Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It's That Time of the Year

     Hello fellow sawdust makers, our next meeting will be tomorrow (3/20) at 7pm in Jamie's shop.  What time of year is it? …… time to collect the optional, non-mandatory dues.  Dues are $20.00 per year and go towards maintaining the Meet-Up pages and other business related fees.  That's the boring part.  The exciting part is that these dues help with refreshments for our traditional Christmas meeting and all who have paid up dues are entered into a drawing.  This drawing has various things but the highlight is the gift certificates from Lee Valley.  If I remember correctly, last year there were two for $25.00, one for $50.00, and the grand prize was the one for $100.00.  One way to increase your odds of your name being drawn is to also do a featured presentation at a meeting, then Jamie will put your name in twice.
     Tomorrow nights' meeting will feature Richard Whitson who recently took a class from William Ng who has a school in Southern California.  Here's a LINK to the schools website.  It's pretty amazing, the amount of precision that Ng (pronounced ing) puts into his work.  When you realize that it's the joinery that makes the piece stay together you'll appreciate the class Richard took.  Five days of intense work making various types of both Western and Eastern style joinery, here's LINK to that class.  If you have a minute, click on it and just look at the pictures.  This isn't a quick and dirty Kreg pocket jig, biscuit joiner, or even the Domino joinery --- these take some serious planning and skill building!
     The meeting will start at 7pm and I'm betting we'll get a chance to do our round robin introductions and have an informal show and tell session to share something with the rest of the group.  These should be quick items so that Richard will be able to cover all he has to.  I don't know about you, but as someone who enjoys the challenges (and frustrations) of doing hand work I'm looking forward to our meeting ---- See you then, John

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