Monday, May 16, 2011

A Day of Service

Once again, our photographer didn't show up so we'll have no pictures for this entry.  Please feel free to volunteer for the unofficial title...

The Water Gap Woodturners pitched in to help the Peters Valley Wood Studio reorganize and get ready for the 2011 season.  I'd like to thank the folks that lifted and tugged all of that heavy equipment around and repositioned into a more turning friendly shop.  When we left, there were still a few kinks to work out, but I am sure that Jim Whitman appreciates all of the man power we brought to bear.

In addition, you will also notice that the big Vega Lathe is no longer in the way!  YEAH!

We will be getting together in June on the 8th (not the first, as I have a prior commitment and the only key to the shop :-)  The topic is TBD.

In the May meeting, we began by discussing the topic of the upcoming David Ellsworth lecture.  It was agreed that we would fund it in the amount of $100.  Ed had suggested that we contact Kristen with regards to holding a raffle to recover some of the costs, but Kristen informed me that Peters Valley doesn't hold a gaming license.  Instead, we will be silent auctioning off the bowl gouge donated by Doug Thompson of Thompson Lathe tools with a starting bid of $85.  The retail cost of this gouge is $110 in the 16" handle, and if it doesn't get the minimum bid, we will take it back to the Water Gap Woodturners for another function.

On the topic of Doug's tools, we did raffle off a nice Thompson Spindle gouge and the winner was... ME!  After a fine celebratory dance worthy of Youtube fame (thankfully, no pictures taken), we took advantage of the new layout to practice making tops.  Got to get everyone ready for the December meeting, so practice, practice, practice!

Until June 8...Safe spinning!

P.S.  If you happen to be ANYWHERE in the Peters Valley area, check yourself for ticks...they are everywhere this year!

P.P.S.  The correct term for the item Peter brought was a molinillo (I think I said molinaro).

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