LSWA's February 2013 Meeting

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our February 23rd, 2013 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.

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2013 Membership Dues Reminder We will collect membership dues for 2013 at the February meeting. [Please make checks payable to LSWA]

  • Adult Member ($36.00 per year)
  • Family Membership ($48.00 per year)
  • Youth, under 18 ($12.00 per year)

Note: Individual members who joined for the first time during in 2012, will pay a prorated amount ($3.00 per month) based on the month they joined.

February 23rd Agenda

8:30 - 8:55 a.m. Coffee, Snacks and Fellowship - Club Library will be open during fellowship period. Please welcome our new librarian, Emery Followell.
8:55 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Announcements - Steve Russell

2013 Dues – Please bring exact change or a check!

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Members Show & Tell and Tips - Dennis Tholen
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break (Coffee and refreshments will be available)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Basic Segmented Turning
Demonstrator – Andy Chen
11:30 - 11:35 a.m. Closing Announcements - Steve Russell

February Demonstration
Andy Chen
Segmented Turning

This demonstration will cover the design and construction of a basic segmented vessel. Andy will discuss the overall concept of segmented turning, how to design a segmented vessel, how to calculate the miter angles of segments and how much material will be needed for your project.

Andy’s demonstration will be a combination of a PowerPoint presentation and exhibition of sample rings used in the construction of a segmented vessel. Emphasis will be put on how to cut accurate angles on segments, as well as different ways to glue up your segmented rings.

Andy’s recent national demos have included the 2009 AAW National Symposium in Albuquerque and the 2010 and 2012 Segmented Symposia at Gatlinburg, TN (Arrowmont) and South Lake Tahoe, CA, respectively. Andy was also just confirmed to teach a woodturning workshop at Arrowmont next year.

Andy Chen's Bio

Andy Chen has been interested in woodworking as early as in high school using only hand tools at that time.  Woodworking became his obsession when he moved to Texas in 1979.  He dabbled in woodturning a little for a few years while building furniture.  He began turning seriously in 1992, initially the segmented variety, because at the time he only had a multi-purpose tool, which was too light and was only able to handle constructed blanks that were already balanced.

Since the acquisition of a heavy-duty lathe in the spring of 1998, he has been enjoying many forms of turning.  He also enjoys turning materials other than wood, a favorite being Corian.  His greatest interest in turning still lies in segmented vessels.  In addition to woodworking and turning, Andy enjoys designing and modifying tools.  His elliptical platters are turned with the help of an oscillating attachment that he designed.

Andy is a recognized turner, having demonstrated at numerous regional and national woodturning symposia and local woodturning clubs.  His segmented work has been shown in galleries in Kerrville, TX (Kerr Arts and Cultural Center), Houston, TX (Houston Center for Contemporary Craft) and they were represented by Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg, TX.  His work has also been included in the photo gallery of Ron Hampton’s book: Segmented Turning: A Complete Guide.    He is the founder and de facto president of the Brazos Valley Turners in the Bryan/College Station area of Texas since 1998.

Special Raffle

Terry Hennessy will be conducting our first “Special Raffle” at the February meeting. This raffle will be in addition to our normal monthly raffle.

Special Raffle Program Details: Pete Allen has a brand new Rockler drill press table (similar to the one below) that did not fit his drill press:

Therefore, he decided to donate it to the club for our February special raffle. Large items like this will be handled differently than our normal raffle items. We will hold a separate raffle for these donated items where we will sell a number of tickets equal to the value of the item (tickets will still be $1 each).

If we do not sell enough tickets at the first meeting on the special raffle, we will sell more tickets at the next club meeting and if we still do not sell enough tickets after that, we will go ahead and raffle the item off.

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. I will look forward to seeing you all at Woodcraft. Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell
LSWA President, Treasurer and Webmaster


Note: Remember to bring your 2013 dues to the February meeting. Please bring correct change or a check, thanks! If you cannot attend the February meeting, please mail your dues, payable to the LSWA to: LSWA, P.O. Box: 9275, Spring, Texas 77387

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