Many long time SPSW members will remember Paul Crabtree as an active member of our chapter. We have been notified of Paul’s passing in late August. Paul had been residing in Tennessee at the time. Paul’s family is conducting a memorial service at the Tahoma Memorial Cemetery on November 8th at 10:30 AM. SPSW members are welcome to attend.
We will have another hybrid meeting on October 21st at 7:00PM. That means you have a choice of attending either the physical meeting at the Fife Community Center or you can log into the Zoom Meeting and view the meeting and demo from home.
We have an exciting program for you this month! Just in time for the holidays, this month’s presenter will be Cindy Drozda, and she will be demonstrating how to use sea urchin shells to make holiday ornaments and decorations. In addition to shell prep, finial design and turning, and ornament assembly, Cindy will also demonstrate how to use metallic foils to gild the shell.
Cindy is nationally known as one of the best demonstrators out there! She was a pioneer in offering these Zoom-based demos for woodturners! The Woodturners of Olympia (WOO) will be joining us for this demonstration and sharing costs with us.
We are working to tweak these hybrid meetings to make them run more smoothly. This will only be our 3rd meeting using this format, and we’re getting better with each one. IT Director Ramon Lyn is working hard to perfect hybrid meeting delivery using new equipment that we have acquired for that purpose. Even with the challenges we have encountered getting everything to work together, from what we hear, it seems like we are doing as well as anyone in the country right now. This month, Ramon hopes to be able to better broadcast meeting announcements for people viewing remotely and improve color on the Fife Center’s screen for the in-person attendees. Additionally, we are also trying to make any announcements and do a limited show-and-tell starting at 6:45, so that the demonstrator has a full 2 hours to deliver their presentation. So, whether you attend via Zoom or in person, please try to join us a little early.
Cindy is going to present turning Sea Urchin ornaments as an IRD at our next meeting. Cindy has two videos demonstrating how to prepare the shell that members should watch before attending the demo.
Eric has provided us a link to the recording of the demo he provided us on September 16th. For members registered on the website you can find the link under For Members/Monthly Demonstrator Videos.
We are planning another hybrid meeting on September 16th at 7:00PM. Hybrid meetings are those where some of the members choose to meet in person at the Fife Community Center and others may log in from home. As of now, the Fife Community Center remains open, with the state required mask mandate. That means that everyone attending at the Fife Center must wear a mask to be in the meeting room.
Whether you come to the September membership meeting in-person or log into the zoom meeting from your own device, our program in September will feature our own Eric Lofstrom. Eric has demonstrated for us several times before. Eric is known for his systematic approach to his work, for his emphasis on body mechanics and tool use. During this session, Eric will be demonstrating how to do a “Square Rimmed Bowl”. During this presentation you will see elements related to proper design principals, pleasing forms, how to make crisp cuts that require little sanding, and layering of interference paints and translucent finishes.
SPSW members, Kirk DeHeer recorded his demo last night and is making it available to us for 30 days. It is on our list of Monthly Demonstrator Videos under For Members. Reminder that you must be a paid SPSW member and have been granted access to this area of the website.