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Our Annual Membership Survey is Now "Live".
Please log in to the website and click on the Survey Tab in the main menu to go to the membership survey. Your comments and feedback are a valuable source of input to help the OVWG leaders continue to improve the operation of the Guild. Please complete the survey by February 19. You can also click this link to get to the survey: 2016 Annual Survey
Turn & Learn Classes:
There are still spots available for the February and March Turn & Learn Classes. You can register for any one or all four. The Feb 10 class is on spindle turning. The next 2 are on wet and dry bowls. The final one is making a box. Just go the Event Calendar for February 10 and click on the class link and then select "register now" and signup for whatever classes you like.
Tool Sharpening Class
Nick Schirz will conduct a hands on sharpening class on Tuesday, February 16, from 7-9pm. The class is aimed at newer turners and those who want to get better at sharpening their tools.
Nick will share how to shape and profile your gouges and other tools, and answer any questions you might have about tool selection. Nick will use the Wolverine system and the club's slow speed grinders.
Class size is limited and registration is required. Go to the event calendar and click on the event, February 16, 2016.
Open Shops for January thru March, 2016:
The open shop dates and times are now posted on the Event Calendar. We've included which OVWG member is hosting each open shop event. The Open Shop Coordinators are willing to provide coaching on specific skills. Here's a link to a document that summarizes all of the dates and the areas that each person will help with: Open Shop Schedule: Jan - Mar 2016. We ask that you register on the website when you plan to come to an open shop.
Monthly Meeting: February 20, 2016 - Alan Lacer - Professional Demonstrator
Alan Lacer has been involved in the turning field for more than 39 years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, expert witness, demonstrator and past president of the American Association of Woodturners. His work has appeared in a number of regional and national exhibitions.
Alan has been a regular instructor and demonstrator of the craft--having worked in all 50 states and five foreign countries. He has published more than 150 articles, columns and tips covering technical aspects of woodturning, many specific projects, stories related to both contemporary and historical woodtuning, and turning traditions of Japan and Germany.
He has also produced five videos on his own, with three of them winning a total of five national awards. In 1999 the American Association of woodturners awarded him their Lifetime Honorary member Award for his contributions to the field. He has also appeared on national TV woodturning programs on PBS and DIY.
Alan published one book in 2015, Alan Lacer's Woodturning Projects & Techniques by Popular Woodworking Books, and is finishing up another book tentatively titled Woodturning Essentials by Lost Art Press.
For his demonstration on February 20, 2016, Alan will begin with a discussion of the skew chisel, covering the issues of shaping, sharpening, reducing the fear of the tool—all supplemented with demonstrations of this versatile tool. This will also include plenty of information on sharpening most woodturning tools. From there Alan will discuss the problems of hollowing end-grain for such items as end-grain bowls, goblets, lidded boxes, scoops, etc. He will show a variety of ways to hollow, but will show the tradition of hollowing with hook tools. This will include the making of a basic hook tool. The session will conclude with Alan making a lidded box.
To learn more about Alan you may check his website at Alan Lacer . You can also see him using the skew chisel by going to the following site Alan Lacer Skew .
Monthly Meeting: March 19, 2016 - Betty Scarpino - Professional Demonstrator