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                                                                                                        January 14, 2016


 Hello Woodturners,

The Magnolia Woodturners first meeting for 2016 will be held this coming Saturday, January 16, 2016 in our usual location at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Simpson Co. Center. Directions are included below. This meeting will start at 9:30 AM and end around 4:30 PM, with a break for lunch, on your own. Coffee and some snacks will be on hand.

 We ask you, who have not already done so, to pay your annual membership dues, unchanged at $35 for the 2016 calendar year, at your earliest convenience.  This allows the club to plan our years activities and events and make commitments to professional woodturners we invite to demonstrate at our meetings. Also we pay rent to the college for the space where we hold our meetings and store club equipment. Visitors interested in woodturning are welcome to attend our regular meetings. However, at special meetings when we are sponsoring celebrity woodturners we do pass associated costs on to all who attend by charging an appropriate fee.

For this Saturday, we will have two members demonstrating all the steps necessary to rough turn a wooden bowl from a green blank and then the final turning after a rough turned bowl has dried. President Sammy Long will be doing the green wood turning and Terry Tjader will turn the final bowl.  We all know both these men do "flawless" work and are able to answer any technical questions you may have. These two demonstrators are also fun to watch and learn from, so come and enjoy the fellowship at this meeting.

Please don't forget to bring examples of your turned work for Show and Tell, whether or not it turned out as intended.  This is another part of our meetings when we get to enjoy seeing what our fellow members have been doing in their shops.  You can go to the Magnolia Woodturners website and see the "Member Gallery" Treasurer and Web Master Gerald Lawrence has uploaded for more turnings. http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org/

Please remember to return borrowed Library items.  By having monthly meetings in the same place, the turnaround time on Library items should be about half as long as before, plus we do really have an excellent selection of items in our Library for paid up members only. Please remember to sign all items in as well as out when you borrow as it is an honor system and this is the only way we can keep up with items you borrow. We now use a loose leaf notebook for check out and in.  Please enter full date including year for these entries.  Ask someone if you have any questions, please.

As always, you are encouraged to bring extra turning wood you can't use and share with others having a need for same. Also, if you know of a available wood source and would like some assistance in harvesting, you will likely find a fellow member(s)who would like to help.

Secretary Lamar Kelly invites you to check out his Facebook site featuring WMI meetings photos and albums.  He has it set up so anyone can view it whether or not you have a Facebook account, and he updates it each month.  You can go to your favorite search engine and type in "Magnolia Woodturners, Inc". You can also click on or cut and paste this link to get there: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnolia-Woodturners-Inc/229435957117655 . Thanks Lamar!


Our meetings are located at the COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SIMPSON CO. CENTER.   The place is on the East side of US 49, (but cannot be seen from the highway) between Mendenhall and Magee. If you are driving south, you will see this sign on the right of US 49 and that is when you turn left (East) at the crossover and into the driveway. If you see Simpson Legion Lake on your left, then you have passed it. If you are driving north and pass the lake, look for the complementary sign showing you to take the next right.

Safe turning,
Clyde
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P.S.
The following was meant to be an attachment but did not work out so..........sorry, this all I know to do.
This attachment is advance information about some of  activities already planned for the coming year and is provided to encourage you to pay your dues and plan to get involved in our programs.  Our programs allow you to receive training and see professional artist at a small fraction of the cost of attending a symposium or week long workshop out of town. At this time, we are able to provide much more information on the event coming in March with Dixie Biggs than the July event when we will sponsor Jimmy Clews.



The Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) is hosting nationally known woodcarver artist Dixie Biggs for the weekend of March 19-20, 2016.  Saturday, the 19th, will be a special club meeting where she will demonstrate her extraordinary multi-talents for woodcarving on a special wooden plaque using techniques and tools you might use on your turnings.  You are welcome to attend this one day event for the following rates: MWI members $40, and non members $55, or you can become a MWI member and attend this for $75 ($35 dues+$40 member fee).  We will provide coffee and light snacks in the morning.

