Lone Star Woodturners Association

LSWA's June 2010 Meeting
Bowl Turning and Hand Carving Mini-Retreat

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our June 2010 club meeting will our first Hands-on Mini-Retreat and will be held at the Woodcraft store located on the northwest corner of FM 1960 and I-45, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

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

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June 26 Meeting 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.

8:30 - 8:50 a.m.Coffee, Snacks and Fellowship - Club Library will be open during fellowship period
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.Welcome and Announcements
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.Bowl Turning and Hand Carving Rotation #1 Begins. Members assigned to rotation #1 need to be at assigned lathes ready to turn their bowls, or at the carving station.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Bowl Turning and Hand Carving Rotation #2 Begins. Members assigned to rotation #2 need to be at assigned lathes ready to turn their bowls, or at the carving station.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch at Woodcraft. We will have a light lunch brought in for all attendees and will also provide water and soda refreshments.
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Bowl Turning and Hand Carving Rotation #3 Begins. Members assigned to rotation #3 need to be at assigned lathes ready to turn their bowls, or at the carving station.
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Closing Remarks and Clean up of Room. All attendees must chip in to help clean and straighten the room before leaving.

June Mini-Retreat Details

Bowl Gouge Instructors: Brian Greb, Chuck Johnson, Larry Zarra

Easy Rougher/Finisher Instructor: Pete Allen

Sharpening Station/Roving Instructors: Steve Russell, Dennis Tholen

Carving Instructor: Gary Barnes

We will be hosting our first Mini-Retreat on Bowl Turning and Hand Carving this month at Woodcraft! This is your chance to get hands-on training in the techniques of bowl turning and an introduction to hand carving. Woodcraft recently replaced their mini lathes with new mini-lathe models, which we will be using during our bowl turning classes.

Note: You may sign up for both the bowl turning and hand carving classes if you desire, just let me know in your email.


Bowl Turning Classes

We will have four (4) mini-lathe stations set up during the retreat. Each lathe station will have three (3) 90-minute rotations. This setup will accommodate 12 students for the hands-on bowl turning slots. Each lathe will have a personal instructor, so everyone will receive one-on-one instruction during their rotation. Woodcraft will provide the lathes, chucks, bowl gouges and turning tools and a dry grinder for sharpening, set up with the Wolverine sharpening jig. The club will provide bowl blanks for members who sign up prior to the event for use during the educational classes.

The bowl turning classes will concentrate on mounting the blank on the lathe, preparing the spigot for mounting in the chuck, turning the back of the bowl, turning the interior of the bowl and reverse turning the foot of the bowl, as well as general techniques for using a bowl gouge, or the Easy Rougher/Finisher to turn a bowl.

You need to bring a face shield! Also, a dust mask, if you would like to wear one whilst turning your bowl. We will not be sanding the bowls (due to the size of the room), all surface finishing will be done with a bowl gouge/scrapers.

Note: The techniques of power sanding will be covered in a future meeting where adequate dust collection will be available.

We have a total of 12 slots available at the lathe for bowl turning. If you are interested in learning how to turn a bowl at the retreat, please email me ASAP. The 12 slots will be awarded on a First-Come, First-Served basis. Please do not ask for a specific time slot, slots will be awarded to fill rotations in their respective order.

When responding, please indicate if you are interested in a bowl gouge class, or if you prefer to learn how to use the Easy Rougher/Finisher. Once the rotations are filled, I will send an email to everyone to let them know their time slot and rotation number.


Hand Carving Classes

Gary Barnes will be leading our hands-on Hand Carving Workshop. He will be showing you the basic techniques and tools necessary for hand carving. Gary can accommodate four (4) students at a time. We will set this up just like the bowl turning classes, on a First-Come, First-Serve basis.

There will be three (3) 90-minute rotations in the hand carving workshop, each rotation will accommodate four students. This will allow up to 12 members the opportunity to participate in the carving workshop. Gary will be providing the carving blanks and all of the tools you will need to participate in the workshop. If you are interested in participating in the carving class, please email me ASAP. Once the rotations are filled, I will send an email to everyone to let them know their time slot and rotation number.


Bowl Turning

First Rotation – 4 Lathe Stations, 4 Slots Available
9:00 – 10:30

Second Rotation – 4 Lathe Stations, 4 Slots Available
10:30 – 12:00

Third Rotation – 4 Lathe Stations, 4 Slots Available
1:00 – 2:30


Hand Carving

First Rotation - 4 Slots Available
9:00 – 10:30

Second Rotation - 4 Slots Available
10:30 – 12:00

Third Rotation 4 Slots Available
1:00 – 2:30


If you are not interested in bowl turning or hand carving at the retreat, please feel free to come and watch! There will be ample opportunities to visit with your friends at the retreat, or to ask questions you have about bowl turning or carving.

Remember, lunch and drinks will be provided, so mark your calendars for our Bowl Turning and Hand Carving Mini Retreat! Remember to email me ASAP if you want to turn a bowl, or learn hand carving at the retreat…

Note: If you want to bring any bowl turning tools or equipment, or hand carving tools please mark your name on everything you bring.

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

Steve Russell
LSWA President

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