2008 Newsletters

January 2008

Hello Woodturners,

This is your reminder for the first Magnolia Woodtuners, Inc. (MWI) meeting of the year. Our meeting will be this Saturday, January 19, 2008, 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:
Jones County Junior College .
The building is the Industrial Services Center, or #39 on the campus map. The building will be open at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

If you are in the Jackson, or surrounding area, and would like to car pool to the meeting; you are invited to be in the parking lot at Sutherland Lumber Company, 717 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

To continue as or become a member of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. all you need to do is pay the Calendar Year dues of $25 (eleven meetings). ‘Calendar Year’ means all memberships begins January 1, and end December 31 of the same year, regardless of when you renew or join in between. Remember, you can save yourself more than the dues just by exercising your access to the very large MWI Library a couple of times. You can check that out Saturday and also return any items you have checked out at the same time.

We ask you to 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 only from your dues payments. Our main expenses budgeted for each year are the costs (fees, travel, and lodging) of the professional turners the club brings in and the Club’s library. Naturally, 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:
Dale Anderson
502 Audubon Point Drive
Brandon, MS 39047-6415
Dale can also be reached at mailto: dandework@aol.com ,also, at telephone # (601) 992-1396. (If you have changes in your e-mail address, phone numbers , etc. please include that information for Dale. We are a non-profit organization, in accordance with Section 503c of the IRS code.)
At the last November meeting we elected club officers for 2008. The slate of new officers is as follows: President …………………………………………Dr. Tommy James
Vice President for North Meetings...............................John Stenmark
Vice President for South Meetings ................................. Bill Hunt
Treasurer…………………………………………..... ...Dale Anderson

One of the most important jobs to the MWI organization belongs to Raymond Mars who organizes and keeps up with all the library materials and the records related to your use of those materials. Members rely on each other to correctly record the information on the library cards provided whenever you checkout and return materials borrowed from the library. Occasionally, we forget and items have disappeared as a result so please remember. If you have need to contact Raymond you can do so by
mailto:marsrh@bellsouth.net , by phone# (601) 919-0918, or mail:
Raymond Mars
120 Meadowview Road
Brandon, MS 39047
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Now for the good stuff! Bill Hunt has a beta version of a new tool under development by the Hunter Woodturning Tool Systems folks that he is helping to test. Bill is going to bring that tool, and let each one of us have a go with it. You can see their current tools on the market at:
http://www.hunterwoodturningtool.com/ . If this beta tool is better than the tools they describe on their web site, it may be the last woodturning tool you will need to buy, so don’t miss this meeting. Actually, this tool is not available on the market now and if it turns out not to get good reviews from the testers, it might never be available.

Also, Bill is asking everyone who has a new or different turning tool to bring it to the meeting for all to see and tell whatever you can about the tool. We can all learn something at these meetings but you never can tell beforehand what it will be!

“Show and Tell” is how we get to see what each other has been up to at the lathe and for sure we each learn by looking at and questioning the pieces you bring. It has been a long while since we all got together and so please bring something you have finished or are still working on.

Remember, the surplus turning wood you currently have that you know down deep inside you will never get around to using will not be wasted if your share it! Look around and see if you have a couple of pieces that fall into that category and bring them to the meeting. We all like and appreciate free wood we can use. Chances are you might be able to replace what you bring for something you like better, as well.

For those of you who asked, our web site is down for an undetermined time and Mike Frazier is our web master and is looking into what it will take to get us back on the net.

Hope to see you Saturday,
Clyde Hare

February 2008

Hello Woodturners,

This coming Saturday (02/16/08) the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will hold their February 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 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. This is our first meeting in Canton since last October so we want a good turn out. John Stenmark, (Vice President for the Canton meetings) has a good program lined up and more.

Visitors interested in learning, or just curious about woodturning, are always welcome. Of course, there is no charge to attend these regular meetings. If you are not sure of the location, there are directions to our meeting locations on the MWI web site. Click:
www.magnoliawoodturners.org . (Please take special note of this different link because we have a brand new web site under construction)

The turning program for this meeting will be a live demonstration by Charlie White who will take us through the detailed steps of turning a box with a finial top in the morning session plus teach some of the better techniques for finial spindle turning in the afternoon for those who wish to learn more in depth details. This will be a good demonstration for both beginners and more advanced turners because Charlie is so knowledgeable and experienced, plus he is a very good teacher We will have “Show & Tell” so bring something you have turned and want brag about it a little or even something you did but don’t quiet know why it did not turn out anything like you thought it would. We would also like to see any new tools, etc. you have acquired that you think we would like to see and learn about.

