Newsletters 2017

                                                                                                      January 18, 2017

Hello Woodturners,

This coming Saturday, 1/21/2017, will be when we have our first meeting for this year. We will meet at our regular location and directions are located at the end of this message.  The meeting begins 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.

Hope everyone had a good holiday break with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, etc. With only a short exception, we have had good temperatures for turning so hope that has gone well ,also. Hopefully, you will share your work with everyone for ‘Show and Tell’. Remember to return any items you have checked out of the Library at the meeting.

Remember also, that club dues for this calendar year are due NOW, if you have not already mailed your money ($35) to Gerald. Here is his mailing address again: Gerald Lawrence, 103 Copper Ridge Drive, Brandon, MS 39042. Don’t expect a dun or invoice as we just rely on you to pay your bills on time. On the other hand, the Club will be lining up more good programs for you this year. We have reached a point where our own members do very interesting and excellent programs. But we will have some “high dollar” turners, also. We will enjoy the Club’s 21st birthday this year. Elected Club officers are as follows:

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

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

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

Over a month ago, Gerald send out a notice giving information about a new reason to join the American Association of Woodturners. It is called AAW EXPLORE and seems to be most useful resource for turners anywhere.  If you have not already done so, you may wish to look into joining AAW.

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

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                                                                                      February 15, 2017

Hello Woodturners,

It is time for our February Magnolia Woodturners meeting. This Saturday, the 18th, we will meet at our usual location and begin the meeting at our usual 9:30AM time; hope to see you there. Specific location instructions are at the bottom of this message.  We try to open the doors at least 30 minutes before the meeting to get the coffee going and set up for the meeting, so come on early and meet and greet, etc.  Be sure and bring your something(s) for “Show and Tell”.  It is always inspiring to see how good your pieces are and how much can be learned from   the discussions. Guests are welcome.

 Demonstrator for the meeting will be club President Terry Tjader.  He will be doing the “Inside Out Turning” promised for the last meeting.  Club Treasurer and Web Master Gerald Lawrence will be bringing one of the portable lathe safety shield he made for club members use in offsite demos. We will have two of these available. AAW has been strongly promoting this type protection and Gerald has done a good job.                                                                   

Please, if you have not done so, it is time for your Magnolia Woodturners, Inc. dues to be paid.  Gerald likes checks but will take cash just the same. The dues amount is unchanged at $35 for the calendar year. It is also highly recommended for any woodturner to renew or join the AAW: woodturners.org

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 pictures.   http://www.magnoliawoodturners.org/ 

Member 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 as a url to get there: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnolia-Woodturners-Inc/229435957117655 .  Great job!  Thanks Lamar.

Here is a tip from AAW:  http://files.constantcontact.com/c38abb3f001/7e36756e-4296-4a3c-8945-b3da3e765acc.pdf   Just highlight and copy and paste the link into your browser url.

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

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Spring Open Shop Turning
MAgnolia Woodturners <magnolia.woodturners@gmx.us>
To don.busby@aol.com Garrymeador@comcast.net JandKHouston@att.net prbrown56@comcast.net whitecharlesf@gmail.com and 52 more...
Mar 8 at 10:57 AM
Spring Open Shop Turning
Saturday 5/13/16
Place : 103 Copper Ridge Dr
Brandon,MS
Time: 9 AM until
Planned demo is how to make a collette chuck from scrape wood. Hands on bowl turning, carving, burning, color ?, sharpening (bring your tools), talk and more. You have questions on turning this is the chance to ask and see.
Light lunch provided. We need you to RSVP to Gerald Lawrence (769-230-6822) so we can have adequate food. Even if you think you can come let me know.
Directions: http://tinyurl.com/huok7wb
or turn right at the first light past downtown Brandon (on Hwy 80) , then in three blocks right into Copperfield subdivision to #103.

I will miss the next two meetings so be sure to let me know by call oir text if you plan to attend or might attend. I will send another notice as date gets closer.
This is not a monitored mailbox. Please do not respond here. You can contact Gerald Lawrence at lawr1970@bellsouth.net or Clyde Hare at cfhare@att.net.

