|Round Robin Introductions and Opening|
Ted announced that next month we will have a woodturner as our featured speaker/presenter who specializes in segmented turnings that become bangles. He also asked us to let him know what types of presentations and demonstrations we would like to see in the coming year. There are only two meetings left for 2014 and the last one features our social Christmas party. For those of you that are new, this is where we have our end of the year challenge, invite our significant others, and enjoy some wine and goodies. It's also the time for raffles for all due paying members to get a chance for Lee Valley gift certificates. The tie in is that if you contact Ted and do a demonstration for the group you get an additional chance for the raffle!
The end of the year challenge is based on the cooking show Chopped. Basically, in the show chefs are given a mystery basket of ingredients to create an appetizer, main course, and dessert that must prominently feature those ingredients. Our ingredients are limited to 1" x 6" x 8' quantity of lumber, some type of rods or dowels, something made of brass, and then a miscellaneous, non-wood material of your choice. I sent a PDF of the entry to everyone but if you need another send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org The projects will be displayed anonymously and voted on by the members at the Christmas party.
The polyurethane resins he uses need to be ordered and require a bit more experience/expertise to work with but if you saw the resins he made with them you'll agree they are well worth the extra effort.
|Some of the Goodies -- Looks like a Lab Set-up|
|Manzanita in Resin|
|Coffee Bean Pen|
He left it in the pot for about 30 minutes, time will vary with the temperature of the room. During the cure time we had our show and tell which I'll write about next. The old adage of "a watched pot never boils" was the case here. After carefully releasing all of the pressure out of the pot the mold was removed. In actual process he would have probably left if for an hour or so but this time we had a watching audience! The resin brick was removed from the mold by removing one side (screws) and then rapping it on the floor so it fell out. It was too hot and fresh to cut into turnable blanks but we had the opportunity to see the process. Thanks Zac --- I'm sure I'm speaking for all of the members in saying we learned a lot from you and now know more about casting resins then we did before!
Show & Tell
We had two members bring in some of their latest work for show and tell this time. Beth brought in this beautiful book rack. It is made of Walnut with chip carved Basswood panels. She saw this on the Woodsmith Shop on PBS. Not sure of the schedule but you can find that on-line. The Woodsmith Shop has a website where they sell all of their plans, here's a LINK to that for you to check out if you'd like. Here is a detail of one of the chip carved side panels, this is her first attempt at this, can you believe that -- it's beautiful!
|Side Panel Detail|
|John's Cutting Board|