Cape Cod Woodturners Monthly Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2023
Attendees: 32 in person and 13 virtual members/guests.
President’s welcome/demonstration: Denis Casaubon welcomed members and guests to the
hybrid meeting at which Dave Arnone, our Program Director, demonstrated (video) turning a
spherical ornament with finial. As this was Denis’ last meeting as president, he thanked all CCW
members and various club groups for their trust and support in him as the leader of our
wonderful club over the last three years. Denis will continue in an active role as immediate past
Safety Tip: Denis Casaubon stated your greatest safeguard is in your head. Be aware of potential
dangers in the shop. Think about what you are doing and how to go about it. Think about things
such as where your hands are and which direction you are pushing. If you slip your hands may go
into the machine. If something doesn’t seem right, if the machine is making strange noises,
vibrating excessively, smells like it’s burning or is sparking, stop the machine and check your
machine and the work piece. The most important safety tip is to use common sense when
woodturning. Slow down, pay attention, and think about what you’re doing. Make sure you’re
Nomination Committee: Dave Arnone, committee member, conducted the annual election of
CCW officers and Board members. The following members where unanimously voted into office:
President - Don Chase is elected for the second year of Denis Casaubon's two-
Vice President - Tom Gerhard is elected for a two-year term.
Treasurer - Mike Hackworth is elected for his second two-year term.
Steve Abbott is elected for his second two-year term.
Tom Pendleton is elected for a two-year term.
Alan Stratton Ornament Challenge: Sandy Arnone reminded members that CCW has won a free
demonstration during the last three years, by placing both 1st and 2nd place, based on the
number of club members submitting applications from November 1 - 30. The instructions for
the Alan Stratton Ornament Challenge are on the website, https://www.aswoodturns.com and
then click on challenges. Make certain to identify Cape Cod Woodturners as your club, submit a
photo and complete the application. There are prizes and discounts. It’s fun to view everyone’s
ornaments for ideas.
November Ornament Challenge: Sandy Arnone initiated the members’ ornament challenge
show and tell, which included a variety of clever items, from beehives, multi-axis trees,
birdhouse ornaments, birds, buoy ornament, hollowed ornaments, tree toppers, bell ornaments,
tree ornaments, snow globe with trees/presents, natural edge ornaments, inside out ornaments,
hollowed sphere ornaments, to a segmented bowl, planter, bud vase and a Japanese box. CCW
has a head start on the Alan Stratton Ornament Challenge!
Programs: Dave Arnone provided the following information:
Annual Dues 2024: Dave Arnone requested members pay their $25.00 by either renewing
online https://www.capecodwoodturners.org/membership click on “pay dues” icon or mail your
check made out to Cape Cod Woodturners Club attention: Dave Arnone at 260 Long Pond Drive,
South Yarmouth. Ma 02664.
John Brown House Museum Elm: from the RI Historical Society property which had Dutch
Elm disease is available from Allan Reed, please email Alan at - email@example.com . Clarke
Buchanan and Richard Wright presented a turned gift to the society in appreciation for the
Wood Burning (Pyrography): Ellen Adamson is instructing a class, woodburning on
holiday ornaments, see Cultural Center of Cape Cod website for more information.
Create Your Own Carved Walking Stick: June Noll is instructing a 4-session class, see
Cultural Center of Cape Cod website for more information.
Mid-Month Activity, Quick Turned Gifts: On November 15, 2023, there will be a hands-
on work session to create a seam ripper, pen, or a turned spatula. Turning will be guided by
Sandy Arnone, Don Chase for the pens/seam ripper and Marc Sitkin for the spatula. Space is
limited, reserve your spot by going to the home page of CCW website and click on the icon to
Virtual Coffee Hour on November 22, 2023 at 9 AM. The open discussion is focused on
ornaments with a Show and Tell. You can upload photos of your work by the Tuesday prior to
the coffee hour: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jX1d7cXSuijTIUo3R8tf-tB-
The virtual coffee hour is scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of each month at 9 AM and the link
for all future sessions is:
The December Woodturning Exhibit at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod is scheduled from
December 5th – 16th. You may exhibit work to sell, and pieces for display. Display space is ample,
but limited, we will make every effort to display work from all those submitting. Perhaps limiting
your items to 10-12 will work best. Carefully read the informational letters emailed from Dave
Arnone, of the exhibit details, and complete the inventory list. Contact Dave Arnone for
Turning a Triangular Box: Club members’ winning vote was for professional turner, Cindy
Drozda’s triangle box, don’t miss this one on December 6, 2023, 6:30 PM at our Club Meeting.
CCW Women in Turning: Robin McIntyre shared the following information.
AAW WIT Presents: Kalia Kliban and Marilyn Campbell on Saturday November 4, 2023 at
4 PM and will feature with an inspirational program about their work. The webinar is free, but
you must pre-register on the AAW website. Everyone is welcome. The recording will be on the
WIT webpage soon after the presentation.
Turn on Your Inspiration #1B: Four turners will meet at Carol Rader's shop in Falmouth to
turn a collaborative project on Monday November 13, 2023, from 1-4 PM. The session is full but
let Robin know if you want to be on the waiting list.
WIT gathering: Robin is planning a gathering in early December, keep a check on your
email for details.
WIT national wig stand initiative update: there have been 138 wig stands delivered
around the country for women experiencing hair loss.
The 2024 Virtual WIT eXchange: is being planned for late summer-fall for next year. We
have had several participants in past years.
Come and Get it Wood Fundraiser on Saturday November 11, 2023, (rain date Sunday
12) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 345 Mistic Drive, Marstons Mills, MA. 02648: thanks to club
members Bob, Ed, Gene, Larry, Vic, and Clarke, they have collected wood to share with CCW club
members. Clarke pulled some wood from his personal collection to add to the pile. There will be
Walnut, Ambrosia Maple, Cherry (green and dry) Cedar, Black Locust and more. All proceeds for
this fundraiser will be deposited into the Club General Fund, unless you specify that you want
your donation to go into the Youth Woodturning Fund or the Women in Turning Fund. Take the
wood that you want and donate in the amount that you feel it is worth to you. Clarke will accept
cash, checks payable to Cape Cod Woodturners and/or credit cards. If you have wood that you
would like to donate, please bring it with you. If the wood you bring does not get taken, please
take it back home with you. Clarke will cut blanks to order for those of you that do not have
saws. Contact Clarke for any questions, 508-725-3963, Clarke47@comcast.net.
Bulk Sale: Clarke Buchanan described bulk buying to our club members to reduce the cost of
products such as, CA glue, activators, End Grain sealers, and Mike Mahoney’s Walnut oil.
Products are available at club meetings and by contacting Clarke directly to purchase. Thank you
to Clarke for this wonderful program.
Technical Support: We are fortunate to offer both an in person and virtual meeting, thanks to
Dave Arnone and your team, Mike Grady, Ed Putnam and Tom Gerhard for your technical
expertise and amazing support in recording and providing for a virtual meeting. Thank you
Sandy Arnone for your unending support in taking photographs at our meetings.
Secretary, Cape Cod Woodturners