Our Next Monthly Meeting
The monthly meeting for October is scheduled for Saturday the 18th and will be held at the Northminister Presbyterian Church. It will feature Douglas Fisher, a professional turner from Vancouver Island, Canada. For his demonstration Douglas will show us how to turn, carve, and color an off center-off axis sculpture. You will learn all the methods Douglas uses to achieve the look of his pieces. This will include applying the design, rotary carving, burning, and coloring. There will also be an interactive slide presentation on inspiration, observation and creativity.
On Sunday, October 19, Douglas will conduct a hands-on workshop in which he will instruct students on how to produce off center-off axis work similar to that shown in his demonstration. This is not a workshop for beginners. He recommends that only experienced turners register. 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 Douglas 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 October Meeting
To get into the mood for the upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays, make a PUMPKIN! Your choice or combination of carving, piercing, painting, or other approaches to surface embellishment are highly encouraged.
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.
The Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild presents:
Demo: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Hands-On class: Sunday, October 19, 2014
I am a full-time artist living on Vancouver Island, Canada. Since 1992 I have been involved almost exclusively in creating some form of art, including painting, stained glass, photography, pen and ink drawing, and woodturning. Wood sculptures, primarily made using a lathe, have been the focus of my work since 1997. When not in the studio, I can often be seen performing in theatre productions. Photography has been an ongoing passion for me. In 1991 I helped build a professional photo lab in Victoria, BC and with the advent of digital cameras and graphics programs my passion has never been stronger than it is today.
Prior to becoming a full-time artist, I taught skiing and sailing, was an ironworker, a driller and blaster in several underground gold mines, and delivered sailboats in the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic Ocean.
Creating thought provoking and inspiring works of art by combining artistic vision with superb craftsmanship is something I have aspired to do for some time. I exhibit, teach and demonstrate my unique style of wood turned sculptures internationally, and my works are in private collections around the world.