting renewal is due this month and becoming rather expensive ($90/year). Rich will look into alterative hosting sites. Reviewed 'Old Business' - need to keep in mind an alternate meeting location for when Patrick retires (TBD). Also discussed Treasurer's Report. I've added a link to the Woodturners Guidelines on Beads of Courage Website on our Links Page. One piece of information on skews: Don mentioned he never uses the wheel on his skew, but rather uses a 600 grit stone and then a leather strop with white buffing compound. Be sure to check out our "Instant Gallery" page to see what we've been up to!


    2/8/2017

    12 members joined us this evening.

    Tonight's program was on Chuck Maintenance. Treasurer reported he ordered 3 new library books (Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning, Learn to Turn and Woodturning - A Foundation Course.) Lou has new Beads of Courage beads and cards for those who would like some. It was suggested that if you need something, we're all here to help so send an email blast to the group. For example, Mike K offered some walnut oil finish.

    A question came up on which was recommended, a Longworth chuck or Cole jaws? Cole jaws was recommended by the group for better gripping strength. There was a good suggestion for Kevin when making the 3 piece wood/corian/wood tops to dowel them together through the center where he was only using CA glue for these. (Thanks for the tip!) We were reminded of NWA Showcase coming up on 4/1 and 4/2.

    Regarding chuck maintenance some do's and don'ts were: NEVER use oil or grease as it will attract sawdust and really gum up the works. Some people suggested use of a dry lube would be OK. Gun cleaning lubricant was also suggested. It was suggested that Harbor Freight has a decent set of snap-ring pliers for about $5.

    March topic will be on skews - how to use them, various shapes sizes, practice cuts - you know... basically "just skewing around."

    1/11/2017

    14 members joined us this evening.

    Tonight's program was on Safety - see some of the take-aways below. But before we got to that discussion we had our regular meeting of discussion and "instant gallery." We also paid our annual dues and the treasurer's report was "good". Our Fearless Leader (Bob) suggested we include a segment in the agenda for 'open questions' immediately following new/old business and before instant gallery. This was adopted. Don volunteered to run the demo for August on offset or multi-axis turning. The purchase of another 40 Beads of Courage bowl beads was authorized (Lou to procure.) We were also reminded of the Wood Show at The Big E this weekend.

    We had some discussion about whether or not one should turn a taper on the end of the tenon when fitting into a chuck. I'm not sure we had a definite conclusion, but I looked up my Nova Chuck manual and it says " Make the spigot as parallel as possible to maximize the efficiency of the clamping action." Further regarding chucks, it was suggested that you attempt to retighten the jaws each of the first few times you stop the lathe to inspect your work. Then we had some discussion on the use of Jam Chucks, often used to remove the remains of the tenon when the work is finished. Don suggested the book "Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning: Everything You Need to Know to Secure Wood on Your Lathe" by Doc Greene. I know Lou has a copy, and I bought one when I saw Lou's. You can get it on Amazon for $18.

    We also welcomed a new member tonight: Jean Messihi

    Worth mentioning here is the Lichtenberg Fractals made by Rich D'Ambrosio. Wow. That's Rich - always pushing the envelope! Check out this month's instant gallery to see his work, and Google it to see how it's done using 12,000 volts of electricity!

    For our discussion on safety it was recommended to link to the AAW website for their useful books on this subject. Here is the link. I believe there is one (or more) books or articles available to the public, and for members there is a 64 page book entitled "Safety for Woodturners", which is a free download for members. Other topics/discussion on safety were:

      • Wear safety glasses!
      • Wear hearing protection (you can still "hear the wood")
      • Use a dust collector "all the time"! (AAW has a list of wood toxicities)
      • Keep your cell phone near you in the shop
      • Have a first aid kit in your shop
      • Watch out for loose clothing, long hair, etc.
      • Good gripping shoes are important - dust/chips, etc. can become slippery
      • "Spouse Training" (see the safety tip of the month on 10/12/16)
      • Take frequent breaks
      • Make sure your tools are sharp
      • Use sound wood
      • Use a face shield - especially if your CA glue is not dry!!


    12/14/2016

    11 members joined us this evening.

    Tonight's program was Ornaments and was intended to be a "challenge". Several folks brought some in and were awarded with a gift certificate to Woodworkers Catalog (Craft Supplies USA).

    No old business to discuss (however we still need to be concerned about locating a new meeting location when Patrick retires.)

    Lou mentioned The Woodworking Show at The Big E in Springfield, MA on 1/13/17-1/15/17.

    Club dues will be due in January ($20/person) no increase over previous years. Treasurer's report indicates we are solvent (balance reported during the meeting.)

    We brainstormed some meeting topics for the year as follows:
      • January - Safety and Mounting your work to the lathe
      • February - Chuck Maintenance
      • March - Skew Work and sharpening
      • April - Detailed and Spindle Gouge work and sharpening - (with skew challenge)
      • May - Bowl gouge work and sharpening - (with spindle gouge challenge)
      • June - Pen Turning - (with bowl gouge challenge)
      • July - Resin and Finishing (outside!)
      • August - Peppermills
      • September - Ornaments
      • October - Multi-axis / off-axis turning
      • November - Lidded Boxes and Nominations for Offices
      • December - Types of Wood and their preparation / club elections / Lidded Box Challenge

      Finally, Casey mentioned "Jerry Bennet Segmentology" - and it's worth mentioning here. The link takes you to his crosscut sled design - the design Mike Kross brought in a few months ago, and it appears to be a very slick design. ... Maybe I'll have to build a new sled??


      11/9/2016

      10 members joined us this evening.

      Don discussed the donation of Beads of Courage bowls that he coordinated for Albany Med. Together Mike, Lou and Don delivered 61 Beads of Courage boxes to Albany Med Cancer Center. Lou and Mike made more than 1/2 of them. The program provides colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone for children with various blood disorders or cancer. The bowls (or boxes) are given to a child to store their bead collection throughout their treatment. More information about the program can be found here. Guidelines for woodturners interested in making boxes can be found here. Don stated that Albany Med has occasion to need about 70 of these bowls per year and has encouraged each of us to make a bowl and contribute to the program.

      Tonight's program was Homemade Tools. Several folks brought in tools, but none more than Chris Stolicky! Holy cow does he have a number of tools and homemade jigs too! (I'd have no place to store that much stuff!)

