Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 10, 7 pm

Agenda: Alabaster forms - by Guy Michaels
See his website here

President's challenge:
Spalted item

Location: Bridges Community Church,
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos


Upcoming Events

Saturday October 7, 2017
Sally Ault
Production Woodturner
Demonstration flyer here

Wednesday October 18, 7 pm
Sawdust session at Bob Bley's shop
158 Hillside Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Sunday November 12, 2017
Carl Jacobson
Woodturner and prolific Youtube purveyor
Demonstration flyer here

Past Club Meetings:

September 2017 meeting:
Jay Perrine - Spaltologist
Spalted wood and dyes for spalted wood

Jay Perrine

"Spalting is defined as any color occurrung inside wood that is caused by a fungus or fungi. Spalted wood is wood colonized by very specific types of fungi. These fungi make black lines, beautiful colors and lightened bleached area on deciduous wood."

"Calling wood spalted instead of rotten indicates that the decay has been halted before significant mass loss has occurred. Spalting implies that a certain usefulness remains in the wood." In addition to describing the physics of spalting, Jay told us of a technique to prepare dyes from the fungi which is used to color the spalting in the wood.


August 2017 meeting:
Annual club BBQ followed by
a demonstration of sanding Techniques



July 2017 meeting: Members' favorite tools


Asked to bring "your favorite tool" we saw a variety. From the more traditional, but very servicable, hand held cutting tools, to the more unusual powered high speed carving and routing tools. It was a good to see what others are doing.


June 2017 meeting: Chucking options

 Bob BleyPhil Ecudero Tom Kenyon Claude Godcharles

How does one hold a piece for turning? A simple question with many answers especially when trying to finish the bottom of a piece mostly completed using a standard scroll chuck or faceplate.
One big question: 'Should I use a vacuum chuck or a jam chuck?' This will be answered by the preference and the pocketbook of the turner.
We also saw Cole jaws, Longworth style chuck, donut chuck among others.
Thank you to those who particpated and demonstrated.


See more Past Meetings in the archive here

Past Demonstrations

Sally Ault - Saturday October 7, 2017


Sally covered a range of topics.
Jewelry...she showed us tips and techniques of making small forms that can be combined with in various ways to create a jewelry item.
Boxes...turn a box using wood or a sea urchin. She had a facinating description how to create very artisitic pieces.
See demonstration photos here
Jewelry demo handout here
Embellishing lids handout here
Making a sea urchin box handout here

Don Petit - Saturday April 29, 2017


On April 29, Mr. Don spent the day with us discussing bandsaws.

We spent the morning covering how to tune up the bandsaw. Everything from blade selection to crowning the tires. By lunch, we had a smooth operating saw. One tip we all walked away with was use BladeCoat.

After lunch we covered the jigs that Don is selling. The jigs are made for easy customization to fit any bandsaw. Helping with resawing, circle cutting, as well as making it possible to cut repeatable curves for things like Justin Beaver demonstrated for us a few years ago.

See demonstration photos here


Derek Weidman - Saturday April 1, 2017


The demonstration was held in the SVW shop at the Santa Clara High School. Derek surprised us by asking what animal we wanted to make. Among local choices, the bobcat was chosen. For those doubters among us, it seemed an impossible task. Starting with a block of wet Maple, Derek shaped the bobcat. Constantly remounting the piece, turning away some wood and remounting again, the piece took shape. Visualizing where to cut and how to mount to make that cut was an art. Each mounting was a nerve wracking experience because of concern that the piece would become air borne. But, it did not. Derek was particularly carefull in placement and locking of the headstock and tailstock.

See demonstration photos here


Brad Adams - Saturday October 29 2016

Brad Adams

The demonstration was held at the Bridges Church. Brad focuses on bowls and hollow forms with emphasis on esthetics. The wood he uses either attracts interest in itself or is decorated to create that interest or both. The demonstrtation was much about process, the how to, the descrition of tools and equipment. But it included actual turning demonstration. If you do it right, it goes quickly and easily with good results.



See more Past Demonstrations in the archive here