Sunday, the 20th, will be a separate event which is a day of hands-on- workshop instructions with Dixie for a fee of $125 each, plus possibly a small materials fee.  Lunch will be provided Sunday but no lunch break. Participants will be expected to bring their own equipment for the carving workshop; A list of suggested items will be furnished later.  Because it is a hands-on-workshop which includes personalized instructions, only a limited number of participants can be accommodated (actual number has not been finalized).  Members of MWI will be given enrollment preference until February 20th . After that date, if space is still available, others can enroll. All participants will be required to pay the full fee at the time they register, to assure their space. The fees are non-refundable If you are not able to attend. A reasonable attempt will be made to fill the slot in an emergency situation but no guarantees.


If you want to find out more about how Dixie runs her workshop check out this link for an excellent article with photos and descriptions for the Carolina Mountain Woodturners. http://www.carolinamountainwoodturners.org/articles/483

 Meanwhile you can contact our President Sammy Long at cell phone no. (270)871-8175 or email him at Sammy Long <samuellong@bellsouth.net>.



Attention Woodturners!

On March 19, 2016 the Magnolia Woodturners Inc. will present Dixie Biggs. This is a one day event. The fee for each attendee is $55 for non-members and $40 for Magnolia Woodturners members.

Artists Statement

I grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for working with wood. My interest in woodturning began in 1974 when I taught myself to use a wood lathe so I could duplicate a chess set my grandfather had made. My work has evolved from that initial experience.

     Although each piece begins on the lathe, I see this as a starting point for further development. I create the surface of my work using various carving tools, both hand-held and power driven.

     Having a degree in Agriculture, much of my work incorporates a botanical theme. I find a great deal of inspiration in the shapes, textures and simple beauty found in nature. What I strive to evoke in my pieces is a sense of tranquility that a quiet walk in the woods can bring.

     I get a great deal of excitement watching a piece take shape from my hands. I never know what I'm going to find once I get below the bark of a log. Sometimes there is buried treasure! It is such a thrill when I find unexpected swirls, burls, patterns and colors. I love finding wood that others have discarded and breathing new life into it. I feel I've accomplished this when someone can't resist picking up a piece of my work and caressing it.

 

--Dixie Biggs

 

 

Magnolia Woodturners Presents a One Day
Hands-On Woodcarving Work Shop With

       
                                                                                                                            Dixie Biggs

 

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 8:00am too 5:00pm, At Sammy Long's Shop

Lunch will be provided as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day.

 

This workshop is limited to 10 students & possibly a few more.

The cost of the workshop is $125 for each student . There may be a small materials fee for students. If more than the allotted number Magnolia Woodturners members sign up a drawing will be held on December 20, to determine who will attend.

If you are interested in participating in this hands-on workshop, please reply to Sammy Long email at samuellong@bellsouth.net. Please provide adequate contact information.

If you sign up for the workshop and lottery is required you will be notified by email or telephone whether your name was drawn or not drawn. If your name was drawn you must respond within 48 hours verifying that you will indeed attend the workshop. If you do not respond your name will be removed and the next person will be selected. We regret having to do this but in the past we have had a problem with people signing up and then failing to attend the workshop.

Fees for the hands on workshop must be received by Treasurer Gerald Lawrence no later than Feb. 20, 2016 for members. After Feb. 20,2016 the workshop will be open to other non-members if space is still available.

 