If you have surplus wood that you don’t think you can use or don’t have a place to store it, please bring a few pieces or a truck load and share with others who are in need for some fresh wood. The wood exchange is appreciated by those who are not so fortunate as to have a current source.

Membership dues are still unchanged for calendar year 2008. If you can’t make it to this meeting, please mail your $25 dues to renew your membership 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 or email him at
dandework@aol.com . Your early payment makes it possible for the club to build a budget that is sufficient to make the financial commitments for the special weekend demonstrations where you have an opportunity to watch and hear some of the best of the best woodturners and instructors for a two day weekend. The earlier in the year we can contact these folks the better our chances of getting them and on the dates we want them. Your cooperation will be appreciated. We are a non-profit organization and in accordance with Section 503c of the IRS code. Several years ago the decision was made that renewing members have until not later than April 1st each year to renew their membership and not be charged “visitors” rates for the special two day weekend meetings were we have a visiting paid professional woodturner.

Raymond Mars (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: Raymond Mars, 120 Meadowview Ridge, Brandon, MS 39047. You may also contact Raymond at: (601) 919-0918 or email him at
"Raymond Mars" <marsrh@bellsouth.net>


Joe Hunt, Pres. of Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild, will be at our meeting Saturday to tell us about their upcoming show on Sat. March 1, 2008 at the Agricultural and Forestry Museum in Jackson 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He will bring us up to date on the Eagle Cane Project that we have been assisting them with. Brochures about the show will be available and again we have been invited to demonstrate on the mini-lathe and also to display and/or enter woodturnings. If interested in assisting with the demonstration that day contact Dale Anderson. We will be turning tops for children attending. This is good PR for both clubs as we get to meet a lot of folks and is also a lot of fun.

Next month we will be meeting at Ben Morgan’s shop in Laurel. I spoke with Bill Hunt, Vice President for the South MWI meetings, and he is looking for someone to do the turning program for that meeting. Contact Bill at (601) 687-1087 or (601) 672-1083 to help Bill finalize the program for that meeting. If you can’t do the program, suggest someone you would like to see do the program. We need everyone’s input to maintain the meeting types you expect through the coming year.

Below is a current listing of the library materials we are asking anyone listed to look around, locate and return the items to Raymond asap. The return of this material will allow others to have use of them. There are also other materials that are missing that apparently were not signed out so we ask that everyone to check around for these, also. Thanks! (below was "cut & past" from Excel which lost a little in translation)

Inventory
number CD's & DVD's Author ck'd out to…. on
2 Sorby Specialist Turning Tools Randy Downey 1/20/2007
16 American Woodturner - Index 1994 - 2001 Vol. 9-16 AAW Doug Yeager 11/1/2006
22 2005 Symposium Techniques - Vol. 1 AAW Randy New 10/20/2007
25 Robert Sorby Specialist 'woodturning Tools- 2 discs Doug Yeager 11- -2006
37 Surface Design on Thin Wall Turnings Binh Pho Charles White 9/20/2007
Video's
None
Books
2 The Bandsaw Book Lonnie Bird Robert McPherson 11/17/2006
3 River of Dreams John Sennmark 10/20/2007
7 Decorative Techniques For Woodturners Hilary Bowen Robert McPherson 11/17/2007
9 The Fine Art of Small Scale Woodturning William Duce Glen Bishop
56 Turning Pens and Pencils Kip Christenen & Randy P. 1/21/2006
58 Pen Turner's Workbook Barry Gross Randy P. 1/21/2006
60 Turning Pens and Desk Accessories Mike Cripps Randy P. 1/21/2006
63 Basic Bowl Turning Judy Ditmer Glen Bishop 11/17/2007
67 Projects For The Mini Lathe Dick Sing Glen Bishop 11/17/2007
69 Turning Bowls Dick Sing Dewane Carpenter 10/20/2007
76 500 Wood Bowls Lark Books Randy New 10/20/2007
81 Woodturning -Two Books in One Phil Irons Randy D. 1/20/2007
86 Carving Techniques BHG Wood Betty Busby 3/17/2007
100 The Basics Of Turning Spirals Bill Bowers T. James 4/21/2007
as of 2-09-08 by Raymond Mars

I think that about does it for this time. Hope you can see Saturday. I also hope you won’t have to skip lunch in order to renew your dues because you forgot your check book.

