President's Message

First off I would like to wish everyone a "HAPPY NEW YEAR" and hope that everyone had a great holiday season.

Our next meeting is going to be held at HOME DEPOT in Halifax. I would like to thank Rona for their hospitality for the last two meetings that we held at their store, but as you all know that it did not work out well, so we will be moving to the Home Depot store in Bayers Lake. Thanks to David for setting this up.

On a sad note I would like to let everyone know that long time guild member {approximately 10 years} John Barter has passed away. I am sure that everyone would join me in offering their condolences to John's wife.


Next Meeting - January 18th

The January Meeting of the Nova Woodturners Guild will be January 18 starting at 6:30 pm and will be held at Home Depot. Note the time and venue change.

The topic is carving, piercing and coloring turned work; Zalman Amit will be the speaker for the evening. Don't forget to bring the items you have turned over the Christmas and New Year break


Venue: Home Depot, Lacewood Drive

Location of Home Depot Meetings

Access to the meeting room is from outside the store only.

Parking is available opposite the garden centre. Down past the garden centre (fenced area) is the door that leads to the training room we will be using.

December Meeting

John Speaking

For the December meeting we were fortunate to have John Macnab as the speaker. John recently won this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Master Arts Award for his piece entitled CSDC 3-8 (Compound Spiral Double Cone No. 3, 8 Sided). This sculpture is a 25-foot long spiral sculpture turned from red spruce. It is best described as, “Suspended horizontally, it presents a floating form of lyrical grace and simplicity that belies the complexity of its production and its remarkable cross-disciplinary origins.”

John gave an interesting and informative talk on competition preparation, form and artist’s intent.

He brought in a number of pieces to illustrate his comments on form including various pieces of pottery and a Japanese vase, as well as a piece of his own - an ‘Owl’ sculpture - to explain his concepts in further detail.In addition to the visual impact this piece gave to John’s explanations it also clearly brought home the fact that technique is not just skill, but innovation combined with skill.

Owl Sculpture

When discussing competition entry, he pointed out that a judge will search for purity of intent. If you state an intention of function or design development, this is what is looked for. Did you succeed and how well? Is it executed so that it works? Experiment, be playful and use the variations found in the wood. John brought along a number of items to demonstrate the concept.

In work for a gallery show, John suggested that the things looked for are technique, something fresh and new, and he encouraged those who wish to enter this area to be innovative and develop a unifying theme. Also they should show a progression of personal growth.

John then examined a number of pieces which members had brought in for the show and tell. They included several bowls, a pepper mill, a Christmas ornament and more. Each was was critiqued and constructive criticism offered for each piece.

Pieces by Glenn McCarron, Dave Wilkins, Richard Ford,Maureen Simpson and Dale Rayner

In the course of this a number of useful things were mentioned. For instance:

  • Sanding. Hold the power sander firmly and dont let it dip into the soft bark or spalted areas.
  • By maintaining the curve of the turning through soft material, or voids, it allows the eye to follow the curve even if nothing is here.
  • Applewood could be the East Coast's version of madrone due to its ability (or curse) of distorting as it dries. He sees a potential in it as a regional item.
  • John Speaking

    To lighten up the rest of the evening, John brought in a whipping top and discussed turning/playing with it. Many variations were also remembered and discussed.

    Once again this article only gives a brief outline of what was a very worthwhile and enlightening meeting. Thanks, John.

    Guild Woodturning Competition 2010

    The December meeting finished with the Competition Sub-Committee discussing our upcoming competition which is to be held on March 6th, 2010 at Lee Valley.

    All competition submissions must be in by February 27th and setup of the display will take place on March 1st

    Members are reminded that the three documents for the 2010 competition, and copies of the rules are available to download on the documents section of the website.

    The awards will be presented at Lee Valley on Saturday March 6th.