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Meeting Minutes

Cape Cod Woodturners Monthly Meeting Minutes April 5, 2023

     Attendees: 35 in person members/guests, virtual members 15; 50 total members present.

     Vice President’s welcome: Don Chase welcomed members and guests to the hybrid meeting and Jim Silva’s demonstration on turning boxes.

     Safety Tip: CCW has a first aid kit at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, located under the back table during club meetings (stored in CCW secured locker in center’s basement). Members should bring it to community turning events. The kit includes gloves, a “stop the bleed” gauze, and a CPR mask, regular gauze, Band-Aids, eye wash, acetone, and wound wash. The automatic external defibrillator “AED”, used in a cardiac rescue, is located on the first floor, upon entering the rear ramp entrance of the building.

     Chapter Stalwarts: Thank you Richard Wright for nominating Robin McIntyre and Clarke Buchanan for CCW Chapter Stalwarts. Robin and Clarke have both served over 10 years of leading and volunteering tireless hours making positive impacts on our club through planning, mentoring, engaging the community, and serving others. Congratulations to our two stalwart leaders! Thank you for your dedication and service to our wonderful organization. To read their nominations,

     Women in Turning: Robin McIntyre highlighted the following events. WIT National Wig Stand Initiative was launched in March 2023, for which our members received a packet of information. We are partnering with the Harwich Cape Cod Technical School Cosmetology students and instructors. They are an American Cancer Society site for fitting and distribution of free human hair wigs. Robin delivered four beautiful wig stands created by Sue Beardsley, Deb and Don Chase and Robin McIntyre, on April 3, 2023. We invite you to join in making a wig stand for this wonderful initiative, contact Robin at for more information. Bourne Library Exhibit will be showcased May 8 – 27, 2023, CCW WIT women, please contact Robin to have a turned, burned, or painted item included in our display.

     The AAW Symposium is sponsoring two charities this June 2023, Beads of Courage boxes and bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Paul Richard ( and Robin McIntyre ( will drive to Louisville for the Symposium and will transport donated turnings for both charities. Please connect with them before May 25 if you have turnings that you would like to donate.

     Club Supplies: Clarke Buchanan had club supplies, wood raffle, and bowl blanks for $5.00.

     Programs: Dave Arnone shared the following: The successful Laminated Blank Workshop was held March 15, 2023, following Frank Penta’s January laminated plate demonstration. Contact Dave if you signed up but were unable to attend. Please take a photo of your laminated plate and share in Please let Dave Arnone know if you encounter any difficulties.

     CCW Coffee Hour Virtual on April 26, 2023 starts at 9 AM. April’s topic will be on secure mounting procedures, including tenons, recesses, various chucking methods, and centers. Share photos of your work, by dragging and dropping your photo file into the online folder at this link:

     CCW Virtual Coffee Hour on May 24, 2023 starts at 9 AM. May’s topic will be on identifying wood defects that may impact your work and/or result in unsafe turning.

     CCW virtual meeting on May 3, 2023, starts at 630 PM. Alan Stratton will demonstrate his technique for turning a box with a cross grain orientation.

     Instruction and Mentoring Team met twice during the past month to discuss Turn and Learn, leading to a redesign in the program, now three sessions. In addition, we will present several new classes, two on tool steel and two on carbide tools. We will test a mentoring challenge for those involved on this team. Program Committee will meet soon to review how programs are going, and those planned for the remainder of the year.

     Technical Support: Thank you Dave Arnone and your team, Mike Grady, Tom Gerhard, and Andy Novickas for your technical expertise in recording and providing for a virtual meeting.


Deborah Chapin Secretary, Cape Cod Woodturners

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