      A few things I heard about making tools were:
      • 1) It's tough to fit a square peg in a round hole when inserting your tool into the handle. Much better off to round off the edges of square stock before trying to insert it.
      • 2) With a curved or gooseneck hollowing tool, keep the tool rest behind the gooseneck and keep the cutting edge inline with the shaft of tool to reduce torque.
      • 3) Can mark the handle with top dead center so you know when the tool is level, and help you know the angle of attack when the tool is hidden inside the workpiece.
      • 4) For NWA members, check out Bob Rosand's 1997 article on "Small Advanced Tools."
      • 5) High Speed Steel (or Cobalt) 3/16 x 3/16 x 2.5" blank tool bits can be ordered from MSC Direct or Harbor Freight.
      • 6) 3/16" is recommended size as 1/4" is "very grabby."
      • 7) Craft Supplies has OneWay handles with interchangeable heads for ~$18. (See the photo in the instant gallery of Lou Carusone's tool.)
      • 8) 1/4" round steel skew is Mike Kross' favorite tool.
      • 9) Suggest to make your tool handle as large as possible for better control and comfort and less fatigue.


      Safety tip of the month:  When using a faceplate, be certain the workpiece is solidly mounted with stout screws (#10 or #12 sheet metal screws as a minimum). Do not use drywall or deck screws. When turning between centers, be certain the workpiece is mounted firmly between the headstock drive center and tailstock center.


      10/12/2016

      11 members joined us this evening.

      The program tonight was woodburning - also known as wood vaporization - and it was easy to see why! Wow, these things put out some power! Thanks to Chris and Don who brought in their gear for the demo. We also had a "challenge" on finials. Each of the participants received a $10 gift certificate to Craft Supplies.

      Old Business: we were reminded we all need to think about alternate meeting locations in the event when Patrick retires.

      Dave Nilson brought in a segmenting sled / jig, patterned after one by Jerry Bennett You can check out one of his YouTube videos here.

      Rich D'Ambrosio's awesome platter was based on Tim Yoder's work which you can find here. He likened to the process to "dropping acid in the workshop." (Can I repeat that here?)

      For the "wood vaporizer" portion of the program it was recommended to check out Graeme Priddle's work. At that link you can get the schematics to make your own vaporizer. Another resource noted was John K Jordan. Finally, another link would be here. I'm sure you can find many more, such as a Palo Alto (or Silicon Valley), CA woodturning club was mentioned to have plans online as well. The "pens" or burners were all homemade with 20 or 22 gauge Ni-Cr wire. It was noted that the Ni-Cr work hardens, so once you've bent it, it becomes brittle and it not easily bent again. Some turners use black Gesso paint to fill in the burned area afterward.

      Patrick mentioned that there were AAW Scholarships available for 3 art schools; one was in Brasstown, NC, another in Snow Mass, Aspen Co, and another in Gattlenbury? You pay for transportation and housing - the scholarship pays the tuition. If interested, contact Patrick.

      Safety Tip(s) of the Month: Train your spouse or partner!   I thought this was an awesome tip... sometimes your spouse/partner will come into your shop and need to get your attention. Chances are your back will be to them, or you may not know they have entered the room. Let them know they should wait until you remove the tool from your workpiece before getting your attention.


      9/14/2016

      12 members joined us this evening.

      Yeah! Nametags are here! They came out very nice too. Many thanks to Harry Mickey for his support for our Guild.

      The program tonight was finials, and tops too! Thanks to Don Orr for putting on a great demo on how to make a finial. Followed by a demo on how to make a top. And he did it in LESS THAN 3 MINUTES! Watch the video to see and listen to his comments throughout the process.

      In other news... Bob Bernardi mentioned a potential source of some fresh cut walnut and will provide more information for us. And Chris Godfrey said he had another walnut contact... Next month will be wood burning. November will be handles and tool making, and December - ornaments. Patrick showed us the gnarly results of one of those new-fangled table saw safety triggers that stop the saw instantly if it detects skin. The damaged brake was a site to behold. He didn't cut himself, but was cutting a small piece of conductive flashing and set the trigger off. It was stated that there are 3,000 amputations per year due to table saws - so be careful! Use safe work practices! Also, Patrick said he is subscribed to a service for stair stringer design, so if anybody needs a detailed drawing for site-specific stringers, let him know.

      Mike Kross requested a link to her site: CindyDrozda.com but she also has an article about turning finials here: Cindy Drozda's Analytical Approach to Finial Design.

      Safety tip(s) of the month:  Sharp tools are safe: A dull tool can skip or cut the wood inappropriately, catching the turner off guard. When a tool is dull, the turner will apply more muscle to make it cut. Let the tool do the work—pushing harder does not replace sharpening a tool or learning its proper use. Check the sharpness of a tool by scraping the cutting edge against your fingernail or across a soft piece of wood; it should leave a mark. If it does not make scratch, it is too dull. If a tool is not cutting easily, sharpen it.


      8/10/2016

      11 members joined us this evening.

      Lou mentioned he has information about Beads of Courage bowls (beads, cards, specifications, etc.) if anybody is interested. Also he suggested we consider looking for an alternate meeting location in the future for when Patrick retires - it's not too soon to start looking and he encouraged all members to think about this. Nametags will be coming shortly.

      Instant gallery this month was lidded boxes. Many members brought in both new and old work. Honestly, there were so many boxes being passed around I may have lost track of whose was whose. If you find an error on the instant gallery page and I've given credit to the wrong member, please let me know! It's easy to change. Several members mentioned books by Rick Raffan on "Turning Boxes" and other books by Ray Key and Chris Stott.

      We also welcomed another new member this month - welcome to Chris Godfrey

      Safety tip(s) of the month:  Use a powered dust-extraction system to remove wood dust and other air-suspended particles while sanding or generating any form of dust.


      7/13/2016

      I was on vacation and have no notes or photos. Anybody who has anything - please send!!

      6/8/2016

      11 members joined us this evening.

      We were sorry to hear of the passing of a dear friend and founding member of our guild - Lou DeMola. Thoughts and prayers from all of us go out to Lou's family and friends. Lou was an important/significant factor in the creation and evolution of the Old Country Guild of Woodturners. He was a founding member and the original treasurer. Lou CLEARLY loved turning wood and the camaraderie that comes along with being in the club. He was a student and a teacher of the work. He will be missed. The Old Country Guild of Woodturners will make a donation to the Northeastern Kidney Foundation in Lou's memory.

      In other news, we also welcomed another new member this month - welcome to Rick Debertolis

      Barbara Notke strongly recommended to attend the June 22 Scroller's meeting at NWA. Paul Petrie will speak on airbrushing. The meeting is on June 22, starting at 6:30. She also recommends the September NWA meeting which will be on Marquetry.

      Safety tip(s) of the month:  Frequently remove shavings from the floor while turning. Eliminate all slipping or tripping hazards from the floor around the lathe and work area. Also, keep your work area well lit and well ventilated.

