2007 Minutes

Hello Woodturners,

This is your reminder for the first Magnolia Woodtuners, Inc. (MWI) meeting this year.  Our meeting will be this Saturday, January 20, 2007, in Ellisville, MS in our usual building on the Jones County Junior College campus (JCJC). If you have not been there before you should find maps to our meeting locations by clicking on this link: http://www.magnoliawoodturners.com/mapsdirections.html

The building is the Industrial Services Center, or #38 on the campus map.  The building will be open at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

In my email last month I included information which Bob had received about a new distribution / warehouse operation for wood burls and timber being imported from Belize, which is in Central America, located in Quitman, Mississippi. Seven of us visited the operation Monday and came away with a very positive impression and quiet a haul of Honduran Rosewood and Sapodilia and Katalox burls.  They are expecting a very large shipment in the warehouse soon. You will hear more about it at the meeting, I am sure.

Everyone will want to check out this link to read about MWI member Travis Stinson and how he took first place in the Fall 2006 AAW Forum woodturning contest.  Travis, that was quiet an honor and it was good to hear you did it using a technique you learned at one of our meetings. He will do a program for us soon ( believe it will be the March meeting at Ben Morgan’s shop in Laurel) Congratulations, Travis.

If you are in the Jackson area and would like to carpool down you should be in the parking lot at Sutherland Lumber Co, 717 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Even if you are not in this immediate area it may be worth your time and gasoline to check around with some others to see about sharing rides.

Dues for the 2007 calendar year (eleven meetings) are $25 which offers an excellent return for such a paltry sum. Calendar year means everyone’s dues year begins on January 1 regardless of when you renewed or joined in 2006. We ask that if possible please pay your dues early in the year because we can’t schedule the professional turners we need and want until we have sufficient funds in hand, and those funds will come from your dues payment. Our main expenses budgeted for each year is the cost (fees, travel, and lodging) of the professional turners and the library.

 The most preferred professional turners have to be contacted early to get them on the dates that work for us. You can pay at any meeting or send your checks to our MWI treasurer at this address:
 Edwin Alford
12A Bonaparte St.
 Brandon, MS 39047-8424
.

Also, if you have changes in e-mail address, phone numbers, etc. please include that information for Edwin. We are a non-profit organization and in accordance with Section 503c of the IRS code. Remember, you can save yourself more than the dues cost just by exercising your access to the very large MWI Library. You can check that out Saturday and also return any items you have checked out at the same time; also more information about the library is available on our web site.

 At the last November meeting we elected club officers for this year. The slate of new officers is as follows:
  •  President ...................................................................Dr. Tommy James
  •  Vice President for North Meetings...............................John Stenmark
  •  Vice President for South Meetings ............................. Terry Tjader
  •  Treasurer…………………………………………........Edwin Alford


  Club Offices still wanting for an Officer are: Secretary for North Meetings and Secretary for South Meetings. The duties are primarily to keep a record of the club’s basic activities at each meeting so it can be passed on to everyone, including members who were not present. This is not being done presently and is a critical need for keeping every one on the same page since we are meeting in two separate locations but taking actions which affect all members whether or not they attend meetings in both locations.  We also need someone who will handle our Newsletter as we are currently without one.

MWI depends heavily on volunteer help to perform some vital functions for our enjoyment and growth, as well. Dale Anderson has agreed to continue to manage the club’s library. This involves a lot to time and work for Dale because he has to keep track of all of our library items and make the effort it takes to retrieve items that are overdue, etc. Overall, our members do an excellent job of returning items they borrow from the library on time, but inevitably people do need reminding when they skip too many meetings. Please remember each time you borrow an item that the library generally has only that one copy and it is likely another member will be waiting for it when it is returned to the library.  Also, our web site is a vital tool to let people know that MWI exists.

We don't have membership drives or advertise so the web site makes that information available on line. It allows members to show their work to the world (including their relatives and friends), where we are located, where and when our meetings take place, and it has the potential for much more. Michael Frazier is taking on the task of reorganizing our web site as he is the new Web Master.    
Remember, this is a job Mike has volunteered to do and the catch is that in order for it to work you need to provide Mike with material to post on the web site. He needs digital photographs of your work and woodturning items you would like to sell, links to your site or ones you particularly fine helpful, articles written by you about the club, meetings you have attended, suggestions, etc. You might be surprised to know how easy it is to contribute and to see the results. Michael would appreciate hearing from you and he can be reached via e-mail
That is about for this month. Hope to see you in Ellisville Saturday!
 Safe Turning,
 Clyde

 

February 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
This Saturday (02/17/07) the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will hold the February meeting in Canton, MS at the usual place; in the historic Trolio Hotel on the Town Square.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. but the doors will be open at 9:00 a.m. so come early and get your new library items checked out, return any you have out on loan, have a cup of free coffee and do a little socializing.  John Stenmark, (Vice President for the Canton meetings) has a good program lined up.
 
