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Lone Star Woodturners Assoc. - Monthly Meeting Notice, January 23, 2010
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Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc.
Monthly Meeting Notice
January 23, 2010

Inside This Issue

  • Monthly Meeting Notice
  • Meeting Agenda and Demonstration
  • Special Notices
  • Meeting Reminders
  • Website Update
  • Subscription Information

The January 23, 2010 meeting of the LSWA will be held at the shop of Ron Clift, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. Ron‘s address is: 10719 Lake Windcrest, Magnolia, Texas 77354 Phone: 713-542-8999

Please bring a folding chair and a pair of ear plugs, or ear muffs for use during the chainsaw demo.

The shop can accommodate seating for everyone, but the number of chairs available is very limited.

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Driving Directions to Ron’s Studio

From North or South via I-45:

Take the FM1488 exit north of The Woodlands. Turn west on FM 1488 and go approximately 10 miles (past Hwy 242 and FM 2978) to the third entrance to Lake Windcrest subdivision. This entrance is at the top of a hill on the south side of FM1488 immediately across the street from a Chevron filling station. Turn south on this entrance road and go 1 block to a tee at the intersection of Lake Windcrest street. Turn left on Lake Windcrest and go to the end of that block where it intersects Edgewater.

Turn right on Edgewater and the shop is at the second driveway on the right side. The house faces Lake Windcrest at that corner, but the driveway to the house is actually on Edgewater as is the mailbox with the street address for Lake Windcrest. Park on the side of Edgewater or in the driveway to the shop.

From within the Woodlands:

You may go to Hwy 242 on the North side of The Woodlands and go West until it intersects FM1488. Then go West on FM1488 to the intersection of FM2978. Continue West on FM1488 approximately 5 miles to the third entrance of the Lake Windcrest subdivision. Follow directions in A.2 through A.4 above from there.

If you are closer to Lake Woodlands Parkway, go to Lake Woodlands Parkway and turn West. Go to the very western end of The Woodlands where this street intersects FM2978. At that intersection, turn North on FM2978 and go approximately 3 miles to FM1488. Turn west on FM 1488 and go approximately 5 miles to the third entrance to Lake Windcrest subdivision. Follow directions in A.2 through A.4

From Spring:

Two different routes are possible: (1.)Take I-45 up to FM1488 and then follow directions in A.2 through A.4 above. (2.) Go to FM2920 in Spring and turn West. Then go to FM2978 and turn North. Go approximately 8 miles to the intersection of FM1488. Turn left and go approximately 5 miles to third entrance to Lake Windcrest subdivision. Follow directions in A.2 through A.4 above.

From Montgomery:

Go South on Hwy 149 approximately 11 miles to FM1488. Turn East on FM1488 and go approximately 3 to 4 miles to the first entrance to Lake Windcrest subdivision (on south side of FM1488 across from Chevron filling station. Follow directions in A.2 to A.4 above.

From West Houston, Willowbrook area, and Tomball:

Turn North on SH 249 and go through Tomball approximately 5-7 miles to Pinehurst. At the stoplight in Pinehurst, turn right onto SH 149. Go approximately 4 miles North on SH 149 to FM 1488. Turn right (East) on FM 1488 and go approximately 3 to 4 miles to the first entrance to Lake Windcrest subdivision (on South side of FM1488 across from Chevron filling station. Follow directions in A.2 to A.4 above.


Welcome existing members, guests, and visitors.

January 23 Meeting Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee, Snacks and Fellowship
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Adminstrative Announcements
& Visitor Welcome
9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Members Show & Tell
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Discussion/Demonstration
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Your Time to Turn Symposium
Information & Next Meeting Info


January Discussion/Demonstration

Chainsaw Processing
of Logs for Blanks

Cutting endgrain bowl blank

This month's demonstration will feature Steve Russell showing various ways to process green wood logs for blanks and turning squares. We will be cutting some nice Ash tree logs from a tree that Pete Allen had removed from his yard recently. If you a woodturner, chances are that sooner or later you will be working with green wood. Learn how to properly cut logs for blanks and how to use end grain sealer to help prevent the cut blanks from checking until you can rough them out in your studio.


Special Notice #1: We will be collecting additional membership dues for any members who have not paid their supplemental dues at the January meeting. These supplemental dues will transfer everyone’s membership to a calendar year basis (January 1 – December 31st), so remember to bring some spare money, or a check with you to the meeting. All future memberships will start on January 1st and end on December 31st of each year to simplify our membership accounting.

Each January 1st, everyone’s membership will be ready to renew again for the coming year. We will let everyone know how much they need to submit to extend their memberships to 12/31/2010 at the meeting. For most members, the additional amount needed is very small, as our membership is only $2.083 per month ($25.00/12 months).

For those who do not attend the meeting, an email notice will be sent to you. Brand new members that join the LSWA in 2010 will have their memberships prorated to 12/31, based on the month in which they join. This was discussed extensively at our November and December club meetings and during the 2010 planning session.

Special Notice #2 - "Your Time to Turn": As everyone knows, the LSWA will be hosting a hands-on woodturning symposium for visually and physically disabled individuals in early November, 2010 at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Centre in Conroe, Texas.

Your Time To Turn will be the first woodturning symposium of its kind that will be specifically designed for the blind, as well as those with physical impairments such paraplegia and quadriplegia, those with an inability to stand for long periods, those who have a lost an arm or hand, or lost one or both of their legs.

This will be a major charitable event for the LSWA and one that the Board of Directors hopes will become an annual event. We need volunteers to help with the symposium. If you would like to help in some way, please see one of the officers. We will have many opportunities for volunteers to help with organizing the symposium, as well as during the symposium.


Remember to bring some of your recent projects: Be sure to bring some of your recent turned projects for our Show and Tell, or Show and Ask session. This can be a completed turning, or one that you are still working on. During our Show and Tell, you will have the opportunity to show your turning to the group and tell us a little about how you turned it, what finish you used and if you encountered any challenges when turning, sanding, or finishing the piece.

Everyone in the club is interested in what you've been doing at the lathe. If you need help with a project you're working on, bring it and let's discuss it during the Show and Ask session. There is a lot of experience in the club and everyone is always happy to help.

Invite your woodturning friends: Please invite any of your woodturning friends who you think may be interested in joining our club. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Steve) at 713-826-0046 Cell, or Ron Clift at 713-542-8999.

We've uploaded photos from some of the recent meetings. Please check out the photo directory for updates.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Ron's. Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell
LSWA President


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