Maine Woodturners/

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Date Location Event
Jan.  20, 2013 Erskine Academy Peter McCrea: Demonstrated Turning a Urn.UrnDemoHandout (1)
December 2012 Erskine Academy A great Christmas Party wrapped up with the unwrapping of all of the wonderful gifts from the Yankee Swap.
November 2012 Erskine Academy Jacques Vesery Turned three different yet similar forms. then proceeded to share insights into the good, bad and the ugly. An inspiring evening.
October 2012 Erskine Academy Beth Ireland came to visit from Mass. and give us a tremendous about of information on her current turnings and her exploits in educating America on turning.
Sept. 2012 Erskine Academy Chuck Seguin: basic spindle turning and Multi Axis turning Demonstration
June 2012 Erskine Academy Dick Kelly shared his” useless but useful”tools
May 17, 2012 Erskine Academy  Ken Shepherd showed us how to create a large finial thing.
April 2012 Erskine Academy Lanny Dean: Burls and things that turn differently
March 2012 Erskine Academy Bob Delio worked on embellishing his work and how to do some nice little things to make major gains in the looks of your turnings
Feb 2012 Erskine Academy David Lancaster gave us the Bowl basic course.
Janruary 2012 Erskine Academy Gary Kitchen turned a Wedding finial
December 2011 Erskine Academy Another great Christmas Party wrapped up with the unwrapping of all of the wonderful gifts from the Yankee Swap.
November 16, 2011  Erskine Academy David Ramsay came with a grin, a smile and no fear. Our members sat on the edge of their seats as his soft spoken words came over the lathe. Almost like he was talking to himself and we were the fly on the wall. His favorite answer to the question,” What tool are you using”, is “That’s my 3/8 inch parting tool.”  Oh, yeah, he made a fantastic box with a matching cover.
October 29, 2011 Lou Landry’s Shop in Boothbay Lou shared his workshop with our Sawdust  Session  members by working a “green piece “ on his mill and coring it to save wood and hallowing it with his deep hallowing bar. Of Course the conversation led to a hands on experience and a lot of “Here’s how I do it” conversation.
October 8, 2011 Erskine Academy Clay Foster and Jennifer Shirley Shared the Erskine lathe with a MULTI AXIS TURNING and walked us through the creative process of embellishing the form. From egg shells to propane torching, from chipping to pyrographics this Saturday was a day to remember.
September 17, 2011  Erskine Academy Alan Carter gave us more then a thin stem goblet to gawk at and drool over. He gave us an amazing attitude to the work process that you have to create when attempting to make a thin, wafer thin or thinner stem and marry it to a thin walled goblet. Color, texture and form are the challenges he faces to bring his wok to a different level.
June 15, 2011  Erskine Academy Slick Tricks Night hosted by Ken Shepherd with Tom Raymond, Lanny Dean, Dave Russell and Brian Libby stepping up to pontificate and orate about how they are cheating Father Time with their SLICK TRICKS and other good habits. The SHOW ‘N TELL gave the makers of the show piece to explain themselves and answer the snowball questions the members asked. See the DVD.
May 21, 2011  Erskine Academy Marilyn Campbell from Ontario, Canada put the MWT in the thick of things with her liquid wood and ”parts of bowls” ideas. Epoxy is the name of her game. She sets all the rules and wins the game every time.  This was a World Class demonstration.
April 20, 2011 Erskine Academy Al Mather came to town and left us with shavings of carrots and rutabagas as he skewed vegetables in demonstrating the use of the dreaded SKEW. He also, shared many insights about how to be a production turner. Next time maybe Al will make  shred cabbage  and carrots and make a Cole slaw dressing?
March 16, 2011 Erskine Academy Ann Prescott demonstrated her goblet making with the new Easy Wood Tools with  carbide cutters. Her knowledge and skill in using these new tools gave the members an insight of the tools of the future. Roughing and finishing cuts just came easier with Ann leading the way 
February 19 & 20, 2011 Erskine Academy David Lancaster (who needs no introduction) graciously spent two days putting on back to back day long sessions which he called, “The Complete Bowl”. Proceeds from this special demo have been earmarked towards the acquisition of new video gear. With a great turn out on each day, great headway was made on our fundraising goal.