Safe Turning,
Clyde Hare
(recent change:
cfhare@comcast.net)

March 2008

We are having our Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) meeting this coming Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Ben Morgan’s work shop in Laurel, MS. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by mid-afternoon. Lunch will be on your own at any of several eateries, nearby. If you need directions to the shop you can just click on this link: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=71+Wisteria+Trail,+Laurel,+MS+39443,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=imaget for a map. From Laurel just head towards Waynesboro on US 84 and Wisteria Trail will be on your left before you top the first hill East of Interstate 59.

We look forward to our meetings at Ben’s shop because it is a unique and interesting setting for a gathering of any type of wood workers. It is where he ran his church furniture manufacturing business for many years and now it is filled with interesting old equipment that still works, wood and lumber, and antique furniture waiting for various repairs, etc. He has a very large collection of magazine articles on wood species from all over the globe, which he will be on display for the meeting.

If you are in the Jackson, or nearby area, and would like to car pool to the meeting; you are invited to be in the parking lot at Sutherland Lumber Company, 717 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. We have to leave then in order to make it to the meeting on time.

Michael Frazier has devoted a tremendous amount of time rebuilding our web site. You can click here:
http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org to visit. It is all new and improved and has more information than ever. The MWI membership rooster for 2008 will be updated by the first of April. If you are not sure whether you have renewed your dues, there is now a current list of who has paid up right on the web site. You can also check the web site to see if and what library material you currently have checked out. This will help our members track the location of library items are and hopefully improve circulation. Also, check out the many “links” Michael has included and if you know of links that would be helpful to others, let him know. If you have good quality photographs of our meetings, or several of your turned pieces, you should get them to him and ask him to upload them. If you want to sell tools, workshop equipment, etc. take a picture and he can put that information on the web site, as well.

Raymond Mars is our volunteer Librarian and he does an excellent job of transporting the large quantity of material and keeping order. He will be there Saturday with the MWI Library so please remember that you need to bring any borrowed library articles you have checked out (see the MWI web site). If you can’t make it to the meeting please check into the low postal rates for mailing the item(s) to Raymond. Items from the library are loaned and should not be checked out unless you are certain you will make the effort to return them within a reasonable time, usually 30 days. You can contact Raymond at
Mailto:marsrh@bellsouth.net .

To continue as or become a member of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. all you need to do is pay the Calendar Year dues of $25 (eleven meetings). ‘Calendar Year’ means all memberships begins January 1, and end December 31 of the same year, regardless of when you renew or join in between. By paying early in the year, you and the club benefit by allowing the Vice Presidents to make commitments and secure the better professional turners when we need them for our week-end demonstrations. You can pay at this meeting or send your checks to our MWI treasurer at this address:
Dale Anderson
502 Audubon Point Drive
Brandon, MS 39047-6415
Dale can also be reached at
mailto: dandework@aol.com ,also, at telephone # (601) 992-1396. (If you have changes in your e-mail address, phone numbers , etc. please include that information for Dale. We are a non-profit organization, in accordance with Section 503c of the IRS code.)

Now for the good stuff! Alvin Schillings will be demonstrating one of the latest and most interesting new hollowing systems on the market today. Your can visit the companies web site by clicking on the link
http://www.monster-wood-tool.comfor more details. Alvin will be demonstrating with the “Monster 2" system and using the MWI’s Nova 3000 lathe. He will also bring some homemade hollowing tools that he says anyone can make if they have access to a welder.

Alvin is selling his Jet Mini Lathe for $160.00 which he says is in excellent condition and he will have it at the meeting.

Also, I understand Vice President for the South meetings, Bill Hunt has a beta version of a new tool under development by the Hunter Woodturning Tool Systems folks that he is helping to test. Bill is going to bring that tool, and let each one of us have a go with it. You can see their current tools on the market at:
http://www.hunterwoodturningtool.com Bill is again asking everyone who has a new or different turning tool to bring it to the meeting for all to see and tell whatever you can about the tool. The January meeting in Ellisville was almost wiped out by the weather so we are hoping that we can carry through with a full program this time.

