I hope everyone is having a great summer and that the storm didn't do too much damage. We didn't have any damage here, but our power was out for 3 days. Felt like a camping trip.
I'm writing to remind you that there is no meeting during the month of July. Our next meeting will be at our annual Picnic (better known as our "Turnout") on August 18th at Lou Rudinski's place in Kinder Farm Park. Everyone is welcome including spouses, kids and grand kids. More information about the Turnout will be coming soon.
We have three big events coming up in September each of which will require action on your part very soon if you would like to participate. I'll let you know the cost for the two classes listed below in the next day or so.
· The Gallery Show at Maryland Hall. The dates of the show are September 14th - October 21st with the reception on the 14th (which is a Friday). We will be accepting up to three pieces from each member and are looking for a total of 45-50 pieces. The cost will be $8 for the first piece and $3 for each additional piece. Maryland Hall will be taking 35% of sales and Chesapeake Woodturners will be taking 5%. We will be sending out the forms in a couple of days. The deadline for entries is August 25th as all pieces must be cataloged and listed to MD Hall by September 1st. If you wish you can bring your pieces to the Turnout and leave them at Lou's. We will also need your Bios. If you have pictures of any of the pieces that you are going to enter, please send them to me by next Thursday (July 26th) so we can get them together and sent to MD Hall for publicity.
· Alan Leland from North Carolina will be demonstrating at our meeting on September 15th and will be holding a one day class on September 14th. The class be on lamp making and will focus on some of the skills and techniques used to add detail to bowl & platter rims as turning the lamp base is similar to turning a bowl or platter. Attendees will also learn some techniques for repetitive turning/production work. For the lamp spindle the use of a story stick will be taught as an aid in production work. Emphasis will be on tool technique and improving one skills base to make turning easier and more fun and less like work. Alan say that "In most of my classes and workshops the main focus is on developing and improving tool techniques and on building skills the project is the means to draw students into the class. Coloring and dying techniques can be discussed as well and maybe even some texturing and detailing techniques depending upon the skill level of the students. This class is good for advanced students who have an open mind and would like to improve their turning skills, as well as beginners." If you are interested in the class, please let Lou know.
· Quiet Waters is usually the last weekend in September but we are still awaiting confirmation.
· Jeanne Ureno will be demonstrating at our October 20th meeting and conducting a class on the 19th on pyrography and decoration and dying techniques with the emphasis on pyrography. More details to follow.
· Website Kent is continuing to work on the Website and is making good progress. If you have been to the site at http://www.new.chesapeakewoodturners.com you would have seen a note from Kent about how you can help with the process.
Please let me or Lou know if you have any questions.
President, Chesapeake Woodturners