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.
We will once again have the opportunity to exhibit our work at the Oxford Community Arts Center in December of 2014 and January of 2015. Up to 60 items will be selected for the exhibit. Items will be available for sale during the exhibit. Please start thinking of what you'd like to make for this event. Full details on the timing for submission of photos, selection and delivery of items will be provided later.
President's Challenge for the November Meeting
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: Novice, Advanced, 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.
We will participate again this year in the Empty Bowl program that helps raise awareness and money to combat hunger. Donate a wooden bowl no later than our October meeting. Our goal is to donate at least 25 bowls.
The bowls will be given to the organizers of the Empty Bowl Luncheon, which benefits the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. At the luncheon, guests choose from amongst a collection of beautiful, handmade and hand-decorated bowls created and donated by Miami University students and Oxford area potters and by the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild. After a lunch of soups donated by local restaurants, guests then feet to select a bowl to use or display at home and to serve as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. Homemade bread and desserts, and beverages donated by area businesses will also be served.
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.