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May 2020 Meeting

posted May 11, 2020, 3:56 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

View the details of the meeting here.

Glenn Lucas class canceled

posted Mar 26, 2020, 6:53 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners


               I’ve received word today from Denis Delahanty of the Catoctin Area Turners that Glenn Lucas has cancelled his May trip to the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Consequently, the two classes that we’ve scheduled and the club demo that he was going to give are cancelled.  Hopefully he will reschedule the trip in the future.  But, if so, I would expect this to be fairly far off since he undoubtedly has plans for other trips and workshops during the remainder of this year.


The March Final Cut

posted Mar 26, 2020, 6:50 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

Here it is…the March edition of our newsletter.  Normally this would’ve come to you last week, ahead of our monthly meeting.  But in this situation, a day (or several) late is understandable.  As uncertainties continue, look for a continual stream of announcements concerning club and AAW activities. 

Please Read - No March 2020 Meeting

posted Mar 12, 2020, 5:28 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners


               It is the unanimous opinion of club officers, along with those who volunteered to make presentations, that the March meeting of the Chesapeake Woodturners should be cancelled.  The reason, of course, is the currently unknowable risk of spreading the corona virus among club members.  We all recognize that we are, as a group, a vulnerable population.  And the crowded physical space of the woodturning room at Maryland Hall would mean the inevitable spread of viral infection if anyone present is unknowingly infected.  Hopefully, the overall risks will be better understood before too long.  And that this will permit more informed decision making regarding future meetings.

               At the moment, we feel that the set up of the Montpelier Mansion show on March 15th should go forward as planned.  And that we will have a reception and award ceremony on Sunday, March 29th  -- as planned.  The physical spaces at the Mansion permit greater freedom of movement and less risk of close personal contact for those who are concerned.

               Anyone who remains wary of public gatherings should not feel any obligation to come to club functions.  And, as a matter of common sense and respect for fellow club members, anyone who feels ill or who has reason to believe that they may been exposed to the virus should not attend any gatherings until after a 14 day interval has passed. 

               The only thing that was planned for our March meeting that cannot be postponed is the collection of donated bowls for the Project Echo Empty Bowl Supper.  Early next week I will put a box in the woodturning room at Maryland Hall labelled Empty Bowl Supper into which you can place your donations at your convenience.  I’ll leave the box there through the weekend of March 21-22.  We will then work out a way to deliver what’s been donated.

               Look for the March issue of The Final Cut which will come out later in the month.  I hope to see many of you at the Montpelier Mansion Show Reception on the 29th.



15 Feb Meeting - Scott Schlosser Segmenting Techniques

posted Feb 13, 2020, 1:11 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The Chesapeake Woodturners will hold our February meeting this Saturday, February 15th at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts.  The meeting will begin at 9 AM.  

Our guest and demonstrator will be Scott Schlosser from Front Royal, VA who will give a presentation on Segmenting Techniques.

               As I’ve mentioned in previous announcements, this meeting will be the first and best opportunity to bring in your submissions for our March/April show at the Montpelier Mansion.  After Saturday, deliveries will have to be made by arrangement to either Ken Lobo in Columbia or to Lou Rudinski in Millersville. 

The agenda for our meeting will also include our regular business meeting with announcements about upcoming meetings and events and  our regular Show and Tell.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Meeting December 21 - Steve Haddix on the enhancement of turnings

posted Dec 16, 2019, 8:38 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

We will meet Saturday, December 21 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. The meeting will begin at 9 AM with a short business report, show and tell, and our popular Christmas Ornament Swap.

This months guest turner will be Steve Haddix. Steve will describe many ways of enhancement of turnings.

Members and guests are welcome.

November meeting this Saturday, November 16th

posted Nov 14, 2019, 3:06 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners


The Chesapeake Woodturners will hold our November meeting this Saturday, November 16th at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts in Annapolis.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9 AM. 

The demonstrator at this meeting will be Tim Moore, our stalwart ex-president and frequent presenter.  Tim’s presentation will be titled “Four Bowls and a Bandsaw” (or something close to that 😉) and will be about how he designed, assembled, turned, deconstructed, and reconstructed the ribbon sculpture shown in the attached photograph.  This work was awarded Best-in-Show at our current club show in the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis.  It is a marvel!


The program will also include our usual business meeting with a preview of upcoming demos and classes through the Spring of 2020 and our customary Show and Tell.


               I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting this Saturday.


October 19th Meeting

posted Oct 16, 2019, 4:55 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

               The Chesapeake Woodturners will hold their October meeting this coming Saturday, October 19th at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts in Annapolis.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9 AM and will be led, in my absence, by our Vice President and Program Chairman, Lou Rudinski.  There will be a business meeting and our customary Show and Tell followed by a program of TIPS AND TRICKS -- a series of short presentations by club members of special tools and techniques each presenter uses to enhance his or her work.

