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Update as of May 20, 2019
No Show and Tell pieces to this month's meeting

SATURDAY JUNE 1ST (9am to 12pm)
The demo is free to members and all interested in Woodturning
call us at 702-871-0722
5461 ARVILLE ST. LAS VEGAS NV 89118 PHONE:800-779-7458
The participants taking the Saturday afternoon and Sunday class will learn how to create a twisted handle such as one you would put on a bottle opener on Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday everyone wil go through the process of making a Twisted candle holder with a square base.  Practice wood will be provided but if you have a favorite piece of wood waiting to be twisted bring it along. Bring your dremel or carving unit if you have one, we have a few available. Bring your own tools though we can loan you some. Don't forget eyes protection and dust masks.  

Karen Freitas
Woodturning Artist
I had been employed by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff from 1984 until 1988 when I got married to my husband and biggest supporter Maury. When we decided to have children, I quite working full time and was lucky enough to stay home with my two children.
I began my journey in to the woodworking world in the mid 1990’s as a student at Palomar College. I took many classes making furniture such as cabinets for both the kitchen and items for the house. At the time, I was staying home with my two beautiful children. While they were going to school, I had time to enjoy some time in the shop and build things.
In 1999, I decided to go back to work for the Sheriff’s Department and knew I wouldn’t have time for lengthy furniture projects. I had always wanted to try turning wood so I took a two weekend class at Palomar with my mentor Nan Bushley. I was hooked!
I have been on the board and a member of the San Diego Woodturners for many years and I assist with scheduling the professional turners we bring in to demonstrate for our club. I’ve assisted and have learned from some of the best instructors in the world of turning. I had the late Alan Batty stay with my family on several occasions and he was the one who got me started on twisting. Having such a close friend show me the “ropes” has helped me understand some of the other many ways to lay out and cut a twist.
I still enjoy some furniture making but my passion is turning. I sell my work at the Art in Wood gallery in Spanish Village in Balboa Park and at craft shows throughout California. I have taught twisting at the San Diego Woodturners, Orange County Woodturners, Bay Area Woodturners, Utah and AAW Symposiums and most recently at a hands on retreat in Texas.


Message from the President
Next meeting: June 1, 2019, at 9 AM at Woodworker Emporium

Dear Las Vegas Woodturners and friends,
Just a reminder that this Saturday is the monthly Las Vegas Woodturners Association Meeting.  We have scheduled a very special demonstrator from San Diego, Karen Freitas.  Karen is a great demonstrator and needs time to develop the final product for you in her public demonstration Saturday morning so we will have an abbreviated business meeting and will suspend the show and tell and raffle to later meetings in the year.  For more information about Karen Freitas, please go to our website:
The demonstration will go to 12:00 PM so bring you water, juice, soda, etc. and enjoy the demonstration.  I personally am looking forward to this demonstration.  As many of you know I am a production turner with emphasis on quantity and not art.  However, this is changing as I mature in woodturning and I will now be concentrating on the artistic side of woodturning.  What I am saying is that there will be something in this demo for everyone that attends so please come.
Following Karen’s demonstration on Saturday at 2:00 PM she will start a hands-on class for up to ten persons.  Sadly, our enrollment in this class is lacking. I encourage you to spend the money for this class.  You will receive more worth from this hands-on experience than the cost.  I have altered my business travel to be in this class.  I know a few club members are coming but I would like to see 4 or 5 more members sign up.  Remember that we still have to pay the expense of having Karen here and if we do not have adequate enrollment, the club still must bear the expense.  So please come.  The cost is $140 for this two-day event which is very much in line with other national instructors.
Sincerely yours,
Brent Ross, President
Las Vegas Woodturners Association

Subject: Update on Wig Stands
Hi Christian,
I was able to deliver the first of the wig stands just yesterday! I was able to take five stands to the Optum Care on Fort Apache and five stands to my Drs office Comprehensive Cancer Center on Sunset. The staff was amazed at the work and the generosity! Once they see how they are received then we will be able to put them in more of the locations. But the staff is sure the patients will be really excited about them. I have asked that they send us as many pictures as possible of the patients who take the stands.
It did take some time to get the painted stands back from the school. The art class that was doing the painting was a last hour elective class and apparently the students where pulled from the class quite a bit. I'm putting together a group of painters for the next round of stands when you have them ready for us as the school will be braking for summer soon.
Thank the guys for all the hard work and making them and please let them know they are appreciated! I would love to have some to start painting in a couple of week if possible? Please let me know.
Thank you!
Debra Phelps


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