Thanks, David.
January 19, 2011 Erskine Academy A crummy snowy night resulted in a smaller than normal turnout for Mark Irving’s peppermill demo. But that’s okay. The small size allowed for an intimate gathering with plenty to learn and plenty to talk about. That the demo was yet one more example of Mark’s skill at the lathe seemed icing on the cake. Thanks, Mark.
December 15, 2010 Erskine Academy Another great Christmas Party wrapped up with the unwrapping of all of the wonderful gifts from the Yankee Swap.
November 17, 2010 Erskine Academy Dave Lancaster presented yet another fine demo on platter turning.
October 30, 2010 Erskine Academy World weary traveler Graeme Priddle from Whangarei, New Zealand stopped by to spend the day with us. We thought we were to be treated to a woodturning demonstration. We were, but the day was so much more and zipped by far too fast. We are gonna have to get this guy back again. Thanks, Graeme. Great Stuff!
September 24 – 26, 2010 Union, Maine Numerous members of our club joined forces with numerous members of the Southern Maine Woodturners and Western Mountain Woodturners along with the Woodturning School to promote woodturning at The Common Ground Fair.
September 18 & 19, 2010 Augusta Armory Andy Hoyt and Ken Shepherd spent the weekend demoing, schmoozing, and promoting woodturning in Maine at the 24th annual Downeast Woodcarvers Show.
September 15, 2010 Erskine Academy In lieu of a President’s Challenge, we held a Challenge the Presidents. MWT president Ken Shepherd joined forces with president Gary Rowland of Western Mountain Woodturners and Damon Harmon of the Southern Maine Woodturners in a friendly competition to turn a bowl from identical cherry blanks. Judged by a panel of “experts” representing each club, the winning club was then to pick a winner from within its own membership to attend a class at the Woodturning School. Film at eleven!
June 26, 2010 Erskine Academy As Andy Hoyt transferred the chapter’s presidency to Ken Shepherd, and Gene Beaupre assumed the office of Vice President, the club closed out the current demo season with a visit by Denise DeRose from Oakland, California. We spent the day glued to our seats as she demonstrated the turning and fabrication of a handful of different styles of her most unique wooden purses. Thanks Denise – we enjoyed your demo with its intimate and friendly approach a great deal. I feel confident that our Show and Tell sessions this fall will showcase numerous local efforts inspired by your presence here. Please come back again, soon!
June 12, 2010 Erskine Academy The first of our two sessions this month had us in the chairs for a wonderful presentation by past AAW President Dave Barriger who came up from Apoka, Florida. The mission was nothing more than a natural edge bowl; but the execution of it went far beyond that simple mandate. Thanks, Dave. It was a splendid day.
May 17, 2010 Erskine Academy Our Mystery Guest for this month’s session turned out to be none other than our own Jacques Vesery who presented a wonderful slideshow of his work and that of other world class turners with whom he’s acquainted. The focus of the evening’s discussion was on color and how various approaches to its application can have a profound effect on the finished work. Thanks for spending your valuable time with us Jacques. It is appreciated in the very finest sense of that word.
April 21, 2010 Erskine Academy The Three Amigos made their triumphant return for our April meeting. Peter McCrea, Tom Raymond, and Andy Hoyt joined forces to produce an Alan Lacer-inspired turned mailbox post out of some Eastern White Cedar.
March 17, 2010 Erskine Academy This was a monthly meeting of a different flavor. The night was spent enjoying one another’s fellowship while we auctioned off all sorts of goodies from the dark regions of the club’s storage cabinet and a whole bunch of cherry burl donated by a most gracious friend of the club. And a few pieces of Herbie, as well! I was amazed by the size of the night’s proceeds, and especially gratified by the spirited and fun bidding.We also selected the piece that will soon be sent off to the Treknow Turners in Great Britain as part of our, ahem, Cultural Exchange Program. Thanks to all members who submitted a plethora of great pieces to consider. And special congratulations go out to Damon Harmon whose mind bending turning was chosen to be our ambassador.
