Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Source of Hardwood

New Local Wood Supplier:
Antidote is an arborist company located in Gatineau, Quebec which sells some of the wood it harvests.  Ash, silver maple, sugar maple, elm, cherry, and spruce are generally available, along with other, sporadically available, species.  For pictures, videos, and stories, visit  Or contact Guillaume Duchesne by email at or by phone at (819)503-4543.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

December's OWA Party.  Did I say that out loud?  I mean Meeting: December OWA Meeting.

Our Holiday Season meeting will forego our typical meeting format.  As with previous years, we are going to go with the socializing theme.  We want to encourage all members to participate and to do so, we have a number of themed exhibits:

1. Food and Drink - As normal, the OWA will provide some food and drinks (yes, the coffee will be decaf) but as we know, woodworkers are also great bakers so feel free to bring whatever holiday treats you see fit.  I've promised to expose some people to some traditional Polish Poppy Seed Cake (makowiec); sounds gross but tastes pretty good for a bunch of little black seeds and pastry.

2. Tool Sale - It's a great time to visit your "Island of Misfit Toys"; pack up those infrequently used tools and see if you can find some willing members to do an exchange for them.  Usually, that involves money, but don't let that stop you.  I'm willing to exchange tools for putting tiles in my kitchen. I'm sure there are some deals that could be found.  The more tools to select from, the better.

3. Show No Tell Exhibition - Did you make something made of wood in the past 10 years?  Do you get tongue-tied when presenting to crowds of people larger than 1?  Do you have a desire to be a ninja?  We have the answer.  Bring it on in, put it on a table and show people that you know what the sharp end of a chisel is without saying a single word.  Of course, if you do happen to strike up a conversation about your masterpiece, that's OK too.

4. Stocking Stuffer/Gifts - Why did we all become woodworkers in the first place?  Cheaper gifts?  Making things for SWMBO?  Help your fellow members out by bringing your homemade gifts and add them to the exhibition so they can steal your ideas to make gifts for their own families and friends.

So there we are; hopefully there is something here for everyone to enjoy.  See you on Dec 6th.

Mark Allen,
OWA Program Director

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Meeting Recap by Ken Dixon, November 2016

For the November meeting 38 people attended to hear Jacques Breau but first Mark had some club business to talk about.

The December meeting will be our usual Christmas social.  The Executive will be supplying some food and drink and coffee.  They do ask for people to bring in some Christmas baking to help round out the festivities.  There will also be a tool sale.  If you have some tools that are collecting dust and would like to find a new home, put a price to them and bring them in.  Who knows, you may make some money to buy more tools.  This meeting will also be our Show-Don't-Tell.  We are doing away with our usual Show & Tell format and encouraging you to bring in what you have been creating in your shop.  You can lay it out for all to see but not have to get up and give a formal presentation.  We also want to see the Stocking Stuffers and Christmas presents you might be slaving away on.  Finished or not all are welcome.

Jacques Breau was our main presenter for the evening.  His presentation "What would Karen do?" was about a series of wall cabinets and shelves and the trials and tribulations he has gone through in making one of the cabinets.  As always with Jacques it was a very insightful, funny, and educational presentation with lots of participation from the audience.  His two sliding doors were fraught with peril but the end result, as always, is a great looking piece of woodworking.

After the break Jacques took the stage again to give a tour through some of the woodworking related Instagram sites he follows.  He will continue to update us on the goings on with selected ones.

To cap off the evening was Show & Tell.  Ken Dixon had a memory box that is a dry run for the actual one he is making for a client.  Gary Devries had a prototype three legged stool with a three way stretcher that was a challenge to get correct and get together.  Mark Allen had his entry into Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement magazine pallet build contest which was a beer tote.  He also had a traditional Western style hand saw that he did a simple modification on to make it into a Japanese style pull saw for resawing.

Have a safe and productive month and we will see everyone December 6.

Ken Dixon,
OWA President

Friday, 23 September 2016

Woodworks 2016 Cancellation

By now you've heard that Woodworks 2016 has been cancelled.  We thank the planning committee headed by the chair Wayne Richardson, along with the team at the Perth Campus of Algonquin College Heritage Institute for their hard work.  Today, 23-September, would have been the first day of the conference.  Please join in a moment of silence at your convenience.

Monday, 15 August 2016

2016-17 Season Opens on September 6 at 7 PM

Here's the first half of the letter you received from our new Secretary, Jeff Gleeson.  Evidently Paul trained him to a T, but then again Paul spoiled us to expect nothing but the best from our secretary.  Join me in welcoming Jeff.  Here below is the first half of his letter:

Greetings all,

This is a 'save the date' email to let you know that the first meeting of the 2016-17 OWA calendar will take place Tuesday September 6 at the usual location of Bethany Baptist Church.  Karen McBride will be our main presenter, showing us a technique replicating 3 dimensional parts using cold casting.  There will be no secondary talk; instead you are are encouraged to bring in updates about projects you've been working on over the summer for a larger show and tell session.  We will provide a more detailed description a week prior the meeting, as normal.

Also, you have likely received an invite to Woodworks 2016 Conference happening September 23-25 in Perth.  Just a reminder that your registration needs to be in by September 2 to receive a t-shirt, and the deadline for entries for the Wood Objects Exhibition is also September 2.

Finally, please see below for some opportunities and offers that may be of interest.

Jeff Gleeson (New) Secretary, OWA

The second half of his letter contains the special deals and purchase opportunities directed to members in good standing with the OWA.  Sure, the important information about meetings is published here, but if you're shopping for good deals on lumber and maybe the odd tool, take a second look at the email you received from Jeff.