Wednesday, 28 February 2018

March 6 is the first Tuesday in March

Hi everyone,

This is a quick reminder that our March meeting is fast approaching.  We'll meet on Tuesday March 6 at 7 pm.  The feature presenter will be our very own Jack Forsberg (aka @jackenglishmachines) who promises to entertain and educate on a variety of topics as only he can.  He plans to share some of the experience and wisdom he's gained through many years of custom heritage renovation and carpentry work, and vintage English power tool restoration and super-tuning.  This will be a treat!

Show & Tell is definitely on.  Maybe Q&A as well.  And there will be a very short proposal with the tantalizing title YouTube and the OWA.  As always, bring a few dollars for the 50/50, cold beverages and potential spontaneous tool swap/sales.  Dry footwear, too.

See you next week,


Past President Ken Dixon's Recap of the February Meeting

Text and Photos by Ken Dixon (which is the unfortunate reason there are no photos of Ken presenting his box and jigs).
The February meeting's main presenter was Bazz on Chip Carving but first was Rob with a couple of announcements.  First, a reminder of the Kingston Wood Artisans Woodworking Symposium 2018.  With the great success of last year this year is shaping up to be even better.  The Early Bird $45 registration fee ends on the 28th of February.  After that date it goes up to $65.  For all the information go to  The other announcement was about woodworking questions.  If you have a question that you would like the group to weigh in on, you have three options: One is to write it down on the clip board that is at every meeting.  Two is to email it to  Three is to enter it into the comment section of the latest Ken Dixon Recap, like the one below.  If the clipboard gets passed around early in the meeting and the questions are posed at the end, then that method will be the fastest.  For the other two methods, email and comment, you'll have to wait until the next meeting.
Bazz a long time OWA member and Chip Carving instructor extraordinaire gave a very informative talk about his passion.  Starting with why and how he got in to it, the history behind "the poor mans carving", to the tools and techniques needed to take on such an adventure.  He had many examples of his work to help illustrate the craft.  He ended off his talk by demonstrating the basic cuts used.
After the break and after some answers to questions members had submitted with some discussion around the answers it was on to Show and Tell.  Ken Dixon started things off with one of the 28 boxes he made for a client and also the two jigs used in its making.  One is for cutting the miters on the band saw and the other for cleaning up and tweaking the miters using a hand plane.
Mark Allen was next with a beautifully crafted small box for a wedding ring that kept going missing.
James Ferris showed his beautiful mitered box and a sloyd knife and wooden sheath that he made.
Ron Hall had his oval bug eaten maple coffee table that he made.
Jack Forsberg showed his newly completed carpenters tool box.
Gary Devries had his chip carved pencil box.
To top off the evening our usual 50/50 draw was held with Wayne Richardson winning the cash and James Ferris winning a pair of Chip Carving DVDs donated by Bazz.

See you at the March 6th meeting.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Kingston Wood Artisans Symposium

The Kingston Wood Artisans are hosting a one-day symposium under the secret title "Kingston Wood Artisans Symposioum" (KWAS) on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  There is special pricing for early registration, and a web site detailing the event.  Some of our own OWA members are presenting at the KWAS.  If the link does not get you there, enter "" without the quotes into the address or search field of your browser.

February 28 is the deadline for early bird registration ($45 instead of $65).

Chip Carving with Bazz, first Tuesday in February

Our next meeting happens this Tuesday, February 6, at the usual time and place: 7 PM, Bethany Baptist Church.
The focus for the evening will be Chip Carving.  Chip carving can be done at the kitchen table with just a few hand tools and creates beautiful results.  There are three basic cuts: curved, triangular, and straight, that can be combined into an endless variety of designs.  Sylvain --Bazz-- Bazinet, a member of our club, will introduce you to chip carving techniques, tools, and everything you need to get started.
Bazz has been chip carving since 1997.  During the early years, Bazz took courses in chip carving and then competed in carving competitions in both Canada and the U.S.  He has enjoyed teaching chip carving at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels at the Visual Art Center in Orleans and at Lee Valley Tools for several years.
Bazz will also be contributing to the 50/50 draw instructional videos on Chip Carving and Relief Carving that his previous company created in 2001.  Come to enjoy Bazz's presentation.
Don't forgot to bring your indoor shoes, and if you wish, something for show and tell (or screw up and tell!).
See you next week,
OWA Secretary

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Second Tuesday in January

Judging from the turnout and general enthusiasm from the floor, Marty Schlosser's presentation on Dust Collection was resoundingly appreciated.  As Ken Dixon, Past President, was unable to attend, images and a report on the night's activities is not available for January's meeting.  But Marty has given us permission to post his PowerPoint presentation, making his Dust Collection slides available for downloading.  If clicking on the prior link doesn't do it, try entering "" without the quotes into a browser's address field.  Yeah, I hope the link works too.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Guess Whose Shop was Featured in a Fine Woodworking YouTube Video

Yup, Ben Strano of Fine Woodworking made the trip up to Carleton Place to visit non-other than our own Vic Tesolin's shop. The visit was videographed and published on YouTube on November 14th. Here's a link to the video if you'd like to see it.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Ken Dixon's Synopsis of December's Meeting

More than 50 people decided to kick off the holiday season by coming out to the annual OWA social.
With lots of yummy treats provided by the executive and some very talented members everyone enjoyed something to eat as well as coffee and soft drinks.
As in years past there was no structure to this year's gathering so everyone was able to move around visiting, checking out the show and tell items, making deals on that tool they have been looking for, and just generally enjoying a couple of hours talking all things woodworking.
Congratulations to Ken Dixon, this year's recipient of the Danny Proulx Award with Brian Greene making the presentation.  Ken has been an active member of the OWA since there were no more than 20 members.  He has been a member of the executive in almost all rolls including President and currently sits as Past President.  He continues to take care of the soft drinks and writes the monthly meeting summary for the website so people who can't make it to a meeting can read about what they missed.
By far what captured attention over the evening was the Dove Tail Challenge. Seven people took up the challenge which was originally to be a timed event but was changed to just a participation activity.
We missed getting a shot of Rob cutting tails, and Ken, the photographer, did not supply a selfie.  But you can see them both, Rob holding the saw prize just below, and Ken receiving the Danny Proulx Award above.  Brian's photo is below as well where we thank him for lugging in his Roubo style workbench for the challenge.
Participants had their names drawn for three prizes generously donated by Lee Valley Tools. The three winners were Lukasz Dybinski, Ron Hall, and Rob Suarez.  Lukasz left before the prizes were drawn, so Matt is standing in his place.
Congratulations guys and a special thanks to Brian Greene who brought in his fantastic work bench to be used by the participants.
Hoping you had a safe and happy holiday season and a great start to the new year.  See you at the next meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.