February 13, 2010 Erskine Academy Ken Lindgren came up from Massachusetts and presented a thought provoking lecture on what to turn; why to turn it; what to do with it when it’s done; and numerous other considerations. While it wasn’t what one would call a “regular demo” it was, nonetheless a day spent immersed in loftier notions. Thanks, Ken!
January 17, 2010 Erskine Academy Donna Banfield drove up from Derry, New Hampshire today for a special Sunday demo on her face grain open vase (or trumpet) form. It was a very entertaining and most informative afternoon. We’ll be forever grateful to Donna for coming up on short notice to attend to our need for a monthly demo fix.  Mucho Gracias!
December 16, 2009 Erskine Academy Another terrific Christmas Party! Lots of great food, chocolate, and an awesome Mac Ray piece were the highlights. But at the end of the night Corbin had my jellybeans.
I will be avenged!
November 18, 2009 Erskine Academy Professional logger and certified forester Pete Tracy of Farmington came down to present an abbreviated version of his Chainsaw Safety Lecture that we’d planned for last June (an outdoor event which got rained out). But no matter, tonight’s presentation was exactly what we needed. Tons of information on gear, technique, and awareness was put forth in an entertaining session. Thanks, Peter. You nailed it.
October 21, 2009 Erskine Academy Longtime member John Ramsay put on a great demo showcasing his approach to turning all manner of things thin. Real thin. Excellent demo, John. Thanks!
September 12, 2009 Erskine Academy Even though he’s in denial about his cheesehead status we invited Alan Lacer back for another information packed day. And while the focus was primarily on sharpening, he also turned a few items. But his true achievement of the day was that he sent us all home thinking. Thanks, Alan!
May 20, 2009 Erskine Academy Tonight, we sought to have a bit of fun (again) with another round of an Open Mic Night. A series of mini-demos ensued covering a full range of topics. Thanks all.
April 15, 2009 Erskine Academy Past President Mark Irving demonstrated his Evolutionary Boxes for us tonight.
Fun, casual, informative, and chock full of Mark’s notorious 36-grit humor.
Thanks for stepping in to help out with practically no notice, Mark. A great night!
March 18, 2009 Erskine Academy ‘twas a great night of spurtles and spuddles from two accomplished makers – Mike Chase and Peter McCrea. Two different techniques and styles; but both resulted in an entertaining night and continued insights in how to do things differently yet achieve similar great results. Thanks guys!
February 14, 2009 Erskine Academy Guest demonstrator Ralph Tursini came over from Cambridge, Vermont and treated us to a wonderful day of back to basics. Intellectual explanations of why something is done in one fashion or another and why one might be better or worse was a recurring theme for the day. Thanks, Ralph – we learned!
January 17, 2009 Erskine Academy A special day with a special guest demonstrator – Johannes Michelsen. A truly amazing display of masterful woodturning. Take a fifty pound lump of frozen maple and turn it into an eight ounce work of art – all in one day! Wow!
December 16, 2008 Erskine Academy Hey! No snow cancellation this time. Our annual Christmas Potluck Party and Yankee swap went off without a hitch. The food and fellowship was top notch as was the subterfuge and chicanery. Will it be those lottery tickets from Burt or that itty bitty bowl by Mac? Where will Mark Irving figure in all this?
November 19, 2008 Erskine Academy Once more into the breech! We tapped none other than Dave Lancaster to put on tonight’s demo. Don’t you just love it when a master such as Dave is so willing to support our group. His demo focused on turning two smaller bowls (one natural edge) with yet another mounting method. He then invited Joan Coleman to the front of the room for a dual tango with a spindle roughing gouge. I learned, and I laughed. Thanks, Dave!
October 11, 2008 Erskine Academy The membership was treated to a fabulous all day session put on by Keith Tompkins of Tivoli, NY. The focus was on the design and fabrication of his signature Spiral Form; and his approach to this was most refreshing. He showed us how he does it, and then invited us  to fill in the creative blanks so that when we try it, it will be our form, too. A great day. Thanks, Keith!