      5/11/2016

      10 members joined us this evening. After a short discussion on name-tags and the usual club business such as finances and web page, we quickly went to the instant gallery. Kevin showed his end-grain cutting board that had some significant cross-grain cracking. General consensus was this is associated with change in moisture content of the wood. Several beads of courage bowls, tool handles, and segmented bowl by Dave Nilson that I believe he said was to be a wedding gift. Following that Lou demonstrated the One-way bowl coring system (seemed very robust), and Don showed us two other systems by Woodcut and McNaughton. Dave mentioned an article "Bowl Saver Systems" in the February 2013 issue of American Woodturner Magazine. I did check this out, and for those AAW members interested in coring, I would definitely have a look.

      We also welcomed a new member this month (or actually welcomed back an inactive one) - welcome back to Ed Buell

      Safety tip of the month:  An accident at the lathe can happen with blinding suddenness; respiratory and other problems can build over years. Take appropriate precautions when you turn. Safety guidelines are published online at www.woodturner.org/?page=Safety. Following them will help you continue to enjoy woodturning. 

      4/13/2016

      11 members attended this evening. Linda Ovitt has decided to sell her turning equipment. Bob to provide further info. We've decided on laser engraved name-tags. Discussed "Star Chapter Status" for AAW if all of our members become AAW members and discussed the many benefits of membership. Check out AAW at Woodturner.org.

      Mike explained the coating on his apple bowl and that by applying shellac first it fills in the pores and allows the poly to stay on the surface and build a shine more easily. Supposedly Shellac.net is a good website for further into on shellac. So the saying goes "Shellac sticks to anything and anything sticks to shellac." There was a bit of discussion on finial design when Lou showed his finial work - perhaps we should have it as a topic one night, or a guild challenge. Some suggestions included use of the rule of thirds where the details are in the first and last third with a slender connection in between. It was suggested to Google Cindy Drozda - you'll find lots of information including this article on finial design. And it was suggested to check the December 2014 AAW magazine for an article on finials too.


      Finally we had our program on sanding and sand papers. Somebody mentioned Glen Lucas' comments regarding sanding walnut - he said 'if you're using walnut and think you want to start with 150, don't. Start with 180, then redo 180 again with a fresh sheet.' I guess it gives a better finish. There as discussion about European grit and US grades, P400 (for example) is not the same in the two systems. There was a rule of thumb, don't make more than a 50% change, so go from 100 to 150, and not to 200. Many people seemed to sand on the lathe, but recommended actually turning the spindle off and sanding with the grain. Remember, sand paper is a consumable. Use it like somebody else is paying for it! As mentioned in previous notes here, it may be worth checking out http://www.klingspor.com/ There was also discussion/recommendation to wet your work with water and raise the grain, then sand again.

      Next month: coring.

      Safety tip of the month: join AAW and download this 64 page Safety for Woodturners book. (I did not post here as the AAW website lists as Members Only.)



      3/9/2016

      12 members attended this evening.

      Remember - NWA Showcase and Totally Turning is the 1st weekend in April.

      Lou reported on the status of nametags - basically concluding that the setup charge makes these unattractive as each time we had a new member we would incur $8 for a badge (with no artwork) and a $20 setup charge. Lou was going to continue to investigate options such as laminated through Office-Max, and Pat was going to email Kallenshaanwoods to check laser engraving.

      Received approval from group to renew web page domain name at GoDaddy.com for one year. Discussed the field trip to Ideal Wood Products in Little Falls, NY, a trip sponsored by Mohawk Valley Woodturners - seemed like an awesome "roadtrip" and several people took home several CNC turned peppermills. Lou discussed balancing a new grinding wheel with the cheap inserts that came with the wheel, and the final solution to buy aluminum inserts from Woodturnerscatalog.com. Instant gallery had several entries this evening, and finally we covered our program for the night which was "from bowl blank to bowl."

      From Bowl Blank to Bowl:
      A few notes/tips from the discussion: can be done wet or dry, and can rough turn a wet blank, let it dry and shrink and then turn it again for a "twice-turned bowl." Key is to keep a hole at the center on both faces to help line it up after warping/drying. Recommend turn between centers first which is better than face plate or screw center to balance the grain and get the right "look" at the bottom of the bowl. A 2-prong drive center is best to balance the bowl blank. A 4-prong drive center is more for spindle turning. Bill Cherry discussed a handout which he called "The Keys to the Kingdom", or the Holy Grail for Woodturners as it describes why sometimes we get good cuts and not others. This sketch explains how to cut with ensuring that grain is left to support your cut below the tool. IMPORTANT to note is that the rules for spindle and bowl turning are opposite each other! I particularly liked the analogy - it's like whittling a stick. Whittle one way (big to small) and it works, go the other direction and all you'll do is split the wood. The same concept applies to hand-planing and power planing - you need to look at the ends and sides of the boards to determine the best direction to work the wood. "You should ALWAYS CUT DOWNHILL!" Note too that a spindle-turned goblet, for example, is like an end-grain bowl, but it's spindle turning. How it's attached to the lathe DOES NOT dictate the cutting technique, the GRAIN ORIENTATION does. And another tip was (for a bowl) establish your rim and desired thickness for ~1" then go another inch and finish and another inch and finish, and so on. Don't go back to the top because the wood moves as stress is relieved. If you do, you will get a lot of chatter.

      Finally we discussed http://www.klingspor.com/products/index.htm where you may find some good links to the technology behind abrasives and a bargain basement for some cheap sandpaper or other items. It might be worth a look.

      Safety tip of the month: Always remove the tool rest before sanding, finishing, or polishing operations.

      2/10/2016

      12 members attended this evening, including two new members - welcome to Casey Hulihan and his fiancé Alison.

      We had an "instant gallery" as usual, with each person displaying their previous month's work. Let me tell you, Casey was busy!! He had some awfully nice work that you can check out in the gallery. This evening's presentation was on making a bowl blank from a log. Both Bob and Don did a great job bringing in some show and tell stuff, that again, you an see in the instant gallery. Also, Bob brought some handouts which you can find here.

      We also discussed the upcoming 25th Annual Showcase and Totally Turning on Saturday & Sunday, April 2nd & 3rd, 2016sponsored by NWA. Also of note; Lou volunteered to look into name tags - perhaps at Lee's Trophies.

      Safety tip of the month: While it is possible to become entangled in other woodworking machinery, the danger is heightened at the lathe. Your hands, body and clothing are closer to the hazard and the diameter and irregularity of the wood itself has a greater tendency to “grab” anything long and loose. Once clothing, hair or hanging jewelry become entangled in the wood, severe injury occurs in a microsecond.
    • Clothing should be close fitting without being restrictive.
    • While close fitting cuffs on sleeves are acceptable, short sleeves eliminate any possibility of having your arm wrapped into the spinning wood.
    • Long hair is very easily drawn into the spinning wood so must be tied back into a ponytail or bun.
    • Hanging jewelry should be removed completely. Tight fitting watches and rings are less of an issue but removing them removes the problem.



