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Promoting the art and craft of wood turning in the greater Cincinnati area

We have posted data from the 2015 survey on the website in the Documents tab, the section on Membership Survey. Accessible only to OVWG members.
The summary includes data on the age of our membership, time in the OVWG, length of time as a woodturner, skill levels, skills of interest, and who owns what type of lathe. There are also the members' ratings of last year's meetings and a ranking of the elements of the OVWG program and what members consider to be most important.
The Board is using input from the survey as we develop the slate of professional woodturners for 2016 as well as topics for homegrown demo's. We are taking action to finish moving photos from the old website to the new one. We have procured new videos and will be adding them to the library soon. We plan to continue to combine the annual banquet and the December holiday party, and hold a demonstration meeting in January.
Finally, we plan to expand our efforts on skill building and efforts to involve younger members in woodturning.  If you have questions or comments on the results of the survey, please contact one of the Board members.

We signed the lease for our Learning Center facility on Friday, March 13!  Let's hope this "Friday the 13th" is positively auspicious for us! The lease starts July 1, giving us time this summer to get fully equipped and set up.
As mentioned in the newsletter, a number of members have been working hard on designing the facility, and looking at equipment needs, lighting design, a suspended ceiling (to control noise and improve heating/cooling efficiency), storage spaces, and more. We have already ordered 8 Jet 1221VS lathes to take advantage of Jet's sale.
We are excited about the many possibilities that will come as we partner with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. And, we hope this will be a big step forward in the mission of the club, in our ability to meet the diverse needs and interests of our members, and in efforts to broaden interest and involvement in woodturning.
Lots more news and opportunities to get involved will be forthcoming.

Basic Woodturning Classes held at Woodcraft Store
We finished the last of the 6 Turn and Learn sessions on Saturday, 3/28.  Eight to ten people attended each one. Participants liked the curriculum, sequence of skills practiced, and the fact that wood was supplied for each session.  
Many thanks to John Albachten who designed the curriculum and procured and prepared all of the wood. He and John Shannon did a great job providing instruction to the participants. We also appreciate Woodcraft making their classroom available, and allowing us to use their lathes.


2015 AAW Symposium Volunteer Opportunities - Not too late
Check out the list of volunteer opportunities for the 2015 AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA. The list is under the Documents Tab in a folder titled 2015 AAW Symposium.  Opportunities include:  Packet Stuffing, Registration, AAW Product Sales, Video & Video Setup, Instant Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Youth Equipment & Training to teach the young people how to turn, Equipment Committee/Tool Room, Grinder Set-up/Tear Down, and Wood for the Youth and the Demonstrators. Respond to KC Kendall ( as soon as possible if you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers from the OVWG.
Beads of Courage Boxes
The contest for the June picnic will be to make a Beads of Courage Box. This was a great success last year, with lots of very creative entries. In the interim, we will also continue to accept Beads of Courage Boxes at any time, 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.
Monthly Meeting:  May 16, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Professional Demonstrator:  Pat Matranga 

Pat Matranga has made her living as a wood artist specializing in woodturning since 1993. Prior to that she was traveling the world as a singer known as Pat Dakota. She had always wanted to try woodworking as she had an older brother who came home from school with turned bowls and candlesticks. However, since she was not allowed to take shop class back then she had to wait until later in life to pursue her interest in woodworking. She lives and works in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, in a very peaceful, rural setting. She makes everything from desk set items to sculptures and enjoys making it all. 


Simple, elegant and beautiful, Pat Matranga’s turned wood art has been commissioned by industry leaders and government officials (mayors, governors and a former vice president). Her work has been presented to countless dignitaries worldwide.


Featured recently in Southern Living Magazine, Pat’s wood pieces are famous for their comforting, smooth-as-glass feel. She has appeared on HGTV, “Talk of the Town”, “Tennessee Crossroads”, as well as in local news publications, such as The Tennessean. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and fine gift shops in the U.S. and abroad, and is actively sought as the corporate-gift-of-choice by area CEOs and executives. When she isn’t busy creating new treasures, Pat enjoys teaching woodturning.  You may see more of her work at her website (  

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.