General BusinessLots of business to talk about and Jamie started it by telling you that the media center I entered into the Design in Wood competition was one of 6 that was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Contemporary Furniture category. The Summerlin View published a picture of it this week, here's a LINK to that if you'd be interested in seeing the finished project. I'm humbled and honored to have my original design and work accepted into the show and then shown in our local newspaper. She also told us about Lupe and her success at selling her work. You probably saw the two, Adirondack chairs she's been working on. Like all of her work they featured no less than 5 coats of sanded in Watco and were beautiful. There was a picture of them on Facebook you may have seen. In any case, someone mentioned if she'd sell them after putting all the work into them and she said "sure". Well, next day she had the money and is set to make the next great thing --- congrats to you Lupe!
If anyone is looking for work within the woodworking industry Jamie knows of a shop that is looking for someone with experience, not only making cabinets but also doing laminate work. Contact her at the shop (702-631-1870) if that's something you'd be interested in.
Big news about our next meeting in July. It will feature Jimmy Clewes who is a woodturner living in Las Vegas. He is ranked among the top 5 woodturners in the world and he will give a demonstration at the meeting. I've never taken a class from him but from what I've heard he's not only an outstanding woodturner but an interesting speaker/teacher as well. Here's a LINK to his website.
To keep the news coming, there is a new woodworking club that started three months ago. It is the Las Vegas Woodcarvers. The club meets at Woodworkers Emporium every 4th. Saturday of the month. Hours are 9:30-11:30. The club is led by Dennis Patchett and Randy Glau who are both members of the Sin City group. You can see some of the types of work done but we will do everything from caricatures, eggs, apples, relief work, etc. Since the club is in it's infancy, more members means more ideas on how the club will operate. So far one of the members has led us in tutorials on doing the type of faces you see in the center of the picture. If you're a carver or always wanted to know more about it come by the next meeting, June 28th. Woodworkers Emporium is located at 5461 Arville Street, between Tropicana and Russell.
Last, but certainly not least:
Jamie has been selected to host a Lie-Nielsen tool event in October !!
Just in case you're not familiar with Lie-Nielsen here is a LINK to their page about their tool events. Mark your calendar and start saving your money!
Show and Tell SessionThere was a lot of participation this time for show and tell and everyone did a great job of keeping their presentation to 5 minutes or less. I could see Joe sweating it, looking at the clock, and knowing he had lots of great information to share with us.
Neal is one of the members of the carving club I talked about earlier. This is an example of relief carving that he is currently working on. One of the nice things about carving is that, if you can get away with it, it can be done in the air conditioned comfort of your living room instead of your hot shop/garage space.
LINK to CarveWright.
Joe Hessling gave us a very interesting and informative presentation on ways to go about designing our furniture pieces. Actually, these methods would hold true for anything we plan to build. Like I would tell my students, you don't just go into the workshop to build a table and just start grabbing wood and going to it! This craft requires time and planning for us to be successful and Joe gave us the tools to do that.
Just as most other things in woodworking, there are many ways to go about it and we'll all develop our own methods. His presentation was enhanced by a hand out emailed to all of you prior to the meeting. It's well worth keeping for reference and I'm especially thankful he made that so I don't have to try to give you the information second-hand! In summary, projects will begin with a need, purpose, and an intended use. Then begins the drawing and sketching phase. This can be as simple as the proverbial "drawn on the back of a cocktail napkin" or many carefully drafted and detailed drawings. It's always wise to make mockups, especially of larger pieces so you can see them in actual size. Good materials for that would be cardboard, foam insulation board, plywood, etc. Once those items are determined it's time to consult with your client (paying, spouse, neighbor, or speculation) to get any input. The budget will determine many things such as materials, finish, hardware, etc. Joinery will need to be selected based on your abilities and tools but most importantly what gives the structure and strength required. Then begins the fun part --- the actual construction of the piece.
To help illustrate the presentation he brought in this piece of his work. Along with it were many of the sketches and drawings he made prior to construction. Notice the pull? Joe likes to enhance his work with his own, unique hand carved hardware which adds to the over-all design. As part of the hand out there is a list of reference books he recommended.
Thanks to him for an informative presentation and the time he took to prepare the hand out for us to refer to as we go about this business of woodworking.