Visitors interested in or just curious about woodturning are always welcome.  If you are not sure of the location, there are directions and maps to our meeting locations on the MWI web site. Click here www.magnoliawoodturners.org.  This is the meeting where you may join or renew your membership to the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc.  Dues are unchanged again this year and are $25 for the Calendar Year.  Last year’s members have until no later than April 1st to renew membership or be charged “visitors” rates for the paid visiting professional woodturners two-day meetings over a weekend.
 
If you can’t make it to the meeting, please mail your $25 dues to the club Treasurer, Edwin Alford, at: 12A Bonaparte St., Brandon, MS 39047-8424. Early payment makes it possible for the club to set up a budget and make the actual arrangements for the special weekend demonstrations where you will soon have an opportunity to watch and hear some of the best of the best woodturners and instructors anywhere over a weekend.  Your cooperation will be appreciated. We are a non-profit organization and in accordance with Section 503c of the IRS code.
 
Dale Anderson (Librarian) will be there with the MWI library.  He has some new additions for you to check out if you are a paid up member, of course.  Also in the library are copies of the video tapes shot live during the demonstrations by Nick Cook, Gary Anderson, Graeme Priddle, Clay Foster, and John Jordon in previous years.  These are our tapes made with the permission of the demonstrator and if you are a member, you are free to copy parts or all of them for your personal training and use, if you desire. If you can’t make it to this meeting and have library material which you need to return, you can send them via regular mail at the reduced “book rate” to Dale at: Dale Anderson, 502 Audubon Point Drive, Brandon, MS 39047-6415.  You may also contact Dale via phone at 601-992-1396.
 
Our demonstration program for this meeting will be by Sammy Long.  Sammy is a long standing member in the MWI, even after he was transferred out of state by his employer.  He stays in touch but only rarely gets to attend our meetings except when they coincide with visits to his relatives who still live in Mississippi.  Sammy is a very talented woodturner and besides turning he now has added a new dimension to his woodworking skills, which is known as “power carving” and as I am told this will be the main part of his demonstration. It will be good to see Sammy again and we appreciate his willingness to present the program for us.
 
I should mention that member David Linden who presented a very fine program on basic tool handling in Ellisville last month also deserves our special thanks.  David lives in Glenn Allen, MS and to do the program he traveled down to Ellisville and back home in one day. I believe David is coming to Canton to do a program for the April meeting.  We had what I remember to be the largest crowd in Ellisville so far and seventeen people either joined or renewed their memberships at that meeting.
 
MWI’s current plans are to have Clay Foster as our professional demonstrator for the Canton location later this year and to have Nick Cook for Ellisville.  We will hear more about this at the meeting Saturday and in subsequent meeting notices.
 
You may remember that mentioned has been made several times that we very much need for someone to keep notes of anything significant we might do as a club at our meetings.  Louis D. Busby has indicated his willingness to help us out and take on that task for the Ellisville meetings. We still need someone to take on this task for our Canton meetings.  Please let John know at the meeting Saturday if you would like to do this for the club.

This is our first meeting in Canton since last October so John has suggested that everyone who received (or bought for yourself) a new piece of turning equipment since then to please bring it to the meeting, as part of the “Show and Tell” segment.  I think I receive most wood worker and wood turner catalogs.  I have noticed there is a phenomenal amount of new “stuff” coming on the market continually and I am sure you have, also.  For example there are several new less expensive (Grizzly), as well as better known brands of chucks (Nova), available over the last several months. The same with new lathes, hollowing, scraping, parting, tools, etc.  Seeing and hearing about these and other tools from one who has tried these already could be especially helpful to people just getting into woodturning and not sure what their smartest next purchase should be.  This will be a good opportunity for anyone to ask about specific turning equipment or tool they are considering.  One observation I have made from our discussions is that people generally not talk down equipment they already own but at the same time want to know about these new items and brands continuously coming on the market which they don’t own.  (Guess that is human nature and must be why some catalogs are so popular whether or not you are shopping at any particular time.)
 
Remember, if you have a surplus of turning wood on hand and would like to share it with others, please bring some of it to the meeting to share with members there who are in need of wood.  There are always people who will appreciate having that wood you don’t think you can use up before it dries up or rots.
 
