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Lone Star Woodturners Assoc. - Monthly Meeting Notice, October 27, 2012
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Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc.
Monthly Meeting Notice
October 27, 2012

Woodturning Hands-On Mini-Retreat
“Turning a Bottle Stopper”

Bottle stopper

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our October 27th, 2012 club meeting will be held at the Woodcraft Store located at 60 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77090 Phone: 281-880-0045 starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The address is:
Woodcraft - 60 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77090 Phone: 281-880-0045

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This month’s meeting will feature our fourth hands-on mini-retreat. This year we will be turning a stainless steel Bottle Stopper for your kitchen. This is another great project for you to advance your spindle turning skills. In addition, you will walk away with a handy bottle stopper that is great for use with cooking or infused oils, aromatherapy oils, flavored vinegars and many other uses.

Retreat Participant Fees

The cost to attend this hands-on woodturning retreat is only $20.00 per person. This helps to cover the cost of the bottle stopper project kit, the wooden project blank and miscellaneous things like abrasives and finishes, as well as providing a nice lunch with pizza and sodas.

Please bring correct change with you, as we will be collecting your $20.00 registration fee at the door. Participants will be given a special color-coded admission sticker when they pay the retreat fee at the door.

Note: Please bring 1) a face shield and 2) a dust mask or respirator and 3) any tools that you wish to use to complete your project. There will be a limited number of turning tools at the event (Woodcraft’s), but you should bring a few of your tools or other special items to make certain you have what you need. Please mark your name on each tool (tape and a black marker work well) that you bring.

We will be finish sanding the projects again at the retreat. To reduce airborne dust, portable shop vacuums will be available for your lathe when you need to sand your project. Your lathe instructor will assist you when sanding to ensure we capture as much sanding dust as possible. However, you will still need to wear a dust mask or respirator when sanding, just like you do in your studio when sanding projects on the lathe.

When you leave the retreat, your bottle stopper will be ready to use with your favorite bottle of oil, vinegar or other use. I enjoy gourmet cooking and use bottle stoppers for things like Balsamic vinegar, herb infused oils and other flavored vinegars. This will be a great project for you to practice beads, coves and use of a skew, roughing gouge, or spindle gouge. Mastering these basic woodturning tools will help you to gain confidence when working with other types of tools and projects, like face grain turnings.

There will be experienced instructors at each lathe during the retreat (Ronnie Pope, Gary Barnes, Dennis Tholen and Brian Greb), to help you as you are turning your stopper. I will also be floating from lathe to lathe and manning the tool sharpening station as needed. Pete Allen will also be available for questions or advice. Club members who are not actively turning, are encouraged to watch and learn how other members turn their projects.

You can also feel free to browse the aisles in Woodcraft to stock up on tools and supplies for your next project. Remember, Woodcraft offers a 10% discount to all LSWA club members (some restrictions/exclusions apply; see a Woodcraft employee for complete details).

October 27 Mini Retreat Agenda

This month’s meeting will not feature our normal meeting agenda due to the retreat, please see this month’s agenda for details.

Note: Please hold your Show and Tell turnings until next month.

There will be 3 – 4 lathes working simultaneously at the retreat and a maximum of 12 – 14 turning slots. Rotations are first come, first served.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee, Snacks and Fellowship - Club Library will be open during fellowship period
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome and Administrative Announcements - Steve Russell
9:05 - 10:00 a.m. First Turning Rotation
10:05 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Second Turning Rotation
11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Third Turning Rotation
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch (pizza and sodas) Lunch cost is included in the $20.00 retreat fee.
12:45 - 1:40 p.m. Fourth and Final Turning Rotation
1:40 - 2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Clean up of Room. All members are required to help clean up after the event - no exceptions!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Steve) at 713-826-0046 cell. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at our Woodcraft mini retreat. Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell
LSWA President

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