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Here's one of the reasons I always recommend to new turners to seek out a club if there are any in their area. This is our show and tell table where members bring in items to display that they have turned recently. Pretty good variety. Lots of good ideas. This last meeting we had 6 guys including myself doing mini demos on Christmas ornaments. These demos would last about 20-25 minutes with a smaller group of members around each lathe. Then we would repeat the demos a number of times so everyone could see them. Next month is our annual auction where members clean up their shops and donate wood and tools for the auction. We ususally raise 1500-2000.00 for the club and have a lot of fun doing it.
Mike Hawkins;)
 

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WOW,fantastic looking work there Mike.Looks like you have some great turners there.BTW is that you playin on that a Nova ? :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Ken,
Yeah, that would be me. I was turning mini bird houses. We do have some excellent turners and also a few excellent carvers. That sign for the city of brecksville was carved by two different members. One specializes in the lettering, the other did the scene. The city lets us use the large room for our meetings and also an adjacent room for locked storage of our equipment, for free. So whenever we get a chance to help on a project for them or any of the charitable organizations in town, we do.
Mike Hawkins;)
 

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I've been seriously toying with the idea of joining a club. I've looked (half heartedly) in the past few months for a club but can't seem to locate one locally. I may have to dig a little deeper and see what I can come up with. As fun as it is to learn the lathe alone, I'm sure that getting some guidance from club members is a much safer and more efficient way to learn. I really enjoy seeing the things that you and your club make and I wish you guys success in the upcoming auction.
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Our local club sorta died...pity too. I was picking up a lot of things that you just can't get from a video.
I'd be interested in talking to turners in the Rio Grande Valley.
Mick
 

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Mike I feel the same way, as a charter member, club mentor and former vise president of the Show-Me Woodturners I also recommend to new turners to seek out and join a local club. Their skills and techiqnues will imporve much more faster and safer then watching videos. We also have a show and tell tables to show your work. the auction is a great idea might have to steal that one....lol. we are now finishing up our library displays, each year we display our work in 4 library's front glass cases (under lock and key). they are on display for a month each. this promotes our club and we pick up new turners each year. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Well as a member of 3 clubs I will certainly agree with you. I've made a lot of good friends and learned an incredible amount. I helped start our local club about 6 years ago. I was also one of the founding members of the Crossville club about 10 years ago. That one is 37 miles from me. We started that one because the Nashville club was 90 miles from me and even further for some of my friends. We had people drive as far as 130 miles to go to that club. 2 AAW presidents have come from that group.
I do demos for a lot of clubs in the southeast and you meet so many good people at these groups. I would still drive a 100 miles if there wasn't a group in this area.
More and more clubs are popping up each day. You can get help from the AAW. Go to www.woodturner.org and look around. They will help with bylaws and you can search for clubs in your area. If your a member of the AAW you can search the directory and see if there are any turners near you. To get the local club going 2 of us put an add in the paper and asked if any woodturners wanted to form a group. We had 6 people at the first meeting. It's grown to about 30 now and that's town of about 35,000.
 
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