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February 13, 2021

February’s demonstration will be “An Exploration of Hollow Forms and the Basic Techniques in Creating Them”.

Fellow member Mark Zettle will be demonstrating some of the finer points of creating hollow forms, a passion of his for many years. Mark began woodturning in Pennsylvania in 2008 and was a member of two Pennsylvania clubs, Leigh Woodturners of Allentown and Bucks County Woodturners. As a member of these clubs, he was able to take classes and become friends with fellow member David Ellsworth. David provided Mark with artistic knowledge that inspires him to this day. Currently, Mark is a member of the Grand River Woodturners Guild and, of course, the West Michigan Woodturners. Mark is an active member in both clubs, being integral in fundraising and demonstrations. In the future, Mark plans on continuing his passion in refining the art of the hollow form with carving and piercing.

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.

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.