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.

December 12, 2020

 What a way to celebrate the holiday season! We must have been really “good” this year because Alan and Mary Lacer will join us in a “discussion” about their journey in teaching and turning wood. If their names sound familiar it could be because Alan is a past President and Mary a past Executive Director of the American Association of Woodturners and both are professional wood turners. They have traveled the world learning about and teaching wood turning. Alan is a perennial instructor at the prestigious Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana, teaching courses from basic woodturning techniques to advanced use of the skew, his favorite tool. Their acquired knowledge is extensive and covers all aspects of woodturning from cutting logs/blanks all the way to obtaining an outstanding finish and methods of embellishment. This is an ideal time and opportunity to ask questions of some premier woodturners about those problems that you have not been able to figure out the answers to as they have seen and dealt with most everything on and off a lathe. The discussion should be full of interesting information and very enjoyable. Be sure to bring your spouse to the meeting as they will be as, if not more, interested in what Alan and Mary have to share with us. Be sure to study the photos which includes a Jello Segmented Bowl that they turned at their home in Wisconsin when the outside temperature was –35 degrees. So if nothing else you can start a career on turning your holiday leftovers into works of art.

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, 269-830-8934.

Social time 9:30 AM
Business meeting 10:00 AM with show and tell and demonstrations immediately to follow

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.