Thursday, 4 May 2017

Questions for June's Meeting

While we had time enough for the Qs, we ran out of time for the As of May's Q&A segment.  The clipboard came back with four questions looking for answers.  So, instead of prolonging the meeting past 9 PM, we decided to post the questions here, and have an answer segment in June's meeting.  Apologies to you having to delay the answers, double apology if you cannot come to the June meeting.  And here's something else: If you want to, why not write your answer in as a comment to this post?  Heck, why not add a question if you have one in with the comments.  So, here below are the questions from May.  While we'd like answers to be based on experience, there is no restriction on who may answer.  But if you think your name holds shop-cred, feel free to sign your answer.

Question 1: If I resaw, how thick should the veneer be? What substrate would you use?

Question 2: What's a sure-fire method for getting a seamless joint between two curved faces?

Question 3: How does one dry or harden a second coat of shellac applied too thickly, such that even after due time it remains tacky?

Question 4: How do you obtain a good fit for a tenon into a mortise, particularly round tenons and mortises?

Please label your answers with the question number, especially if you're taking a stab at Number 2 or 4.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Members in the Media

With apologies for belated announcements, we're pleased to note a publication by Brian Greene about Konrad Sauer in the February 2017 edition of Furniture and Cabinetmaking, roughly the United Kingdom's equivalent of Fine Woodworking.  Double congrats to Brian, a Canadian author writing about a Canadian plane maker.  Jolly well done old chap!

Double kudos to Vic Tesolin too, in print in the April 2017 issue of Good Woodworking in an article billed as "An Audience with Vic Tesolin", evidently royalty.  Quite apart from the printed word, we see his image made the cover!  Like making the cover of Vogue, no?

Now if you'd like to see even more of Vic, and I can't imagine you'd say no to that, he was dragged to the table for an interview at a recent conference held by Fine Woodworking.  Every two weeks Fine Woodworking puts out a You Tube video called Shop Talk Live.  The April 27th installment, numbered STL 136, included interviews with some well known woodworkers, and our own Vic Tesolin was among them.  Bravo again Vic!  Click the link to see the interviews.

May's Meeting

If you're planning to attend May's meeting, then bring something to talk about.  In May and June, we're breaking from tradition, going republic so to speak, and turning the meeting over to the people.  In other words, instead of a long presentation on a narrow topic, the floor opens to us: we the people will take over and present whatever we want about woodworking.  Whether you're an expert with something to teach or a beginner with a problem needing advice, prepare a short something to present.

In June, along with the regular fare, we will hold elections for two offices.  The President's (Ken Dixon) and Program Director-Vice President's (Mark Allen) positions are up for renewal.  Both are important contributors to the club's welfare, so if you have any inkling that you would like to stand for election, please come forth.

As always, we will respect the premises by removing outdoor footwear.  This is especially important in nasty weather, so if it's raining or snowing, take a moment to bring some indoor footwear with you.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

More books, books, books, and some magazines too.

The OWA has received another large donation of books.  This time, though, there is no list of titles.  You'll just have to come to the meetings to see what's available.  Our gold frame member Gary will bring these to the meetings a box or two at a time.  Some titles will be sold at a fraction of their original cost while others will be given away.  The proceeds will help fund OWA activities.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wood Carving Competition

The Outaouais Wood Carvers Association is hosting a carving competition on May the 6th.  Click through to learn more, either about the Outaouais Carvers Association or specifics about the carving competition on the Saturday following our OWA meeting in May.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tuesday Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 PM on April 4th, 2017

It's Shop Tour Night on Tuesday.  Along with the regular activities like Show-and-Tell and the 50-50 Draw, several members will be presenting virtual tours of their shops as slide shows and PowerPoint presentations.  Come early; come often.  Remember to bring dry indoor footwear as this time of year is hard on flooring and those who clean it.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tuesday Meeting, March 7th at 7 PM.

Phil White is our March presenter.  He is a sculptor and conservator who holds the position of Canada’s Dominion Sculptor, with the Department of Public Services and Procurement Canada.  He is primarily an architectural sculptor and designer, working in stone, bronze, and wood.

He will give an overview of his work, in wood, stone, and metal, with a focus on the carving and sculptural work in the Parliament buildings.  Finally, he will speak about the process of creating a sculpture in stone and in wood, with a few photos to illustrate the various steps.

Following the presentation, we will resume our Show and Tell session as well as the Q&A session that we intended to start last month.  Please bring your works and your questions!

And don't forget dry indoor footwear.