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 Dixie Biggs Workshop
www.dixiebiggs.com
email: dixie@dixiebiggs.com
Tools & supplies students should bring:
Rotary power carver – either micro motor or flex-shaft.
My personal preference, for what I do, is a micro motor. One suggestion is the
Mastercarver Micro-Pro Champion, found at www.woodcarverssupply.com. No need for
the foot control. If you are planning to bring a flex-shaft, such as Foredom, please check
your maximum rpms. Some of the older ones only go up to 18,000 rpms. This will cause
some problems. The majority of my carving is done in the 25,000 – 35,000 rpm range.
Also, if you bring a flex-shaft I would recommend bringing a portable tool stand. Be
sure to have a 3/32” collet for your carver. All the bits I would like
• Contact me if you need help or have questions.
Carving Burrs – Please bring the following burrs plus your favorites. They can be found
at MDI Woodcarvers Supply www.mdiwoodcarvers.com 1-800-866-5728
stump cutter (you will need 2) #20-B5 $6.75 ea.
mini stump cutters # 21-SET36 $5.25
and # 21-SET39 $5.25
Diamond cutter set #17-20SET $7.50
Typhoon bur # 37- 3F1Y $12.95
Turned Disc - You should bring a turned dome shaped disc about 6”-8” in diameter. This
must be dry wood not green. Cherry is preferred choice. Avoid woods with open grain or
ones that may cause allergic reactions. You mainly want a nice tight grain wood with no
figure. This will enable you to practice working on a curved surface, before attempting
one of your turnings.
1 ¼” thick by about 6”-8” diameter dome shape disc works well. I make mine out of kiln
dry board stock. (I’ll have some for purchase if you don’t get around to making one)
Bring: safety glasses, dust mask, old tooth brush, a task light is helpful and ear plugs. If
you need magnifiers for detail work, don’t forget to bring those.
Optional: cushion to sit on.

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                                                                                                            February 17, 2016

 

Hello Woodturners,

Next Saturday will be the second meeting of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) club this year.  We will meet at our regular place and directions are at the bottom of this notice. Meeting time will be at 9:30 AM. As usual, the meeting room will be open 30 minutes earlier, and that is actually when we start gathering for coffee, fellowship and setting up for the meeting.

If you have not paid your 2016 Calendar Year dues ($35), please do so at this meeting; if possible.

As many of you already know, this meeting is the last opportunity our members will have to guarantee their slot in the day long hands-on-workshop with Dixie Biggs; which takes place March 20, 2016 in the Mississippi Craft Center in Jackson. This means paying the $125 fee in advance this coming Saturday.  Any slots not filled afterwards will be up for grabs by any wood carver willing to pay the fee and who has the equipment needed.

For this Saturday� program, two members will demonstrate their different approaches to �egmented work� We've seen their work at our meetings and know how impressive the finished projects are. Buddy Overby will be demonstrating his segmented work on his hollow forms. He has several unfinished steps and procedures so we can get the big picture of how he cuts, glues up and assembles his segmented pieces.  Mike Huffman will follow with his steps and procedures on his segmented bowls, going thru from cut up, glue up and assemble. These men� procedures are not the same. There probably won't be time for any turning and none will be needed because the procedures can be easily followed. 

Following the demonstrations we will have Show and Tell.  Please bring any pieces of your work to share with us. Sometimes your failed pieces are as helpful to us as your beautiful successes. 

A note from Sammy said that he will be bringing a truck loaded down with beautiful spalted Chinese Tallow (popcorn tree). It ranges from 28�in diameter and down, but because Sammy has an allergic reaction to this species he has not chain sawed it into small pieces, so hopefully someone will bring a chainsaw.

 Try the Magnolia Woodturners website if you want to see yourself and others work back as far as 2011. Member Galleries are only the pictures Gerald has taken and identified as your work, or you have sent to him. He does not start the gallery until I have at least 3 pictures.   http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org/

Secretary Lamar Kelly invites you to check out his Facebook site featuring WMI meetings photos and albums.  He has it set up so anyone can view it whether or not you have a Facebook account, and he updates it each month.  You can go to your favorite search engine and type in �agnolia Woodturners, Inc� You can also click on or cut and paste this link to get there: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnolia-Woodturners-Inc/229435957117655 . Thanks Lamar!

Please remember to return borrowed Library items.  By having monthly meetings in the same place, the turnaround time on Library items should be about half as long as before, plus we do really have an excellent selection of items in our Library for paid up members only. Please remember to sign all items in as well as out when you borrow as it is an honor system and this is the only way we can keep up with items you borrow. We now use a loose leaf notebook for check out and in.  Please enter full date including year for these entries.  Ask someone if you have any questions, please.