    • 1/13/2016

      9 members attended this evening.  It was reported that the new officers have been registered with AAW.  It was also noted that 2016 dues are due ($20) and several were collected this evening.  This evening's presentation was on sharpening, next month will focus on making a bowl blank from a log.  A suggestion was made that we invest in name tags.  Check out the instant gallery link to see some of the work of our members. 

      Safety tip of the month: Keep your lathe in good repair. Check for damaged parts, misalignment, binding of moving parts, and other conditions that may negatively affect its operation.

      12/9/2015

      9 members attended this evening, and we welcomed a new member too! A warm welcome to Michael McGraw.

      This evening it was noted the that OCGW.org domain name was renewed for a two year period.  Annual dues ($20) will be due next month.  We made some tentative plans for meeting itineraries in 2016 which may include sharpening with the Vari-grind II and freehand, bowl blank preparation from logs, turning bowls / faceplates, finishing, coring, spindle turning, boxes, hollow forms, chuck maintenance, tops and peppermills were all ideas that were suggested. 

      We also held our bi-annual elections.  The proposed slate of officers was unanimously approved.  Welcome to our new President Bob Bernardi and new VP Lou Carusone.  Pat Cummings remains the treasurer.  Kevin Barb is our new Secretary and retains his role as webmaster also.  Bob will contact AAW and Craft Supplies with the names of the new officers.  


      11/18/2015

      9 members attended this evening. Kevin brought in some fresh cut walnut that he and Don got from a friend of Don's. We discussed sealing green wood with Anchor-Seal. Treasurer reported no change. $20 Dues will be due in January. Received permission to renew website domain name and domain server. Discussed upcoming election of officers - Lou Carusone volunteered to run for Vice President and Kevin Barb for Secretary. Suggested a Christmas Ornament Challenge for next month.

      We also had a demonstration this evening by Mike Kross who showed us how to make snowmen Christmas ornaments following a technique he learned from ?? ... I forget who. Some famous turner. :-) After finished turning he uses Puff Paint to put on the eyes and nose. He also uses hard Masonite or cocobolo to burn the color at the base of the hat.

      9/9/2015

      11 members attended this evening. No demonstrations were planned. Several people brought in subjects for the instant gallery including Rich D'ambrosio (burl and resin wines stoppers and ebony wine stopper, a bowl and a captured ring goblet), Davie Nielson (self-invented cannon vent hole spark arrester for use on The Onrust to prevent damage to the sails), Bob Bernardi (small vase and two bowls for pistachios), Kevin Barb (top and spalted spindle). Kevin also brought in an article on spalted wood that you can find at this link.

      Safety tip of the month: Keep the woodturning tools (roughing-out gouge, round-nose scraper, square-nose scraper, skew chisel, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, parting tool, spiral tool), sharp. A dull chisel requires that you apply excessive feed pressure. Grip the tool being used firmly. Hold the tool’s handle in your right hand and support the tool’s leading end with your left hand. Prop the tool on the tips of your fingers and grasp the side or top of the blade with your thumb. The index finger should rest comfortably along the ledge of the tool rest.


      8/12/2015

      Another well attended meeting. Rich did a demo on vacuum and pressure casting of resin. He made his own molds (for pen blanks and wine stoppers) out of HDPE cutting boards from Sam's club or Ocean State Job Lots. After mixing the resin and dyes for the prescribed time, he first put the molds in a vacuum chamber for a few minutes to draw the air bubbles out, and then put them in a pressure chamber (50psig) for several hours (8?), and then final cured before turning. He said you can also use "cactus juice" in the vacuum chamber to stabilize punky or spalted wood. After drawing a vacuum to pull the air out of the wood, releasing the vacuum draws the cactus juice into the wood where it is then baked for ~ 2 hours in a 200F oven. The juice can run $100/gal! The vacuum setup can be found at Chefware Kits or Wood Turners Catalog and the dyes at Alumilite.com or Michael's Craft store.
      Don showed us an apple bowl and Patrick had some pretty awesome orange pens.

      Safety tip of the month: Before turning on the power to the lathe, rotate the stock by hand to be sure that it clears the tool rest. Never adjust the position of the tool rest while the lathe is running. Always remove the toolsets from the lathe’s bed when sanding.


      7/8/2015

      Sorry Folks - I missed the meeting. But I had a good excuse - I was on a two week trip to Alaska! Still looking for photos and narrative from the meeting if anybody has anything they would like to provide.



      6/10/2015

      Another good month with 12 in attendance. The highest we've had in some time. Treasurer reported no change, insurance is paid. Bob demonstrated a marriage between flatwork and turning with some utensils that he finished the handles on the lathe and the utensil on the band saw, then hand sanded. Patrick showed some pens with gear shift levers and Rich had a gorgeous Black Palm bowl, but explained the difficulties of tear-out in this fibrous wood. He also had several burl and acrylic pens and bottle stoppers and some natural edged apple bowls - a busy guy this past month! Lou explained the difficulties of trying to duplicate the same pattern on some peppermills. His mechanisms were from Packard Woodworkers, which I think he said he liked better than Craft Supplies due to a thicker drive washer. Rich also showed a small plate with a chip on the edge that he explained was a "feature" and not a "flaw." :-) He recommends a jam-chuck or vacuum-chuck to finish the back side.

      Dave demonstrated clear polyester casting resin (can get at Michael's), using a two part resin and hardener system and alumalite colors. Recommendation from both Rich and Dave was to use the colors sparingly. Dave used 1/2" PVC and rubber stoppers at the bottom, with no de-molding agent. After about 8 hours was able to push out with his finger. It was still too soft to turn, but could be de-molded. Suggested you'd need 72 hours to fully harden.

      Safety tip of the month: Make sure you have proper ventilation if you're going to be doing any of this polyester resin casting!


      5/13/2015

      We had a good turnout this month, with several instant gallery pieces. Chris mentioned he has hundreds of photos from Totally Turning on his Flickr website. (I checked, he does! And they are totally awesome.) Dave discussed cast polyester resin pen blanks in re-useable PVC molds which we plan to demo next month. Lou mentioned that when boring out a peppermill, it doesn't really matter if the hole does not meet exactly in the center.

      Safety tip of the month: The length of your tool handle should be 5X the max reach beyond the tool rest (for proper leverage.)