“Show and Tell” is how we get to see what each other has been up to at the lathe and for sure we each learn by looking at and questioning the pieces you bring. It has been a long while since we all got together and so please bring something you have finished or are still working on.

Remember, the surplus turning wood you currently have that you know down deep inside you will never get around to using will not be wasted if your share it! Look around and see if you have a couple of pieces, or a lot, that fall into that category and bring them to the meeting. We all like and appreciate free wood we can use. Chances are you might be able to replace what you bring for something you like better, as well.

Vice President for the North meetings, John Stenmark has lined up the first professional demonstrator this year for next month and he is Chris Ramsey. You can check out his web site at:
http://www.knot-head.com. John is having to go all out for this one, so I hope you don’t miss it. I should have all the details next month. Hope to see you Saturday!

Safe turning,
Clyde Hare

April 2008

Hello Woodturners,

Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) is hosting a two-day wood turning demonstration this coming Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, 2008 at Holmes County Community College in Ridgeland Mississippi. The demonstration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end each day around mid-afternoon. Lunch will be on your own at any of several eateries, nearby. Here is what John Stenmark, VP for our North Meetings, sent me about this weekend’s meeting:
“The April meeting will be held at the Holmes County Community College Ridgeland Campus on April 19th and 20th. Saturday starts at 9:30 am and Sunday at 10:00 am. The program will feature Chris Ramsey. Chris’s website can be found at
www.knot-head.com. Chris will turn a large and small cowboy hat and a mirror frame on Saturday and a natural-edge bowl on Sunday.’
‘We are going to try something new for this meeting. We will be selling tickets ($1.00 a piece – six for $5.00). The four items that Chris makes will be raffled off. We will have numerous other items that will be raffled off including gift certificates and discounts for Craft Supply, Packard Woodworks and Highland Hardware, promotional items from Hut and 10 CD’s on Turning Pens from Penn State Industrial. Come early and sign up to win!!!!”

You can also read more in John’s press release located at:
http://magnoliawoodbutcher.com/Documents/april2008pressrelease.doc
You will find more directions to the meeting at this location:
http://magnoliawoodbutcher.com/Documents/holmesccmap.doc
Or this may help: from I-55,
1. Take the OLD AGENCY RD exit, EXIT 105B, toward RIDGELAND
2. Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on W JACKSON ST/ W JACKSON AVE.
0.2 mi.
3. Turn LEFT onto SUNNYBROOK RD
4. Turn RIGHT onto W RIDGELAND AVE
5. End at 412 W Ridgeland Ave Ridgeland, MS

We will not be following our regular meeting agenda at this meeting so as to not distract from the time the demonstrator will need. The Club Library will not be available but you are asked to bring your borrowed library materials to the meeting. Raymond will have the cards available for checking items in. You can contact Raymond at
Mailto:marsrh@bellsouth.net .
Also, please bring your surplus wood to share with others who will be more than happy to take it off your hands

Michael Frazier has continued to devote a lot of his time rebuilding and keeping our web site current. Members will find it very useful and others may learn more about the reasons for becoming a member of a wood turning club. To check it out, you can click here:
http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org/

If you are not sure whether you have joined or renewed your dues, there is now a list on our web site which we are trying to keep current, within several days. Something else new is that you can check the web site to see what library material you currently have checked out. This will help our members track the location of library items they are interested in borrowing and hopefully improve circulation. Check out the many woodturning features and new “links” Michael has included and if you know of other links that would be useful to others, let him know. If you have good quality photographs of our meetings, or several of your turned pieces, you should get them to him and ask him to upload them. If you want to sell tools, workshop equipment, etc. take a picture and he can put that information on the web site, as well.

To continue as, or to become, a member of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. all you need to do is pay the Calendar Year dues of $25 (eleven meetings). There is an additional fee of $10 for members who attend these meetings when we have a hired professional guest demonstration, such as this weekend. An exception will be made for any guest aged 17 or under, who is invited by a member who is attending, as they may attend either or both days at no cost. ‘Calendar Year’ means all memberships begin January 1, and end December 31 of the same year, regardless of when you renew or join in between.

