- Written by Ronnie Goff
- Jerry Dawson Jerry Dawson
- Ronnie Goff Ronnie Goff
- Bill Wyche Bill Wyche
- Bill Wyche Bill Wyche
- Giley Wright Giley Wright
- Paul Crabtree Paul Crabtree
Meeting took place in Chuck's Workshop with Bill Wyche presiding.
In attendance: Bill Wyche, Paul Reed, Ronnie Goff, Van Goff, Giley Wright, Jerry Dawson, Randy Pitts, Billy Joe Hill, Bob Hobbs, Ken Stumpenhorst, Adron Joyner, Skip Wilbur, Paul Crabtree, Danny Clark, Jim Tusant, Larry Joyner, Trevor Driver, Amanda Driver, Bob Smith, Chuck Jones, and guests Christian Stanton & Mark Sillay
Paul Reed gave a report on the Le Bonheur fundraiser on Oct. 1, 2016 during the International Food & Art Festival. Cash: $1500+ and remaining items were packed up and sent to Le Bonheur for future fundraisers totaling $1000. In all, $2500 was the grand total. Not bad for a small club of woodturners! A big thanks to all those who donated items/monies and worked the booth during the festival. Monique Merriweather would like a photo of the check presentation. 15 woodturners donated generously with approx.. 74 pieces total.
November 12 meeting guest demonstrator will be Mike Peace.
December 10 meeting is cancelled---January meeting will take place on the 14th.
We need demonstrators for the full year 2017. Our club is full of talents that can be shared. If you’d like to demonstrate a new technique, etc. please let Bill know. Kirk Smith will be demonstrating how to make your own acrylic blanks: something I’ve seen him do and am dying to learn more!
Mark Sillay was our guest turner from Tucker, GA.
The first part of the day he demonstrated how to slice wood in a way as to not sand (or very little sanding required to the final piece). Mark used Vonex finishing added to a buffing wheel pad. Mark also used 3408 Super Glue that is timed released as a polish. The afternoon demo was spent turning a bowl out of box elder.
Mike Piece will be at Chuck’s place Friday afternoon, November, 11 to do some hands on training.
The fee is $75 which will be split up between 4-6 participants. Give Bill a shout if you’d like to do a hands on session with Mike.
As usual, the food was AWESOME but the company was even better!
Submitted by Ronnie Goff
Demonstration by Mark Sillay
- Written by Bill Wyche
The West Tennessee Woodturners booth at the Jackson International Food & Arts Festival was a very active site this year. In addition to live turning demonstrations the club provided a large array of turned pieces for display and for sale. Proceeds from the sales totaled over $1500, all of which will be donated to the local Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. The value of the unsold merchandise is estimated to be worth $850 to $1000. These items will also be given to the hospital for future fundraisers. In all seventy-five wood turned items were donated by club members, not including the spinning tops.
Ronnie Goff observed "What I found astounding is how fascinated the children were with the old fashioned spinning tops! They were mesmerized by them! Often dragging their mommas back to our tent to donate some change so they could have a top. While we take it for granted, some of these kids have never seen or heard of simple toys."
I can't say enough about how proud I am of our club and how they pitched in to make this a success. This really speaks well for the club and has gained us a lot of respect in the community.
Thanks to all of you who participated.
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Photography by Jerry Dawson