More Summer Workshops - August
For OVWG Members we have a great slate of summer workshops. You can refer to the Event Calendar for complete details and sign ups. But, here's a quick summary:
August 9: Keith Betscher hosts another visit to his supremely well organized workshop. You'll get lots of great ideas on how to make the most of space in your workshop. Keith also has tips for improved dust control. There are 4 spots available as of July 2.
August 16: Our annual "Turn and Learn" event features 2 hours of hands on instruction for newer or less experienced turners who would like some expert instruction. We have room for 20 people, 10 from 9 to 11 and 10 from 11 to 1pm. We can provide wood, or you can bring your own to work on a project of your choice.
September 6: Dave Kratzer repeats his mini-cowboy hat workshop. You'll make a mini-hat with Dave's expert instruction. At this point, all available spots, as defined by the number of available mini-lathes, are taken. However, Dave can handle a couple more participants if you bring your own mini-lathe.
Our Next Monthly Meeting
The meeting for September 20th will be our annual Turnfest. Location is the Lemming Shelter at Symmes Park. See the accompanying paragraph about the President's Challenge for this event. Food is provided. We'll have several mini-lathes and short demonstrations in action.
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 September Meeting
The next President's challenge is to make a Frisbee. A similar contest was held years ago. It's time to try it again! Part of the contest will be to see how far your Frisbee will fly. A prize will go to the one that flies the furthest.
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. 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 keep their 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.