               At the meeting, submissions for our club’s November show at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis will be collected.  The deadline for submissions for this show will be the following day, Sunday, October 20th.  (Entry forms have been previously provided.)  

Pens turned for the Wounded Warriors Project sponsored by Woodcraft should also be brought to this meeting.

21 Sept Meeting - Turning Norfolk Island Pineby Stan Brua

posted Sep 16, 2019, 10:28 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The September meeting of the Chesapeake Woodturners will be held this coming Saturday at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.  There are lots of items on the agenda that I want to remind you of.

Our newsletter editor, George French, will not be able to attend this meeting nor the meeting in October and he's looking for one or two volunteers to help out.  He'd like to have someone photograph Show and Tell and take notes about who shared their work for inclusion in the October and November newsletters.  He'd also like photographs (and possibly some notes) about the presentations made at each of these meetings.  If you are willing to help with this, please notify George ASAP at 

For those of you who have turned pens for the troops, please remember to bring your completed pens to Ken Lobo at the meeting.  Many pen kits have been handed out but apparently only a limited number of completed pens have been brought back.

The September meeting will include a raffle of books donated by the daughter of a woodworker from Arnold, MD who passed away awhile ago.  I've previously shared a list of the books that will be raffled.  Attached for your review is the list.  This may be incomplete.  I will be cross checking the list with the books and will share a final list with you later in the week.  The cost of a raffle ticket will be $1.  This will get the winners either one book from the list or, possibly, a small group of related titles.  While many of the books are old, they're all in good condition.

We will be having sign-ups for three festival demos that we're giving in October.  These are the Howard County Conservancy Fall Festival on Sunday, October 6 (coordinator - Doug Bartos), The Kinder Farm Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12 (coordinator - Lou Rudinski), and Art in the Park at Quiet Waters Park on Sunday, October 20 (coordinator - Neal Kaske).  Check your calendars and if you can participate, plan to sign-up at the meeting.

The September meeting will be your first opportunity to bring submissions for our November club show at the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis.  Everyone is encouraged to submit something they're proud to display and every effort will be made to guarantee that one submission from each participant will be accepted.  I previously sent out the submission forms; but if you missed that and would like a copy of the form ahead of the meeting, let me know.  The deadline for submissions will be Sunday, October 20th.

Finally, the main presentation at our meeting will be given by Stan Brua on the topic of Turning Norfolk Island Pine.

Richard Foa

August 17th - Annual Turnout

posted Aug 15, 2019, 6:28 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

 Our annual August Turnout will be on Saturday, August 17th.

               The gathering will be hosted by our club VP, Lou Rudinski, at his home in Millersville.  Lou’s home is on the Kinder Farm Park property.  The address is 146 Gali Sanchez Way, Millersville, 21108.  Bear left toward the athletic fields as you enter the park and follow the road past the fields to a parking lot.  Then you can turn right up onto the grass and park next to the shaded lawn where we will be meeting.  The Turnout will start at 11:30.  But folks are encouraged to come anytime from 10:30 onward to help with the set up of tables and chairs, to help shuck corn, or just hang out.

               The club will provide grilled burgers, chicken, hot dogs and sausages along with buns, condiments, tableware, and ice.  Lou will provide fresh corn.  Everyone else is asked to provide either a side dish, a dessert, or non-alcoholic beverages to share.  This year, those members with last names from A-E are asked to bring beverages, those with last names from F-N are asked to bring a side dish, and those with last names O-Z a dessert.  Bring enough to share with 6 to 8 other people.  Garden fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions and other burger toppings are always a nice contribution.  Bill Kost will again be our master griller.

               After our lunch, we will have a full but relaxed agenda.  It will include a short business meeting and the presentation of a special award.  We’ll have our second President’s Challenge which is to turn something “inside-out”.  There will be a $50 cash award for the best inside-out turning as determined by the assembled group.  We will also have our regular Show and Tell – so bring what you’ve been working on over the past few months to share with the group.  And we will end with our annual club raffle(s) – conducted by the guy most capable of talking you into buying tickets, Tim Moore.  There will, in fact, be two raffles – one a special raffle of signed turnings by Mark Sfirri, some beautiful maple burls harvested and cut by Lou Rudinski, and a bucket of wood-drying granules donated by Tom Stegall.  And we’ll have our regular raffle of all the wonderful stuff that all of you bring from your shops that you absolutely must share with your fellow club members.  Tickets for the special raffle will be $1.00 each.  Tickets for the regular raffle will be $0.50 each.  Proceeds from the raffles will go to cover the costs of food provided by the club and, beyond that, to support general club expenses.

               Family and friends are welcome.  

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