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Update as of July  27, 2019
Next Meeting August 3,2019 - Show and Tell this month's meeting

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We met on the first Saturday of every month except July.

Next meeting: August 3, 2019 at 9 AM is upstairs at

The following is a list of the proposed topic for the Las Vegas Woodturners Association through the end of 2019.  I emphasize proposed because their could be some changes yet but I feel competent enough to share the meeting topics with you at this time.

August 3, 2019 Turning Bowling Pins with Brent Ross.  This is now how to turn a bowling pin but turning used bowling pins on the lathe.

September 7, 2019:  This is the time for all members to share what they do in woodturning to make the holidays more beautiful.  Please  bring one or two of your holiday ornaments (that you have turned) and share them with the group.  It will not matter if there are duplicates only that you come and share with us.  Almost always I see things that others have turned that will either give me new ideas to improve upon what I am currently doing.  This is a good to for beginner and advanced turners to share.

October 5, 2019:  Mr. Will Arcularius, president of the Southern Utah Woodturners in Cedar City Utah will be here to share with us a homemade mandrel system with which to make birdhouse ornaments.  The group in Cedar City use these mandrels to make dozens of birdhouse ornaments that are given to the Cedar City Visitors Center who sells them and donates the money to the hospital foundation for improving the hospital in Cedar City.  He will share with you the mandrel and have a few for sale and maybe even one on the raffle table.  

November 2, 2019;  Barry Gray has improved his technique on doing the beautiful Matlimnzki bowls and will  be showing us those updates.

December 7,2019:  No ,morning meeting--this is our annual dinner party and present sharing.  The time and place will soon be announced so start preparing for thjis wonderful event.

With the exception of December there will be sharing time and a raffle so please come prepared to participate.

Please Bring items for Show and Tell and items for our Raffle!


Message from the President
Next meeting: August 3, 2019, at 9 AM at Woodworker Emporium

Dear Fellow Woodturners:
The heat of the summer is upon us and many of our shops are in areas where there is no air conditioning so a word of caution:  DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND STAY HYDRATED.  If you start to feel a little dizzy or weak get out of the heat and cool down.  It is hard to turn wood in the hospital.  Personally, I change my sleep habits this time of the year so I can get up at 2:00 A.M. and turn wood until it starts to warm up about 8:00 to 10:00 A.M.  Now I am fortunate to not have neighbors so I can make a little noise where some of you may not be able to work this schedule.  As you can guess I must go to bed while it is still light outside.
Our next meeting is Saturday August 3, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in the upstairs shop at Woodworkers Emporium.  We will start our Show and Tell again and have our raffle so bring items for both.  This next meeting will be a little different in procedure.  We will have a photo tent set up to photographer each show and tell item separately and since this will take a little longer, please come a little earlier to get your items photographed.  We will make them look as good as the time permitted allows and will provide you with a digital copy to your email if you request.  
Our webmaster David is creating a new page on the website to display all the show and tell items.  This will be a nice way for you to show friends and family your work and hopefully give other turners ideas about turnings they can do.  Please remember that duplication is a compliment, but duplication should never be used for a profit.  If you like a piece use it for inspiration but make it uniquely yours to sell.  Many of us copyright our work and it would be a shame to have a member tied up in a legal copyright battle.
The demonstrator for the next meeting will be your own president, me.  I have been enjoying the challenge of making items from used bowling pins and will share my experiences with you that day.  We are trying to arrange to have some used bowling pins at the meeting so you can go home and try making something out of this discarded item.  I will show you some of the items I have made and demonstrated how I remove the plastic from the bowling pin and what to expect under the plastic.  I hope to see all of you there that day.
Our next library display is coming up fast.  The theme is turning with multiple species of wood on the same piece.  This can be any number of designs including segmented, layered, lidded, etc. just as long as there is more than one species of wood in the turning.  The venue is smaller than the last venue so we may have to be more selective, but we will display at least one piece from each turner that submits work for this display.  The turn in date will be our next meeting on September 7, 2019.  Please include a note for each entry with your name, email address, item name, type of woods used, and a price if the item is for sale otherwise all items will be considered not for sale and will be so marked.
I received a phone call from a Mr. Eaher who is not a member of the club and he is hunting for someone to turn up to 500 small scent pots with lids for a charity to benefit St. Rose Hospitals.  He will pay for the materials and some labor.  I no longer do production work like this so I told him I would throw it out to other turners.  If interested call him at 702-409-1999.   As a side note to this topic please be aware that there are limitations of the amount you can deduct from your U.S. Income Taxes for artist created works where you are the artist/craftsman.  Please check with your tax accountant to know what you can deduct.  
I was reminded again this last week of the need for safety in our turning.  I had just barely put my safety visor and turned on the lathe when a sizable chunk of wood detached from the turning blank and slammed into the face shield right between the eyes.  I was a little shaken and developed a small headache but nothing more.  I thought the wood was solid and had turned the speed from slow to higher when the wood flew off.  We can never do enough to be safe enough so constantly slow down for safe turning.
Woodworkers Emporium has been our meeting host ever since the club started about 20 years ago.  We owe them a debt of gratitude and support for their store.  One way we can show that is to not park immediately in front of the store on meeting days.  Let’s be courteous to their other customers that day.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.
Sincerely yours,
Brent Ross, President
Las Vegas Woodturners Association



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