At this time, I don’t have an update on information concerning the new source for raw burls from Central America, along with a large number of kiln dried imported timbers, located in Quitman, Mississippi. From our initial visit several of us learned this is a new business just getting into operation and should be great for woodworkers and woodturners in our area and prices seemed especially good. They are importing Black Olive, Sapodilla, Nargusta, Katalox, Mahogany, Ramon, Chechen, Honduran Rosewood etc.
 I understand a second visit to the location has now been made by several members and hopefully we will have more current information at the meeting.
 
I received the following comment from a member concerning the meeting last month:
 
“I don't know how we could bring it up tactfully about members handling work carefully that is brought for show and tell...I noticed that you don't bring stuff for show and tell-is that why? I had some nicks in a couple pieces which will make me think twice about bringing pieces in. Some one dropped Travis's lid and damaged the finial-which he was able to repair on the spot since David had some c. a. glue with him.”
 
If you think this is an isolated case, unfortunately it is not, and while I am not aware of every time this situation has occurred it usually is the more delicate pieces that get mishandled and damaged.  Please handle all the “show and tell” pieces with extreme care, if you feel you must handle them. If they look delicate, they definitely are!  John says he will have an area set aside and noted as “Please Do Not Touch” at this and future Canton meetings for those artists who wish a more secure setting.  (The reasons I rarely bring anything to show and tell is that frankly, I don’t do that much turning and plain hate to do the finish thing or just forget.  It has nothing to do with this subject matter.)

Member Don Wilcut alerted me to the fact that The Mid-South Wood Turners Guild will be hosting guest turner John Lucas for an all day demonstration on February 24, 2007. The demonstration will run from 9:30 am to approximately 4:30 pm. It will be held at Game Day Sports Academy, 7790 Fischer Steel Road, Cordova, TN 38018. There is no charge for this demonstration. Don says you may contact him via email
mailto: wilcut@aol.com if you have further questions. He also provided me with the URL for The Mid-South Wood Turners Guild: http://www.midsouthwoodturners.com/0107talk.pdf and from there I learned that Travis Stinson will be demonstrate there on the 29th of this month and that Ben Pho will be the guest turner in August. You may want to check those out with Vice President, Keith Burns as I did not ask Don about those.

 
I received the following information via an email from Phil Parker who lives in Gulfport, who received it from a friend, and I am passing it on for anyone who might be interested. Sorry this all the information I have:
 
“The following information is what I found about the lathe I have. 
 
DELTA ROCKWELL 46-525 (Similar to Delta 46-446 & 46-450)
12" OVERBED SWING
36" BED
3/4 hp 1 ph MOTOR
VARIABLE SPEED 340 - 3200 RPM
1 x 8 THREAD
M-2 TAPER
6" FACEPLATE
DRIVE SPUR
DEAD CENTER
12' TOOL REST (1" DIA. TOOL POST
 
I AM ASKING $1,200 BUT WILL CONSIDER REASONABLE OFFER. CAN BE SEEN AT MY HOME BY APPOINTMENT 228-255-4727 OR 228-669-8335
 
THANK YOU......
JOE”
 
I think that about does it for this time. Hope you can see Saturday and that if you have not renewed your membership you will do so then.
 
Safe Turning,
Clyde Hare

 

March 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
Just want to remind you first that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. meeting for March 2007 is this coming Saturday, the 17th , also, that it will be held in Ben Morgan's workshop on the East side of Laurel, Mississippi.  The meeting will start at the usual time of 9:30 a.m., but you are welcome to come a little early to visit around in Ben’s shop.
 
Ben's shop is special because until he retired from the business, he and his staff commercially produced church pews and other church furniture and other items, etc., so there is still much to see there.  Ben is not only an accomplished woodturner/woodworker/artist from his many years of experience; he also is a wood collector of many different species of wood, as well as a very talented wood carver. You will find a map to Ben’s place if your click the following link:  http://www.magnoliawoodturners.com/bens_map.html
If you get turned around on the way you can call Ben’s shop at (601) 248-4786
.
For anyone in or passing near the Jackson area you can come to the parking lot of Sutherlands Building Materials in Pearl and join our carpool for the drive to the meeting. You must be at Sutherland's not later than 7:30 a.m. as that is when we will leave to be on time for the meeting. 
 
The program will be by member Travis Stinson whose knowledge and skills will be something you certainly don't want to miss. This will be the first opportunity for most of you to see and hear this prize winning artist. Travis was recently named the first place winner of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) website contest in the category for “Boxes with Finials”.   You can refer to the Winter 2006 issue of the AAW Journal to see a picture of his piece.
AAW link 

Please remember to bring and share your surplus turning wood with other woodturners at this and all of our meetings.  This exchange is very popular with many members and is one of the things that make our club so successful. Also, bring those pieces you are working on or have finished for Show and Tell
 
Dale Anderson
will have the MWI library available for your use, if you are a current member.
 
