January 2015 Meeting

Note New Meeting Time of 9:00 a.m!

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our January 24th, 2015 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 9:00 a.m.

We will also be collecting 2015 membership dues at the January meeting.
Please bring correct change if possible, or a check made out to “LSWA.”

Membership dues for 2015 are as follows:

 Adult Member: $40.00

Family Membership: $50.00
(Includes spouse and children)

Youth Membership: $15.00

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January Demonstration:
Turning Antler with Barry Walter

This month's demonstration will feature Barry Walter, who will be sharing his knowledge of how to select, cut, drill and turn antler for various projects. He will also share his finishing methods and what to do when encountering porous areas, or other problems when turning antler. 

Barry has made and sold about 200 pens from antler, mostly cigar style pens. He does not advertise any of his antler pens, all of his sales are from word of mouth, except the time he sat in the LSWA booth at the Panther Creek craft fair. He has sold antler pens in Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Dakota, as well as outside the U.S.

Antler Shaving Kit by Barry Walter

His step-son took a pen Barry gave him to Brazil and next thing Barry knew, he got an order from Brazil for 30 pens. Then one of the people from Brazil went to Colombia on business and he got an order for 25 pens, then Romania for another 15 pens, then Germany for 10 more pens. They were all Ultra Cigar pens, with engraved names and a wooden pen case. 

Whitetail Deer Antler

Most of the antlers Barry uses come from Texas, but he did get a few from one of his customers in Wyoming. The interesting thing is that the Wyoming deer antler looked different when he started turning them. They had a lot of dark blue and even black on the inside, while the Texas antlers are gray with yellow and some blue. Near the center, it may be brown. If you’re looking to step up your pen turning a notch or two, you don’t want to miss this informative demonstration by Barry!

Antler Writing Pen by Barry Walter

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). 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