Meetings

On occasion due to scheduling issues or weather events we may have to delay or cancel meetings or workshops. In the event a meeting or workshop is cancelled we will notify everyone via e-mail at least two hours before the event.  Please check your e-mail for possible changes or cancellations prior to leaving for meetings or workshops especially during bad weather. As always you are the best judge of road conditions for your safe travel and are responsible for determining what is best for you.

April 10, 2021

April’s demonstrator reminds me of the words of the Beach Boys – catch a wave and you’ll be sitting on top of the world! To do so however you will either need to be a member or if you are a non-member you may attend the meeting for a $10 fee. Non-members will need to contact Westmichiganwoodturners@comcast.net to make arrangements. Surfs up!

Our demonstrator will be Phil Rose. In Phil’s demonstration you will learn to create wonderful square edge, wavy, off-center bowls on the lathe (see pictures below for examples.) Phil will cover off-center turning of the bowl and the waves, as well as the embellishments — carving, painting. The lathe work will be completed live, and there will be ample time to discuss and review different embellishment options to enhance the piece and make it your own. 

BIO: Phil Rose is known for his thought-provoking wood-based art that starts life on a lathe but may be embellished with wood burning, dye, fused glass, or other delightful techniques. Some of his current work is inspired by thoughts of wave patterns and abstract shapes, as well as creating common objects with different wood. Phil strives to separate the mechanical aspects of woodturning from the physical results, inspiring views to not only admire the art but also wonder how it was created. Phil often says, “While I do generate ideas of art forms I would like to create, ultimately the wood needs to tell me what it wants to become for its second life.” Learn more about Phil from his website: https://dragonsrose.studio

Sign-in time starts at 9:30 AM. Be sure to sign into the zoom room early to get a seat with a great view. To help the meeting be successful, please plan to also take part in the “Show N Tell” portion. Just like our regular meetings, you can show your turning(s) and talk about how you produced it, the trial and errors, and of course the finish that you used on it. If you need help setting up Zoom, please phone Fred at 269-830-8934.

For the near future meetings will be held through Zoom (see above). Usually club meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at the Northwest United Methodist Church, 3140 N. 3rd St., Kalamazoo (Oshtemo) MI 49009 . You are welcome to attend as a guest for 2 meetings before we ask that you join the club if you wish to keep coming.

Meetings include a one hour social hour followed usually by a short business session, a show-and-tell session and finally a demonstration by a club member or invited speaker. Members are encouraged to bring turned forms for display on the gallery table and, if desired, presentation during the show-and-tell portion of the meeting. Pieces can also be submitted for a more formal assessment by a three-member panel that is meant to allow for a critical assessment to determine how a form may be judged at a show.

Other meetings of interest

The Grand River Turners Guild based in Grand Rapids, Michigan frequently holds demonstrations and meetings of interest to woodturners. Please visit their facebook site for more information about upcoming events. https://www.facebook.com/GRWTmichigan/