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Our Next Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting for November is scheduled for Saturday the 15th and will be held at the Northminister Presbyterian Church.  It will feature Art Leistman, a professional turner from Vancouver, BC, Canada. For his demonstration Art will show us his lost wood process, he will demonstrate the design and construction of teapots, and will discuss the therming process he uses.
On Sunday, November 16, Art will conduct a hands-on workshop in which he explores with students the lost wood technique.  This workshop will be conducted at theWoodcraft Store; 11711 Princeton Pike; Cincinnati, OH  45246.  It is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end at about 4:00 p.m. 
Information about Art and his work is presented below. You will also find a link to his gallery in the "Classes" section.  

Upcoming Exhibition
We will once again have the opportunity to exhibit our work at the Oxford Community Arts Center starting on Friday, December 12, 2014 through January, 2015.  Up to 60 items will be selected for the exhibit.  Items will be available for sale during the exhibit.  Forty items will be exhibited at a time.  As items are sold, they will be replaced with the additional items selected for the exhibit.  Items will also be rotated so that all items are exhibited.
To enter your work in the exhibit, please forward a digital picture of each item to KC Kendall ( by November 9 for consideration by the jury.  In the past we have included at least one piece from all members who submitted their work.  We would plan to do so again this time, and may have room for more than one piece from some members, depending on the number of entries.
We will notify you immediately after the jury process so that you can bring the selected items to the November 15th meeting.  We will take all of the exhibit pieces to the OCAC.  Items are insured while at the OCAC.
President's Challenge for the November Meeting

Make a functional bowl that is 2" in diameter, or less.  This will test your vision, your fine motor skills, and your ability to deliver fine details!

Contest: December 6, 2014  
The contest directions for December are very simple.  Make an ornament with a seasonal holiday theme. You might think that this doesn't offer much of an opportunity for you to demonstrate your creativity and turning ability.  However, the Board challenges you to pull out all stops with respect to design and production.  Remember that not all ornaments hang on a tree.  Think off the tree!  They may sit on a table, be suspended from an ornament hanger, or displayed in numerous other ways.  Since we are woodturners, your ornament should contain turned wood parts, but may also be a multi-media affair with the inclusion of other materials.  If it is an "ornament" with a holiday theme that has been turned (at least in part) you should consider it to be a valid entry.  
As in past years competition will be at three levels:  NoviceAdvanced, and Master.  For each level there will be first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention winners.  Only the first place winners will advance to the next level.  This represents a reversal of the rules that were put in place for the June contest in which first, second, and third place winners were all advanced.  After feedback from the membership and further discussion by the Board at our last board meeting a decision was made to return to the old rules.  If you have questions about this I suggest that you bring them up during our next monthly meeting. 
Beads of Courage Boxes
We will continue to accept Beads of Courage Boxes which David Wright will deliver to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The box should be 6 to 8" in diameter, 3 to 4" tall, and have an easily removable lid with a child friendly finial. The words "Beads of Courage" should appear somehow on the box, either wood burned, painted, or otherwise permanently applied.
This is part of a national program to provide seriously ill children with a box to store the beads that they are awarded when they complete any portion of treatment, testing, surgery, or other activity in the hospital.
Empty Bowls
Thanks to everyone who contributed one of the 18 bowls that we gathered for the Empty Bowls event in Oxford. Those who donated included:  Jim Goethel, Dave Voeghtly, MaryCarol Meinken, Paul Maue, Jim Susco, Dale Miner, Ralph McKee, Kurt Fogelsong, Don Stephan, and KC Kendall.  Arn Ward also donated a pendant. If you want to support the Empty Bowls program further, the event is on November 8 at the Oxford Community Arts Centerfrom 11am to 2pm.  The cost is $10, for which you get a delicious soup lunch and a ceramic bowl to take home.  You can also bid in the silent auction on one or more of the bowls that we donated.
Art Liestman
Demonstration: November 15, 2014
Hands-On Class: November 16, 2014. 

Art Liestman was born and raised in Kansas, but has lived in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC, Canada, for more than half of his life.  As member of his local woodturning club, he spent a few years making the usual functional turned items, but a demonstration by Frank Sudol opened his eyes to the possibilities of expression in artistic woodturning. After taking a particularly illuminating class with Jacques Vesery, he starting making puzzling illusion vessels. Since then, his life in wood art continues to evolve.
“In addition to the puzzling illusion, I've enjoyed exploring other surface enhancements using pyrography, carving, and coloring. I have a particular interest in making pieces on the lathe that do not necessarily appear to be turned. I'm not opposed to working off of the lathe, but virtually every piece that I make is based on a turned form.”

Art has demonstrated at many national and regional symposia, as well as for dozens of local woodturning clubs. He has also taught week long courses at the John C. Campbell Folk School and at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as well as some single day classes for local clubs. His work has been seen in numerous exhibitions and is available through galleries across North America.  Art further serves the woodturning community as a member of the Board of the American association of Woodturners.

OVWG is proud to be one of 350+ worldwide chapters of the American Association of Woodturners 
We encourage you to join this fine organization.
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
            AAW's mission is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.