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Monthly Newsletter
September 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 – September 2021 – This month we welcome Gary Sander 

September 16th @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Social time before meeting starts at 6:00

DAW September Demonstrator – Gary Sanders

Gary will be demonstrating how to make his three piece box.
About the demonstrator – 
I am a retired fire fighter from Greenville, Tx.  and began turning professionally in 1993.  I have had work in several juried turning exhibitions and have work in museums and private collections.  I have demonstrated around the United States and Australia and have taught at craft schools and local turning organizations.  My work has been in several publications and I have written an article for the American Association of Woodturners.                Over the years I have changed my style of work and am currently working with plywood and veneers.

Gary’s website is:

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.

Dallas Area Woodturners is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting hosted by Tod Raines

Topic: DAW September Club Meeting
Time: Sep 16, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Thoughts from the President

I hope that everyone that went to SWAT enjoyed themselves. It is known as the best symposium in the country because of the people that organize, help and attend. Thanks to the folks that helped in the Ranger Room and thanks to the members of the NEOWTA that helped as well. I hope the 50 gnomes that DAW volunteers made found happy homes. I look forward to next year.

This month's Member Turning Showcase theme is based on last month's demo - 'Something with a Bead and a Cove". Last month we only had a few entries in the Monthly Member Turning Showcase and so the chances of winning a gift certificate was greatly increased for those few. Please take advantage of the opportunity to enter and win. Not only that but we all want to see turned work from our membership. The website forum is also a good resource for asking questions of other members, sharing shop tips and looking for inspiration.

This month we are asking for nominations for board positions. I encourage you to get involved if you can spare a few hours a month helping out your club. You can be nominated or nominate yourself for any position and elections will be held at the November meeting. 

Officers (serve as directors as well)
President - Tod Raines (incumbent)
Vice President - Bob Fleming (incumbent)
Treasurer - Mike Sahl (incumbent)
Secretary - Kevin Bassett (incumbent)

Education - open
Programs - John Holderman (incumbent)
Community - open
Library - Mark Montgomery (incumbent)
A/V - Ken Rodger, Shawn Rogers, open
Newsletter - Chris Cohen (incumbent)
Webmaster - Jim LaRocca (incumbent)
Ladies Liaison - open
PR (photog and content creator) - open

The current board members will stay on for another year if there is no opposition. 

Lastly, as I sit in my office and write this on Saturday September 11th, I cannot help but remember 20 years ago and the loss suffered by our nation and many others around the world. I have updated a statement I wrote a few years back. 
First let me acknowledge that today is September 11th and remember, 20 years ago, the carnage caused by the weak in a moment and the resilience of the strong since that moment.
Never forget.

Tod Raines
DAW President

Sawdust Sessions

DAW Sawdust Session - via Zoom
Monday September 27th @ 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; 153 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

DAW Member Class
~ Beads of Courage Bowl ~
Come turn a Beads of Courage bowl for a cancer or traumatic injury kid and learn segmented turning.

Instructor – Bob Fleming
Date: Saturday September 18th
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wood World

One day class, wood sandpaper and lacquer  .
Necessary tools, bowl gouge, detail tool, regular or carbide scraper nice but not necessary. The club does have some to use if you do not have these.

Cost $35.00

To save your slot for this class please visit our website .  You must be logged in to view and purchase a ticket

Come and learn to make a Beads of Courage Bowl for these beautiful courageous kids.

Member Submission 

First full SWAT weekend by Chris Cohen

While I have been to SWAT in the past, it was just for the day and did not pay to see the presenters, This was a mistake, I learned so much by being able to sit and watch all these great turners I have only seen online. Not only were they awesome to watch they were very approachable and even eager to answer your questions.

Even though I learned so much myself the weekend was completely made because I was able to bring my son for the entire weekend. Being able to just watch him interact with all of the turners and just listening in on their conversations kind of had me in awe on just how far he has come in such a short time. Well worth the persuading, ok begging, his mom to allow him to miss two days of school. 

Tony was able to spend a lot of time talking with Stuart Batty. Wanted to buy his first skew so he was able to talk to Doug Thompson for over 45 minutes about the various steel that is used to make turning tools. He decided to buy a Thompson skew. After watching Alan Lacer give his demonstration on the skew, he was able to spend quit a bit of time with him discussing how to grind his skew. So much time in fact that Alan offered to show him how to grind his skew for the first time. While talking to Alan he mentioned to me he sharpened over 50 skews for people over the weekend, however only one of those were not bought from him, Tony's.

Spending time with Kevin and Ken was just as much fun.

We are definitely looking forward to next year already, assuming we can get mom to approve.
Monthly Showcase
September Monthly Member Showcase theme is -  Anything with a bead and a cove.

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

Each month we will be picking a theme that will be loosely tied to one of our presenters. For September we chose anything with a bead and cove. Must be something turned and have a bead and a cove included in the piece. 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 the winner which is chosen by the board at 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.
Here is a baluster Stuart Batty gave Tony at SWAT this year. Nice example of beads and coves.
August winners:
Congratulations to Dick Koch for winning the Advanced category with his salt cellar. $50 gift card.

David Young won the Open category with his salt cellar. $50 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. Since Kevin Bassett is doing a demo on spindle turning and beginning turning, I thought I would list a few of the books & DVDs in our library about this topic.
These are just a few of the many books & videos in our library on beginning and spindle turning. There are many others on pens & pencils plus books or videos on going from a tree to a finished project.

SWAT 2021 

SWAT has come and gone. While it was smaller than previous years, it was still a very nice turnout. 

We were fortunate to have some great turners presenting in the Ranger room:
Sally Ault 
Stuart Batty
Linda Ferber
Alan Lacer

Thank you for those that came to help the presenters and to clean up after them.

I would like to give a big thank you to Ken Rogers, Tony Cohen, and Kevin Bassett. They came early on Thursday to set up the room, and help work the room all weekend, and then stayed late on Sunday to tear down and clean up after the event. It was exhausting, frustrating work at times, however they worked extremely hard to overcome any obstacles to keep the room ready for the presenters and visitors. 

Job well done gentlemen. It was my honor to spend the weekend with you.

Beads of Courage and Empty Bowls

DAW Member Class
~ Beads of Courage Bowl ~
Come turn a Beads of Courage bowl for a cancer or traumatic injury kid and learn segmented turning.

Instructor – Bob Fleming
Date: Saturday September 18th
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wood World

One day class, wood sandpaper and lacquer  .
Necessary tools, bowl gouge, detail tool, regular or carbide scraper nice but not necessary. The club does have some to use if you do not have these.

Cost $35.00

To save your slot for this class please visit our website .  You must be logged in to view and purchase a ticket
Christmas Party 2021
We are already working on our 2021 Christmas Party. 

Keep an eye out here for updates as we get them.



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