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.

September 12, 2020

Please plan to attend the September 12th meeting at 10 AM on Zoom. Sign-in time starts at 9:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be professional woodturner Rudy Lopez. Many of you are probably familiar with Rudy especially as he taught a popular course at the Grand Rapids club on how to turn square to round bowls. It is obvious that Rudy loves to teach and help turners build their skill level. His explanations are clear, direct and to the point and there should be some fun stories and anecdotes. This time he will do a live, interactive demonstration directly from his shop in Florida. He will present a first time demonstration for us that he has “always wanted to do” showing, explaining and demonstrating how to use different tools and grinds for specific results. This promises to be a very educational and useful skill building demonstration that will benefit woodturners of all skill levels. 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.