September 17, 2008 Erskine Academy Damon Harmon put on an entertaining and informative demo about the creation of a femisphere. This is a highly complex and technical turning exercise and he did a fabulous job of taking us through the process with a  simple and straightforward approach that even I understood. Thanks, Damon.
June 18, 2008 Erskine Academy About twenty-five members participated in tonight’s Tops for Kids turnathonaganza. With the two Erskine Oneways and five shanghaied minis belonging to various members we achieved our goal for the night and produced a BIG bowl full of tops for the kids down at the Portland Hospital. A different kind of night for us; and it was a lot of fun.Tonight also represented the end of Peter McCrea’s stewardship as president of the chapter. I know I speak for everyone, Peter, when I say, “Well Done, and Thank You!”
May 21, 2008 Erskine Academy Chapter Secretary Tom Raymond demo’d for us tonight with the topic between Spindle Replication. It just so happens that the key to this is to exercise patience and plan ahead for the project. Thanks, Tom. Once again we all learned some new stuff.We also elected Andy Hoyt to be our new President and Ken Shepherd to be the new Vice President. Their two-year terms will commence after the summer break.
April 12, 2008 Erskine Academy Jacques Vesery took us on a highly informative and most entertaining powerpoint presentation on the elements of good design. This included an in depth analysis of his work (even the bad stuff, as if that were possible!) and that of other established turners on the national scene. Art aint easy.   Thanks, Jacques. The session was most helpful.
March 19, 2008 Erskine Academy Gary Rowland came down from Jay to present his methods for producing open segmented forms. The meticulous preparation and attention to detail required of this turning style is extreme. But so are the results. Well done, Gary!The Tee Shirt Contest has come to an end. Appreciation goes out to all participants and congrats  to our two winners – Jacques Vesery and an anonymous long lost member.
February 20, 2008 Erskine Academy Another McCrea inspired first for the club (at least as far as I know) took place tonight as we were treated to fifteen separate mini-demos by ten different members. It ran the full gamut of topics, too – from alternative mounting methods and drying methods to tool making and mini-mini-mini lathes and on to design layout and tool leverage. Well done to all.
January 16, 2008 Erskine Academy One again, we were treated to an entertaining and informative evening by none other than Peter Asselyn – the former Mr. Air and and the new Mr. Thin (as in no-fear-lampshade-thin, that is). I dunno about the rest of you, but I’ll be trying this soon.
December 19, 2007   Christmas Party canceled due to bad weather.
November 28, 2007 Erskine Academy We’ve seen this guy turn a bowl more than once. Way more. But every time Dave Lancaster steps up to demo we learn something new. Including tonight’s definition of a death grip! Thanks, Dave. Another in-the-park home run for sure.
October 17, 2007 Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Rockport, Maine
A monthly meeting of a different sort this time. We met at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery where member Jacques Vessery gave an inspiring talk on the emergence of woodturning as an art form over the last sixty years. It included observations on submitted pieces from such luminaries as Stocksdale, Osolnik, Stirt, Burchard, Jordan, Scarpino, and Ellsworth (plus many more).
September 22, 2007 Erskine Academy The return from our summer hiatus was made even more special by a fabulous day spent with Ashland, Oregon’s Christian Burchard. His laid back approach to turning without benefit of fancy chucks or other gear was highlighted with a demonstration of his madrone baskets and a sphere. He also treated us to a supportive approach to critiquing pieces that left all parties enriched and encouraged. Thanks, Christian!
June 9, 2007 Erskine Academy We spent the day with guest demonstrator Matthew Hill from Oklahoma City who mesmerized us by spinning boxes with sharp pointy legs, adding colored dyes to his pieces, and all manner of down home good natured humor. Thanks, Matthew!
May 16, 2007 Erskine Academy Chapter VP (and webguy) Andy Hoyt terrified the evening’s attendees with the turning of a winged  bowl from a dry block of cherry. While no one was injured during the demo, there was at least one moment when the subject of Line of Fire was quickly debated, defined, and evacuated. He (me, myself, and I) then went on to lead the group in a discussion of the evenings remarkable Show & Tell pieces.We also learned tonight that our website was awarded first place in the annual AAW Website Competition. Yes, I’m honored by the distinction, but equal praise must go to the membership for their ongoing valuable participation in club activities which has made the development of the site both easy and fun for me. Thanks, folks.
