Meeting Minutes

Cape Cod Woodturners Monthly Meeting Minutes (Hybrid)

September 7, 2022   Attendees: 36 members and guests inhouse, and 10 members on Zoom

     President’s welcome: Denis Casaubon welcomed members and guests to our first hybrid meeting and demonstration since prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Denis shared he will step down as President at the end of his tenure, due to family circumstances.

     Dave Arnone announced the rules of engagement for our hybrid meetings. Our demonstrators were Sue Beardsley, Clarke Buchanan and Steve Patzman presenting on repairing cracks/enhancement.

     Monthly Safety tips: Covid-19: Dave Arnone stated that according to the revised CDC guidelines, masks are not required at the meeting, however, the CDC provides guidance regarding when masks should be worn here - We ask attendees, if you test positive during the week following our meeting, please notify our President, Denis Casaubon via email - A notification will be sent to all members via email of possible exposure to Covid-19. We recorded guests email addresses, should notification be required. Dave thanked the Covid Committee for continued surveillance on Covid status in our community as well as current guidelines.

     Always wear your face shield: Larry Hurwitz shared his story, and his forehead laceration showed the importance of wearing your face shield. After removing his face shield while turning in his shop, he decided to “make one last cut” on a large piece. During his last cut, and without his face shield, the wood flew off his lathe and hit his forehead. Larry, thank you very much for sharing your story and this critical safety tip. Always wear your face shield.

     Nomination Committee: Steve Abbott announced there are several open positions on the Board of Directors, and officer positions including President, Director of Programs and Secretary. The Nominating Committee is identifying candidates to fill these positions. Please email or phone Steve Abbott to share your interest or questions about a position, or you may contact a member of the Nominating Committee to include: Dave Arnone , Deb Chapin , Don Chase , and Mark Snyder .

     Programs: Robin McIntyre shared the following information: September 21, 9 AM, Zoom Coffee Hour, Paul Matthias will discuss using a microwave to dry wood, and Show and Tell. Email photos to   

     October 5, 2022, 6:30 PM, Club Meeting (hybrid) demonstration is turning an inside-out ornament by Mike Traynor. Bring your Show and Tell items for display. Bulk sales items will on the back table.

     Club Challenge, create a piece to serve food/drink in, perhaps a cup, bowl, scoop, platter, spoon, tiered plate, just challenge yourself. Use a different tool, embellishment, technique, project. Enjoy the PowerPoint at the October 19, 2022 Coffee Hour.

     Make your voice heard, please respond to Robin’s September 2nd, 2022 email, subject: Vote for CCW's February 2023 professional turner 1 by Monday, September 12, 2022. Professional turner choices include Rick Urban, Frank Penta, Peggy Schmid, and Linda Ferber.

     CCW Women in Turning: Robin McIntyre shared the following information: Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 1 to 4 PM WIT at Jan Casiello's in Pocasset/Bourne. Bring tools, face shield, chuck, wood, and we'll turn/burn/embellish. Our focus will be on ornaments as suggested by Sandy Arnone. Please RSVP ( Friday, October 14, 2022, from 9 AM to noon at Deb Chapin's shop in Brewster. A small group of four will turn a Round Robin project, a wide rim bowl. Let Robin know if you are interested. Show and Tell: Several members and guests shared their work from bread boards and bread cutters to bowls of all shapes, sizes, and wood. Please email photos to Robin McIntyre to be shared at the next Coffee Hour and Marc Sitkin’s CCW Gallery website.

     AAW Virtual classes: Don Chase shared the schedule of programs including: Glenn Lucas, WIT, Helga Winter and AAW Virtual Symposium. Follow the link for further information. ual-Events/Master-Series-Landing-Page.aspx Don reminded members of the 90-day free AAW membership.   

     Picnic Update: Clarke Buchanan stated our Woodturners Picnic is at the Bass Hole Pavilion, AKA Grey’s Beach, on Saturday September 17th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The picnic will be “Bring Your Own Food & Beverage”. If you want to share a dish or dessert, you are welcome to do so. He will supply ice, bottled water, plastic utensils, paper plates and cups. If you want to grill, let Clarke know in advance as he will bring charcoal, tongs and spatulas. Please bring turnings to show. We will have display tables and tents to shade your pieces. Clarke will bring the Club Shop Supplies for sale (CA glue, double back tape, walnut oil and Anchorseal). Please see the August Newsletter for additional picnic details. 

     Back Table, Raffle: Clarke Buchanan announced the supplies on sale on “the back table” (CA glue, double sided tape, Anchorseal, walnut oil) and the wood raffle is back.

     Volunteers: Dave Arnone stated we have 120 club members with many opportunities for volunteering, to include board membership, programs, mentorship, meeting set-up, just to name a few. Email Dave Arnone to volunteer. Bass River Artisan Winter Market, formerly named “Great Gifts” will be held on two weekends, December 8 – 10 and 15 – 17, $150. per table each weekend. Contact Dave Arnone for further information.

     Upcoming Programs: Dave Arnone announced the following: December Exhibit at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod (CCCC) is a great way to display/and or sell your turnings. He encouraged members to participate, more information to be shared. Fall Turn and Learn Program starts in October, contact Dave to sign up. Our club offers both one-on-one mentoring and group mentoring, contact Dave for further information. Small group classes are scheduled at the CCCC, including wood working, turning and wood burning. View the website for classes or contact Dave. Programs for 2023 will include four professional demonstrations, seven additional demonstrations and a Christmas party. Contact Dave Arnone if you have ideas/input for programs and sawdust sessions, he wants to hear from you.

     Holly Berry Bazaar will be held Saturday November 12, 2022, from 9 AM to 3 PM at Nauset Regional Middle School Auditorium, Route 28, Orleans, MA. Set-up is on Friday, November 11th from 1 to 5 PM. The bazaar proceeds will support Cape Cod Hospital’s cancer services. John Fallender, the coordinator, would like to know by October first, what woodcrafts, the quantity, and the price of the items you made. Please contact Denis Casaubon with this information and if you would like to help with set-up and/or work at the Bazaar. Your support is appreciated.

     Wood Raffle ended our club meeting, thanks to all members who donated wood, to support club programs.

     Technical Support: Thank you Dave Arnone and your team, Mike Grady, Ed Putnam, and Tom Gerhard for your technical expertise to make our hybrid meetings possible.


Deborah Chapin Secretary, Cape Cod Woodturners