June 2012

Cape Atlantic Woodturners Newsletter

Volume #2, Issue
Subject: Club Minutes DATE

The meeting of the Cape Atlantic Wood turners world club was called to order by Alan Tasoff's home crafted gavel at 7:05 p.m.

Those in attendance were: John Andrews, Alan Tasoff, Arthur Bichsel, Doug James, Tom Henry, Bob Broschart, Shirley Hill, Betty Campbell, And Gerald Bruman.

Allan was presiding for president Befferman who was away.

Show and tell featured some interesting bottle stoppers from Shirley, one never knew a sharpie pen could do so much!

Alan brought his segmented bowl for some questions about how to complete the turning, many minds seemed to kick out lots of ideas within seconds.

Gerald made a couple of wine goblets out of pine, should be interesting to see next month how the sanding of them turned out. Guess any wine drank out of them will have you "pining" for more.

After some usual business matters the meeting took an interesting "turn". Betty and Doug gave outstanding demos on finishing products and techniques, with both verbal and actual demonstrations of the different types of products most widely used by our members.

Betty used EEE Ultra shine and polish along with Shellawax and made one of the bowls she turned and finished feel as if it were made of plastic, a really beautiful end result. Handouts for each type of finish were available to re-enforce our lousy memories and short attention span. As a crafter at shows, Betty also pointed out that most potential customers prefer the high gloss finish, outselling most other finishes 5 to 1. So keep that in mind if you plan to put up your table at the next craft show.

Doug brought in several ash bowls he turned and applied different finishes to them as we all watched intently to see the beautiful end results. He said Salad bowl finish seemed to be the least used and accepted finish of all the styles at the demo. His experience and expertise was appreciated by everyone, his knowledge seems endless. Also endless is his supply of amazing tools, he has one for any occasion.

A lot of time and effort went into this meeting on Betty and Doug's part and we all seemed to enjoy it very much. A Huge Thank You...

Since our staff photographer Ansel Adams was on leave Arthur Bichsel our faithful Facilitator took hold of the lens and gathered everyone's best side.

Next month we expect to gather at Gerald Bruman's barn and witness the turning of and entire tree or part of. Should be worth the trip and more.


Picture Gallery

Shirley and her first Bottle Stoppers
Gerald with Pine Goblets and Holly Bowls
Betty explains the different finishes
Betty using The Beal three wheel polisher
Doug and Betty mixing finish 50/50
Doug applying finish while Betty narrates
Doug hand applying finish to a bowl
Doug using Beal Buffer on bowl
Dressing buffer for inside bowl polishing
Doug using rotary sander on a lathe
Members checking out the finished bowels
Additional information always available
The most importent thing is......
How does Betty get that finish so shiney?


Up Coming Events

  • July Meeting: On Saturday July 21st at 9:00 AM the club will meet over at Gerald Bruman's shop for a demonstration of his 18' lathe. Gerald will be sending out directions to his shop. (321 Silver Run Rd. Millville NJ 08332 Tel.# 856-893-8456)
  • Aug/Sept: Workshop Date to be determined to prepare Tools and Equipment for the VoTec up comming classes.

See you there!


President - Ron Befferman
Vice President - Alan Tasoff
Secretary - John Andrews
Treasurer - Tom Henry
Photographer / Video - Jeff Schnell
Education - Tom Henry
Newsletter Editor - Arthur Bichsel

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