Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: December 2015

December General Meeting – Christmas party

I hope you didn’t miss it because it was so much fun, but if you did here are some snaps for you to drool over. Great auction, good food, even better company.

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November Shop meet – Marvin Stoltzfus

Marvin showed us his beautiful shop and some of the turnings he has made. He also showed us the history of his sphere turning machine.



October turners meet – green wood turning

As usual, Denny put on a fascinating and informative meeting making a bowl from a walnut log.IMG_1451He starts with half of a log, then screws a cardboard circle to it to help cutting out a blank on the band saw. After turning the outside , and adding a dovetail, he flips it over.

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Generial Meeting November – John Philips Clock

There were 29 members present and 1 guest, Tom Zarse.


John Philips was our presenter. He had made a tall box clock out of wood. He explained that there would be 3 ways to make a clock: You can buy a ready made kit and assemble it; you can find an old clock and refurbish it; or you can work from scratch from directions (such as the gear ratios). The kit he purchased was composed of a cord, the few metal parts, templates, 2 DVD’s (which he had to print out, about 160 pages) and the pin router. Even the gears were made by John out of wood. As he made this piece, he corresponded with the designer, Wayne S. to work out the problems. So he drew it, cut it, smoothed it and assembled it, in stages. Thinking he was an experienced participant in the State Fair, the judges awarded John second place. He put about 4 months of work in this. John’s comment: To make a clock, you must have a screw loose.

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Club Business

Turners’ Meet November17, Denny Wetter’s house

Shop Meet, Marvin Stoltzfus’ house, November 23

Next general meeting is the Holiday Party, December 9 at Advantage Lumber, 6:00 p.m.

Terry Bair: Wood and Tool Show, March 19-21

John Slezak: Missing in America Project, see photos of celebration

State Fair: another category (guitars)


Show & Tell


Terry Bair—Christmas ornaments

IMG_1498IMG_1500John Philips—urns and turned vase

Fred Damianos—walnut corner shelves, modified


Denny Wetter—walnut bowl

Joe Mathis—intarsia rose and bud


Thelma pyrograph


Andy DiLorenzo


Marvin Stoltzfus


Reuel Detweller