In 2004 the MWI membership decided that previous members who have not paid the $25 annual dues for the current year by April 1 each year will be expected to pay the same $25 per day fee that will be charged visitors to attend the weekend demonstrations by paid professional demonstrators.  You can mail dues renewals or new to our Treasurer:  Edwin Alford, 12A Bonaparte Street, Brandon, MS, 39047-8427
 
Hope to see you at Ben's place Saturday.
 
Safe turning,
Clyde Hare

 

April 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
This is your notice for the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. meeting this coming Saturday (4/21/07) in Canton, MS.   Anyone interested in woodturning or learning to turn wood is welcome to our meetings.  The meeting will be held in the Historic Trolio Hotel on the Square in Canton, as usual.  We will begin at 9:30 a.m. but the doors open and the coffee is ready about 9:00 a.m. for browsing the Club’s large library of woodturning videos, books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
 
Dale Anderson, who has been our Librarian for as long as I can remember, has taken the opportunity to change hats and become the new Treasurer.  We will be looking for another volunteer to take over the responsibilities of Librarian for our club, starting immediately. Only someone who expects to make all meetings or will arrange to have someone bring the library to any meetings they miss should apply. Other duties involve ordering new library materials, indexing new items, providing transportation and storage for the library, following up on loaned items not returned in a timely fashion, etc. This is a good opportunity for someone who wants to keep up with the latest information available on woodturning.
 
  If you still have not joined or renewed membership for calendar year 2007 you can mail your $25 check to Dale at: 502 Audubon Point Drive, Brandon, MS 39047-6415. You can also pay Dale at the meeting, of course.
 
David Linden will be present the program for the meeting. And you will absolutely enjoy seeing him as he demonstrates some of the most difficult cuts and finishing tool techniques in woodturning. David comes really prepared to teach whenever he demonstrates for us, so plan to enjoy this meeting. Everyone will come away from this meeting wanting to try some of these cuts on your own and reduce the time spent finish sanding, which most of us routinely do.  John Stenmark, VP for the Northern meetings will moderate this meeting.
 
Last month we had our regular meeting in Ben Morgan’s shop and Travis Stinson did a really good program for a probably record crowd for our Southern meetings. Click on this link for more about Travis.
http://www.woodturner.org/news/forum_turning_contest_results_fall_2006.htm Roland Pimm was the moderator for that meeting. You will get a chance to see Travis when he does a demonstration for one of the Northern meetings later.
 
Please remember to bring something(s) for Show and Tell, extra turning wood you have accumulated, items to be returned to the library, a friend or relative, etc.
 
You might note that I have a different email address because Comcast bought Time-Warner cable (Road Runner) and left me not choice in the matter. Emails should still reach me using the old address I have had for years through mid-December of this year.
 
Hope you can make it our meeting,
 
Safe Turning,
Clyde Hare

May 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
This is your reminder that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will be meeting this week-end, May 19-20, 2007, at our usual place on the campus of the Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS.  This is the week-end that we will have a special 2-day woodturning demonstration/teaching session by Mr. Nick Cook, who resides and has his business in Marietta, Georgia.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and continue at the same time Sunday. Sessions both days can be expected to end mid-afternoonish.  Nick will stay as long as woodturners have questions or want to say anything.  The usual meeting agenda will be suspended so as to not take away from the demonstration time.  Please bring any library materials you currently have checked out, but the club’s Library in body will not be there during this week end.
 
Nick is internationally traveled and is known for his marketing knowledge, leadership, dedication, and skills, in the world of wood turning. If you don’t already know him, he is also an all around “good guy” for clubs such as our and we are lucky to have him again. Nick never has trouble filling two full days and does not repeat any part of his program, so plan to come both Saturday and Sunday, if you can.
 
As we have done in past years, all new members this year and returning members who renewed their membership before April 1, 2007 will be charged $10 for the entire week end, guest and previous members who did not renew their membership before April 1, 2007 will be charged $25 for each day they attend.  The exception will be that any guest aged 17 or under, who is invited by any member may attend either or both days at no cost.  No part of the $25 charge(s) is counted as membership dues into the club.  The invitation for guests under aged 17 to attend at no cost is MWI’s way of encouraging young people to come and take a look at wood turning and, hopefully, somewhere along the way get involved.  All our other meetings, except these two-day demonstration where we recruit and pay a professional demonstrator, are open and free to all comers having a desire to learn about wood turning.
 
