December 2017           

BSWT January Meeting

This month's meeting will be held on Thursday, January 25th. The meeting is at the Coburg Community Chartr School, 91274 N Coburg Rd, Coburg, OR 97408



The January 25 meeting will feature our own Rudi Rudolph telling his story of adjusting to turning with a disability. He will turn a sphere and discuss the process of adjusting to sitting down while turning. We encourage your attendance to get this information first hand, and hope that no more of us will have to face this challenge going forward. Rudi is experienced and will answer many of the questions that don’t frequently get asked. It is this honest sharing of information that characterizes our club and keeps us coming back for more.

Club members get a 25 dollar discount if we have ten people sign up through the Beaver State Chapter. Six have signed up so far. Please let Dick Worthey know at the meeting if you want to sign up. Checks should be brought to Dick but made out to AAW Symposium.

Notes from the January meeting

 

The demo on turning spalted wood without tearout highlighted:

  • how fungi move through wood—first through the rays to eat the easy sugar, then to the cell walls to disassemble and digest them
  • what loss of the cell wall means for wood structure—without the cell wall, there is no structure
  • how to use a traditionally ground bowl gouge to cut (not scrape) torn and partially digested wood fibers so that minimal (sometimes no) sanding is necessary
  • the importance of using gouges to cut spalted wood instead of scrapers due to the different modes of cutting and the fragility of the fibers







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