MCW Dec. '07 Meeting
Apr 28, 2016Public
Photo: That's some nice osage orange from Bob Browning on the Silent Auction table.  This is a popular turning wood because of its unique yellow color (before it inevitably ages to lovely shades of brown). There is also cherry, walnut, dogwood, and crabapple.
Photo: Show & Tell tonight was a real 'wow'.  Great variety and skills demonstrated here.
Photo: Richard Webster is into making laminated platters of elegant and interesting designs...
Photo: ...and natural square ones too!
Photo: David Jacobowitz loves making segmented vessels decorated with contrasting laminations.  Eliot and Don look on.  [07.12]
Photo: Stuart Glickman sculpted this figural form after turning.  He is working in the aesthetic of the minimalist sculptures of Allan Howser.
Photo: Phil Brown brought a really LARGE and fine platter -- probably in curly red maple burl.
Photo: Clif Poodry did some experimenting with metal leaf in this winged bowl.
Photo: Clif made three of these covered bowls from that piece of maple burl he got in the silent auction a few months ago.  Way to go, Clif.  This piece went straight into the collection of an MCW Member.
Photo: MCW Member Don Couchman is our demonstrator for this evening.  Don was profiled in the August 2007 MCW Newsletter. He has been turning since 1993 and has made some very nice bowls, among other things. 
Tonight, he will discuss the process of making writing pens.  [07.12]
Photo: The key ingredients are pen kits, a drill press and a clamp to hold the blanks, a mandrel for holding the parts on the lathe for turning...
Photo: ...and some clamps for getting things pressed together.  [07.12]
Photo: Pen making is a great way to use small scraps of nice wood. These scraps are cut to size, drilled out for brass inserts, and then turned, two at a time, to the desired sizes and shapes for the pen barrels, appropriate to the style of the kits purchased.  [07.12]
Photo: Don completed a slim-line pen, made with previously turned components, and displayed a set of others made from various woods. There are lots of details to be concerned about so as to end up with a quality product, and some practice (and learning by trial and error) is definitely required. Relatively fine tolerances are needed.  [07.12]
Photo: Don uses a simple detail gouge with a fairly straight nose, as opposed to the more swept-back types that one often sees these days. Don points out that it’s easy to spend money for specialized tools, but that the common tools we already have in the workshop can often be adapted for use, at a significant savings. He also discussed various finishing products that may be used. I came out of this demonstration with a much better understanding of the tools, materials, and processes involved in pen making than I had when I came in. Thanks Don.  [07.12]