Member Michael Frazier has had a little time to work on the MWI web site
MWI so if you need directions to the location of this week end’s meeting, please find the Ellisville campus and meeting building location by clicking this link. You will also find an updated membership roster there. Please check for errors and email me if you see a problem.
 
Anyone living in the Jackson or nearby area who would like to carpool down and back can meet a group of like minded folks at the parking lot at Sutherland Lumber Co, 717 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Even if you are not in this immediate area it may be worth your time and gasoline to check around with some others to see about sharing rides, especially if you plan to attend both days.
 
Hope to see you there,
 
Clyde Hare

June 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
Hope it hasn’t been too hot in your shop for you to be getting some turning done.  In any case we have a special week-end of woodturning coming up for you this week-end at our June 16-17, 2007 meeting of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. in Canton, MS.  You will be able to sit back in the air conditioned Historic Trolio Hotel on the Court House Square in downtown Canton and watch Mr. Clay Foster teach and demonstrate some of the finer points of design and woodturning. You can see more about him at this link:
http :// www.home.earthlink.net/~claypen/id7.html .  He is a founder member and past vice-president of the American Association of Woodworkers ( AAW ).  The program will be different each day and will not be what you might have seen in earlier demonstrations
 
We will begin both Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and end around mid or late afternoon both days.  Paid up members will pay $10 for the week-end and guest will pay $25 each day they attend. Anyone under age 18 who is the guest of a member can attend both days at no charge.  If you are not familiar with the meeting location please check our web site at
Magnoliawoodturners.com for maps and directions.
 
It has been suggested that persons from the southern areas traveling to our meetings in Canton may wish to meet and form carpools at the Keith’s Service Station/Store at Moselle, (Exit 80) on I-59 in Jones County, MS. You will need to be there not later than 7:45 a.m. to make the carpool and reach the meeting on time. This can save quiet a few of you some ga$oline plus make the trip much more pleasant. If you have comments please contact Roland Pimm. Several of us from the Jackson area have carpooled for several years for the meetings not held in Canton. If you have another location closer to you that you would like to suggest for a carpooling site, let me know and I will include it next time.
 
The regular meeting agenda will be suspended so as not to take time away from the demonstrator but please remember to bring any borrowed library materials and items so they can be checked in.
 
The following is an email from Dale Anderson informing me about a project which seems to have a lot of merit and something I hope we can follow through on as a club.
 
Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild has joined with a number of other carving clubs throughout the United States in honoring our injured veterans with an Eagle Head Cane.  Locally they will be given to the VA Hospital who will handle distribution to qualified veterans of our Armed Services.
 
Magnolia Woodturners has been asked to participate by turning the shafts for the canes.  I personally will be turning some and will be happy to coordinate the project if other members wish to participate as a service project of our club.  PRWG wishes for the shafts to be uniform, so I can furnish plans and dimensions.  Hopefully, I can bring a completed cane to our July and August meetings for "Show and Tell"
 
Since we do not have a service project, I feel this would be a good one and PRWG will share the credit and any publicity about the project.”
 
 
Hope to see all of you Saturday morning in Canton,
Safe turning,
Clyde

July 2007

Hello Woodturners
 
This is let you know that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. will be meeting this month at the Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, MS.  The date will be Saturday, July 21, 2007. We will get started at 9:30 a.m. and usually end around mid- afternoon. Visitors are welcome, bring a friend.
 
This meeting reminder is a little earlier in the month than usual because member Jan Adams will be teaching a class on how to carve, burn and other ways to embellish the surface on your turned piece.  What is going to be different about this is that everyone will be learning by actually doing your own carving, burning, etc. and hopefully, you can use this extra time to collect some tools and materials to work with, although Jan plans to bring enough tools, wood, etc. to fill in if you don't happen to have them. Anyone else who has extra tools they will loan for this class is encouraged to bring them, also. Tools can be power or hand operated. Don’t for get to bring your own power cords! If you can bring such, it might worthwhile to bring your air filtering equipment to clear the smoke resulting from woodburning.
 
Jan has done this for our club, I believe, only once before and we all learned a lot and have been waiting for him to do it again.  He really puts a lot of effort and preparation into this so please try to come prepared to participate.  We will have tables and chairs for everyone so you will be able to work sitting down. Jan suggests that everyone to bring a small reject bowl or platter to practice on if they have one.  It doesn't matter if your piece is a work in progress, split, warped, or cracked, etc. since rejects are really great to practice on.
 
I am sure Jan will be able to tell us good sources where we can buy more supplies, tools, equipment, etc.  Some of us will admit that getting new tools and learning to use them is part of the fun, as well.
 
