It's July and the warm
days of Summer have arrived
.finally. Many Thanks to Mr. Terry
Korn for demonstrating "inside-out turning" during the June club
meeting. For those of you who have seen Terry's "inside-out" spindles
incorporated into yarn spinning wheels, it makes for quite a treat.
This month's Challenge Project is an "Inside-Out" turning.
For July's meeting, the BSWT Club will be conducting a "Chucking Roundtable".
BSWT Club members are encouraged to bring their chucking ideas and innovations
to the discussion. I would like to learn more about "vacuum-chucking"
if anyone is interested in presenting this topic.
The 2nd Annual Woodturners / Woodcarvers Club Fair will be held
on September 17th, 2005 at the Sheldon Plaza Shopping Center, 1530 Coburg
Road, Eugene, Oregon. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in
tents in the shopping center parking lot. All woodturning and woodcarving
clubs (and individuals not currently affiliated with a club) are welcome
to participate. There will be an evening picnic at near-by Armitage Park
for participating turners, carvers and their guests. The evening event will
also include a raffle for great prizes donated by vendors as well as wood
and other items donated by the participating clubs. So, lots of logistics
to attend to for the next few months. We are in need of demonstrators for
this event, so any suggestions or volunteers would be greatly appreciated.
As I work in my shop I'm continually coping with the problem of wood
dust control. I grew up in a woodworking and building family, and back in
those days the health consequences of wood dust and exposure to wood toxins
were not much considered. My grandfather would mill his own lumber and we
children would play in the huge sawdust piles that accumulated after each
woodlot harvest. At the end of the day we would look like dust bunnies.
Today much more is known about the effects of wood dust and the toxins they
contain. I would like to direct BSWT members to the AAW's website: http://www.woodturner.org/resources/toxicity.cfm,
which has some very useful and informative data on wood toxicity and the
physical manifestations of exposure to various species. To quote:
Listed as a "known human carcinogen" in this report, wood dust
is created when machines and tools cut, shape and finish wood. Wood dust
is particularly prevalent in sawmills, furniture manufacture and cabinet
making. According to the report, unprotected workers have a higher risk
of cancers of the nasal cavities and sinuses."
Please take a look at this information and ask yourself if you are doing
enough to protect yourself while in the shop.
"Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds."
Let The Chips Fall Where They May-
Dennis A. Avery
Hats off to Terry Korn
for his inside out turning demonstration during the June meeting. Terry
showed well done examples of the process as well as finished projects when
common faults had occurred along the way. Terry turned a couple inside out
clusters showing the physical step by step process. He also prepared a straight
forward handout explaining the process. Well done indeed! This months challenge
project is an inside out turning. For the demonstration segment of the July
meeting we will have a round table session on different chucking techniques
so bring a chuck along and share in the discussion.
September 17 and the second annual Woodturners Faire is quickly approaching.
James Burke is providing the space and the opportunity for the Beaver State
Woodturners and other statewide turning and carving clubs to interact with
each other and the public. During the July meeting we should discuss how
we should participate this year. Last year the silent action and wood raffle
at the picnic helped cover the expenses for the event. The freedom pen turning
brought in a lot of interest from the public as did the individual turning
demonstrations. I thought the gallery display that the Beaver state club
and the Umpqua club exhibited did well to educate the public. What we do
this year as a club can be along the same form or we can try other things.
Bring your ideas to the club meeting July 25, 6:00P.M. At the Woodcraft
- July 25, 6:00PM, BSWT meeting, Woodcraft, Eugene
- September 17, 9:00AM - 3:00PM, Woodturners/Woodcarvers Faire, Woodcraft,
This month's project is "Inside-Out". Bring in any item turned
inside-out to win a $15.00 gift certificate! (See the link below for more
This month's member profile is none other than our illustrious president,
My name is Dennis Avery, and I am the 2005 President for the Beaver State
Woodturners of Eugene, Oregon. My lovely wife Leigh and I reside in Eugene.
I grew up in the north woods of New Hampshire and remember being with my
grandfather pulling logs from forestlands with horses and hitch. My Dad
was a builder and I got a very early and long exposure to working with tools.
My Dad's Uncle John built the local Dairy Queen, for which I was forever
proud of as a teenager.
I just retired from 37 years of flying helicopters. I served as a combat
assault helicopter pilot in the Republic of Viet Nam, Tay Ninh Province,
in 1969. After Viet Nam I attended Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona
with my undergraduate studies in Business Administration, and post-graduate
studies in Agricultural Industry. The next several years saw me as a marketing
manager for a major helicopter operator, but I missed flying and spent several
years in Idaho doing a wide variety of flying, mostly in mountainous terrain.
The next venture was as a partner in a helicopter charter service and flight
school in Mesa, Arizona. My path then lead to my last twenty-two years as
an Emergency Services helicopter captain, the last 2 years in Central Coastal
California flying a Bell 222. In those years I flew a lot of patients in
critical need to life saving treatment. I am very fortunate to have had
no accidents, incidents, or flight violations in those many years of flying.
Air Evac Services, of Phoenix, Az. awarded me with an 8,000 patient mission
award for the nearly 19 years I flew for that company.
I enjoy furniture repair and part replacement; gunstock finishing; routing
and various jigs; table saw, scroll saw and bandsaw operations; arts and
crafts; and woodturning. Other hobbies include keyboard and guitar, pastels
and watercolor, camping and canoeing; and I'm an absolutely rabid history
I've very much enjoyed being your President for the last six months and
my life is richer because of all of you.