GSWT 3/25/11 meeting at Scott Russwick’s shop
Meeting was held at Scott Ruesswick’s shop in Canterbury NH.

Attendance was 46 counting those who signed in. My guess is that it was closer to 60. Great turnout. Many thanks to Scott and Barbra for hosting the meeting and the use of their shop. If that weren’t enough Scott also provided a demo.

Dave Belser kicks off the meeting

Dave Belser kicked off the meeting an explanation of vendor request for a club roster. Vendors like Craft Supply and Choice Woods. These venders upon receipt of a roster (names) will provide the club with discount  coupons and small items that the club can raffle at meetings as a means to raise monies for future meeting presentations.

Roster disclosure for the Guild has historically been off limits. Dave, looking to get a pulse from the members present asked for a show of hands as to whether or not they would object to disclosing their names only – No one objected. When asked that in addition to the name to disclose their email address, only one
objected.

Dave also mentioned the “Project Cupcake”. Please sign up and get involved. The Guild website has a new feature, forums. The club will use this forum going forward to communicate project Cupcake business.

Jon Siegel mentioned that a hockey club was looking for someone to turn a wooden 3/4 size Stanley Cup. The hockey club would pay for materials. Contact person is Joe Galea who can be reached at 344-1994.
The meeting then proceeded with an auction. The auctioneer was Jon Siegel. Items ranged from hand tools, wood, power tools and the sort.

Funds raised will again be banked for future club approved activities. Many thanks to Jon for being the auctioneer. Also thanks to those who donated and participated in the auction. Without you it would not have been possible. 

The meeting then went outside. The topic “Log to lathe”. It was a sunny but cold day hence this was on the agenda last with the hopes that it would warm up a bit before we got out there. We had three demo’s planned.

Donna cuts a blank from log

Demo #1 Donna kicked it off with her method. Donna (with the help of her sidekick Dave) started with lobbing off a shot piece of log to remove the checked end. Then measuring with her chainsaw bar lobbed off a chunk of log. Donna explained that the diameter of the log will only yield a given diameter bowl and then length need not exceed that diameter with a little for trimming off. It’s a good idea to have the log length a tad shorter than the chainsaw bar as this will aid with chip removal when cutting (with the grain) the log in half.

Donna makes a blank holder 

Danna first notched a tall log on end on which she placed the piece to be cut. This hold the piece off the ground and at a comfortable working height.

Donna cuts out the pith

Donna made two cuts at either side of the pith removing about 1 to 1 1/2″. She laid the piece face up on the log holder and drew a circle using a large compass.

Donna marks out a circle

She then trimmed off the corners staying close to the line.

Donna trims off the corners

From this point the piece would be ready to mount, between centers. Donna likes to start between centers because it’s safe and the only way to adjust the blank to best orient the grain for a good looking and pleasing piece.

Jim trims a blank using his sawhorse jig

Demo #2. Jim Forbes setup his blank cutting bench. The bench is designed with an adjustable hold down bar and platform. The bar can quickly be adjusted to height and clamped down using a car jack. Very little pressure is need and the jack is easily adjusted using the fingertips of one hand while the other hand holds the blank. Of course Jim’s hands a twice most others.

Jim marks out a circle

Once the blank is cut in half (through the pith) he places the blank face up, marks an appropriate circle using a pre cut Plexiglas circles and proceeds to trim the excess, pretty much as Donna demonstrated.

Scott halfs a silver maple log

Demo #3 Scott used his Miser saw mill to slab up a silver maple. The mill is equipped with a cable winch that rolls the log onto the platform. Scott examined the log for where the best cut would be. Using a log
roller to position the log he then locks it in place with the mill dogs. He then makes a cut mid stream removing the pith (notice a theme here) (by now you might be thinking it’s a good idea to remove the pith). Setting the top half aside he then saw-cuts a bowl thick slice of 3″ to 4″. From here the plank would cut into manageable pieces and brought to the band-saw where it would be cut  into round blanks.

The day finished off with a second auction and again the auctioneer was Jon. Jon auction small bundles of  4′ to 5′ log lengths of walnut that the SC had gotten donated from a Concord resident. The was also two maple burls that were auctioned. The auction was very successful and most everyone went home with
something to turn.

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