May Meeting Hosts HOWs and Mini-HOWs

The May meeting was certainly the place to see how much fun a Hands-On-Workshop could be.  In past years, HOWs would be held at member's workshops as an opportunity for newer members to get some one-on-one instruction in some aspect of turning. This year, the club extended the season, and included something new- the mini-HOW.

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AAW Chapter Bulletin - March 2015

With this Chapter Bulletin, we are providing you with an issue of our signature digital publication, Woodturning FUNdamentals. Normally available to AAW members only, we encourage you to distribute this publication to all chapter members regardless of their AAW membership status. Woodturning FUNdamentals is released in alternative months to our American Woodturner journal. By sharing this publication with your entire chapter membership, we hope to illustrate one additional benefit of AAW membership.

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2015 Hands-On-Workshop

The Bucks Woodturners again presents its unique H-O-W program of workshops taught by its own experienced members, volunteering their time and their shops for the educational benefit of club members. There are sessions of interest that run the gamut from novice to expert.  Everyone can learn something to expand their capabilities.  Examine the descriptions and the dates, and make your selections ASAP.  Sessions vary in length: half day or one day events.

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October's Hands-On-Workshop

It was unanimous! Everyone had a great time at our Hands-On-Workshop at  last month's general meeting. If you missed it we had Joyce McCullough, Michael Kehs, John Williams, Ed Ryan and Bud Hohlfeld doing simultaneous demonstrations of airbrushing, pyrography, surface texturing, and turning.  A number of us really got to put our hands on the tools and the work for a real up-close demonstration of what these masters do.

                                                                                     Jim Ruocco and friends check out Bryan Richardson's coring sample.

                                         

                                          Jim Ruocco and friends check out Bryan Richardson's coring sample.

Joyce had everyone amazed by her airbrushing work. She really made it look easy as she demonstrated the use of a couple of different airbrushes, stencils, mixing paints, cleaning tools and pretty much anything you had a question about.

                                                            Joyce MeCullough's pierced and airbrushed vessels

 

                                                         Joyce MeCullough's pierced and airbrushed vessels

How many of us have heard about coring, but have never seen it done?  Bryan Richardson brought along his coring tool, several bowl blanks and many hours of real experience to share. 

With his supercharged burner ready to go, Michael Kehs put on a fiery display pyrography.  As always, Michael was very generous in sharing the technical details of how he accomplishes the fantastic surfaces of his artwork. 

Bud turns a Hobbit box with a fine finial – a perenial favorite of the HOW program.  Bud demonstrated his box turning skills and how to create a loose lidded top with a finial.

John Williams brought his burner, the tools he typically uses, and some colored pencils.

Ed Ryan demonstrated some simple turnings, but don't be fooled there is a lot of technique and know-how involves.  Ed makes everything look easy- but if you pay attention, and practice, pretty soon you'll have some turnings you can be proud of.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and our demonstrators did a great job of providing techniques and tips to turners of all levels.  Thanks to everyone who came, and, especially, to our demonstrators.  Job well done!