Gerald Lawrence
Treasurer of Magnolia Woodturners
Webmaster at magnoliawoodturners.org
Audio/ Video Coordinator

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Gentlemen, Clyde is in the process of getting a new computer and contacted me to send this out. Our scheduled meeting will be Saturday April 15 at Co Lin in Mendenhall. Start time is 9:30 , arrive early and share coffee and stories if you have them. Demo will be provided by our illustrious past President Sammy Long and will be on carving. Always something to learn when Sammy does his teaching.
Next month (May) we will have a club raffle so begin thinking what items you have you could donate to the raffle......tools, wood, old waffle iron, old car.
The annual Spring Open Shop Turning will be on Saturday May 13 in my shop in Brandon. I will send another notice with directions around the first of the month. The club pays for a light lunch so I will need some estimate of who plans to attend. If you think you might attend contact me 769-230-6822.
The Jimmy Clewes demo and hands on will be June 3 and 4. Still openings for the hands on for club members only til May at which time will be open for all.
Be sure to check out the club page on Facebook which is kept active by Lamar Kelly.
Our website magnoliawoodturners.org has photos from meetings and links for tools and how to. Pay a visit and look around.

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Gentlemen , This Saturday 5/20/17 we will have our regular meeting at Co-Lin in Mendenhall beginning at 9:30 A.M. . Come early for coffee and conversation. Demos provided by Terry Tjader on his half log bowl which is a very interesting process . Also Gerald Lawrence will present on the indomitable (or some other word) skew.

We will have a club raffle. Bring tools , supplies, Assorted items like that garden tool you do not use , wood and anything else to make it interesting.

We had 20 at the Spring Open Shop Turning and you missed a good time if you did not make it.

Do not forget the Jimmy Clewes meeting Saturday June 3 beginning at 8:45 AM. Still have one position open for hands on on Sunday June 4. This special meeting will take the place of the regular June meeting. We need volunteers to help set up for this event .

Bring items for show and tell  and for a raffle.

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June 2,2017


I am sorry to be the one to say that for the second year Jimmy Clewes had flight problems . All Clewes demos are canceled for this weekend.

YES we will have a regular meeting tomorrow starting at 8:45 AM . Yes we have a program.

We have wood and other items purchased for the demos which will be for sale. Bring items from last month and new ones or problem ones for show and tell.

Thanks for your support and we will see you tomorrow.

I will write checks for refunds to hands-on participants tomorrow.
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The next meeting of the Magnolia Woodturners will be 8/19/17 beginning at 9:30 A.M. Meeting will be at the Co-Lin campus in Mendenhall.

Demo will be provided by professional turner Mark Sillay. Due to expenses to have this demo a fee of $10 for paid members and $15 for nonmembers or non paid members. In addition to pay for facility rent $5 is reccommended.

Mark Sillay's website is at http://www.marksillay.com/index.html
Mark Sillay will be bring some burls and other wood for sale. Mark also said that if anyone wants a specific wood to call him to let him know, 1 404 556 1736. Come and enjoy.

Bring something for show and tell. The tell portion may be limited but bring something .


Here is an article on oil finish from AAW. http://files.constantcontact.com/c38abb3f001/6650bbe4-f317-4c4b-8e62-1adfb39d6a59.pdf

We will discuss having a meeting in October or November at the MS Agriculture Museum. Also we need to begin considering officiers for next year.
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For September Meeting 9/16/2017 beginning at 9:30 A.M. Tim Pace is going to Demonstrate thread chasing, different than a cat chasing a ball of yarn. Tim uses Thread Chasing tools which I believe requires some hand/eye coordination. This will be very interesting and with Tim's sense of humor should also be very entertaining. Come early and pass some time with fellow turners and help set up.

From the President:
Also, I would like to remind the membership that former Club member Don Wilcox still has the Sorby Lathe he would like to donate to the club. I asked Mark Sillay, last months demonstrator, if he had ever seen a Sorby Lathe. He said they are a very nice lathe...knows someone that has one-that individual said they are of great quality. Don lives on the North side of Memphis, should anyone be going by there in their travels and would be willing to pick the lathe up can contact me and I will give them Don's contact information. Anyone picking it up I think should have the right to use the lathe for a six month period of time while the membership decides what to do with the lathe. Don said the lathe does come apart rather easy and Don moved it into his shop himself.
And the last bit of news I have is: I have three woodturnings that have been juried into an Art Show at William Carey College here in Hattiesburg. Sept. 7TH, from 4:30PM until 7:00PM, will be the Opening Reception. The Show will also be open to the public through Sept. 28TH. There are several South MS. Art Association member with work on display. The art will be on display at the Sarah-Ellen Gillespie Gallery which is located next to the Library. I hope you get a chance to come view all the Art work. I have attached pictures of the three pieces accepted into the show.

See you soon, Terry
The MS Agriculture Museum is having a Science Fest 9/23/2017 from 10:00 A.M till 5:00 P.M. We need more volunteers to demo turning that day. You can sell items you have made. Tim plans to be there all day but you do not have to stay all day. Remember we do have one lathe stored there so bring your turning tools and wood.

