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Monthly Newsletter
July 2021
For those that feel comfortable, we will be meeting in person this month. For those that may not feel as comfortable, we will still have the meeting broadcast over Zoom.

This month's demo ...


Club Meeting – July 2021 – This month we welcome Neal Brand - Wooden Spoons

July 15th @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm 

Our July Demo will be Neal Brand. 

My first experience using a lathe was in junior high shop class where I turned a walnut lamp.  I was immediately intrigued with woodturning, but it wasn’t until 40 years later that I owned a lathe and turned my second project.  I am a member of Golden Triangle Woodturners, Woodturners of North Texas, and the Dallas Area Woodturners as well as the American Association of Woodturners. I grew up on a farm in Northeastern Indiana, and I lived in California, Ohio, and Illinois before coming to Denton Texas in 1983.  I am married to Shari and we have two grown daughters and two grandkids.

There are two things I don’t liked about how people usually turn spoons.  One is that there is no choice in the shape of the hollow part of the spoon, it is always round.  The second is that the hollowing process requires mounting the spoon so that the handle dangerously spins around like a propeller.  I intend to show an alternate way to make spoons that allows the turner more flexibility in shaping the spoon and eliminates the need for a spinning propeller.  I will also talk about how to make jigs required for the process.

This is a hybrid meeting – in-person at Woodworld and on Zoom.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to members and also be available here prior to the meeting/demo.

Topic: Dallas Area Woodturners July club meeting
Time: Thursday July 15, 2021
          6:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) join Zoom, setup and chat
          6:30 PM – Club meeting starts – announcements, show & tell, raffle

          7:00 PM – demonstration – Neal Brand – Turning Spoons

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Thoughts from the President

Welcome to the summer months. Usually the summer month meetings are less attended in person than other times of the year. Well this month is our second in person meeting in over a year. We have Neal Brand joining us from the Denton club (Golden Triangle Woodturners) to show us a unique way to turn spoons on the lathe. This is a hybrid meeting with a live demonstrator that will be shown on Zoom as well.  We had a good demonstration from Donna Banfield last month. Unfortunately, those attending in person at Woodworld had lost the Zoom feed for some technical reasons. The good news is this demonstration can now be accessed on the website in the Member Resource section. You must be a paid member and be logged in to see the video.

I got a phone call from a member after last month's meeting. He asked why I wasn't there in person. That, I explained, is my personal choice of my health risk and the risk for others. Everybody has to make that decision themselves. He also complained that the meeting seemed disorganized and that the demonstration was awful especially since the audio and video was not great quality. Well, without getting too enraged, I asked why he has not volunteered to help out. I also asked why he hasn't joined any of the Zoom meetings over the past year? The message here is that this is a volunteer club. If you have some skills and time, please help out. We are in need of help with the AV system. Ken Rodgers has been doing a great job for 20+ years. Do you think it is time for someone to help with the AV system? I certainly do.

You will be glad to know that myself, Ken and John have worked out some of the kinks in the AV system setup and the meeting this month should go much smoother. There is more work to enhance the system in the coming months.

The club meeting will start early again 
Time: 6:00 PM - join Zoom or show up in person to set up, chat and get ready
          6:30 PM - Club meeting start - announcement, show & tell, raffle
          7:00 PM - demonstration starts

Speaking of volunteers ... We need helpers at SWAT. The DAW club is once again sponsoring the Ranger demonstration room at SWAT. There is a need for a helper in the Ranger room for each session of the SWAT rotation schedule. It is general help, no skills required just someone to help move things, assist the turner, assist Ken with AV stuff and help cleanup. Each volunteer slot will come with a $50.00 stipend as an incentive. Read SWAT 2021 – Paid volunteers needed, then use the events listed on the website to RSVP to signup.

Be safe, stay cool and happy turning.

Tod Raines
DAW President

Sawdust Sessions

DAW Sawdust Session - via Zoom
Monday July 26th @ 6:30 PM via Zoom
Let’s chat and share. Bring your turnings for show & tell. Share tips and tricks for a wood shop. Show us your shop – shop tour. 
DAW Membership

We had a total of 141 dues paid in 2020; 149 families have paid their membership dues for 2021. The membership dues are part of what makes possible having things like having a great audio-visual system, new books, magazines & videos in the library, lathes & support tools for open shop and classes, and bringing in guest presenters and instructors. Also, your membership gives you discounts at our local woodworking stores (Rockler, Woodcraft, and Wood World); these discounts will not be available to you in
2021 until you have paid your 2021 dues to print your new membership card. Also, current membership is required to check any items out of our extensive woodturning library.

DAW Training and Classes

Open Shop this month will be making gnomes. July 17th 10 - 2 at Wood World

 The theme for Open Shop will be Gnomes.  DAW has signed up to provide 50 Gnomes for SWAT as table center pieces.  I will bring blanks and have some printed instructions on making them.  If you would like to make some on your own, please feel free to do so.  The dimensions provided are guidelines, since no to humans are exactly alike, variations in the Gnomes is expected in dimensions, color and to some extent, style.  In June and July we’ll be adding the beards and collecting the little guys to get ready for the August SWAT in Waco.

Monthly Showcase

July Monthly Member Showcase theme is - Use of Color

A monthly theme to test out our turning skills, or to simply have fun trying something different. 