April 18, 2007 Erskine Academy Chapter President Peter McCrea demonstrated the precise steps involved with turning a walking stick for us in mahogany The extremely tight tolerances he worked with was shown to be not as difficult as previously thought. He then continued with our new tradition wherein the night’s demonstrator led the critique and discussion during the Show and Tell session following his demo.
March 21, 2007 Erskine Academy Member Chuck Hargenrader put on a Peppermill turning demo for the club this evening. He began with a slide show of some of his prior work and then turned a most attractive walnut Peppermill. This was followed by his discussion of tonight’s Show and Tell pieces.
February 21, 2007 Erskine Academy Captain Ken Shepherd entertained us tonight with an exceptional demo on turning end grain goblets. He then went on to perform the critique and lead the discussion for the Show & Tell portion of the evening.
January 17, 2007 Erskine Academy Our own Ken Keoughan demo’d his “Tall Elegant Vases” tonight with an impressive slideshow and a how-to discussion. This was followed up with his wife Katharina joining him for another great Show & Tell evaluation of those pieces submitted by the membership.
December 13, 2006 Round Top Our annual Christmas Party took place tonight. Great food, great company, and a great Yankee Swap. Merry Christmas, everyone!
November 15, 2006 Erskine Academy A special night for sure. A David Lancaster night to be exact. We were treated to an entertaining and informative session on sharpening just about everything and anything. From chainsaws to gouges to toenail clippers, as I recall. Then David rewarded those who brought in turnings for our newly formatted Show & Tell with an honest and frank assessment of each piece.Thanks, Dave!
October 21, 2006 Erskine Academy A blustery yet beautiful fall day found the membership treated to a full Saturday session with Malcolm Tibbetts. Armed with a most professional Powerpoint presentation and a wonderful stage presence, he took on on a tour through the creation of many of his well known pieces; clued us in to some of his trickier techniques; and demonstrated many of them as well.
September 16, 2006 Erskine Academy Bob and Susan Rosand from Bloomsburg, PA stopped by for a day-long demo on everything from miniature acorn birdhouses; his signature globe ornaments; his new line of “Mac Ray unnatural edge ring holders”; tops; confetti lamps; and lots more. Susan also provided wonderful insight into the painting with which she embellishes Bob’s pieces.
June 17, 2006 Erskine Academy Al Stirt came over from Enosburg Falls, VT to spend a day showing us how to get it done. What a truly nice fellow he is; as well as a magician with a lathe.
May 17, 2006 Erskine Academy Tonight’s demo was all about bottoms. Bowl bottoms, that is; and how to execute the necessary cuts to produce a finished appearance given the restraints of various mounting techniques.The demo was put on by The Three Amigos (outgoing president Mark Irving, Secretary Tom Raymond, and incoming president Peter McCrea).
April 22, 2006 Erskine Academy Our annual tool making session was held today; and all hands took turns producing hook tools based on the guidance provided last fall by Alan Lacer while under the tutelage of Bob Hackett. Since the actual production only used about half of those in attendance, everyone got a chance to do so while also spending time with Skewmaster Al Mather polishing those skills and turning some handles too.
March 16, 2006 Erskine Academy Past President Peter Asselyn turned a natural edge bowl from an old burl donated by Bob Morrill. Typical  demo by Peter – noisy, entertaining, informative, and really really dusty.
February 15, 2006 Erskine Academy Member Mac Ray put on a demo of various finishing and embellishment techniques to a full house. Piercing; use of gesso; needles guns; and more.
January 18, 2006   Regular monthly meeting cancelled due to storm caused power outage at Erskine.
December 16, 2005   Christmas Party cancelled due to bad weather and icy road conditions.
December 14, 2005 Western Mountain Woodturners
Dixfield, Maine
Mark Irving repays the favor to the Western Mountain Woodturners by putting on a rolling pin demo at their monthly meeting.
November 16, 2005 Erskine Academy Member Kim Dailey put on a detailed and informative session on pen turning. Who knew there was so much to consider. And Kim, all of us are happy to see you up and around again.