We are in desperate need of a Librarian to manage the club’s large library!  We have been looking for someone to volunteer to undertake this important job for the club but have not gotten a response.  Dale is not able to manage the physical part of the job any longer, but instead, he did agree to take on the job as Treasurer which was vacant at the time. Please return all materials currently borrowed from the library to Dale so they can be placed with the other library materials. We hope to have the Library back at our meetings soon as it should not be kept in storage where we don’t have access to it.
 
I assume those of you who belong to AAW have received your new Resource Guide plus the DVD for the 2006 Symposium.  It was interesting to see Clay Foster do the same piece on the DVD that he did live for the Canton demonstration. He did a lot more and it was a very good demonstration.  Just too bad more could folks could not make it.  We just have to do a better job of picking our demonstration weekends so they don’t fall on holiday weekends.
 
Dale Anderson is a member of the Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild and last month he sent the following message asking that we participate in this continuing effort as a club:

“Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild has joined with a number of other carving clubs throughout the United States in honoring our injured veterans with an Eagle Head Cane.  Locally they will be given to the VA Hospital who will handle distribution to qualified veterans of our Armed Services.
 
Magnolia Woodturners has been asked to participate by turning the shafts for the canes.  I personally will be turning some and will be happy to coordinate the project if other members wish to participate as a service project of our club.  PRWG wishes for the shafts to be uniform, so I can furnish plans and dimensions.  Hopefully, I can bring a completed cane to our July and August meetings for "Show and Tell"
 
Since we do not have a service project, I feel this would be a good one and PRWG will share the credit and any publicity about the project.”
 
Member Bob Catledge has a modified Delta lathe for sale.  The clearance at the headstock is 16” (originally was 12”) and the speed control has been upgraded to a fully digital system.  This is “serious” lathe and would be a great starter for some one. The reason for selling this lathe is that Bob just bought a new Powermatic 3520B. You can contact Bob at (601)956-2415 for more information about the lathe,

If you have surplus wood for turning, please bring some along to share with other members.
 
Safe turning,
Clyde Hare

August 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
This coming Saturday (August 18) the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will hold its August 2007 meeting in Canton, MS in the historic Trolio Hotel on the Town Square.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. but the doors will be open at 9:00 a.m., so come early and return items belonging to the club library have a cup of free coffee and do a little socializing. If you are not sure of our meeting location, there are directions and maps to our meeting locations on the MWI web site. Click here
www.magnoliawoodturners.com
 
This will be the last meeting in the Trolio Hotel this year as it will not be available to us for the October meeting because the Chamber of Commerce folks will be preparing it for the holiday season.  We are working on having the October meeting in the new Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild building, in Jackson. We will get the word to you on that later.

When good wood goes bad! Is the name of August’s demonstration. John Stenmark will illustrate some methods of salvaging wood that has checked, has unattractive voids or has become punky.  He will also show how turnings may be enhanced with the use of Corian.  In addition, if time permits, he will talk about the use of turquoise and other minerals to enhance wood turnings.
 
Please don’t forget to bring something you have turned, or are working on, for Show & Tell. You will enjoy having a chance to tell all about how you were able to make the piece(s) or ask for comments, advice, etc.
 
The Club Librarian position is still open, unfortunately, because nobody has offered to take charge of getting the library material to the meetings, etc. We have a wonderful resource of popular turning information in our Library that a lot of members use on a regular basis, so please give some thought to volunteering for this duty. When you do so, you can have access all of this wonderful information in your own home and also help out other club members.
 
Visitors interested in, or just curious about, woodturning are always welcome. We especially would like to invite younger folks to attend as we believe the traditions and skills of woodturning need to be passed on to the next generations. You can help by bringing a 10+ year old kid with you to the meeting.
 
Dues are unchanged and are still only $25 for this Calendar Year. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can mail your $25 dues to the club Treasurer:  Dale Anderson, 502 Audubon Point Drive, Brandon, MS 39047-6415.  You may also contact Dale via phone at 601-992-1396.  Magnolia Woodturners, Inc is qualified as a tax free organization under Section 503c of the IRS code.
 
You have heard this message from Dale Anderson before but it is worth repeating, in part:  “Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild (PRWG) has joined with a number of other carving clubs throughout the United States in honoring our injured veterans with an Eagle Head Cane.  Locally, they will be given to the VA Hospital who will handle distribution to qualified veterans of our Armed Services.
 
‘Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. has been asked to participate by turning the shafts for the canes.  I personally will be turning some and will be happy to coordinate the project if other members wish to participate as a service project of our club.  PRWG wishes for the shafts to be uniform, so I can furnish plans and dimensions………………..”
 
