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Meeting December 21 - Steve Haddix on the enhancement of turnings

posted Dec 16, 2019, 8:38 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

We will meet Saturday, December 21 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. The meeting will begin at 9 AM with a short business report, show and tell, and our popular Christmas Ornament Swap.

This months guest turner will be Steve Haddix. Steve will describe many ways of enhancement of turnings.

Members and guests are welcome.

November meeting this Saturday, November 16th

posted Nov 14, 2019, 3:06 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners


The Chesapeake Woodturners will hold our November meeting this Saturday, November 16th at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts in Annapolis.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9 AM. 

The demonstrator at this meeting will be Tim Moore, our stalwart ex-president and frequent presenter.  Tim’s presentation will be titled “Four Bowls and a Bandsaw” (or something close to that 😉) and will be about how he designed, assembled, turned, deconstructed, and reconstructed the ribbon sculpture shown in the attached photograph.  This work was awarded Best-in-Show at our current club show in the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis.  It is a marvel!


The program will also include our usual business meeting with a preview of upcoming demos and classes through the Spring of 2020 and our customary Show and Tell.


               I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting this Saturday.


October 19th Meeting

posted Oct 16, 2019, 4:55 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

               The Chesapeake Woodturners will hold their October meeting this coming Saturday, October 19th at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts in Annapolis.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9 AM and will be led, in my absence, by our Vice President and Program Chairman, Lou Rudinski.  There will be a business meeting and our customary Show and Tell followed by a program of TIPS AND TRICKS -- a series of short presentations by club members of special tools and techniques each presenter uses to enhance his or her work.

               At the meeting, submissions for our club’s November show at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis will be collected.  The deadline for submissions for this show will be the following day, Sunday, October 20th.  (Entry forms have been previously provided.)  

Pens turned for the Wounded Warriors Project sponsored by Woodcraft should also be brought to this meeting.

21 Sept Meeting - Turning Norfolk Island Pineby Stan Brua

posted Sep 16, 2019, 10:28 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The September meeting of the Chesapeake Woodturners will be held this coming Saturday at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.  There are lots of items on the agenda that I want to remind you of.

Our newsletter editor, George French, will not be able to attend this meeting nor the meeting in October and he's looking for one or two volunteers to help out.  He'd like to have someone photograph Show and Tell and take notes about who shared their work for inclusion in the October and November newsletters.  He'd also like photographs (and possibly some notes) about the presentations made at each of these meetings.  If you are willing to help with this, please notify George ASAP at 

For those of you who have turned pens for the troops, please remember to bring your completed pens to Ken Lobo at the meeting.  Many pen kits have been handed out but apparently only a limited number of completed pens have been brought back.

The September meeting will include a raffle of books donated by the daughter of a woodworker from Arnold, MD who passed away awhile ago.  I've previously shared a list of the books that will be raffled.  Attached for your review is the list.  This may be incomplete.  I will be cross checking the list with the books and will share a final list with you later in the week.  The cost of a raffle ticket will be $1.  This will get the winners either one book from the list or, possibly, a small group of related titles.  While many of the books are old, they're all in good condition.

We will be having sign-ups for three festival demos that we're giving in October.  These are the Howard County Conservancy Fall Festival on Sunday, October 6 (coordinator - Doug Bartos), The Kinder Farm Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12 (coordinator - Lou Rudinski), and Art in the Park at Quiet Waters Park on Sunday, October 20 (coordinator - Neal Kaske).  Check your calendars and if you can participate, plan to sign-up at the meeting.

The September meeting will be your first opportunity to bring submissions for our November club show at the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis.  Everyone is encouraged to submit something they're proud to display and every effort will be made to guarantee that one submission from each participant will be accepted.  I previously sent out the submission forms; but if you missed that and would like a copy of the form ahead of the meeting, let me know.  The deadline for submissions will be Sunday, October 20th.

Finally, the main presentation at our meeting will be given by Stan Brua on the topic of Turning Norfolk Island Pine.

Richard Foa

August 17th - Annual Turnout

posted Aug 15, 2019, 6:28 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

 Our annual August Turnout will be on Saturday, August 17th.