October 8, 2005 Erskine Academy We were treated to a wonderful all-day demo by the honorable and generous Michael Hosaluk – recent recipient of Canada’s Saidye Bronfman Award. We saw a lot of shavings from numerous pieces, but the highlights were the ladle and “The Box”.
September 10, 2005 Erskine Academy None other than the inimitable Alan Lacer put on an all-day demo that covered a ton of great stuff. From the pros and cons of various skew designs and how to sharpen them;  to making hook tools. Demo’d his technique on the skew and hook tool while turning some sacrificial pine and then made a small lidded box from White Ash. Good fun and very entertaining.
August 14, 2005 Maine Boats and Harbors Show
Rockland, Maine
Two of Peter Asselyn’s “Airborne Vessels” were discovered in a furniture builder’s display booth. They were used to accesorize the display, and it sure worked. They looked great.
July 25, 2005 Everywhere Our website is up and running smoothly now. The official word goes out.
June 16, 2005 Everywhere The new website gets posted, but it’s full of glitches that need fixing.
June 15, 2005 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. President Mark Irving puts on a rolling pin demo.
May 14, 2005 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Dave Lancaster honchos an all day tool making session. The focus was on tool rests. Straight, curved, long, or otherwise.
April 20, 2005 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Club Secretary Tom Raymond and member Al Mather conduct a demo on Inside Out Turning. Different techniques produce the same great results.
March 16, 2005 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Club VP Peter McCrea puts on a demo covering “Boxes with a Pop”.
March 10, 2005 Wilmington, Delaware Member Steve Gleasner is selected by Crafts Report Magazine as “One of Ten People to Watch in American Craft 2005”.  Way to go, Steve!
February 16, 2005 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Dave Lancaster puts on Part Two of his “Twice Turned Bowls” demo. Fantastic!
January 19, 2005 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Dave Lancaster, club founder and honorary lifetime member puts on Part One of his “Twice Turned Bowls” demo. Introduces membership to Pinocchio.
December 15, 2004 Round Top Christmas Party. Potluck and Yankee Swap.
November 17, 2004 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Past president Peter Asselyn puts on a demo titled, “Turning Air”. Also demo’d the Jamieson Hollowing Rig and an amazing new kind of face shield.
October 20, 2004 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Member Guy Marsden puts on a great demo about digitally photographing your turned pieces.
September 15, 2004 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Guest demonstrator Beth Ireland puts on an entertaining demo about turning  bowls with epoxied elements.
May 22 & 23, 2004 Erskine Academy Nick Cook spent the weekend with us showing us how to produce all sorts of wonderful things.
April 21, 2004 Erskine Academy Mark Irving elected as new Chapter President
February 18, 2004 Erskine Academy Regular monthly meeting. Member Stephen Gleasner puts on a great demo about his Ringed Bowls.
December 17, 2003 Erskine Academy Christmas Party with Yankee Swap
November 19, 2003 Erskine Academy Member Ken Keoughan puts on a demo about his somewhat technical multiple piece turnings.
October 15, 2003 Erskine Academy Club VP Mark Irving demonstrated his techniques for a natural edge bowl.
September 20 & 21, 2003 Erskine Academy Guest demonstrator Bruce Hoover from Virginia put on a two day affair that covered everything from shop tips to sanding; with a little bit of turning thrown in as well.
June 14, 2003 Erskine Academy Bob Hackett & Burt Truman honcho an all day Tool Making session.
May 21, 2003 Erskine Academy Mac Ray puts on a demonstation of some of his work and turning techniques.
April 16, 2003 Erskine Academy David Lancaster turned a dry 14” Western Big Leaf Maple Burl.
March 19, 2003 Erskine Academy Tom Raymond demonstrated the art of preparing and turning a segmented form.
February 19, 2003 Poland Spring Metal Spinning Co.
Poland Spring, ME
Company owner Michael Angelone took us through the steps to transform a flat piece of metal into a graceful round form.
January 15, 2003 Erskine Academy Dave Lancaster puts on a Tool Sharpening demo.