By paying early in the year, members and the club benefit by allowing the Vice Presidents to make financial commitments and secure the better professional turners when we need them for our week-end demonstrations. In 2004 the MWI membership decided that members from a previous year who had not paid the $25 renewal 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. No part of the $25 charge(s) for the demonstration will be counted as membership dues. The invitation for guests under aged 17 to attend at no cost is simply MWI’s way of encouraging young people to come and take a look at wood turning and to become interested in learning more. All our other meetings are open and free to all comers having a desire to learn about wood turning. Each year since that time we have included the above information numerous times in these meeting notices. You can pay dues at this meeting or send your checks to our MWI treasurer at this address:
Dale Anderson
502 Audubon Point Drive
Brandon, MS 39047-6415
Dale can also be reached at
mailto: dandework@aol.com ,also, at telephone # (601) 992-1396. (If you have changes in your e-mail address, phone numbers, etc. please include that information for Dale. We are a non-profit organization, in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.)

Because there is some concern about the seating space available at this demonstration it will be very helpful if, after you have waded through all this, you would reply to this message letting us know that you plan to attend this weekend and if you will be attending one or two days.

Thank You and Safe Turning,
Clyde Hare

August 2008

Hello Woodturners,

This is your reminder that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. meets this coming Saturday, August, 16, 2008. This month we are again meeting in Canton, MS at the Historic Trolio Hotel on the courthouse square. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp but the doors will be open at 9:00 a.m. so come early to allow time for getting setup.

This is going to be a fun, as well as educational, and serious learning meeting for all who like to enhance the surface of their turned pieces. The demonstrator will be non other than “long time” member Jan Adams from Bogalusa, LA. Jan is a gifted artist and teacher and we are fortunate that he is willing to offer to bring this session to our group.

John Stenmark sent this blurb to let everyone know how he views this meeting: At August's meeting Jan Adams will cover enhancing your woodturning through the use of carving and wood burning. This will be a hands-on session so bring your carver (both rotary and reciprocating - a Dremel will do) and bring your wood burner as well. Bring a block of wood or even better an old reject Bowl to practice on. Jan has been to several woodturning classes including those by Jacques Vesery, Stephen Hatcher, David Ellsworth and Ray Key and brings a depth of experience to share. Many of you have seen his Stunning stone and mineral inlay. In order to maximize Jan's time we will have show and tell at the end of the meeting, time permitting.

Jan describes the session this way: Your folks will need to bring tools, carvers, dremel tools, or other carving apparatus, a piece of wood or two to practice on ( a reject bowl platter or cracked turned piece is great for this) Hopefully, they can plan to “pass a good time”. I will bring several carving tools, a compressor 100 ft of hose and pieces to demo on. Your group just needs to bring what they will need to work with and take part. I have several pieces that I will bring to display and hopefully give some folks some new ideas to work with. The main thing is that everyone gets involved and has a good time and hopefully learns something that they can add a new dimension to their work with.

In the last meeting notice, I included a note from member Don Wilcut about the Midsouth Woodturners Guild hosting David Hout on August 23and August 24, 2008. He has asked that anyone interested to contact now Dennis Paullus at
Dennis@bigriver.net ? Dennis is the VP for the club.

Remember to bring any library materials you have checked out, along with your carving, burning, etc. materials with you to the meeting. (Bring along an extension cords, etc. what ever you need to operate any power tools you bring.) Also, extra wood you have to give away will be appreciated by those who are looking for wood with which to create art. Hope to see you all there.

Safe Turning,
Clyde

September 2008

Hello Woodturners,

This is let you know that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will meet this coming Saturday (September 20, 2008) in Ellisville, MS. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held on the campus of Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in the same building as previous meetings. You can find a map of the campus linked to our web site (
MWI ) and the building we meet is designated #39 ( Location ).

For our program this month, Terry Tjader will demonstrate how to mount oddball shaped pieces of wood on the lathe for turning. He is requesting that anyone wishing to bring such a difficult piece of their own for an impromptu evaluation to please do so. He will bring some pieces that he has turned, that were and are oddball, and attempt to explain how they were mounted on his lathe for turning.

I did not receive word from Terry about it this month but you may recall that he was offering CA glue for sale at the last meeting in Ellisville so it is possible he may still have some for sale at this meeting and the price was right. With the big turning season coming you don’t want to get caught short!

