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May 2016 NewsletterRecent Postings to this Site. Click button of choice.
Youth Turning Event
Eight young people attended our event on Saturday, May 1.  All completed at least one project to take home. Here are some pictures of the event. Thanks to Mary Carol Meinken, Jon Hornbach, Jerry Warner, David Wright, and KC Kendall for serving as mentors for the event.
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Open Shops for April Through June, 2016:
The open shop dates, times and the person hosting each event are posted on the Event Calendar. The Open Shop Coordinators are willing to provide coaching on specific skills. Here's a link to documents that summarize all of the dates and the areas that each person will help with: Learning Center Coordinators - April - June  We ask that you register on the website when you plan to come to an open shop.
New Woodturning Safety Guidebook from AAW
The AAW has just released a new publication, entitled "Safety Guidebook for Woodturners".  Effective use of a wood lathe is so fundamentally critical that the AAW is making this new resource available at no cost to anyone interested in woodturning.  AAW strongly recommends all chapter officers get this into the hands of all chapter members.  AAW membership is not a requirement to receive this publication.
The booklet is divided into the major areas of woodturning safety.  Some of the safety considerations covered in this publication include:
  • The Workshop and Turning Environment
  • Lathe and Turning Equipment
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Safe Techniques
  • Safe Turning Speeds
  • First Cuts: ABC's
  • And much more
Click on one of the following links to obtain a copy of the Safety Guidebook.  If that does not work, copy and paste the link into your browser.


Monthly Meeting:  June 18, 2016 - Zeller Memorial Picnic & Contest
Place: Symmes Township Park - Symmes Park website
Address:  11600 Lebanon Road (45140)
Time:  9 am to 3 pm
Location:  Leming Shelter


Be prepared to be charmed, entertained and informed by the following fellow OVWG woodturners.

  • Ron Hanssen
  • Dave Kratzer
  • Mike Pankion
  • John Shannon
  • Steve Shansey
  • David Wright
And to amaze you, the Fractal Pyrography subset of the Pyrography Special Interest Group will be displaying the effect of several thousand volts of electricity on wood.  Stand clear when Mary Carol Meinken, Mike Ball, Jacob Ball and John Jackobs demonstrate.
NOTE:  Please, no one call 911, the shelter is not on fire despite all the smoke!


The Contest:
  • Rule #1: Create a Beads Of Courage box
  • Rule #2: See Rule #1
The challenge:  To create 50+ Beads Of Courage boxes to donate to Children's Hospital.  It is not required that you enter your Beads Of Courage box in the contest.
The link/button at the top of the page or here, gives the preferred dimensions for a Beads Of Courage box. Beads of Courage Boxes
John Jordan - Three-Day Class:  August 12-14, 2016
Friday - Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm daily
John Jordan is a woodturner from Cane Ridge (Nashville), Tennessee. Known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, John has been featured in nearly every major turning exhibition the past twenty years.  His work has received numerous awards, and is in the permanent collections of many museums and corporations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the American Craft Museum in New York City, the White House in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
John's pieces are initially turned on the lathe, from fresh, green logs, using a number of techniques and tools that have evolved over the years. Each piece is then hand carved and textured, using a variety of different hand and small powered tools. This texturing process is very labor intensive, and can take as much as several days to weeks to complete. There is little room for error during this carving- one small slip can ruin the piece. A light lacquer finish is applied to most pieces, including the dyed work.
"The pieces I make are simple but finely detailed vessels. Manipulating the color and patterns in the wood to complement the form, and the texturing and carving to create visual and tactile contrasts are important parts of the process and the result. What I feel is most important is the intangible quality that the piece is "right" that comes with putting emotion and feeling into the work. A simple object can be very powerful and emotional just for what it is. These pieces are simply decorative vessels that reflect my interest in surface textures/contrasts and form, and the personal responses that I have to them, which I suspect are similar to the feelings that makers of objects have felt for thousands of years." - John Jordan 2015
Class registration is now open.  From the Home page, click on Event Calendar, go to August 2016 and click on the John Jordan -Three-day class to begin the registration process.  Or click on this button.    John Jordan Three-Day Class - 8/12/2016

OVWG Learning Center is located at Kennedy Heights Cultural Campus
6620 Montgomery Road, Kennedy Heights, OH  45213 

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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.