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20 April 2019 Meeting Location Change

posted Apr 17, 2019, 8:45 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

A HEAD’S UP TO EVERYONE:  Because Maryland Hall will be closed for Spring Break on Saturday, April 20th, the APRIL MEETING of the Chesapeake Woodturners will be held instead at TROY BEALL’S SHOP in Davidsonville, Maryland.  Troy has more than ample space for our meeting and will set up a demo lathe in the upper workshop with a large number of chairs.  The meeting will begin, as usual, at 9 AM.  We will have a business meeting, our customary Show and Tell, and then a demo by Mark Sfirri on Multi-Axis turning.  The exact project that Mark will demonstrate will be chosen by the guys taking his class on the day before.  As previously announced, there will be a $5.00 charge for the demo.  Please bring cash to pay this fee (but checks will be accepted).
Troy’s shop’s address is 3312 Rodeo Drive, Davidsonville.  It is a short distance off Davidsonville Road between Rt. 214 (Central Avenue) and Rt. 50.  To get there from Rt. 50, go south on Davidsonville Road for about three miles and turn right onto Mt. Airy.  Then, after about 300 yards, turn left onto Rodeo Drive.  Bear left on Rodeo drive into a cul-de-sac and the entrance driveway is directly off of the cul-de-sac.  To get there from Annapolis via Central,  go south on Rt. 2 (Solomon’s) and then west on Central to the light just beyond Homestead Gardens.  Turn right at the light (Davidsonville Rd) and go about ¾ of a mile.  Then turn left on Mt. Airy.

Parking is limited at Troy’s so please consider car pooling to the meeting.  OR you could arrange to meet another club member at the parking lot of either the United Methodist Church or the Catholic Church and car pool from one of those lots.  Both are on Central Avenue just west of the Davidsonville Road intersection and about one mile from Troy’s.  There is also a park n’ ride lot immediately south of Rt. 50 on Davidsonville Road that could serve as a rendezvous spot.  Overall, Troy has parking for perhaps 20 vehicles.  There are a few handicap parking spaces so if you need one of those you don’t need to make special arrangements.


Mark Sfirri Demo - 20 April 2019 Meeting

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:35 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op at Maryland Hall will meet Saturday, April 20 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall starting at 9 am.

There will be a $5 charge for members and guests.

Our speaker and demonstrator this month is Mark Sfirri.

Mark Sfirri’s specialty is multi-axis turning.  He works without any special chucks, just
between centers.  He has made candlesticks, bowling pins, baseball bats, human figural
forms, furniture parts and many other objects using these methods for over twenty years. 
He will demonstrate some of these techniques and the ideas behind them.  Mark was
awarded a Distinguished Educator Award 2010 from the Renwick and received the
Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 by the Collectors of Wood Art.  He ran the Fine
Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown,
Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2017.
There is a short, four-minute, Youtube video that is useful to gain some understanding of
Sfirri’s work and methods:
Here is another four-minute video of a large turned sculpture made in 2014:
A lecture on woodworker Wharton Esherick, founder of theAmerican studio
furniture.  Lecture was presented at World Wood Day, Long Beach, CA in 2017.

Meeting Saturday,March 16

posted Mar 7, 2019, 4:53 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners   [ updated Mar 10, 2019, 11:10 AM ]

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op at Maryland Hall will meet Saturday,March 16 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. 

We will be collecting bowls for the Project ECHO Empty Bowl Supper.  So remember to bring a bowl or bowls to donate to this worthy cause.

We will have our first club challenge — something made from plywood.  There’s still time to make something imaginative if you haven’t already done so.  First prize is $50.  And we have a second prize of a year’s subscription to an online turning journal to help motivate you.

The meeting will begin at 9AM with a short business report, show and tell,and this months Presidents Challenge, "Turn something from plywood". 

This months guest demonstrator is CW Member, Tim Moore. Tim will demonstrate how he turned and finished a Black and Silver Textured Box. 

There is no charge for members or guests.