Please Note: As stated in an earlier meeting notice, it has become necessary to shuffle our meeting months between our two locations because of a scheduling situation for a guest professional turner at the southern meeting location. That event will be a Saturday and Sunday demonstration with each day being different. It will take place also at (JCJC) in Ellisville the weekend of October 18-19 and will feature Dennis Liggett.

Important!
Here is the blurb John Stenmark (VP for the North MWI meetings sent me for this meeting notice

“A while ago I took delivery on the natural-edge cherry bowl that Chris
Ramsey turned in our April meeting. There are three pictures of this bowl
attached. Chris generally gets $2,500 for each bowl. We have decided to
open it up for bid and we have a bid for $800. If you would care to own
this bowl, please email me at jstenmark@comcast.net by October 1. If I
receive another bid I will inform the club by email.”


My opinion on the matter is that John has worked with the problem of how to get the most $$ for the club from this generous gift from Chris Ramsey and has received very little input from the membership. If you would like to have this collectors grade bowl or know someone who is interested, please contact them now as John wants help, but now! This is not part of John’s duties as a VP and there is no way he should he feel responsible if our club gives this collectors item away for such a price.

Pictures of the bowl that Chris turned and donated to the club are posted on the web under the classified section.

I will let you know about the location for the November meeting which would be at the South meeting location also if we were following the normal sequence of meetings. November is the last scheduled meeting for Calendar Year 2008. The Trolio Hotel in Canton will be unavailable to MWI due to traditional holiday activities in the City of Canton.

Please don’t forget to bring any surplus turning wood you have sitting around getting too dry and that you won’t get around to ever turning. There are other turners who don’t have access to a good source who will appreciate getting your extra wood. Several folks brought various used turning tools to sell at our last meeting in Canton, and that was a good thing for us as we all like to get bargains.

“Show and Tell” is always popular and is encouraged as we all appreciate seeing what other people are turning. It is a good opportunity to ask questions and learn about how pieces were chucked, turned, hollowed, textured, finished, etc.

Please remember to bring all library material you have out to the meeting. There is a lot of good stuff in our library and we have to keep it moving so everyone gets a turn to borrow it. Remember when you borrow something that it is the only copy we own, as we don’t have backup copies to replace it with.

We will be asking all members to pay dues for Calendar Year 2009 as early as possible as we are off to a fast start for the year with Ben Pho already scheduled for January at the Mississippi Crafts Center in Jackson. That meeting alone will be worth more than our annual dues (which means we will have to add a little surcharge, even for paid members, to cover pay expenses.

It seems that the recent floods of rain has brought disastrous results to our roads at my deer camp and I am going to be forced to attend a workday this weekend as we lost the bridge that provides the only access to the camp, We did replace the bridge (20’ span) mostly last week end but with gravel, etc. it won’t be usable until dry weather. We did get limited permission from an individual to cross his land temporarily.

If anyone wishes to bring a coffee pot, coffee, cups, etc. there will be some who will appreciate your effort.

