The GSWT met at Highland Hardwoods for their Annual meeting and a morning of demonstrations on September 28th. The Annual Meeting re-elected the current Board of Directors and opened the floor for volunteers willing to serve as board members.
Members were reminded that wood sales are welcome at any GSWT meeting but the proceeds are to be donated to the GSWT scholarship and education fund. Sat's 50/50 raffle contributed $64 to that fund.
The October meeting has been cancelled and the November meeting is now scheduled for Nov 9th and will be hosted by Rick Manganello in Hudson, NH. Jim Forbes will be demonstrating his popular tiny birdhouses and inside-out Christmas ornaments. Details will be posted in Touch-Ups.
We will try and schedule a December meeting on the 13th, it will feature a Yankee swap so please make or bring a small item to swap.
Heather Lang and Blue Foster welcomed GSWT and visitors to Highland Hardwoods and the turning portion of the morning. The demos were very well received with as many as 76 folks watching, asking questions and enjoying the loud catches! GSWT Pres Ron Marcoux demonstrated his shopmade offset chuck while five other members including Jim Forbes, Rick Manganello, Len Lombardi, Tom Kovalcik and Ed Wilson turned items as different as birdhouses to lamp bases. Ed's segmented and specialty cut lamp bases proved to be most popular as he skillfully revealed multiple layers of contrasting woods.
Highland offered members and visitors alike a huge discount on thick turning stock and there was not a stick of walnut left behind. Many many thanks to HH for their kind assistance, we hope to see some terrific items made from their wonderful stock. Highland wishes to remind woodworkers everywhere that their November cherry sale will begin on Nov 13th and conclude Dec 24th. Highland will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan 6th as they honor holiday traditions.
GSWT gained six new members and has begun the process of identifying venues and demonstrators for 2020. We will open the year at Pres. Ron Marcoux's shop in Bedford NH on Jan 25th where he will be making shot glasses and tumblers and demonstrating a special sanding jig designed to fit them. Any one who is interested and has shop space for 30 or so should give the GSWT a shout.