               The gathering will be hosted by our club VP, Lou Rudinski, at his home in Millersville.  Lou’s home is on the Kinder Farm Park property.  The address is 146 Gali Sanchez Way, Millersville, 21108.  Bear left toward the athletic fields as you enter the park and follow the road past the fields to a parking lot.  Then you can turn right up onto the grass and park next to the shaded lawn where we will be meeting.  The Turnout will start at 11:30.  But folks are encouraged to come anytime from 10:30 onward to help with the set up of tables and chairs, to help shuck corn, or just hang out.

               The club will provide grilled burgers, chicken, hot dogs and sausages along with buns, condiments, tableware, and ice.  Lou will provide fresh corn.  Everyone else is asked to provide either a side dish, a dessert, or non-alcoholic beverages to share.  This year, those members with last names from A-E are asked to bring beverages, those with last names from F-N are asked to bring a side dish, and those with last names O-Z a dessert.  Bring enough to share with 6 to 8 other people.  Garden fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions and other burger toppings are always a nice contribution.  Bill Kost will again be our master griller.

               After our lunch, we will have a full but relaxed agenda.  It will include a short business meeting and the presentation of a special award.  We’ll have our second President’s Challenge which is to turn something “inside-out”.  There will be a $50 cash award for the best inside-out turning as determined by the assembled group.  We will also have our regular Show and Tell – so bring what you’ve been working on over the past few months to share with the group.  And we will end with our annual club raffle(s) – conducted by the guy most capable of talking you into buying tickets, Tim Moore.  There will, in fact, be two raffles – one a special raffle of signed turnings by Mark Sfirri, some beautiful maple burls harvested and cut by Lou Rudinski, and a bucket of wood-drying granules donated by Tom Stegall.  And we’ll have our regular raffle of all the wonderful stuff that all of you bring from your shops that you absolutely must share with your fellow club members.  Tickets for the special raffle will be $1.00 each.  Tickets for the regular raffle will be $0.50 each.  Proceeds from the raffles will go to cover the costs of food provided by the club and, beyond that, to support general club expenses.

               Family and friends are welcome.  

Meeting with Thomas Stegall demo

posted Jun 10, 2019, 8:59 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

June meeting will be held next Saturday 15 June at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.  We will have a demo given by Thomas Stegall on Creating and Turning a Hybrid Resin/Burl Cube plus a critique of submitted works, also by Thomas.  There will be a $5.00 fee to help the club offset the cost of bringing Thomas from Illinois for this meeting.  Please bring cash for the fee.  While checks made out to Chesapeake Woodturners will be accepted, they require more work by our treasurer.

 At the moment, I do not believe that the list of members submitting a work for the critique has reached our target of 10.  So if you have something that you’d like to have critiqued, please notify Lou Rudinski ( in the next few days to get your name on the list.


May 18th Meeting - Mark Supik

posted May 12, 2019, 10:14 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners   [ updated May 12, 2019, 10:14 AM ]

Our May meeting, which will be next Saturday, May 18th, will be held at Mark Supik’s shop in Baltimore.  Mark is in a new location and for those of us who have not been to his new shop (or, perhaps, were never at his old shop either) this should be a special opportunity to view a commercial turning operation, see and possibly handle some unique lathes, and enjoy a completely different environment from Maryland Hall.

               Below is a note from Mark and Nancy Supik about what we can look forward to.

               There are also directions to his shop.  NOTE that the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel is undergoing construction and subject to major traffic delays.  So it is recommended that we take the alternative route over the Key Bridge that is described below.  Don’t follow GPS instructions that take you through the tunnel.  Also note that from either I-95N or I-97N, you go EAST on 695 to get to the Key Bridge and then North Point Boulevard.

Meeting plan:       
  • Tour of shop and equipment.
  • Running a woodturning business, architectural millwork, wood turned products, millwork.
  • Beer Tap Museum
  • Woodturning Workshops
  • Demonstration by Mark of spindle technique and bowl technique

Directions to 1200 N. Macon St. 21205

 Take 97 to the Key Bridget (695).
Proceed on 695 to North Point Blvd towards Baltimore.
Take North Point Blvd (north) (becomes Erdman Ave) to N. Macon Street.
Turn left on N. Macon St.
We are the second building on the Right.  