      4/8/2015

      This month's meeting we had 10 people turn out (no pun intended) to watch a demonstration by Bob Bernardi on spiral finishing. Bob said everything you needed to know was in the December 2013 issue of American Woodturner magazine. He recommends you complete your spiral on the outside of your vessel before you finish the inside. Hardwood is easier to work with than softwood. If you're having difficulty, try at different diameters. Suggests using a brass bristle brush to finish after spiraling. Operation performed at 400-600 rpm. Overall, a wonderful demonstration and everyone got to try their hand at it.

      Safety tip of the month: Be sure to allow laminated, or glued-up, blanks to dry thoroughly before turning.


      3/11/2015

      This month's meeting we had a great turnout with 12 people in attendance. After a brief discussion of business (insurance has been paid, $95) we got on to the meeting. There was no program. It was noted that our guild is going its 8th year now. This was determined as we walked through the prior presidents: Jack (2 years), Don (2) Mike (2), and Dave is now starting his second year.

      Dave gave us a bit of news... he has put in for a transfer, which may or may not come at any time. He may be moving to Florida to be closer to his children/family.

      AAW Magazine selected a member of our guild, George Guadiane, to showcase his work. They highlighted him on their webpage in the "Turning of the Week" and showed a beautiful piece of box elder. (I'm sorry I don't have a link.)

      Next we raffled off a bunch of $10 gift certificates to The Woodturners Catalog - nice! Thanks!

      Not sure how it came up, but one discussion we had was regarding General Finishes "Woodturners Finish". It was reported to be excellent for pens, and much easier to deal with than CA glue. 5-8 coats was suggested, but it's only minutes between coats. Buff afterward with pen buffing kit, and no wax.

      Next month Bob will do a demo on his spiral tool - something I'm definitely looking forward to.

      Safety tip of the month: Keep Yourself Catch Free. Long hair must be tied back. No clothing, gloves, jewelry or watches should be worn below the elbow. Necklaces and loose clothing that could be caught by spinning parts must not be worn.


      2/11/2015

      I just have to say... it is an absolute pleasure being a member of this guild. Thank you everyone! It is great to be able to come to these meetings and learn from so many people's different experiences, and it is great that we have so many talented and friendly individuals who are willing to come and share their knowledge and help everyone else. So, to all members of the guild: Thank You! It's truly a pleasure meeting with all of you every month.

      This month's meeting we had 9 people in attendance and with only a few Instant Gallery pieces to discuss, we quickly got on to the main topic of the meeting which was sharpening. As you can see by the photos in the instant gallery, plenty of tools were on hand to be sharpened. Thanks to Mike and Don for demonstrating their skill in the art of sharpening and to everyone for all the knowledge, tips and tricks shared. Some of those special pointers that I captured are as follows:

      1) CBN wheels were designed to grind High Speed Steel (HSS). They are not recommended for softer steels as they can load. Never dress these wheels with a diamond! (Kind of obvious, but hey... you never know.)
      2) General opinion seemed to be not to take a skew chisel to the grinder, but rather hand hone.
      3) Good to put a slight rounded shape on the tip of your skew.
      4) Don't push! Use the weight of the tool. You are just refreshing the edge. There is a difference between grinding and sharpening.
      5) You can simply hand turn the wheel with tool up against it to check the angle of the grind.
      6) Always start grinding at the wings (never at the center.)
      7) If you slightly round the long edges of your scraper, it will slide along the tool rest more easily.
      8) Don't put HSS in water to cool it off. You may risk creating micro-cracks in the tip. Let it cool naturally, or roll it on the bed of your lathe.
      9) Always use a scraper in a trailing angle and cut above center.
      10) You can burnish your scrapers several times before you regrind.
      11) There was some recommended web pages / YouTube channels to check out for further learning, such as: Robohippy, Lyle Jamieson, and JoHannes Michelsen. Also, check out this article about CBN wheels.

      Safety tip of the month: Make sure you always grind well above the center of the wheel!

    • 1/14/2015

      It looks like the time off gave people plenty of time to turn! We had a great turnout and A LOT OF PIECES for the Instant Gallery. Check out the results of the ornament challenge as well as a number of nice pens and bowls and other pieces. Well done!

      Dues were collected from those in attendance, and it was agreed that elections would be a 2-year term, so no elections were held this year. Linda suggested a session on sharpening, so that's what we'll be doing next month. Bring in your tools and questions.

      Don mentioned a friend of his had a large walnut tree (~3 ft. dia at the base) taken down and would soon organize a "cutting party" for those who were interested. Several people completed projects on segmented turning, though some found it difficult, and getting the joints to match and uniform thickness all around was a challenge! I find turning is one continuous learning process!

      12/10/2014

      Unfortunately the meeting was cancelled due to weather. The "ornament challenge" will have to wait until January (which gives all the procrastinators more time), so get turning and bring in your work to show off and get tips from others!

      11/12/2014

      Eleven of us met and watched a demonstration by Kevin Barb on "Turning With Diamonds" or "Inside Out Turning." Also Bob Bernardi showed a whole rack of Christmas ornaments and Marie and others displayed some wonderful pens they had made. It was a great night - everybody loved the demo. The handout on how to turn inside out is attached here: Turning with Diamonds. Stay tuned for photos because I don't have any at the moment.

      Next month (December) we will have an "ornament challenge", so get turning and bring in your work to show off and get tips from others!

      10/8/2014

      Another good turnout with eleven of us meeting tonight, including the welcoming of two new members:  Courtney Hynes and Peter Ross.  I also failed to mention new members Linda Ovitt and Rich D'ambrosio from the last month.  Welcome to all of you!

      We discussed the benefits of membership in AAW (American Association of Woodturners). Membership is $55. For this you receive six issues of American Woodturner journal annually, and access to an index and all past issues of American Woodturner (for me, that's a bargain!). You also get access to Woodturning Fundamentals, which offers projects, tips, videos and information on tools and techniques for those looking to advance basic skills or are new to woodturning, and Let’s Go for A Spin, for turners who want to share their expertise by teaching others, a lesson plan series tailored to instructors and designed to provide beginning and advanced students with a well-rounded set of turning skills. I recommend you consider joining if you are not a member, or talk to one of our guild members about it.

      Bob Bernardi mentioned his trip to Dublin, Ireland and that he got to see "the wall" that I think was featured in a recent issue of American Woodturner (though I couldn't find it in a search tonight...) Anyway, it was an awesome display of a "replica stone wall" made entirely of wood. Carved by a group of woodworkers, it was just an incredible display, and you could tell Bob was impressed. If I get pictures, I'll post them.