December 18, 2002 Erskine Academy Traditional Yankee Swap and Pot Luck Dinner
November 22, 2006 Woodworkers Warehouse
Augusta, Maine
President Peter Asselyn demos for the public!
November 20, 2002 Erskine Academy Furniture maker Christian Becksvoort was our guest demonstrator for tonight’s meeting and began with a slide show of the Maine Shalker Village. He went on to discuss all things Shaker and described how turnings influenced their work.
October 16, 2002 Erskine Academy VP Mark Irving spent the evening showing us how to turn a green hollow form vessel.
September 21 & 22, 2002 Erskine Academy Bob Rosand drove up from Bloomsburg, PA and even brought his own lathe with him for this two day demo. He turned numerous things for us: ornaments, oil lamps, lidded boxes, candlesticks, and the list goes on. A great session.
August 21, 2002 Jeff Raymond’s shop An informal unofficial meeting of the club.
April 17, 2002 Erskine Academy Peter Asselyn elected as Chapter President
December ?, 2001 Erskine Academy The club holds its annual Christmas Party.
November 30, 2001 Erskine Academy Al Stirt came over from Vermont to entertain the troops with his bowl turning technique.
June 20, 2001 Erskine Academy Steve Gleasner put on a demonstration on this date, but I have no information about it. Sorry.
May 16, 2001 Erskine Academy Jeff Clapp put on a demonstration on this date, but I have no information about it. Sorry.
April 14, 2001 Erskine Academy Our own Jacques Vesery put on an all-day demo aout his fabulous textured hoolow forms. Tool selection, cuts, chucks, slide show, carving, microwaving, coloring, you name it – he demo’d it. The whole works!
March 24, 2001 Erskine Academy Dave Lancaster conducted an all day demo on his favorite subject – Twice Turned Bowls. He’s demonstrated this technique for us a number of times in the past, and we hope he’ll do it again.
February 21, 2001 Erskine Academy Club president Bob Hackett put on a very thorough demonstation of tool making. He covered tool steel selection, grinding and regrinding profiles, and how to make tools from discarded materials.
January 2001 Los Angeles, CA Member Steve Gleasner’s work has been accepted into the display at the Del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles. To be recognized by this prestigious gallery is a great honor for Steve. Congratulations!
January 17, 2001 Erskine Academy VP Peter Asselyn put on a wonderful demo about turning natural edge bowls with special attention to his unique and successful mounting procedures.
December 20, 2000 Erskine Academy Christmas Party with a traditional Yankee Swap and a Pot Luck Dinner.
November 15, 2000 Erskine Academy Club member Mac Ray spent the evening discussing the design requirements of bowl kilns and how to operate them. And what to expect from them. In Part Two of Mac’s demo, he discussed the various ways he achieves the beautiful surface decorations on his turnings.
October 18, 2000 Erskine Academy Dave Lancaster’s demo on tuning up your lathe was highly informative. Goal Number One is always the same regardless of what lathe you turn on – Elminate Vibrations.
August 5, 2000 In our memories Joe Larrabee passed away on this date. He was a founding member of the club and a true friend.
May 4th, 2000 Erskine Academy Local friend David Hardy put on a demo showcasing the steps involved in component work, First you make lots and lots of parts – and then you assemble them. David’s specialty is castles.
May 2000 Everywhere Apparently the website you’re viewing right now is not the first one for the club. I’ve just discovered that we had a site at the following address http://www8.bcity.com/mewoodturners/   Don’t bother checking – I just did and it sure isn’t there. But it’s nice to know that at one time it was. Who did this?
April 19, 2000 Erskine Academy Outgoing chapter president Jeff Clapp “practiced his demoing skills”. New president Bob Hackett observed.
March 25 & 26, 2000 Erskine Academy Lyle Jamison spent two days covering everything from A to Z. He discussed grain patterns in crotch wood and how to lay out a bowl in it; tool sharpening; “sandpaper sharpening”!; and much  much more.
February 19, 2000 Dave Lancaster’s shop Dave completed the turning that he began way back in November! A fine wine does take time.
January 19, 2000 Erskine Academy Meeting canceled at last minute due to a death in the Lancaster family. Dave was to have demo’d.
