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Meeting Minutes

Cape Cod Woodturners Monthly Meeting Minutes (Zoom)

January 4, 2023

     Attendees: 45 members and 1 guest on Zoom President’s welcome: Denis Casaubon welcomed members and guests to the meeting and demonstration. The professional demonstrator was Frank Penta from Chapel Hill, NC, demonstrating a laminated plate with texturing.

     Monthly Safety tip: Inspect your holiday lights before putting them away. Check for exposed wires and broken bulbs and fix or discard them as needed. Be aware that you cannot recycle holiday lights—check with your town’s disposal facility for their policy. Note: Tom Gerhard provided an update following the meeting that each town on the Cape accepts lights at the transfer station in a designated bin, even without a transfer station sticker. For more information: Thanks Tom!

      Annual Dues 2023: Dave Arnone requested members pay their $25.00 by either renewing online using the secure Square account (see Dave Arnone’s email message dated 1/4/23, with link) or, mail your check, made out to Cape Cod Woodturners Club, attention: Dave Arnone at 260 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. If you mail a check to Dave, and you want confirmation that your dues were received, email your request to Dave.

     Links for Donations: Dave Arnone and Clarke Buchanan collaborated on links for donations to Cape Cod Woodturners for the following: General Fund   Youth Introduction   Women in Turning

     Program Committee 2023: Dave Arnone shared that 21 people are involved in the 2023 Program Committee, all are welcome to join. Dave will email a list of Program Committee members. January 18, 2023 at 10:30 AM Mid-month Hands-on and Networking Activity on hollowing (captured and hand held) will be hands-on in person for skill development and socializing and show and tell. It will be held at the Cultural Center. You can join this activity virtually as well. January 25, 2023 at 9 AM Virtual Coffee Hour at which Dave, Robin and Clarke will lead the discussion on items of interest for upcoming programs. Thank you to all who participated in the December 2022 Woodturners Exhibit at the Cape Cod Cultural Center. There were over 214 pieces displayed. Checks are being processed as data is collected. An Emerging Turners Exhibit will be scheduled this summer, more information will be provided. Programs Committee is exploring a holiday party at the February meeting, more to come.

     Program Satisfaction Survey: Dave and Robin thanked members who completed the survey, The results will accompany the January newsletter so members can see what others are thinking and proposing. Dave mentioned that program committee ambassadors will be contacting members for more input on needs/wants. He will email members with how members want their contact info shared with his committee. Attached to the January CCW Minutes and Newsletter, you will receive one attachment: Survey Results May 2022 through December 2022.

     WIT: Robin McIntyre scheduled a Zoom planning meeting Monday, January 9, at 6:30 PM. She will send the Zoom link the day before the gathering. As always, everyone is welcome.

     Monthly Demonstration: Frank Penta from Chapel Hill, NC, turned a laminated plate with texturing. Frank’s love is lamination, clearly his specialty. He showed various design options, how to simply achieve them, texturing, beading options, and turning specifics using a recess to hold the plate. He shared specifics on tool use including homemade tool options. He stressed light pressure with tool use at high speed to get clean cuts. He also showed many options for other kinds of projects utilizing laminating techniques. Check out his handout and club website at

Technical Support: Thank you Dave Arnone and your team, Mike Grady, Ed Putnam, and Tom Gerhard for your technical expertise.

Secretary Support: Thank you Robin McIntyre for recording the January 4, 2023, CCW Minutes, in my absence.


Deborah Chapin

Secretary, Cape Cod Woodturners

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