Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tuesday October 3 Meeting Summary

Programme Director Rob Suarez opened the session with announcements, among them that photos of the meetings taken by President James Ferris will be uploaded onto Instagram under the banner of ottawa_woodworkers_association.  If you've "Shown-And-Told" be sure to sign a waiver for permission to upload your photo.

Following last month's presentation by Emil of Clarence Creek Wood Select, the October meeting featured Jim Hendry.  Jim gave a very interesting and informative talk about the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF), an organization that certifies properly managed woodlands and their products.  With the help of slides he informed us not only about the EOMF but the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).  To find out more about the EOMF visit the web site  Thanks Jim for all the great information.
There was lots of visiting during the break as well as Gary selling 50/50 tickets and people paying their yearly dues.

Jack Schwass will be giving another sharpening seminar at his place.  If you are interested in finding out what sharp really is contact Jack by email at:

After the break came Show and Tell.  Rolf showed off a chair, or, more precisely, the cardboard mock-up of what will become his chair over the next few months.  He has promised to keep us all up to date on his progress.
John was next with his cutting boards.  It was the opinion of everyone in the room that they are far too nice to be used as cutting boards.
Charles brought in his Ash bench with the top joined to the legs using large finger joints.
Dean also brought in his mock-up of his version of a Maloof chair. His mock-up rather than cardboard was made from various scraps of wood. He to will keep us in the know of his progress.
Mark had a couple of Beer totes to show. One not so well designed as it didn't fit bottles very well and cans not at all. The second one works much better.
He also made a dust pan to help in the clean up of all the dust he is making in his shop now that he has a Rikon jointer-planer.  Or was that for the bottle caps?
George had his latest LED reading lamp to show us.  Powered by rechargeable batteries and turning it on/off by touching the hinge at the back it truly is something that enlightened us all. George has an eight-part series on You Tube on the lamp's construction including detailed background on the electronics and bent-wood lamination.  The link to his channel is in the sidebar.
Finally to wrap up the evening Ken showed the storage box he made to keep his diamond sharping stones and jig safe, in one place and dust free.
Safe woodworking and we will see you November 7th.
Ken Dixon

Friday, 8 September 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Meeting Summary:  Season Launch

The first meeting of the 2017/18 season kicked off with about 40 people in attendance.
Rob started things off with some house keeping which included a reminder that dues are due.  Dues have not changed from the last few years so please break into the piggy bank and bring in your money at the next meeting, or go to the OWA web site to pay on-line.  Rob also issued a call for members to bring in things for Show & Tell.  Finished or not we just want to see what you have been working on. 

Rob wants to know what you the members would like to see presented at upcoming meetings.  As a program coordinator he is always looking for ideas.  Let him know by email at and he will see what he can do to make it happen.

After the announcements, Rob handed the floor over to Emil who has taken over Clarence Creek Wood Select.  Emil gave a very informative and entertaining slide show presentation, not only about the products and services they offer, but also his history in woodworking and how he came to take over the business.
After a short break with some visiting and 50/50 ticket sales, four people presented their Show and Tell items.  Rob Burch showed three serving trays he has made.
Ken Dixon showed a wall hanging zig zag wine rack.
Gary DeVries had some slides of a desk he made with some turned corner columns which he did in an very interesting way. He glued four workpieces using two layers of newspaper in the joints, turned the block of four as one column, then split the column along the newspaper to get four pieces, each with a quarter-turned face backed by two square faces.
Denis Chenard showed a turned mallet to replace one that someone had re-homed.
Have a safe month in the shop and we will see you at the next meeting on October 3rd.
Ken Dixon

Friday, 7 July 2017

Video Recommendation: Vic Tesolin on Fine Woodworking's Shop Talk Live

We've recommended Shop Talk Live before and for the same reason: their brilliant repartee.  No, OK, last time it was because our own Vic Tesolin was one of several guests to sit down for a few minutes with the editors of Fine Woodworking.  Same video recommendation, and same reason: Vic is the featured guest on this week's Installment 141 of Shop Talk Live.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Great Canadian Rust Junkie Tool Fest: July 8, 2017

July 8th was another successful Great Canadian Rust Junky Fest.  With Mother nature getting the rain out of her system on Friday night, Saturday morning dawn came cloudy but no rain and as the day wore on the skies cleared and the sun shone down on the Wadkin Temple.  The volunteers and presenters were at Jack`s place early to get things ready.
By 1:00 PM, when things officially got under way, Old Solider Tool Works already had the forge cranked up to high and pounding out a hot chunk of steel which by the end of the day was transformed into a claw hammer head.
Host Jack Forsberg's welcoming greeting officially launched the fest at about 2 PM.
Vic Tesolin entertained a constant crowd while working at the bench taking rough walnut stock and making a Moxon Vise with only hand tools and sweat.
In the Wadkin Temple itself was Mark Hennebury giving a talk on woodworking joint theory using many examples from his own woodworking career.
Outside Karen McBride taught everyone all there is to know about removing rust off of your newly acquired rusty piece of equipment or tools.
There was of course some rusty machinery up for sale as well as some tools with the rust already removed for you and ready for use.
Hot dogs, drinks, and snacks became available early afternoon until Ken Dixon and his son Trevor fired up the BBQ at about 4:30 PM.  Then burgers, sausages, salads, and drinks were eagerly consumed until everyone had their fill at about 7:00 PM.
Karen Mcbride oversaw the raffle of prizes at about 5 PM.  Then Jack made his closing remarks and thanked all the volunteers and presenters.
There was lots of visiting, tool talk, and the consumption of beverages until late in the evening when those who set up tents crawled into bed.

A huge thank you to Jack Forsberg and his army of volunteers as well as the presenters and demonstrators for a fantastic day: learning, visiting with old friends, and making new ones on a sunny summer day.  Also thank you to the OWA executive for putting on the annual year end BBQ and Ken and Trevor for their mastery of the hot coals.

Until next year, when we congregate at the Temple of The Great Wadkin.

Ken Dixon,
President, OWA