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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

September's Meeting: Second Tuesday

With the first Tuesday in September marking returns to school, the OWA Executive elected to hold the first meeting in the 2017-18 season on the second Tuesday, September 12th.  Meetings go back to the regular formula, first Tuesdays of each month, beginning in October.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

On YouTube

Chips O'Toole has a 40+ minute video on YouTube about preparing a $14 Harbor Freight plane.  His video is highly entertaining, but filled with sound advice pouring out of a sensible attitude.  I stayed the whole 40 minutes mostly for the humour.  So if you're looking for a combination of woodworking education and comedy, check out Chips O'Toole's video.  Yeah, no, that's his real name, I'm sure.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

June 2017 Meeting Synopsis by OWA President Ken Dixon

It was great to see more than 30 people come out to the last meeting of the 2016/17 season.

Ken reminded everyone about the OWA annual BBQ.  Again this year the OWA is partnering with Jack Forsberg and The Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest.  You can find all of the information at his website  So check it out and we will see you there.

Brian Greene presided over the elections this year.  Brian thanked both Ken Dixon and Mark Allen for their work as President and as Vice President/Program Coordinator respectively.
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Elected into these two roles were James Ferris and Rob Suarez.  So your new elected OWA Executive are: President James Ferris, Vic President/Program Coordinator Rob Suarez, Secretary Jeff Gleeson, Treasurer Roger Chan, and Public Relations Officer Wayne Richardson.  Congratulation gentlemen and we look forward to another excellent year.
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Jacques Jodoin took center stage as the main presenter.  Jacques has been a long standing OWA member as well as a past President.  He has also been a long time woodworker and tool collector.  Jacques gave a great virtual shop tour with stories about the basement shops he has had over the years and about the many tools both big and small he has.  With lots of slides Jacques was able to take us on an entertaining tour of his award winning shop.  Check out this video taken by Matthias Wandel of  If you ever get an invitation from Jacques to visit his shop in person it is well worth a walk around.

With that the final meeting of the 2016/17 season came to a close.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the BBQ, on July 8th and then at the first meeting in September.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
Jacques asks us to imagine his shop.  Nobody came close.

OWA Under New Management

We broke for the summer.  No monthly meeting will be held in July and August.  Nevertheless, before disbanding, Brian Greene facilitated our annual election.  The two positions that needed filling were President and Vice-President-Program-Director, having been ably filled by Ken Dixon and Mark Allen until now.  James Ferris stood for election as President, and Rob Suarez for Vice-President-Program-Director.  They won by acclamation and their election was heartily applauded by the members.  Thank you to both for undertaking these duties.

For the upcoming 2017-18 season the OWA Executive comprises:

President: James Ferris
Past President: Ken Dixon
Vice President & Program Director: Rob Suarez
Treasurer: Roger Chan
Public Relations: Wayne Richardson

Directees At Large: Gary Devries and George Fouriezos

The 2017-18 Season will open with a meeting on the first Tuesday in September.  One summer get-together, our Family BBQ, is slated for early July in concert with the Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest (see sidebar or previous news item for link).  So, until September, everyone, have a great summer!