Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: May 2014

May meeting – making a tree from wood

Most of us are accustom to using wood made from trees, but this months speaker, Gil Samreny,  showed slides of his entry in the state fair. He made a tree from wood. It was quite a large tree weighting around 400#. He then carved leaves and a face in it. Because of the rules of the furniture competition he had to add a cabinet on top of it so it was considered furniture. He also showed slides of other projects he has made, and of him and Sam Maloof when he visited Sam at his shop before Sam died.

All pictures by Andy DiLorenzo.

Gil Samreny

Gil Samreny

This is the cabinet Gil Samreny made to sit on the tree in the state fair
This is the cabinet Gil Samreny made to sit on the tree in the state fair

Gil Samreny brought this box he made
Gil Samreny brought this box he made

We had 13 entries in show and tell this month.

Ed Colombo made this mirror frame form curly maple

Ed Colombo made this mirror frame form curly maple

Mike Swart made this camp kitchen to take on his next back packing trip, just kidding! It's made from 3 sheets of 1/2' plywood.

Mike Swart made this camp kitchen to take on his next back packing trip, just kidding! It’s made from 3 sheets of 1/2′ plywood.

Denny turned this unusual segmented piece. Note how the light colored wood continues over the rim

Denny turned this unusual segmented piece. Note how the light colored wood continues over the rim

Denny turned this bowl which has a pattern on the inside but not on the outside

Denny turned this bowl which has a pattern on the inside but not on the outside

Fred Damianos made these bowl turnings so his very spoiled dog could eat in luxury

Fred Damianos made these bowl turnings so his very spoiled dog could eat in luxury

Joe Mathis made this gorgeous scroll saw picture of a cat and two horses

Joe Mathis made this gorgeous scroll saw picture of a cat and two horses

John Philips bought this model kit of a flying machine at the Davinci exhibit in Bradenton and put it togeather

John Philips bought this model kit of a flying machine at the Davinci exhibit in Bradenton and put it togeather

Terry Bair is getting ready for Christmas early.

Terry Bair is getting ready for Christmas early.

George Norton made a push pull switch for his table saw from a regular light switch

George Norton made a push pull switch for his table saw from a regular light switch

Susan Darovec turned a pen

Susan Darovec turned a pen

2014 Spring Picnic

Great weather, Great food, Great time. That just about says it all.

We gathered at Rothenbach Park for our annual spring picnic and 2×4 contest. The club supplied the meat, Sonny’s BBQ, and beverages and everyone brought a dish. I particularly liked the deserts, umm.

After we had stuffed ourselves, we voted on the contest entries. There were 6 entries. Mike Swart took first with his band saw box that was in the shape of a tree; he even had enough left over to make some little trees and animals  to complete the forest. Reuel Detweiler took second with his intarsia alligator. And, Susan Darovec took third with her Baker and Brewer plaque. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the people who put time and effort into making a project.

If you missed this event you should really think about coming next year. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon.

The entries were arriving.

The entries were arriving.

Lots to talk about.

Lots to talk about.

Great way to spend an afternoon with friends.

Great way to spend an afternoon with friends.

Great conversations.

Great conversations.

I loved the deserts.

We loved the deserts.

John Philips platter.

John Philips platter.

Mike Swart tree box.

Mike Swart tree box.

Susan Darovec's wall plaque.

Susan Darovec’s wall plaque.

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Haroald Hanes made the biggest stool he could from one 2×4.

 

Reuel Detweilers gator, he bites.

Reuel Detweilers gator, he bites.

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Terry Bair managed a fair size table from his 2×4.