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Meeting Minutes

Cape Cod Woodturners

Monthly Meeting Minutes May 1, 2024

Attendees: 32 members present and 19 virtual members on Zoom.

     President’s welcome/demonstration: Don Chase welcomed members to the hybrid meeting at which Charlie McCarthy, demonstrated turning thin pieces such as goblet stems.  

     Holly Berry Bazaar: John Fallender shared information about the largest Orleans Cape Cod Hospital Auxilary branch fundraising event, to benefit Cape Cod Hospital Cancer Services. In the past, local woodcrafters made over 1700 items. Mark your calendar for November 9, 2024, at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans, with set-up on Friday, November 8, 2023. Please consider turning items to benefit our community cancer services.

     Garden Dibblers for the Barnstable Land Trust: Thank you members for turning garden dibbers to be donated to the BLT for their generosity in provided wood to our club. Thank you, Clark Buchanan, for cutting the wood and for Ed Putnam collecting and delivering the dibbers.

     Programs: Dave Arnone provided the following information: Dave will email information on ordering bandsaw blades from Timberwolf. He places a bulk order; you benefit from lower prices. Stay tuned. The May Mid-Month Activity is on mastering uninterrupted cuts, contact Dave to sign up. Thank you, Dave Arnone and Mike Grady, for providing comprehensive programs to enhance our turning. Open Studio on Friday mornings is a very popular forum. Inform Dave to reserve a lathe.. June Interactive Remote Demonstration with Rick Urban: don’t miss our monthly meeting demonstration on June 5, 2024, during which Rick, a “Shaper of Wood” will demonstrate enhancement and piercing.

     Thank you to all friends/members of Sandy and Dave Arnone who volunteered to help with their flood issue. Know that it was greatly appreciated.

     Safety Tip on AAW Safety Resources: Tom Gerhard stated the AAW has safety resources on their website, He highlighted a book they publish, Safety for Woodturners, which is available on the AAW website. AAW members can download it as a PDF file, or anyone can order a printed copy at a bit under $15. Safety for Woodturners is a collection of 18 safety-related articles from American Woodturner magazine; it's 64 pages in all. A few sample article titles: * Are You Wearing the Right Faceshield? (Andrew Chen) * Safety Lessons: How to Avoid a Catch (Lyle Jamieson) * Bandsaw: Safe Practices with Green Wood (Alan Lacer) * Fitness in the Woodturning Shop (Howard Peters) Dave will email purchase information in tomorrows message with a link to tonight’s demonstration.

     Coffee Hour: Tom Gerhard announced Coffee Hour is on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9 AM. On May 22, 2024, the discussion will be an open forum. Upload your photos beforehand. Please share topic ideas with Tom, Ed Putnam, or Jan Brown. 

     CCW Women in Turning: Robin McIntyre shared the following information. Two WIT turners met on April 27, 2024, in Tiffany VanMooy's shop to turn a bowl. WIT has the flexibility meet over the summer, please let Robin know your availability and interests. The Falmouth Library WIT exhibit was extended to April 30, 2024. On April 19, 2024, there was a photo in the Enterprise which helped with the public relations. Thank you to our 15 participants who contributed to the exhibit. The June edition of American Woodturner will have an article on the wig stand project. It is likely that 2 of the 5 photos accompanying the article will be from CCW.       Baggies with Gauze: Robin offered these items to members for their shop first aid kit.

     Wood Raffle, Club Supplies: Thank you Denis Casaubon for hosting the wood raffle and Ed Putnam for running supply sales on the “back table” with proceeds benefiting club activities.

     May Club Challenge: Don Chase had challenged members to turn either a square or rectangular or 3 point bowl. Thank you, members who met the challenge, as it made for a very interesting Show and Tell.

     Technical Support: A big thank you, Dave Arnone and team members, Tom Gerhard, Tom Pendleton, and Mike Grady for your technical expertise and support in making a virtual meeting possible. Thank you, Sandy Arnone, for photographing the many Show and Tell pieces at tonight’s meeting.


Deborah Chapin Secretary, Cape Cod Woodturners

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