Safe Turning,
Clyde

October 2008

Hello Woodturners, This is let you know that the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) will meet this coming Saturday (September 20, 2008) in Ellisville, MS. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held on the campus of Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in the same building as previous meetings. You can find a map of the campus linked to our web site (MWI ) and the building we meet is designated #39 ( Location ). For our program this month, Terry Tjader will demonstrate how to mount oddball shaped pieces of wood on the lathe for turning. He is requesting that anyone wishing to bring such a difficult piece of their own for an impromptu evaluation to please do so. He will bring some pieces that he has turned, that were and are oddball, and attempt to explain how they were mounted on his lathe for turning. I did not receive word from Terry about it this month but you may recall that he was offering CA glue for sale at the last meeting in Ellisville so it is possible he may still have some for sale at this meeting and the price was right. With the big turning season coming you don’t want to get caught short! Please Note: As stated in an earlier meeting notice, it has become necessary to shuffle our meeting months between our two locations because of a scheduling situation for a guest professional turner at the southern meeting location. That event will be a Saturday and Sunday demonstration with each day being different. It will take place also at (JCJC) in Ellisville the weekend of October 18-19 and will feature Dennis Liggett. Important! Here is the blurb John Stenmark (VP for the North MWI meetings sent me for this meeting notice “A while ago I took delivery on the natural-edge cherry bowl that Chris Ramsey turned in our April meeting. There are three pictures of this bowl attached. Chris generally gets $2,500 for each bowl. We have decided to open it up for bid and we have a bid for $800. If you would care to own this bowl, please email me at jstenmark@comcast.net by October 1. If I receive another bid I will inform the club by email.” My opinion on the matter is that John has worked with the problem of how to get the most $$ for the club from this generous gift from Chris Ramsey and has received very little input from the membership. If you would like to have this collectors grade bowl or know someone who is interested, please contact them now as John wants help, but now! This is not part of John’s duties as a VP and there is no way he should he feel responsible if our club gives this collectors item away for such a price. Pictures of the bowl that Chris turned and donated to the club are posted on the web under the classified section. I will let you know about the location for the November meeting which would be at the South meeting location also if we were following the normal sequence of meetings. November is the last scheduled meeting for Calendar Year 2008. The Trolio Hotel in Canton will be unavailable to MWI due to traditional holiday activities in the City of Canton. Please don’t forget to bring any surplus turning wood you have sitting around getting too dry and that you won’t get around to ever turning. There are other turners who don’t have access to a good source who will appreciate getting your extra wood. Several folks brought various used turning tools to sell at our last meeting in Canton, and that was a good thing for us as we all like to get bargains. “Show and Tell” is always popular and is encouraged as we all appreciate seeing what other people are turning. It is a good opportunity to ask questions and learn about how pieces were chucked, turned, hollowed, textured, finished, etc. Please remember to bring all library material you have out to the meeting. There is a lot of good stuff in our library and we have to keep it moving so everyone gets a turn to borrow it. Remember when you borrow something that it is the only copy we own, as we don’t have backup copies to replace it with. We will be asking all members to pay dues for Calendar Year 2009 as early as possible as we are off to a fast start for the year with Ben Pho already scheduled for January at the Mississippi Crafts Center in Jackson. That meeting alone will be worth more than our annual dues (which means we will have to add a little surcharge, even for paid members, to cover pay expenses. It seems that the recent floods of rain has brought disastrous results to our roads at my deer camp and I am going to be forced to attend a workday this weekend as we lost the bridge that provides the only access to the camp, We did replace the bridge (20’ span) mostly last week end but with gravel, etc. it won’t be usable until dry weather. We did get limited permission from an individual to cross his land temporarily. If anyone wishes to bring a coffee pot, coffee, cups, etc. there will be some who will appreciate your effort.

Safe Turning, Clyde

November 2008

Make a Friend, be a Friend, Bring a Friend to the meeting this Saturday!!! In case you haven’t noticed it our numbers are dwindling. This is despite the fact that the club is the best way to learn to turn. The library, the demos and the fellowship is something that is worth sharing. So please: Bring a friend!
The November meeting will be at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland at 9:30 a.m. Saturday November 15. Meet us at 9:00 for social time. The program will include: Raymond Mars on turning Bottle Stoppers, an extended version of Show and Tell (see below) and John Stenmark will cover sharpening with the Wolverine Jig including dressing your grinding wheel. We will have a short discussion about the future of the club including membership, programs and next year’s officers.
Bring your work for Show and Tell. In this extended version you can tell us about your piece as usual, but then, tell us what you like or don't like and ask our opinion, if your like. Bring incomplete pieces and ask our opinion on how to finish them..
November is normally when we vote on a slate of MWI Officers for the coming year but at this time we have not successfully finalized a slate of candidates for an election.
Please remember to bring any extra wood you may have accumulated and either exchange it for other wood or give it to others at the meeting who are out or running short. Woodturners in the latter category will be grateful.
Also, remember to bring all borrowed library materials and browse through the vast materials we have in our MWI library for other books, video tapes, CD, etc. you can borrow by checking them out.
I know it is a long haul for some of you to make the trip alone, but if you invite a guest to come with you it will seem a lot shorter. Also, this is a good opportunity to visit and shop in the new Mississippi Craft Center and to see how you too can learn to easily make big bucks turning wood. (I saw that Clinton’s Wal-Mart was selling gas for only $1.92/gal. today if you used one of their shopping cards at the pump)
Help us have a good turnout and be there Saturday morning!
Safe Turning,
Clyde