For July we chose Use of color. Must be something turned and any type of color can be used, stain, paint, colored wax. Use your creativity. 

We will have two showcases to choose from. Advanced and Open Showcases.

Advanced is obviously for the more advanced woodturners. 

Open is for any skill level. Everyone is able to participate.

Both categories will have prizes (to be determined) for the top 3 entries that will be voted on by the board during the next board meeting.

To participate simply turn something that fits the monthly theme and go to the forums on our website and post a photo of your turning in the showcase that you are wanting to participate in. One entry person per month.
Congratulations to Cory White for winning the Advanced category with a beautiful Flowering Vase. $50 gift card.

Tony Cohen won the Open category with his Live Edge Vase. $50 gift card

Ron Giordano worn second place in the Open category with his Weed Pot. $25 gift card.

The more people we have participate the more prizes we are able to award.
DAW Library
Our library has nearly 1700 different books, magazines, and videos from more than 450
authors/demonstrators on a wide variety of topics. All the library items are posted on our
website by source type, e.g., DAW demos, SWAT, commercial, books, & magazines
and also by title, author, and some are by date (DAW demos, SWAT & AAW videos).
Since we are again meeting at Wood World, the library checkout will return to normal;
DAW member checkout of up to 5 items from the library during the club meeting and
return these items at the following month’s club meeting.
Along with the latest British Woodturning magazine issues, we have add ten new
commercial DVDs (several are two DVD sets, so it’s really a total of 16 new DVDs) to
our library collection. The new DVDs are listed in the table below:

DVD ID               Title                          Author       Description






 The Three  Ball  




This video concludes John’s puzzle series. Like  all the others, they are not difficult to make, and  makes an attractive centerpiece that will tease  your friends to distraction trying to solve  releasing the balls without untying any knots or  cutting any strings. As with all good puzzles,  the solution is really simple when you know  how.


The Fragrance  




John uses the Ashley Iles Unichaser to  demonstrate making one of his trademark  pieces in the form of a hip flask. The fragrance  flask is designed to have fragrant oils poured  into it and then allowed to permeate the wood  for a lasting aroma.

DAW2893, DAW2894

Making and  Decorating  




Mick continues his running theme with this  latest film demonstrating a wide variety of ideas  to both turn and decorate goblets. In this video,  Mick demonstrates every step for turning the  following: Natural Edged Goblets, Filled Texture  Goblets, Fillet Spiral Goblets, Laminated  Goblets, Pierced Goblets

DAW2887, DAW2888

Hope For Us  All



Simon brings a wealth of knowledge and  techniques to this video. He demonstrates  casting and turning pewter. Along with his  pewter casting techniques he demonstrates  how to overcome the difficulties of turning and  finishing burl. His third project on the video  demonstrates how to turn a pepper grinder  along with some very interesting finishing  techniques.

DAW2889, DAW2890

Let’s Make a  Tazza



Make a beautiful Tazza to display all the  wooden fruit you turned from following Andy's  Fruit Turning Master Class companion video.

DAW2897, DAW2898


Methods for  Superior  

Turned Pens



Paul will show you how to take a suitably sized  piece and make a special pen that will be a  prized reminder each time you pick it up. Pens  turned include: Slimline, Designer, Longwood,  The Baron, The Statesman, and The Lady.

DAW2891,  DAW2892

A Burning  



Pyrography  Volume One

Bob Neil 

With Burning Ambition Bob, has produced a  much anticipated film for pryrographers just  getting started, or for those looking for new  

directions in preparation for more challenging  projects.

DAW2895,  DAW2896

From a Tree  to a Bowl



In this video Guy demonstrates how to prepare  and use three beautiful but "difficult" species to  their best advantage. The projects are: Natural  edged, end grain Laburnum bowl; Square  

edged Plum bowl; Wet turned Holly bowl, which  distorts predictably.


The Fragrance  



Carol Rix The fragrance flask is designed to have fragrant  oils poured into it and then allowed to permeate  the wood for a lasting aroma.


Let’s Make a  Bandstand  




Colin takes the viewer from start to finish demonstrating all the steps necessary to make  your own Bandstand style clock. Colin overlooks no detail to guide you through  making your own family heirloom clock.




SWAT 2021 

Each year the Southwest Association of Woodturners (SWAT) provides an opportunity for woodturners to get together in one place to fellowship with other turners, share ideas and techniques, expand their education, watch demonstrations and purchase top-rate tools and products from the many vendors. It will be held

August 27-29, 2021

Waco Convention Center

100 Washington Avenue, Waco, TX

Information on registration, events and demonstrations can be found here.

The Dallas Area Woodturners club is participating and will be supporting the demonstrators in the Ranger Room during the event. This means we are need of volunteers to help at each session plus pack up. Ken Rodgers who does the club A/V will be doing the A/V for the Ranger Room. He will be at all sessions. The volunteers are there to help Ken. They will be a gopher for the demonstrator, handout items, help Ken setup and cleanup. No special skills required, but if you’d like to training on the A/V equipment please contact

A stipend of $50.00 per session per person will be paid. If someone does two sessions they get $100.00. Same for setup Thursday afternoon and teardown on Sunday afternoon.   Below is a list of the demonstrator and time of each session. You may volunteer for multiple sessions. 1 volunteer is needed for each session.

Please go to our website to view the open times and sign up.

Beads of Courage and Empty Bowls

Keep those bowls coming!!



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