September, 2008 Meeting
The September meeting was slightly down on attendance, probably due to Hurricane Ike predictions, but everyone
who did attend had a good time. Judy Hammond from the NWA Food Bank was at the meeting to talk about the
upcoming Empty Bowls soup dinner fund raiser. She requested some 10-15 bowls from us for the silent auction. I
hope that everyone will take this request seriously, because it is an excellent cause. Any bowl turned between now
and Nov. 7 can be dropped off at the NWA Food Bank office or can be given to Kurt Bird for collection and delivery to
A reminder: the Bring Back auction will be held at the October meeting. Don’t forget to bring your tickets!
Ira Whitacre won the Novice Award for the month. Kurt Bird won the Advanced award. Congratulations to both!
There were a number of very interesting pieces on display in the Show and Tell. In addition, the demos were very
interesting and well discussed. Kip Powers showed how to dye some pieces and experimented with a couple of
different ideas in the process. Kurt Bird showed some variations on texturing using the Sorby texturing tool and a
chatter tool. Lots of possibilities for your designs. Harold Stoner discussed the use of a cross slide vise to do router
cutting on pieces in the lathe. Thanks to everyone for their participation in these demos!
Please remember that Mark Ost still has quite a few tools from Ray Tiller’s estate. They will be for sale at the 4th
The November meeting will be on Saturday the 15th, the THIRD Saturday in November. This will not be a regular
meeting, rather it will be an all day meeting with guest artist Andi Wolfe demonstrating turning and embellishing. She
will also have classes on the following two days (16th & 17th) at Mark Ost's shop. The all day classes will cost $140
per person, and be limited to 6 persons per class. If you are interested, let Mark or Kurt know, as space is limited
and is on a first come first served basis.