Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: March 2014

March shop meet

Marches shop meet, was it Bob Esslinger shop.  As you remember Bob won first place and best of show at the state fair for his pi table. Even though we were 10 days late for pi Day, March 14, 3.14, give it, Bob and his wife served two delicious homemade pies. Nobody dared  to eat there pie on his pi table. We all had a great time visiting and snooping around Bob shop. My shop will only be as clean as Bob’s in my dreams.

Can you see 3.1416?

Time for pi, I mean pie Time for pi, I mean pie

Can you see 3.1416?
Visiting

Visiting

Yumm

Yumm

Joe & Ed

Joe & Ed

The Woodworking Show

The woodworking show this year hed much better attendance than last year. Thanks to the efforts of Terry Bair, we not only had a good-looking booth, but a large good-looking booth, three full tables, filled with members projects.  Booth workers, on all three days, reported a lot of interest  and a lot of people taking cards and brochures. Just as last year, the toys were a big hit. Thanks to everyone who works so hard to make this possible.

Mike stuffing his face on Sunday

Mike stuffing his face on Sunday

Who wouldn't be impressed!

Who wouldn’t be impressed!

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I think Denny made money with his coin separator.

 

John S. chess set

John S. chess set

People just had to try Terry's marble run.

People just had to try Terry’s marble run.

March turrners meet

This month Denny and a chunk of wood with Hibiscus written on it. No one ever seen a Hibiscus bush that big before, but that’s what was written on. It had a very white sapwood with a two-tone brown heartwood. It appeared to have come from the crotch of the tree. We discussed it and decided to turn small bowl from it. He started by rounding up the outside  which necessitated moving the center point several times,to get maximum use of the wood.

This month we tried using our new video camera connected to the projector to show better how tools were being used. It was very successful as you can see from some of the pictures of the screen.

Denny was able to finish most of the bowl  but ran out of time to make a finial for the top. He made that the next day and you can see the results in the final picture. The unusual colors of the wood created a very striking little bowl.

 

The hisbiscus

The hisbiscus

Outside finished

Outside finished

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Turning the outside

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Starting the inside

Screen shot of working the inside

Screen shot of working the inside

Finished inside

March Bowl 003

Wow

Wow

March General Meeting

At our March meeting we were pleased to have Johnny Newcomb of the Gulf Coast Carvers spoke to us and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdemonstrate carving techniques.  Johnny describes himself as a wheedler. He uses mainly straight knives  with an occasional gouge. You showed us the numbering system for gouges  and vees. then he picked up a piece of wood and proceeded to carve an old bearded man,  with explanations as he went.

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Bearded old man

Australian Pine Goblet

Freds cutting board

John’s clock, It really keeps time

Rauel’s light house

John P. spalted bowel

Denny and his chalice

Eight people brought something for show and tell. The prize for the biggest went to  John P who brought in his wooden clock. Rouel   showed a beautiful intarsia. Fred showed a cutting board he made years ago and just rediscovered. Denny had the chalice that he made at the last turners meeting. John P had two other item besides the clock; a box and a bowl he turned from some spalted wood. Harald showed a goblet he turned from Australian pine. John S. showed some small scroll saw projects he made. George showed a cross cut sled he likes very much, and Joe M had a beautiful scroll saw eagle.

Joe's scroll art

Joe’s eagel scroll art

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John S. with a box of small scroll saw pieces he uses to teach scroll saw.

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George’s favorite cross cut sled