2007-2008 Programs

November, 2007 Meeting
"Tour of Mel's Barn"

Mel Turkanik demonstrates his dust collector in the converted hay mow of his barn shop

Mel Turcanik gave club members a tour of his almost finished converted-barn shop and studio and capped it off with a short demonstration on bud-vase turning. For details click on the Newsletters tab above and take a look at the December, 2007 newsletter.

Stages from dry branch to finished bud vase

April 2008 Meeting
"Basic Wet Bowl Turning"

Harmon Pierce at his Vicmarc lathe turing a bowl

Harmon Pierce Demonstrates

Harmon makes it look so easy. A good turnout on a stormy night did not prevent about 25 members from showing up to watch Harmon demonstrate his wet-bowl turning technique. Starting with a half of a 10 inch log, he took us through all of the basics of bandsawing the blank, mounting it in his lathe, roughing and turning the outside, turing a spigot for reverse mounting for the hollowing process, hollowing, and finally reverse mounting again to finish the foot.
For more information on how Harmon turns bowls, download our May newsletter.
Click to open the May 2008 Newsletter

August Meeting
"Photographing Turnings"

Bill Beckman's photo setup

Bill Beckman Demonstrates

Bill Beckman is an avid hobby photographer, has been taking pictures for many years, and has won many blue ribbons. He started his presentation with an explanation on how digital cameras work and how digital technology relates to film technology. He briefly covered shutter speed, aperture size, focus and depth of field, light properties, and ISO settings. After showing us several examples of what makes a picture good(composition and rule of thirds, exposure, focus, etc.), Bill showed and explained his setup for taking pictures of woodturnings, and answered many questions from the club members in the process.

Composition is all important

January, 2008 Meeting
"Bring a Jig"

A simple depth measuring device: a stick with a friction-fit metal rod.

We had a good response from members who brought a variety of turning aids and explained how the aids helped them in very specific situations. Bottle stopper holders, guides for sharpening round-shafted skews, fixings devices, and measuring aids were well represented. Show and tell included a pair of cremation urns accompanied by the people who expected to some day inhabit them.

May Meeting

Bill turning a cigar pen

Bill Beckman Demonstrates

Bill Beckman, an agronomist specializing in researching breeding short-season white corn, has "turned" himself into a part-time profession pen turner. He presented his method of pen turning, emphasizing mistakes to watch out for, and made a few to make his point. He makes "cigar" pens exclusively and showed us several home-made jigs and fixtures to help him produce several pens at a time. This keeps the price he charges reasonable. He is currently making a batch of pens engraved with bride and groom and date as gifts for a wedding party.
Bill can be reached at 507-732-4226, Zumbrota, MN

Using a pen mill in a drill press to square a pen blank's end with its bored hole
Cigar pen turned parts

September Meeting

Harmon and Lyle discuss sharpening techniques

We devote one meeting every year to help members tune their sharpening skills and solve shapening problems. This year, Harmon Pierce and Lyle Solem led the discussion.

February, 2008 Meeting
"Problem Solving"

Miniature Butternut vase shown at February meeting

It was a storm-warning evening with strong winds and slippery roadways, so it was no supprize that attendence was low. However, it was a real opportunity for those who did show up at the Rochester Covenant Church, about 10 of us, to socialize and get to know each other a bit better. Lyle led the discussion on problem solving. It included what to do with cracked burls, how to hollow out a really unbalanced beautiful hunk of "who knows what," and a quiz on "what kind of wood is this vase made of?"

June Meeting
"Platters and Dry wood Bowls"

Mel holding a jewelry box turned with dry wood

Mel Turcanik Demonstrates

Many of our members are novices or are have narrow experiences in turning. Others have spent a lot of time turning, but haven't taken the time to learn some of the basics. This is the audience that Mel fine-tunes his presentations to. Starting with a lecture on the basic differences in turning wet wood and turning dry wood, and there are significant advantages and disadvantages to either approach, Mel then showed us his method of using sacrificial waste blocks to mount 1-inch thick blanks on a screw chuck for faceplate turning. This allows him to turn a platter using the full thickness of the blank and to reverse the blank only once, to finish off the foot. After a discussion on wood selecton, and other basics, we left the chalk board and gathered around Mel's lathe where he turned a small saucer demonstrating the concepts that he had just talked about.

November Meeting
"Making a Lamp"

Wayne discusses lamp design

Wayne Van-Every Demonstrates

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in making a lamp is making the long channel for the lamp's electric cord, or for an optional threaded rod that holds lamp parts together and provides a channel for the cord. Wayne told us the mamy ways to do this, and then demonstrated boring with lamp boring bits. This was after he showed us how to wire a lamp safely, and gave us some ideas on how to approach lamp design. His handouts included sources for lamp parts and shades.

March 208 Meeting
"Turning Corian"

Dave Dunn shows ZVW Members how to turn Corian

Dave Dunn Presents

Dave started with a small piece of Corian mounted on a waste block. Dave uses double-sided fabric tape, frequently described as the mother of all tapes. The Corian piece was to be a small dish used for spinning tops. Dave turned the topside first and then reversed the piece to finish the bottom. Dave explained how he used a small drill to mark the center of the piece through the waste block so that the finishing of the bottom could be adequately centered on the lathe.
For more information on how Dave turns Corain, download our March newsletter and go to page 3.
Click to open the March 2008 Newsletter

July Meeting
"Christmas Ornaments"

Some of the ornaments displayed at the July meeting

Mel Turcanik and Lyle Solem showed us some basics and some tricks in turning Christmas ornaments. Mel started the demonstration with his usual verbal lead-in on basics. He then demonstrated turning a bell and showed us how to make an inexpensive, attractive hanging eyelet for it by using jewelry stringing from a hobby shop.
Lyle then demonstrated off-center turning basics, a technique he uses to turn spiral-looking icicles as finials on Christmas ball ornaments.
When asked about a unique Christmas tree ornament with small curls for branches, Mel described how he turned it out of basswood with very high moisture content.

Curly branched Christmas tree