      I asked a question about how to get good alignment when setting up between centers if I have a laminated piece and I want the axis normal to the laminates. Everyone had a bunch of ideas! Thanks! First, you could use a circular tail center vs. a pointed one to help eliminate that divot in the soft grain that prevents you from making minor adjustments, or it was suggested using a waste block and some 2-sided tape on the tail-stock end to allow fine adjustment before you cut tenons for a chuck. Also, a cone shaped tail center would ensure good centering of any stock. Lightly clamping in a 4 jaw chuck and using a Jacobs chuck with a drill bit at the tail stock would allow you to center accurately, and then switch to a standard dead center. Finally, you could turn the tenon for a chuck and square up the ends while the stock was still square, then use the table saw to cut and glue in the cross-grain segment while ensuring your sides remained flat/planar, and then remount. All good advice. I've got a couple of projects in mind that this will come in handy for. I'll try a few options and let y'all know how it turns out.

      For the instant gallery, Pat showed 3 beautiful bullet cartridge pens; Bob showed an apple-burl bowl, a walnut bowl, a butternut bowl and an ash friction fit box; Don showed us a red oak natural edge bowl and his "left handed mushroom-tool".

      Next, Bob showed us all how to crack hickory nuts, with a hammer and get the meat out whole! (If I could describe it, I would.) Thanks Bob!

      Then we had Pat show how he finishes his pens as he finished the bass inlayed pen he started last month. He had the lathe at top speed (~3900 rpm), gently turning the diameter down, then sanding to 800 grit and used polishing pads from there. I think the final pad was ~12,000 grit or something ridiculous! He said he likes to keep things natural and finishes with a simple coat of Carnauba wax, and that's it. Check out the instant gallery for a few photos! Thanks everyone for showing off your stuff!

      Remember: Safety is YOUR responsibility! Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses that include side protectors. Use a full face shield for bowl, vessel, or any turning involving chucks and faceplates.

    • 9/10/2014

      Eleven of us met this evening for some good discussion and a couple of hands-on demonstrations by Pat and Don.

      Don mentioned that the US Forestry Service Products Lab offers a wood identification service for free for up to 5 samples. Check it out online at: Wood ID Fact Sheet

      Pat mentioned he may be retiring soon (~2 years) and suggested we begin thinking of alternate locations to meet. Scroller have been meeting here for over six years, and turners about 5. Due to insurance reasons we likely won't be able to meet in individual homes, so if anybody has a lead on a good meeting place, please let the guild know!

      It was suggested we run one meeting on the topic of safety.

      Don mentioned woodturnerswonders.com was having a special on CBN wheels and mag-lights. If you're interested in possibly getting a group discount, drop Don a line.

      Pat Cummings put on a nice demonstration of how to glue up an inlay pen kit including showing the need for some small dental picks and the proper use of rubber bands and CA glue. The kit he used is available at Kallenshaanwood.com

      Finally, Don Orr gave a demonstration on his "shave pony" and how he makes the blade for his letter openers, or as he call them "mail openers" because after all, who writes letters these days?

      Remember: select stock carefully and inspect it closely before undertaking a project. Avoid using wood with knots or splits. Be Safe!

      • 8/13/2014

        Seven of us met again tonight for a leisurely meeting. You can tell it's summer time as there was not a lot of projects to display.

        Dave Nilson discussed an opportunity to pick up some burl wood from a neighbor. Everyone showed interested, so he'll investigate further. He also showed his pine burl bowl that he's been working on and off for months. The problem is all the pitch and gumming up of sandpaper. Don suggested baking in an oven at 160F which may solidify the pitch. Someone else suggested wet sanding. Either way, when it's done, it looks like it'll be a beautiful piece.

        Bob showed a hickory bowl, or was it oak? :-) Pat presented a maple cup in progress and Dave showed us his ornate lidded box.

        There was no official program, and we are seeking program suggestions for September and October.

        Next Month: OPEN TURNING - Bring something in to turn!

        Remember: set the speed of the lathe before turning on the lathe motor! Be Safe!

        • 7/9/2014

          Seven of us met tonight for a leisurely meeting. We discussed making "Freedom Pens" for a fundraising project at some future meeting. Penn State is having a special on Bolt-Action pen kits if anybody is interested. Feedback on the AAW symposium was excellent.

          Barbara showed a number of beautiful wine stoppers made from a number of different woods - Olive, Maple Burl, East Indian Rosewood, Oak (I didn't catch them all.) The finish was gorgeous with Tru-oil Gunstock Finish with no buffing.

          Mike showed his finished curly spalted maple vase he had begun last month. Wow! Finished with Bush oil and wipe-on poly. That's a real keeper!

          Chris showed his Maple and Walnut box finished with Mahoney's Walnut oil. If I remember correctly, he wasn't impressed with the drying time of the finish.

          Finally, Bob described the process he uses to make his Minoan Wave cups. First he shapes the outside using a tenon on both ends, the tail stock end being held in a Jacobs chuck. Next he drills to a depth and explained that as you clean up the insides you must be careful not to take a big bite or risk knocking it off center and out of balance. Finally he uses a scraper to clean up the inside and knock off the nub. He suggested a 3/4" dowel and sanding pad with Velcro to sand the bottom. Mike also suggested using hooknose hemostats and a small piece of foam and sandpaper. In the end, Bob cuts off the foot and inverts on a jam chuck to finish the bottom, then completes the final sanding. Interesting, the jam chuck is more of a mandrel as it inserts into the full form of the cup, not just the lip. He finished them with Mahoney's Walnut oil, followed by beeswax burnished in. Thanks for the good lesson Bob!

          Remember: A clean shop is a safe shop! Safe turning...

          • 6/11/2014
            Small group tonight... only about 6 of us. Clearly the summer months are upon us. Bob Bernardi and Mike Kross gave some good tips on making a natural edge bowl, including cutting the wood in the winter for better bark adherence and to be sure to use padding while sanding. Also a reminder to use the tailstock for as long as you can.

            Bob Bernardi described his process for wood burning his trademark Minoan Waves. Mike Kross brought in a nice spalted maple vase that was a work-in-progress, and described his process for sanding the inside.

            Somebody mentioned a woodturning show on PBS on Sunday mornings at 10:30. I haven't seen it, but it might worth checking out!

            A meeting is still planned for July 9th. Hope to see you there!


          • 6/6/2014

            We have a new Web Page and New Webmaster!

            Many thanks to Bill Cherry for his years of dedication in creating and maintaining the OCGW.info and OCGW.org website. Bill has decided to "retire" as webmaster and this role has been taken over by Kevin Barb. Kevin is new to html programming, so this page will be a work-in-progress for a while.

            Kevin is eager to obtain your input and put things on the page that you want to see, so please tell him what you like and don't like, and especially what you want to see more of. Please contact Kevin via the contact link on the left.


          • 5/14/2014
            Pen making for the Onrust project.