Meeting Directions:  Our meetings take place at the COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SIMPSON CO.  CENTER.   This facility is on the East side of US 49, (but cannot be seen from the highway) between Mendenhall and Magee. If you are driving south, you will see a green information sign on the right shoulder of US 49 and that is when you turn left (East) at the crossover and into the driveway. If you see Simpson Legion Lake on your left, then you have passed it. If you are driving north and pass the lake, look for a green complementary sign showing you to take the next right.

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                                                                                                           March 16, 2016

 

Hello Woodturners,

Next Saturday will be March 19, 2016 and our third meeting of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI) club this year.  This is a special meeting and there are several things you need to be aware of.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM instead of the usual time of 9:30 AM due to the fact that we are hosting our first paid professional demonstrator of the year. As you all know the demonstrator will be Dixie Biggs from Gainesville, Florida and she will require the entire usual time we have for the meeting. She will demonstrate her extraordinary multi-talents for turning, coloring, and woodcarving on a special wooden plaque using techniques and tools you can use on your existing and future turnings. You are welcome to attend this one day event for the following rates: MWI members $40, and non members $55, or you can become a MWI member and attend this for $75 ($35 dues+$40 member fee). We will provide coffee and light snacks in the morning. There will not be time for Show and Tell, so please save for the next meeting. Please do however, bring any library materials you need to return. There will be, of course, the usual coffee, etc. but you should get there earlier for our usual social and setup time.

The meeting will be at our regular meeting place and directions are near the bottom of this notice.

Emacs!

You already have information about the all day Hands-on-Workshop with Dixie the following day, March 20, at the Mississippi Craftsman Center. There is an opening or two if you procrastinated in making up your mind. A copy of the needed items for the work shop is available using the link below; also don't forget to bring a dust mask, earplugs, seat cushions, etc. The fee for the day is $125 and will be well worth that amount if you want to learn carving from the best. Lunch will be provided. The work shop begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM.

Try the Magnolia Woodturners website if you want to see yours and other’s work back as far as 2011. Member Galleries are only the pictures Gerald has taken and identified as your work, or you have sent to him. He does not include you in the gallery until he has at least 3 pictures of your turned pieces. http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org/

Secretary Lamar Kelly invites you to check out his Facebook site featuring WMI meetings photos and albums.  He has it set up so anyone can view it whether or not you have a Facebook account, and he updates it each month.  You can go to your favorite search engine and type in “Magnolia Woodturners, Inc”. You can also click on or cut and paste this link to get there: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnolia-Woodturners-Inc/229435957117655 . Thanks Lamar!

Meeting Directions:  Our meetings take place at the COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SIMPSON CO.  CENTER.   This facility is on the East side of US 49, (but cannot be seen from the highway) between Mendenhall and Magee. If you are driving south, you will see a green information sign on the right shoulder of US 49 and that is when you turn left (East) at the crossover and into the driveway. If you see Simpson Legion Lake on your left, then you have passed it. If you are driving north and pass the lake, look for a green complementary sign showing you to take the next right.


                                                                                                            April 13, 2016,

 

Hello Woodturners,

Next Saturday (April 16, 2016) will be a regular meeting of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. (MWI).  Hopefully, one you will tale away several new things about woodturning.  We will meet at our regular meeting place and directions are at the bottom of this notice. The meeting program will begin at 9:30 AM but the meeting room will be open 30 minutes earlier, and that is actually when we start gathering for coffee, fellowship and setting up for the meeting.

We are going to have a multi-lathe demo. Gerald Lawrence will be demoing a natural edge bowl, Tim Pace will be turning his icicle Christmas ornaments and Sammy Long will be turning a hollow form on a mini lathe. These types of demonstrations allow the audience to get up close and see the cuts as they are being made by the demonstrator. You can, of course, question whichever demonstrator you are visiting and watching.

We will also have a raffle, so please bring anything worth at least a dollar from your shop; turning books; or wood stock pile to donate.  Raffle tickets will be $1 each or six for $5 dollars. At the raffle we draw a ticket from a hat, bowl, etc. and the person holding the matching ticket gets to pick from the cache of items donated until they are gone. Proceeds go to help fund our club activities.