December 15, 1999 Erskine Academy No demo tonight. Just a Yankee Swap and good old fashioned Christmas cheer.
November 17, 1999 Erskine Academy Dave Lancaster was back on the hot seat tonight with a demo on green turning and drying techniques.
October 16 & 17, 1999 Erskine Academy A two day demo by Christian Burchard on his spheres and baskets. This was an audience participation event.
September 15, 1999 Erskine Academy Jeff Clapp demonstrated the proper use of the gouge and scraper
June 16, 1999 Erskine Academy New member Steve Gleasner demonstrated how to make a bowl using concentric rings.
May 16, 1999 Erskine Academy Our own Rene Pomerleau showed slides of his chip carved turnings
April 21, 1999 Erskine Academy Jacques Vesery, Jeff Clapp, and Mac Ray spent the eening discussing the upcoming Collaborative Challenge from the AAW and what our club needs to do to our get submission going.
March 17, 1999 Erskine Academy Mac Ray demonstrated his carving techniques as used on his turnings along with a discussion about some of the dyes he uses.
February 17, 1999 Erskine Academy John Hayden of the C.W. Hayden Compnay spoke to us about abrasives. He covered its manufacture, its many uses; and where it’s headed.
January 20, 1999 Erskine Academy Member Jeff Clapp demonstrated various technjiques useful in dealing with end grain tearout; and also demo’d some finishing approaches.
December 16, 1998 Erskine Academy Yankee Swap and Christmas Party
November 18, 1998 Erskine Academy Alan Bradstreet started his demo with a show and tell presentation of his unique boxes which feature inlaid ants, frogs, and such. He also spoke about his bookmarks; and showed slides of his techniques on cutting, sanding, and finishing them.
October 20, 1998 Erskine Academy Our own Jacques Vesery spent the evening showing his techniques on gluing, cutting, and sanding fpr segmented turning.
September 26, 1998 Erskine Academy Jon Siegel from New Hampshire was here to demonstrate spindle turning for furniture.
August 1, 1998 Erskine Academy Bob Hackett hosted his brother (and our guest demonstrator) Bill who was visiting from Utah. Topics presented were covered boxes and problem solving.
June 18, 1998 Erskine Academy Allyn Beecher hosted this session on tool making, and then some tool handle turning.
June 12 – 14, 1998 Akron, Ohio Jacques Vessery and Dave Lancaster demonstrate at this years AAW Symposium.
May 27, 1998 Erskine Academy Dave Lancaster demonstrated Oneway’s newest machine – The 1015.
April 25, 1998 Erskine Academy Luke Mann came over from Vermont and turned a 12×12 green log into a sphere, and then sawed it in half to produce two bowls blanks; which he finished.
March 28, 1998 Erskine Academy Peter Block came over from New Hampshire to transform a 200 pound chunk of maple  into a translucent wooden lamp shade.
February 26, 1998 Erskine Academy Larry Lambert and Rene Pomerleau demonstrated bandsaw blade repair with silver solder.
Dec 17, 1997 Erskine Academy This was a meeting of the Chucks. Bob Hackett demonstrated jam chucks; Dave Lancaster showed some drum chucks that work with or without a vacuum system; and John Ramsey brought in his new Axminster Chuck.
November 19, 1997 Erskine Academy This meeting was primarily devoted to the management of organizational issues within the club.
October 19, 1997 Erskine Academy An all day demo by John Jordan resulted in one of his reknowed hollowed forms with carved elements.
September 17, 1997 Erskine Academy Bob Baker was elected President of the club.
June 18, 1997 Erskine Academy In house sharpening clinic. Erskine is our new official meeting place. A big thanks to Dave and Donna Lancaster for hosting the club these past many years.
May 18, 1997 Dave Lancaster’s Shop Our guest demonstrator was David Ellsworth; and he turned an 11” hollow form down to a 1/4” thickness. He also demonstrated a cut he’s known for – “the shear scraping cut with a swept back gouge.”
March 22, 1997 Dave Lancaster’s Shop A Full Day Demo by Dave. Covered many aspects of turning: from using different grinds in different situations to orienting the bowl while still in the log.

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