          • April 2014
            The April edition of American Woodturner magazine had a special feature on our guild. The article describes the club's efforts in building a replica of a 17th century sailing ship, The Onrust, as well as making pens and bottle stoppers in a fundraising effort for the Free Wheelchair Mission.  Check out the story here!.

          • 4/09/2013
            Kevin won a door prize, a walnut bowl blank donated by Bob Bernardi. Looking forward to seeing the results of the work.

          • 3/12/2014
            Meeting

          • 2/12/2014
            Turning flowers with Dave Nilson

          • 1/08/2014
            New officer elections.

            Vacuum chuck demonstration by Don Orr. 

          • 12/11/2013
            Meeting

          • 11/13/2013
            Meeting

          • 10/09/2013
            We had an interesting meeting last night! Nice goblet demo by Mike Kross. We had an abundance of objects for the Instant Gallery. The results of the “Top Challenge” were fantastic. A Welcome Back to Waldo, and a warm OCGW Welcome to Kevin, who joined us last night for the first time. We have had some self-nominations for OCGW Officer positions for 2014, and thanks to those who stepped-up. The nominations will be made official at the November 14th meeting, with election of officers to take place at the December 12th meeting. If anyone has ideas for the next Turning Challenge, contact Don Orr.

          • 9/11/2013
            Good meeting last night! A warm OCGW welcome to newcomer, Waldo, who visited and checked us out. We hope to see him back in October! Lou DeMola had an effective demo of his bowl turning techniques. When you see Lou, ask him about the bowl he sold at the Shaker Craft Show last weekend. Decent crowd in attendance for the meeting. Now that summer is over, we hope to see more of you turners in the coming months. We miss you! You know who you are! Remember - Next month is the “Top Challenge”. Get busy and turn some tops! Yes, you!

          • 7/10/2013
            Great meeting tonight. Many members were in attendance, and the conversation was spirited and informative. Very nice demo by Don Orr on Turning Tops. Don demonstrated three different types of tops, and they all spun beautifully, literally and figuratively. The Instant Gallery continues to get better and better every month. This month’s exhibit was full of exceptional work by OCGW members. Keep up the great work folks. A warm OCGW welcome to Courtney, a guest this evening.

          • 5/1/2013
            Regarding the recent AAW insurance issue, it was discussed at the last meeting that in order to keep everyone involved in our projects we need realize and accept that we are all adults and responsible for our own behavior and safety. We are also responsible to keep an eye on each other and if we see something that we feel is not a good idea we need to speak up to keep each other safe. We're in this together to have some fun and learn a few things so it is in all our best interests to help each other whenever we can. Please don't be afraid to speak up if you see something you are not sure about and ask questions as much as you want. The only bad question is the one you don't ask. So let's have fun, be safe, and keep turning for a long time to come.

          • 4/11/13:
            We welcomed a new member to the Guild last night. A warm OCGW welcome to Ron, who brought a large bowl that he recently completed. Very nice work!

          • 2/18/2013
            Nice turnout for the February meeting. Several potentially new members have been invited to join the group for the March meeting. We welcome them with open arms, and look forward to meeting them. As always, a big “Thank You” to Patrick for the best venue ever!! Your faithful servant, the Webmaster, is perusing some of the 27,237 images he received from Mike K. recently, and he hopes to update the OCGW website asap. Which means, with a new grandson born February 17, sometime between now and summer - maybe.

          • 1/11/13
            HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! Mike Kross did a nice demo on turning a salt shaker with a metal insert for the top at the January meeting, and a warm welcome to Ed from Clifton Park, a new member, who joined us this week.

            We elected our Officers for 2013 at the December meeting last night. 

            The date for the OCGW Holiday Party is Saturday, January 19, 2013. Details to follow in an OCGW email. Dues for 2013 will be collected at the January meeting.  

          • 11/16/2012
            Great meeting last night. Chris Stolicky described his method for prepping and turning closed-end pens. One of Chris’ pens is shown on the masthead, above. Many “ahas” were heard, and I would hazard a guess that several members will be attempting a similar project. Thanks to Chris for sharing.

          • 10/11/2012
            Good meeting last night. Very nice demo by Lou DeMola on turning tool handles. In a future program we will explore shop-built tools, to complement the tool handle demo. Don featured a brief video highlighting the importance of shop safety, and several first-person stories were shared. Be Careful out there! We can’t afford to lose any members!

          • 08/17/2012
            We had a good meeting for August with a new member joining us for the 1st time. Welcome Bob Bernardi! Nice to have another skilled and experienced turner in our group. We had a lively and interesting discussion on using scrapers in woodturning. They are much more useful and versatile than many think. We had a nice response to the second Guild Challenge. The topic was multi-axis/ eccentric/offset turning. Thanks to all who took the challenge and brought a piece to show. Remember, these challenges are meant to inspire members to get involved and try something different. If anyone got some photos, send them to Bill for the website. Any ideas for a new challenge? Lou DeMola has volunteered to show how he makes turning tool handles for the October 10th meeting in anticipation of a future tool-making workshop. Not sure what, when or where yet but I’ll let you know. We have a new event that we hope can become a fairly regular feature. One of our members has offered his home and shop for our first Shop Tour! The date is Saturday October 13, 2012 at 5 PM. That is the Saturday after the October Guild meeting. This will be a potluck event so get thinking about some special dish to bring and share. Location and directions will be coming soon.

          • 08/07/2012
            Tomorrow is meeting night. Our discussion/demo will be about scrapers used in woodturning. Scrapers have been used in woodturning since it began. They are much maligned and often criticized but they are also extremely useful in many circumstances. There are many shapes and sizes and most turners have their favorites. Bring in your scrapers and questions and we will try and answer them and sharpen them and give them a try. Don’t forget that the August 8th meeting will be the reveal for the TURNING CHALLENGE. Be sure to remember to bring your entry to the meeting.

          • 07/18/2012
            We had a great meeting last week. It was nice to see a fine turnout for a hot summer evening. Mike’s presentation on offset/multi-axis and eccentric turning was very interesting and informative. It was magic to see the forms created as Mike turned them.. Don’t forget that the August 8th meeting will be the reveal for the TURNING CHALLENGE. Be sure to remember to bring your entry to the meeting. If you haven’t finished one yet there is still time!! Get cracking - or should I say Get turning. See you there.

          • 04/18/2012
            Thanks to everyone who responded to the Guild Survey. Your feedback and input is very helpful and appreciated. We are now in the midst of some hopefully good changes to the Guild. We have the opportunity to add a few new members to our humble little group. See Don’s April 17th email for details. AUGUST TURNING CHALLENGE: The next Guild Challenge is due in August-any type of offset/multi-axis/eccentric turning you can devise and produce is fair game. More info will follow.