Also make plans for October 21 for our meeting will demo from 10 till 3 for Pumpkin adventure Family Day. This could be an opportunity to tell others about how to turn and promote the club and make new friends .Same as September you can sell items.

Here is a little something from AAW:
The Benefit of a Well Made Tenon
Jim Piper
Have you ever made a tenon for a scroll chuck only to reverse your bowl and discover it doesn’t turn true? If you understand what shape and dimensions are required for a tenon to fit the jaws of your chuck most securely, and then make the tenon accurately, your bowl will turn truer and reduce the time required to retrue it.
Most of my experience is with dovetail jaws. They pull the jaws tight against the base of the tenon as they are tightened around the tenon, which creates the best potential for a true fit. Profile
jaws clamp straight in against the tenon compressing the wood with the serrations of the jaws and are less likely to clamp with as much accuracy.
The inside of dovetail jaws, the clamping part, is smaller in diameter around the base of the tenon and larger in diameter around the end
of the tenon. When the tenon is properly formed, the larger diameter of the end of the tenon will not pass through the jaws, holding the work securely in the jaws of the chuck.
It is best, when possible, to make the tenon the appropriate diameter to fit the jaws when the chuck is
scrolled in nearly all the way. Scroll chuck jaws are manufactured in a completely circular form and then cut into four separate jaws that slide toward the center of the chuck as they tighten around the tenon.
Vicmarc jaws form a perfect circle when there is a 2mm gap between adjacent jaws to allow for the kerf of the saw blade that was used to cut them into four jaws. When cutting a recess in a bowl blank for the outside of dovetail jaws to expand
into, make the recess just larger than the jaws when they are completely closed. When the jaws are expanded beyond a true circular form, they will still hold, but your work is more likely to turn true when the jaws make contact completely around the tenon.
Jim Piper jimpiper@me.com
V.P. Cascade Woodturn
This is not a monitored mailbox. Please do not respond here. You can contact Gerald Lawrence at lawr1970@bellsouth.net or Clyde Hare at cfhare@att.net.

Gerald Lawrence
Treasurer of Magnolia Woodturners
Webmaster at magnoliawoodturners.org
Audio/ Video Coordinator
                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                                       This Saturday 11/18/2017 we will have our regular meeting at Co-Lin in Mendenhall. Meeting starts at 9:30 A.M. with doors open by 9. Come early and enjoy some fellowship before meeting starts. Demo will be provided by Randy New. He will be doing an emerging bowl and blind rolling pin handle.
On schedule will also be election of officers and a raffle. For the raffle I have another box of wood from Dale Anderson including a spectraply piece . Bring any item you would like to add to the raffle.
Annual finiancial report will be presented. Also we will talk about results from latest MS AG Museum demo.
Do not forget to bring items for Show-N-Tell.
Remember MEMBERS to return Library items so you can check out more.
Check our webpage at magnoliawoodturners.org for links and pictures from meetings and individual galleries. We have had to start removing some pictures due to space limitations. At this time deleting candid shots from meeting pictures has allowed enough space and then will start deleting the oldest meeting after each new meeting will allow us to have seven years of meeting photos on the site. At this time I do not see any need to delete any member galleries photos.
Check us out on Facebook by searching for Magnolia Woodturners,Inc . Lamar has put up some new pics of the MS AG demo. You can help us to increase awareness of the club and our activities by liking the FB page and share the announcements with freinds when Lamar posts them.
Just a reminder that due to increased expense for meeting site and facility use including audio and video equipment requires us to increase dues to $50 per year.
Better Success with Jam-Chucking I've helped a few woodworkers who have had problems when turning with a jam chuck. This three-step process might help you be more successful.Step 1: Turn a jam chuck with a small tenon that fits inside the bowl. Turn the outside diameter of the jam chuck so the diameter matches the outside diameter of the bowl.Step 2: Fit the bowl over the tenon and apply pressure with the tailstock. For added security and antislip protection, wrap the joint between the bowl and jam chuck with masking tape.Step 3: With the foot turned, leave the masking tape in place but back off the tailstock. Slow the lathe speed and turn away the nub. When removing the nub, use light cuts that apply pressure toward the center of the form and toward the headstock. Then sand the bottom.
~ Chris Wright
Woodturning FUNdamentals | August 2017
This is not a monitored mailbox. Please do not respond here. You can contact Gerald Lawrence at lawr1970@bellsouth.net or Clyde Hare at cfhare@att.net.

Gerald Lawrence
Treasurer of Magnolia Woodturners
Webmaster at magnoliawoodturners.org
Audio/ Video Coordinator                         ##############################################################################################################################################