We have about 10 spaces in our parking lot. 

20 April 2019 Meeting Location Change

posted Apr 17, 2019, 8:45 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners

A HEAD’S UP TO EVERYONE:  Because Maryland Hall will be closed for Spring Break on Saturday, April 20th, the APRIL MEETING of the Chesapeake Woodturners will be held instead at TROY BEALL’S SHOP in Davidsonville, Maryland.  Troy has more than ample space for our meeting and will set up a demo lathe in the upper workshop with a large number of chairs.  The meeting will begin, as usual, at 9 AM.  We will have a business meeting, our customary Show and Tell, and then a demo by Mark Sfirri on Multi-Axis turning.  The exact project that Mark will demonstrate will be chosen by the guys taking his class on the day before.  As previously announced, there will be a $5.00 charge for the demo.  Please bring cash to pay this fee (but checks will be accepted).
Troy’s shop’s address is 3312 Rodeo Drive, Davidsonville.  It is a short distance off Davidsonville Road between Rt. 214 (Central Avenue) and Rt. 50.  To get there from Rt. 50, go south on Davidsonville Road for about three miles and turn right onto Mt. Airy.  Then, after about 300 yards, turn left onto Rodeo Drive.  Bear left on Rodeo drive into a cul-de-sac and the entrance driveway is directly off of the cul-de-sac.  To get there from Annapolis via Central,  go south on Rt. 2 (Solomon’s) and then west on Central to the light just beyond Homestead Gardens.  Turn right at the light (Davidsonville Rd) and go about ¾ of a mile.  Then turn left on Mt. Airy.

Parking is limited at Troy’s so please consider car pooling to the meeting.  OR you could arrange to meet another club member at the parking lot of either the United Methodist Church or the Catholic Church and car pool from one of those lots.  Both are on Central Avenue just west of the Davidsonville Road intersection and about one mile from Troy’s.  There is also a park n’ ride lot immediately south of Rt. 50 on Davidsonville Road that could serve as a rendezvous spot.  Overall, Troy has parking for perhaps 20 vehicles.  There are a few handicap parking spaces so if you need one of those you don’t need to make special arrangements.


Mark Sfirri Demo - 20 April 2019 Meeting

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:35 PM by Chesapeake Woodturners

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op at Maryland Hall will meet Saturday, April 20 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall starting at 9 am.

There will be a $5 charge for members and guests.

Our speaker and demonstrator this month is Mark Sfirri.

Mark Sfirri’s specialty is multi-axis turning.  He works without any special chucks, just
between centers.  He has made candlesticks, bowling pins, baseball bats, human figural
forms, furniture parts and many other objects using these methods for over twenty years. 
He will demonstrate some of these techniques and the ideas behind them.  Mark was
awarded a Distinguished Educator Award 2010 from the Renwick and received the
Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 by the Collectors of Wood Art.  He ran the Fine
Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown,
Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2017.
There is a short, four-minute, Youtube video that is useful to gain some understanding of
Sfirri’s work and methods:
Here is another four-minute video of a large turned sculpture made in 2014:
A lecture on woodworker Wharton Esherick, founder of theAmerican studio
furniture.  Lecture was presented at World Wood Day, Long Beach, CA in 2017.

Meeting Saturday,March 16

posted Mar 7, 2019, 4:53 AM by Chesapeake Woodturners   [ updated Mar 10, 2019, 11:10 AM ]

The Chesapeake Woodturners and the Woodturning Co-Op at Maryland Hall will meet Saturday,March 16 in the Woodturning Room at Maryland Hall. 

We will be collecting bowls for the Project ECHO Empty Bowl Supper.  So remember to bring a bowl or bowls to donate to this worthy cause.

We will have our first club challenge — something made from plywood.  There’s still time to make something imaginative if you haven’t already done so.  First prize is $50.  And we have a second prize of a year’s subscription to an online turning journal to help motivate you.

The meeting will begin at 9AM with a short business report, show and tell,and this months Presidents Challenge, "Turn something from plywood". 

This months guest demonstrator is CW Member, Tim Moore. Tim will demonstrate how he turned and finished a Black and Silver Textured Box. 

There is no charge for members or guests.

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