          • 04/7/2012
            The April Meeting is near. This month we will be working on and with spindle gouges. Not spindle roughing gouges, but one of the workhorse tools in every turners kit. We will look at what they are, how they are used and how to sharpen them. Please bring in your own spindle gouges so we can all see what you use and how you sharpen them. Hopefully we can get everyone's tools tuned up and cutting cleanly. Feel free to bring some wood to practice on as well.

          • 3/15/2012
            Another great meeting last night. Several different hollowing styles and techniques were demonstrated. Thanks to all who attended and participated. We are working on a better way to get photos and videos of OCGW programs and Galleries onto the website. More on this later. Remember - the April 11 meeting is the day of the THE GUILD CHALLENGE . Work on your entry, and be sure to remember to bring it to the April 11 meeting. While you are working on your project, check your gouges, and bring them with you to the April 11 meeting. Get them profiled, sharpened and tuned, and ready for the next project or Challenge. Mark your calendar - See you there!

          • 1/30/2012
            The monthly Guild meeting is coming up on Wednesday February 8th, 2012 at 6PM at the School of the Northeast woodshop as usual. We will be making bottle stoppers to donate to the Free Wheelchair Mission as we have done before. Feel free to bring any tools, jigs, mandrels, wood, finish, etc. that you might want to use. We have 15 stainless steel stoppers and hope to get them all done that evening. There will be assistance available for anyone interested in learning more about this fun project. THE GUILD CHALLENGE At the last meeting we discussed issuing a challenge as a way to get members more involved in meetings and projects. So there is now an official Old Country Guild of Woodturners Challenge. The category is Plywood. Cut up some plywood, glue it together anyway you want and turn something from it. Any type of plywood is fair game, but no more than the equivalent of a single 4' x 8' sheet (32 square feet). The Challenge project is due at the April 2012 Guild meeting. Hopefully this will give you all something to do to during these cold winter days.

          • 11/10/2011
            Great meeting last night. Lou DeMola hit a home run with his demo of turning a natural-edge bowl. Curls were flying everywhere! Pictures to follow. -o- 9/26/2011: At the September Guild meeting, George Guadiane demonstrated his technique for turning end-grain goblets. Click here, or see Program/Galleries above.

          • 8/10/2011
            Great Guild meeting tonight! Mike facilitated a group discussion regarding topics for upcoming Guild meeting presentations. Seven topics were chosen. See the Guild Meetings panel at right for details. The group finished the Safety Project started at the July meeting. Mike presented a demonstration of how he constructs his Plastic Pipe Collet Chuck. Click here for pics.

          • 7/6/2011
            Change in plans regarding the July Program. Prompted by some recently published woodturning tragedies, our emphasis for the July meeting will be the design and construction of a safety shield to protect Guild members and guests from possible flying turning debris.

          • 4/14/2011
            Great presentation by Chris Stolicky last night. His home-made, shop-built, articulated, deep-hollowing device was a big hit, as several members could be seen thinking how this device could be worked into their hobby budgets.

          • 3/7/2011
            The program for the upcoming March meeting is: New and interesting techniques for decorating by wood burning, and a chuck-cleaning overview. If you need two hands to adjust your chuck, it probably needs an overhaul, and this program will show you how.

          • 1/12/2011
            For the first time in the albeit brief history of the OCGW, a monthly meeting was canceled due to weather. Let’s hope that it’s the last time. Stay safe, and hire someone to shovel the snow from your driveway. Some local teenager will thank you.

          • 1/1/2011
            HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2010 was a great year for the OCGW! Great fun! Great friends! Great meetings! Here’s hoping that 2011 is a good year for all of us. Best of luck to our Guild Officers for 2011.

            Several OCGW members have departed the area for warmer climes - your devoted servant The Tattling Turner included. Think of us at the Holiday Celebration. We’ll be thinking of you. We wish you a good winter, and look forward to being back in the fold this spring.

          • 12/10/2010
            Another winner tonight. Thanks, Mike, for the informative presentation on Pepper Mills. A PDF with Mike’s notes and photos will be added to the website asap. One click will download it to your computer. The Nominating Committee (Don Orr and Patrick Cummings) presented a slate of candidates which were voted in unanimously by members. Congrats to the Officers for 2011!

          • 11/10/2010
            Good meeting tonight, with a nice turnout of Guilders. (Get it - turn-out?) Great to see everyone. A warm welcome to Walt, our newest member. Walt is an accomplished carver, creating ducks and loons that are fantastic. Maybe we can persuade Walt to bring in some of his work for a future Instant Gallery.

          • 10/28/2010
            The Haunted Hardwood Halloween Sale at Curtis Thursday, October 28 was a huge success. Many turners, carvers and scrollers were spotted, and from the looks of the line at the checkout, a lot of wood found new homes that night.

          • 10/23/2010
            Your humble servant, the roving Tattling Turner, spotted Lou and Sheila DeMola exhibiting wares at the Medieval Faire (click for photos) at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany on a recent Saturday. Interesting event, loaded with goods from many crafters, most of whom were in period costumes. Fun day. And the Shepherd's Pie was excellent!

          • 10/13/2010
            Great meeting last night! So good to see brothers Don Orr and Lou Alpy, hopefully back with us after a long summer siesta. Mike Kross made one of his “quick-and-easy trees”, using his patented spacing tool. Don - The Finial King - Orr showed ScrollShow he makes a tree ornament using only his spindle gouge. Both wonderful, as usual. Bill Cherry ended his demo by lopping off the head of his angel - and is reportedly in hiding, awaiting any supernatural ramifications.

          • 9/1/2010
            One of Lou DeMola’s bowls (the aromatic cedar with the occlusion-see Lou’s Gallery) is on its way to Paris France!! It joins other DeMola originals residing now in Norway, Denmark, England, Sweden, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Cohoes and other exotic locations.

          • 8/11/2010
            Many ohs and ahs were heard tonight as Mike Kross gave his presentation on his new off-center chuck. Several members could be heard muttering about the many cool things that this technique could offer. Nice Job Mike!!

          • 7/17/2010
            Kudos to Jack Teffenhart for a great sharpening workshop. It was great to see old friends (I just mean I haven’t seen them in a while) Jeannie and Bill Aldus. Many thanks to them for the carving books.

          • 6/26/2010
            Jack Teffenhart will present his “Sharpening Skills” workshop at the July 14th Guild meeting. Bring in your dull tools, and Jack will show you how to restore that “cutting edge”.

          • 6/10/2010
            Thanks to Dave Nilson for his demo on bottle stoppers last night. We had a great time, and, as usual, the Instant Gallery was a big hit. Thanks to all.