Next Meeting March 29th 2010

The next meeting of the Nova Woodturners' Guild will be March 29th starting at 6:30 pm and will be held at Home Depot, Lacewood Drive.

There has been a change to the topic of the meeting from the published calendar.

Due bad weather in January Zalman Amit was unable to get to the meeeting. Fortunately he has been able to re-schedule for this month.

Zalman will be talking about carving, piercing and colouring turned work.

Some of Zalman's work which has been on display at the Peer Gallery in Lunenberg can be seen here and Ted Monk's blog has an account of a previous presentation of Zalman's in February 2009.

Fun Turn

The display of Fun Turn pieces (remember that nice lump of mahogany you got last September?) has been postponed until the April Meeting.

So if you are still waiting for that block to "speak to you" and haven't found your inspiration yet you now have an extra month ....

Gallery Page

The gallery page is open for non-members to view (unless members set permissions otherwise) , but not to post.

In order that it can be verified that a poster is actually a member of the guild, could members please use an identifiable name when applying to join - not a series of random letters, their dog's name or their favourite comic book character! :-)

Courses Available

NSCCD's current schedule is now online with a number of woodturning courses taught by David Wilkins, including use of the skew, hollow turning and others.

Lee Valley's Spring Seminar Schedule is now also online. Courses of interst to woodturners include Drilling on the Lathe, Turning a Captive Ring Rattle and Care and use of Chainsaws.

Check out the Education tab above.

February Meeting

(The "February" Meeting was actually held on March 6th this year in order to fit in with Lee Valley's week of events promoting woodturning in Nova Scotia.)

Cherry Burl vase

During the week prior to the last meeting those visiting Lee Valley were treated to a selection of work produced by the Guild and entered for the annual competition. Over 40 pieces were on display in three large glass cases and the variety and quality of work is a tribute to our members.

Pieces on display were turned from a wide range of domestic and exotic woods and included everything from furniture to functional. Some were small, some were large, some were laminated, some were pierced, some were carved, some were woodburned - all in all a fantastic display showing the diversity of work produced by the members of the Nova Woodturners Guild.

Saturday's well-attended meeting was the culmination of the week, with prizes being awarded for faceplate and spindle turning in Beginner, Intermediate and Open categories.

As well as the category winners, each year the People's Choice Award goes to the member whose piece has received the most votes from the public during the week of the competition. This year's worthy winner was Don Moore for his beautiful cherry burl vase with scorched edges. (The burl had been retrieved from a fire hence the scorching!) Don was awarded the Warman Castle Trophy, named after the late Warman Castle, a founding member of the Guild and friend and mentor to many members.

Don Accepting Award

Thanks must go to Lee Valley and in particular Scott Croucher for their work in once again hosting this event, to the judges, Steve Kennard, Zalman Amit and G. Heyn for all of their work spent on what can't have been an easy task, to our sponsors (Lee Valley, BusyBee Tools, Atlantic Air Cooled Engines SIA, General International, Acme Signs, Don Moore, Darrell Eisner, Dave Wilkins, Rideout Tools, Prime Fasteners Newsbreak Café,Woodmaster Tools and Halifax Specialty Hardwoods) who provided prizes for the competition, and of course to all of the members who entered their work for display.

Competition Winners

Face Plate Turning:

  • 1st Maureen Simpson
  • 2nd Maureen Simpson
  • 3rd Ted Monk
  • 1st Gordon Marshall
  • 2nd Ian Scott
  • 3rd Edgil Tanner
  • 1st Don Moore
  • 2nd Richard Ford
  • 3rd Doug McGuire

Spindle Turning:

  • 1st Maureen Simpson
  • 2nd Jamie Bradley
  • 3rd Maureen Simpson
  • 1st Norm Jolivet
  • 2nd Ian Scott
  • 3rd Dan Graham
  • 1st Brad Sorrell
  • 2nd Don Moore
  • 3rd Darrell Eisner

A gallery of the work submitted for the competition has already been added to the Gallery page - thanks for that, Glenn and thanks to Chris for providing the photos.

Contact Glenn on:

Spruce Burls For Sale

Spruce Burls

Would any members of your turners guild be interested in Spruce root burls? I have four available, the largest is about 8 inches in diameter and the smallest 6 inches. They were cut about two years ago so they are dry. I would like $20.00 each.


Mike Mahoney's Workshop

Calabash Bowl

As part of Lee Valley's woodturning week prior to the competition Mike Mahoney ran a number of seminars.

Ted Monk attended one of these and an account can be seen on his Woodworkers' Guide blog, as well as the very nice calabash bowl which he produced at the seminar.