Following the demonstrations we will have Show and Tell.  Please bring any pieces of your work to share with us. This is always a good exchange of questions and answers between the turner and the audience.. Sometimes your failed pieces are as helpful as your beautiful successes.

Joe Dove will talk to us about the prices and information he has stumbled on about the possibility of the club getting a new lathe. We will have a club vote on the purchase of a new lathe.  If things go as we hope, we will have one extra lathe we will want to sell soon. You will have a good chance to look it over at this meeting, if you are thinking about a bigger lathe that uses 220 volts electricity.

The May program has not yet materialized, but in June we will be meeting at PMC Machinery near Hammond, LA. It has been almost16 years since this club held a meeting there and many of us still remember the fun we had there. At that time, PMC Machinery had the largest machinery show room in the Southeast. We will have more information and details later. :  http://pmctool.com/ . In July we�e planning to have another �pecial meeting�with world class turner and teacher you already know named Jimmy Clewes:  http://www.jimmyclewes.com/

 Try the Magnolia Woodturners website if you want to see yourself and others work back as far as 2011. Member Galleries are only the pictures Gerald has taken and identified as your work, or you have sent to him. He does not start the gallery until he has at least 3 of your pictures.     http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org/

Secretary Lamar Kelly invites you to check out his Facebook site featuring WMI meetings photos and albums.  He has it set up so anyone can view it whether or not you have a Facebook account, and he updates it each month.  You can go to your favorite search engine and type in �agnolia Woodturners, Inc� You can also click on or cut and paste this link to get there: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnolia-Woodturners-Inc/229435957117655 . Thanks Lamar!

Please remember to return borrowed Library items.  By having monthly meetings in the same place, the turnaround time on Library items should be about half as long as before, plus we do really have an excellent selection of items in our Library for paid up members only. Please remember to sign all items in as well as out when you borrow as it is an honor system and this is the only way we can keep up with items you borrow. We now use a loose leaf notebook for check out and in.  Please enter full date including year for these entries.  Ask someone if you have any questions, please.

Meeting Directions:  Our meetings take place at the COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SIMPSON CO.  CENTER.   This facility is on the East side of US 49, (but cannot be seen from the highway) between Mendenhall and Magee. If you are driving south, you will see a green information sign on the right shoulder of US 49 and that is when you turn left (East) at the crossover and into the driveway. If you see Simpson Legion Lake on your left, then you have passed it. If you are driving north and pass the lake, look for a green complementary sign showing you to take the next right.

Safe Turning,
Clyde

 

 Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:42 PM
ToSubject: Meeting Notice for Magnolia Woodturners, Inc Meeting October 15, 2016

 
Hello Woodturners,
Our October meeting will be this coming Saturday (October 15th 2016) at our usual location, described at the end of this meeting notice.  We will begin the meeting at 9:30AM but the doors are open at 9:00 so come early and enjoy the fellowship and help set up the room. It is going to be a good meeting.
As of now, we are one candidate short for our election of officers for the coming year. There is an opening for the President position and we need to have a candidate on board by the election at the November meeting. It is a job that will let you grow into a better member because the club members have always strongly supported our Presidents.  We do like to have a seasoned but newer member because they are familiar with almost all the members so will know who to call on for advice, etc. 
We have two members demonstrating at this meeting.  John Houston will demonstrate turning “collars”. That is usually the smaller ring you would put on  the opening of a hollow vessel to reduce the size it opening to serve as an accent addition or convince non turners you hollowed the vessel through a smaller opening.  Terry Tjader will turn a small box, which will “pop” when he removes the top, or maybe not if he chooses it not to.  Both men are excellent turners and you can always learn more than you knew before when you see the demonstrations we have at our monthly meetings.
Please bring any extra wood you happen to have and share it with a turner who needs more turning wood.
I have to cut this short because I learned today my old obsolete e-mail software (Eudora) will no longer function on my also old computer. So I am going to have to learn to use MS Outlook and I have not ever even set it up on a computer before. Lost my address book, as well.
You probably know most of my meeting notices so please just play along until I can install an updated version and find a book to learn from.
Meeting Directions:  Our meetings take place at the COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SIMPSON CO. CENTER.   This facility is on the East side of US 49, (but cannot be seen from the highway) between Mendenhall and Magee. If you are driving south, you will see a green information sign on the right shoulder of US 49 and that is when you turn left (East) at the crossover and into the driveway. If you see Simpson Legion Lake on your left, then you have passed it. If you are driving north and pass the lake, look for a green complementary sign showing you to take the next right.
Safe Turning,
Clyde