Recently I came across a web site which sheds some more light on the matter of cane turning specifics. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZLyQKmOBvo&NR=1 
 
Remember, if you have a surplus of turning wood on hand and would like to share it with others, please bring some of it to the meeting to share with members there who are in need of wood.  There are always people who will appreciate having that wood you don’t think you can use up before it dries up or rots.
 
Safe Turning,
Clyde Hare

September 2007

Hello Woodturners
 
This is let you know that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. will be meeting this month at the Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, MS.  The date will be this Saturday, September 15, 2007. We will get started at 9:30 a.m. and usually end around mid- afternoon. To find map links to the meeting location you can click here for
our web page.  Visitors are welcome; bring a friend, family member, etc.
 
Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. is still in dire need of a Librarian to manage the club’s extensive library!  We have been looking for someone to volunteer to undertake this important job for the club but have not gotten a response from anyone. The club Librarian is one of our most important jobs in this volunteer organization and one the few that actually benefits the person who does it because they have full time access to all the library materials.
 
Dale Anderson simply was not able to manage the physical part of the job any longer, so instead, he has assumed the job as Treasurer, which was vacant at the time. Please return all materials currently borrowed from the library at this meeting, so they can be placed with the other library materials, temporarily.  We hope to have the Library back at our meetings soon as it must not be kept in storage where members don't have access to it.
 
Several of us made it to Memphis to see the Binh Pho demonstration a couple of weekends ago and I have to say it was “totally awesome”. If you are not familiar with his work and how he intertwines his life’s journey and/or the major world events of recent times into each piece he does. You will be impressed by both his journey and works, if we can get him here. Check out the cover of the latest AAW Journal for openers. (The piece pictured on the cover went for $30,000 at the AAW auction this year.) The club purchased his two DVD’s and Book at the demo and they will be available from the library, whenever. His demos are within our price ranges but he is currently booked for the next two years, so we will have to wait.
Binh’s
 
David Linden in going to charter a new wood turning club which will be sanctioned by AAW and it will be in Greenville, MS.  We should support and help him in this effort any way we can.  You can reach David at telephone # (662)839-6461, or email him at:
balinden@deltaland.net .
 
At the meeting next Saturday, Bill Hunter will demonstrate how to turn and put together a turkey caller.  I plan to try my hand at it after seeing how Bill does it.  This will make a nice gift for someone who turkey hunts, or just has about everything else and doesn’t turn wood.  I am going to bring along my “Tormek” sharpening system and demonstrate how it works and share what I like and don't like about some of the accessories.  There are a couple of things still in the works for the program, so plan to come to Ellisville for some fun and bring along something you have done for Show and Tell, as well as share some of the extra wood you have you know you won't possibly be able to turn while it is still good.
 
If you are in the Jackson area and would like to carpool down you should be in the parking lot at Sutherland Lumber Co, 717 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. (You can get there by taking Exit 47B from I-20 East Bound.) Even if you are not in this immediate area it may be worth your time and gasoline to check around with some others to see about sharing rides.
 
Hope to see you there.
 
Safe turning,
Clyde Hare

October 2007

Hello Woodturners,
 
This coming Saturday (October 20) the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will hold its October 2007 meeting in a different location.  The reason for the change is because the historic hotel where we normally meet will be in use by the Canton Chamber of Commerce as they prepare for the coming holiday season.
 
Our meeting will be in the new beautiful Mississippi Craft Center in Jackson. Vice President, John Stenmark has arranged for us to meet there for this meeting, which incidentally, is the last scheduled meeting in the Jackson area in 2007. Click on this link for directions to and other information.
http :// www.mscrafts.org/locations.cfm   The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. but the Craft Center will open at 9:00 a.m..
Also, John provided the following map to this meeting location
The Mississippi Craft Center locataion.doc which you may also find helpful if you have not been to the Craft Center before.
 
The demonstration/program will on the process of Gilding and Patination of turned wood pieces.  If you have not tried or seen this, it is a way to add a beautiful finish to most any object.  John has put the program together and asks that you print out and bring to the meeting the attached Adobe pdf file.
Gilding and Patination.pdf . Having this printed material with you will serve the purpose of a “handout” for you and save John the time and expense of printing an indeterminable number of copies to have on hand.
 
Please don’t forget to bring something you have turned, or are working on, for Show & Tell. You will have a chance to tell all about how you were able to make the piece(s) or ask for comments, advice, etc. Just remember that some pieces may be as delicate as they look and maybe should not be handled on your own.  We had an excellent Show & Tell at Ellisville last month so try to bring something.
 