March 16 Meeting - Tim Moore

posted Feb 17, 2019, 10:55 AM by Kent Riggins

Tim's demonstration will cover the processes he incorporated to turn and finish the piece, “Black and Silver Box”.


posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:16 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

Regrettably the weather forecast for this Saturday morning is bad – with little chance that there won’t be some form of precipitation.  It is the consensus of the club’s officers and of our host that this makes our planned wood harvest too hazardous – to say nothing of unpleasant.  We don’t want to risk any injuries and also don’t want people driving to and from the meeting on what might be very slippery roads.  Unfortunately, we missed good weather by only a day as Friday is predicted to be warm and sunny.

We will try to reschedule the wood harvest on a weekend day in the Spring when there’s greater likelihood of good weather.   When we do this, it will not take the place of one of our upcoming regular meetings since the program schedule for those meetings is already worked out.  So stay home this Saturday; stay warm; and consider spending the morning doing some turning.  It’ll also be a good morning to read this month’s edition of The Final Cut – perhaps with a second cup of coffee or hot chocolate

February 16TH, 2019 Wood Harvest

posted Feb 11, 2019, 5:43 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

Meeting and Wood Harvest at the 12th Precinct Pistol and Archery Club, 424 Harwood Road, Harwood, MD hosted by Pat DiMauro

The February club meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 16th.  

It will NOT be a regular club meeting at Maryland Hall.  

Rather, we will be guests at club member Pat DiMauro’s pistol club in Harwood where we will have a wood harvest.  The specific location is the

12th Precinct Pistol Club
424 Harwood Road
Harwood, MD 20776. 

The pistol club is just a couple of miles off of Rt. 2 (Solomon’s Island Rd) in Harwood, which is just south of Davidsonville.  Wood available for cutting will include cherry, maple, box elder, sycamore, poplar and ash.  

There is a club house where we’ll gather before starting up our chainsaws.  This meeting will be an opportunity to collect some beautiful pieces of wood for future use.  It will also be an opportunity for those unfamiliar with or uncertain about chainsaw operation to get instruction and supervision.  

You do not need to bring your own chainsaw to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the comradery and to take home as much wood as you can haul.   

This is an outdoor winter meeting, so plan ahead with suitable warm clothing and safety gear that must include eye protection, ear protection, gloves, and appropriate footwear.  

We’re of course planning on a sunny dry day.  We’ll of course be watching the weather forecast as the day approaches, hopeful that the weather cooperates

19 January Meeting - Chuck Engstrom

posted Jan 12, 2019, 1:22 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

We will meet at Maryland Hall. 

This months guest turner will be CW club member and Maryland Hall Woodturning Instructor Chuck Engstrom. Chuck will discuss and demonstrate the many ways of mounting your woodturning project on the lathe and the merits of each method. 

The meeting will begin at 9AM with a short business report, show and tell and Chucks program. 
There is no charge for the meeting, members and guests are welcome.

Next meeting - Saturday December 15

posted Dec 10, 2018, 8:31 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The Chesapeake Woodturners will meet Saturday December 15 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. 

The meeting will begin at 9AM with a short business report, show and tell, and  a Christmas Ornament swap followed by this months guest demonstrator and club member George French. George will demonstrate the making of an open segmented vessel. 

Members and guest are welcome, there is no charge for the meeting.

17 Nov. Meeting - Mike Mahoney Live Remote

posted Nov 5, 2018, 4:54 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op will meet Saturday, November 17 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. The meeting will begin at 9AM with a short business report, the popular show and tell and a Live Remote Broadcast featuring Mike Mahoney. The audience will be able to discuss topics live as Mike comments along. Topic's include tool design, bowl coring, quarter sawn oak platters,wood finishes,and how Mike makes and dries his bowl. Members and guests are welcome, there is no charge for the meeting. For more information visit or

Saturday, October 20 Meeting

posted Oct 2, 2018, 9:30 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op at Maryland Hall will meet Saturday, October 20 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. 

This months guest demonstrator will be CW Member Joe Kramer, The meeting will begin at 9AM with a short business report, the popular show and tell, and Joe's demonstration when he will describe and demonstrate "How to formulate bowls from a board" 

There is no charge for the meeting, members and guests are welcome

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