 

 

Hello Woodtuners,

Next Saturday (November 19, 2016) will be the last meeting of the Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. for this calendar year.  We will meet at our regular location and directions are located at the end of this message.  The meeting will get underway at 9:30 AM but the meeting room will be open about 30 minutes earlier, and that is when we get started setting the meeting set up and put the coffee pot on.  We will have a lunch break, on your own, around noon and finish up around mid-afternoon, depending.

We will also have a raffle after the demo. Bring any un-used tools, books or anything someone else might love to have and you just thought you needed when you acquired it.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.   Phil Brown will be giving us a great demo on how he does the Cosmic Cloud painting method. This is originally done by a turner by the name of Gary Lowe. You can look him up on You Tube. Also Tim Yoder has a great video of this technique. Should be a great demo.

Tim Pace has made a contact at the Ag. Museum. They are having an event and Tim got us an invitation for today thru Friday, (Nov.16-18) to demo and we can sell also. Times are from 9 til 2 each day. Tim and Ed Lancaster will be there all 3 days and Gerald will also participate. If you want to participate it will be in the Masonic Temple in the Ag. Museum. Bring lathe, tools, wood, extensions (cords?), etc. Lunch will be served?

We will have “Show and Tell” so bring something for us to see and hear about. It doesn’t even have to be something you are proud of, if it is related to wood turning.It has been a very successful year for our club. We gained quite a few new members and the level of skills of our collective membership seems to be continuing to grow rapidly. Dues will be unchanged at $35 for the coming calendar year. (Calendar year means everyone’s dues year begins on January1, regardless of when you renewed or joined in 2016. Calendar year also consists of eleven meetings.) We do not send out invoices or separate notices, however it is requested that you pay dues early in the coming year as we like to budget for our professional guest turners ASAP to get on their agenda at a date that works for them and us.  Treasurer Gerald Lawrence will give us a financial report for the year. You will remember that we are already have a commitment for a weekend with Jimmy Clews next year.

At this meeting we will also vote for candidates for club officers for the coming year. A slate of proposed candidates has been compiled by the nominating committee for this election, but the floor will be opened for other nominations before votes are taken. The slate is as follows:

President………………………………………………………………………………….Terry Tjader

Secretary………………………………………………………………………………...... Joe Dove

Treasurer…………………………………………………………………………………... Gerald Lawrence

We certainly all thank Sammy, Gerald, and Lamar for the outstanding work they did for the Club this year.   New terms of office begin after the election is completed. We will also have a raffle after the demo. Bring any un-used tools or anything someone else might love to have. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Funds raised will go to the club treasure and be used for club expenses.

Phil Brown will be giving us a great demo on how he does the Cosmic Cloud painting method. This is originally done by a turner by the name of Gary Lowe. You can look him up on You Tube. Also Tim Yoder has a great video of this technique. Phil will bring a preprinted board that anyone can try the technique on, if they would like.  Should be a great demo.Please remember to bring items borrowed from the club library and sign them in.

Meeting Directions:  Our meetings take place at the COPIAH-LINCOLN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SIMPSON CO. CENTER.   This facility is on the East side of US 49, (but cannot be seen from the highway) between Mendenhall and Magee. If you are driving south, you will see a green information sign on the right shoulder of US 49 and that is when you turn left (East) at the crossover and into the driveway. If you see Simpson Legion Lake on your left, then you have passed it. If you are driving north and pass the lake, look for a green complementary sign showing you to take the next right.

Safe Turning,

Clyde