The Club Librarian position has been filled.  Raymond Mars agreed to undertake this extremely important job for our club.  I understand that he has done a complete inventory of the materials on hand and missing and will be ready for business Saturday.  It must be stressed that anytime you check out material from the library you are responsible for returning the item(s) by the following meeting and not just hold them until the next time you attend a meeting.   The club does not have duplicate copies of these items and they should be mailed to Raymond so that other members can have access to them at the next meeting, regardless of location.  You can mail them directly to Raymond at: 120 Meadowview Ridge, Brandon, MS 39402.  You can contact him also at (601)919-0918 or
mailto:marsrh@bellsouth.net
 
If you have extra wood that can be used for turning and that you would like to share with others coming to our meeting Saturday please bring it.  John has some fresh Bradford Pear that he would like to trade for pass on so please look around at your supply and don't let your extra become waste wood.  We all like to get different woods to work with.  I know Michael Frazier (our webmaster) has a new big lathe and is looking for some “big” pieces to turn.

Many of you already know that the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) annual symposium will be held in Richmond, VA in June of next year. I found the host hotel phone number listed on the AAW web site
http://woodturner.org/sym/sym2008/ and made reservations. Sometimes a reserved block of rooms for meetings as popular as this one are gone early so it seemed like a good idea.  While you are looking at that page, take a look also at the short video clips under the heading pertaining to the 2007 symposium and showing the tribute to the late Frank Sudol by Binh Pho.
 
Visitors interested in, or just curious about, woodturning are always welcome.   We especially would like to invite younger folks to attend as we believe the traditions and skills of woodturning need to be passed on to the next generations. You can help by bringing a 10+ year old kid with you to this meeting at this special location.
 
Safe Turning,
Clyde Hare

 November 2007

Hello Woodturners
 
This is let you know that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. will have its last meeting of the year this month at the Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, MS.  The date will be this Saturday, November 17, 2007. We will get started at 9:30 a.m. and usually end around mid- afternoon. For map links to the meeting location you can click here for
our web page. Visitors are welcome; bring a friend, family member, etc.
 
At the meeting Saturday, Phil Crawford will demonstrate some finishing techniques, which is especially good information to have, and Roland Pimm will demonstrate on the lathe how to turn a solid cube of wood on the bias. This particular turning technique is not often demonstrated and requires a sharp bowl gouge, tons of skill, a steady hand, and is fun to watch.
 
Terry Tjader, current Vice President for the South meetings (Ellisville), has purchased CA glue in bulk quantities and will have 2 oz bottles for sale at the meeting for $5 each.  The brand is Starbond and he has it only in thin and medium viscosities. This is a rare bargain, so stock up.
 
Please, remember to bring something for “Show and Tell” that you have turned, or even still working on and would like to share at the meeting.
 
Also, if you have surplus wood you just don’t think you will be able to use, (it is sometimes hard to turn a whole tree before it gets beyond spalted) please, bring some of it and share it with other woodturners there. It will be appreciated.
 
November is normally our meeting when we elect new Club officers for the coming calendar year.  This year is different because we have only one change for the coming year and that is that Bill Hunt, from Waynesboro, has agreed to be the Vice President for the meetings in the South (Ellisville).  Bill is a long time member and a good team player and we are very fortunate to have him working as a Club officer next year.
 
Dr. Tommy James will continue as President, John Stenmark, will continue as Vice President for our North (Canton) meetings and Dale Anderson will continue as our Treasurer. A critical but not elected position is that of the Club Liberian and Raymond Mars stepped up last month and agreed to do that job. Please be sure that you sign library material out on the individual cards for each item in the library and that you return it or send it by someone at the next meeting. Library material is not expensive to send through the USPO mail and you can return it to Raymond at his home address: 120 Meadowview Ridge, Brandon, MS 39047
 
We have several library materials that are unaccounted. Maybe, someone forgot to sign an item out and has it at home and because of a “senior moment” has forgotten they borrowed it. Please check around to be sure you are not that someone(s)
 
If you are in the Jackson area and would like to carpool down you should be in the parking lot at Sutherland Lumber Co, 717 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. You can get there by taking Exit 47B from I-20 East Bound. (Even if you are not in this immediate area it might be worth your time and gasoline to check around with some others to see about sharing rides and not let the high prices for gas keep you from coming to the meeting, because that is money you already spent.)
 
Remember there is no meeting in December and that means the first meeting in 2008 will be back in Ellisville (because January an odd numbered month).
 
A reminder too is that Club dues for Calendar year 2008 can be paid to Dale at this meeting as the current year will end Saturday for the Club. Dues are still only $25 for the whole year.
 
Safe turning,
Clyde Hare