Woodcrafters April Program

John Hallimore and I did our preliminary visit to the site of our April program today. Parking should be no problem if we carpool.

Charles Calvin Design is quite a destination if you appreciate metal sculpture, reconstruction and painting antique and hot rod cars, metal fabrication, rebuilt heavy duty metal working equipment and metal working in general. If you’re on the fence about attending this month’s program, this should help you decide. It is an impressive shop.

As I posted earlier, we meet at 1:00 on Wednesday in the Blue Ridge Lounge, then carpool to the shop after our business meeting. Visitors and prospective members are welcome.

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April Program

Woodcrafters will meet Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 in the Blue Ridge Lounge for a brief business meeting. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. Afterward, we will carpool to Charles Calvin Design in Cedar Mountain. If you’ve seen the metal sculptures on the gates along Reasonover Road, you’ve seen Charles’ work. For more information about past and future programs, click the "Annual Programs" link above.

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Pictures from the March Program

The March program was a visit to John Dillon’s workshop in Brevard. John’s been making furniture for over four decades. These days, all his wood is harvested and air dried locally, as evidenced by piles of wood stacked and stickered inside and outside his workshop. (Actually, sometimes John air dries his lumber and then has it further dried in a kiln.) John has a couple remarkable chainsaws – with 48" and 72" bars. The six-footer has a milling attachment that allows him to cut boards of various thicknesses from felled trees.

This link will get you to 13 pictures from our visit. Just click on the link and then click on the first picture. Note that most pictures have a caption. https://connesteewoodcrafters.shutterfly.com/4

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March 15,2017 CFWC Meeting Minutes

Spring is just around the corner and the $10.00 dues is due for the year.

Nine members attended the March meeting.

Doug Kish as program chairman talked about next month’s program at Charles Calvin shop, he makes metal art sculptures. This should be an interesting afternoon.

John Held gave a treasurer’s report . We have $500.00 in the project fund and $90.00 was collected in dues.

Doug Kish demonstrated a jig used to square up a board and also can be used to cut tapers in legs using a centering pin. This is part of our 3 minute meeting demonstrations. Everyone can bring an idea,technique or tool to the meeting that makes life in your shop easier or saves you time. I talked about the proper way to use a tack cloth.

The Mountain Gardeners committee sent us a request to build two rustic benches for the Overlook Pollinator Garden on Connestee trail. This was voted on and past unanimously. 7 members have volunteered to help build the benches. The Garden committee will let us know this week their design and we need to complete the benches by June 1st.

We closed the meeting and went to John Dillon’s shop which was amazing to see how he works with large logs, and cuts slabs and builds furniture. Great time.

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Reminder meeting today 1PM

Plan on car polling to John Dillon’s shop, parking is limited.

See you at the club house at 1 pm

Scott Kuba

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March Program

Woodcrafters will meet Wednesday, March 15th at 1:00 in the Blue Ridge Lounge for a brief business meeting. Afterward, we will carpool to John Dillon’s shop in Brevard, where John will demonstrate milling and surfacing large slabs of live edge wood. For more information about past and future programs, check out our our website: cfwc.woodpress.com.

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Meeting reminder next Wednesday

Woodcrafters will meet Wednesday, February 15th at 1:00 in the Blue Ridge Lounge for a brief business meeting. Afterward, we will carpool to member Paula Swartz’ shop in Connestee, where she will demonstrate the methods and equipment she uses to re-purpose antique wood, using various finishes to accentuate each wood’s personality. Paula’s program will emphasize picture frames and the framing process. For more information about past and future programs, check out our our website: cfwc.woodpress.com.

Bill Bullivant will also show ," easy to make cushions" during the meeting.

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February Program

Woodcrafters will meet Wednesday, February 15th at 1:00 in the Blue Ridge Lounge for a brief business meeting. Afterward, we will carpool to member Paula Swartz’ shop in Connestee, where she will demonstrate the methods and equipment she uses to re-purpose antique wood, using various finishes to accentuate each wood’s personality. Paula’s program will emphasize picture frames and the framing process. For more information about past and future programs, check out our our website: cfwc.woodpress.com.

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January 18, 2017 CFWC Meeting Minutes

We have a new year and the annual dues are due ($10.00)

We had 12 members attend the January meeting.  Program chairman,Douglas Kish, gave his report and has posted the first 6 months of programs to the home page. The last half of the year will be confirmed shortly.Great work to program committee.

There was no treasures report, John Held was away. Nothing has changed since last report.

Before we left for Bill Bullivant’s, we had a 15 minute round table discussion on different finishing techniques with most everyone voicing in with great tips and ideas. I myself with 44 years in wood-finishing, learned a few tips. Amazing what our member know.

We finished the meeting at Bill Bullivant’s house learning all the things that can be done with epoxy and epoxy used as a protective finishes. Afterwards Bill did a short class on table saw basics and safety. Thank you Bill.

Next month’s meeting is Wednesday  February 15th at 1PM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

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Woodcrafters’ Programs for 2017

As chairman of the program committee, I met with an ad hoc committee of club members Ed Fradley, John Hallimore, Scott Kuba, Bob Speight, Logan Swartz and Paula Swartz earlier this month to discuss programs for the rest of the year.

The meeting was quite a success. While we haven’t nailed down every program, we have selected more than enough for 2017. As you may be aware, we usually meet at 1:00 the third Wednesday of the month (except December).

Here’s what’s in store for the first half of the year:

(January 18 – Bill Bullivant’s program on using OSB, fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin to build watertight containers for his “ultimate RV project”)

February 15 – Paula Swartz: making picture frames from reclaimed lumber and on her new dust collection equipment. If we’re lucky, we’ll also get to see some of Paula’s fine photography.

March 15 – John Dillon (Brevard): surfacing large slabs of wood with a router; shop tour

April 19 – Charles Calvin Design (Brevard): metal sculpture. If you’ve seen the gates along Reasonover Road in Cedar Mountain, you’ve seen Chuck’s work.

May 17 – Annual hands-on woodturning event in the pavilion at Atagahi Park. Hosted by member Tucker Garrison, who is also a great instructor.

June 21 – Club president, Scott Kuba (Brevard): Secrets to repairing damaged furniture finishes

Stay tuned for some great programs in the second half of the year!

If you have any programs from prior years you’d like repeated; if you have an idea for a future program; or, if you’d like members to develop a program on using a particular piece of woodworking equipment or technique, please let me know.

Doug Kish
douglas.kish@gmail.com

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