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So, while I enjoy getting together with you I am canceling our FEBRUARY 2017 meeting that was scheduled for this evening due to the poor weather conditions for Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning. 

Jeff has told me he is available for our March meeting. 


MWT President


Do to a fluke in the calendar the Feb and March meeting dates are the same so please kaje the necessary adjustments. This page is for the MARCH meeting.

Maine Woodturners


March 15, 2017

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Our March meeting is schedule for the 15th, in the common room at Erskine Academy, 6:30 for show and tell, with our demo from Jeff Enck starting around 7 pm.

I’m attached a couple of photos of  projects I’ve asked him to discuss.  We will have something on design, texturing, piercing, wood burning and adding color.

In case the weather is poor this Wednesday (check the weather reports if you haven’t looked ahead) I’ll post a notice by 4 pm that day if we are to cancel.

Jeff is able to do his demo in March if necessary.



Notes from the January meeting:

Since at present we do not have a newsletter editor. We extent a big “Thank you” to Brian for putting our newsletter together over the past 8 years.  I will pass on Tom’s (Our secretary) notes plus add a few of my own from time to time.

I would personally like to thank Chuck, Don and Lanny for participating in our top turning contest.  Lanny not only had the fastest time, but ended up with a round top and also took time to texture and color his – Thanks guys!!

This year Jeff Enck has brought in several pieces with much good post-turning work, including two plates in show & Tell this past meeting.  I’m in discussions with him for the demo for our February 15th meeting. (I’ve attached pictures.)

Again, please share your ideas or wishes for demo topics with me.

Here are Tom’s notes.

The January 2017 meeting of Maine Woodturners was held at Erskine Academy in South China , Maine. On Saturday the 14th. Twenty Five Members were in attendance.

President Al Mather opened the meeting at 9:35 AM and announced that Brian Libby has stepped down as our MWT Newsletter editor.

He is currently tasked with finding a member to fill this position and in finding a volunteer for our Vice Presidency.

Al received a thank you note from Erskine Academy for our donation for use of their facilities.

Chuck Seguin talked about discounts when purchasing Rikon tools and left a batch of catalogs for our use. He also said Jet tool dealers are now offering a 15% discount. Wood bonding adhesives is also offering discounts. Chuck said that Eastern Maine Woodturners will demonstrate at the Masonic Hall in Winter Harbor in late February and they will be hold a month long exhibit in June at the Hammond Hall in the same town.

Bert Truman announced that Mac Ray has supplied bags of ebony dust which is great to seal voids in burls with CA glue. Burt thanked some of us who supplied adapters for the cane project.

At 9:45 Al Mather started his demonstration on the common tools for turning. The following were demonstrated one after the other: The spindle roughing gouge, the Bedan tool, the curved skew, the detail spindle gouge, the parting tool and the bowl scraper.

At 11 AM a contest of top turning started, Chuck Seguin being first, then Don Caron followed by Lanny Dean. Judging from the results, it seems Lanny was king.

At 11:30 Al Mather hosted the Show and Tell table. Then announced that the February meeting will be on Wednesday the 15th.

The meeting ended at 11:40 AM

Tom Raymond, Sec


President, MWT

Jeff Enck Plates:

 Kim Dailey at Rocklers in South Portland


On Saturday, February 25th, I will be doing a woodturning demonstration at the Rockler store in South Portland, Maine from 10 am to 3 pm. Thanks to Rockler there isn’t a charge to attend this demo.

If you are interested in turning but have never tried it, this will be a good demo to attend. You will be able to see some of many things that can be made on a lathe. I will have handouts detailing what I recommend for tools if you are just starting out and what to add if you’ve been doing it for a while. If you’ve been turning for a while this will be a good demo for you as well. I will talk about my designs and why I do some of the things that I do.

Some of the things that you will see in the demo are the making of a pepper mill, pizza cutter, ice cream scoop, a small bowl and more pieces that can be made with Rockler’s project kits. It’s going to be a busy 5 hours and I will try to answer as many of your turning questions as I can during the demo.

I always have fun when I demo and I hope that you will come and join in on the fun!


Dailey Woodworking


 We still need a Vice President.

Is it your time to step up and take a leadership role in the chapter. Is it your time to get some insights on how a chapter helps you become a better turner and how you can help others turn safely and effectively.

Then talk to Al or Brian or Lanny or Ken about how their time as officers in the Maine Woodturners has made them better turners; better craftsmen.

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