February 27th 2021:

Prescott Area Woodturners met via Zoom on Saturday February 27, 2021.  Today for the first time Zoom was asking for a password, so it took a few minutes for everyone to sign in to the meeting.  Co-host Doug Rowe managed the Show & Tell portion of the meeting.  He encouraged folks to use the “chat” feature in Zoom to tell him that they had a piece to show later in the meeting.  He advised that virtual background hinders showing pieces.

President Ken Allen called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m.  Ken announced that he was broadcasting from Gary Frank’s shop, with the help of Jerry Shugars, Mark Oglesby and Doug Rowe.  Kathy Allen was taking part from their home, and expressed the hope that we are nearing the end of COVID problems.  Ken said that the plan is to meet at our regular site, at YEI, in March, with masks and distancing, and to simultaneously broadcast the meeting on Zoom.

Ken then brought up Mid-Week Zoom discussions as a place to share problems, solutions or just to chat.  Participants at the first meeting asked for meetings every two weeks, once in the morning and once in the evening.  The schedule will be sent in a e-mail.

Past-President Barry Walter showed the plaque he was given in thanks for his work with PAW.

Event Chair Dan Hall reported that he is optimistic that there WILL be a sale on Courthouse Square in May.  It has been over a year since the last sale.  Asked about the cost to participate, Dan said there is a $20 deposit and then any expenses are divided among participants.  Ken Allen said that the club does not cover any of the costs associated with the sale.

Vice President Mark Oglesby reported that the Mentor List has been updated and is available on the website.  Mark encouraged other members to contact him if they want to be added to the Mentor List.

Safety Chair Dave Smith discussed the need to always wear a dust mask or respirator when sanding, with a dust collection system and good ventilation.  Dave told us that it was important to store a respirator in a bag or its original box.

Ken Allen reminded everyone that the next General Meeting would be on March 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., and to watch for announcements.

Ken then introduced Gary Frank, who demonstrated his version of the Wave Bowl made popular by John Beaver.  Gary explained that he doesn’t use the John Beaver jig, but has created a simplified jig.  Gary began his demonstration by showing pictures of several versions of the wave bowl that he has made.

Following the outline Gary made available via email before today’s demonstration, he first emphasized the importance of ensuring that the blank you are using is squared.  He then proceeded through all the points of his outline.  Using pre-formed examples he was able to show us each step of the process, finishing with turning the piece just enough to show the emergence of the waves he created.

Zoom Show & Tell was next.  Eleven members showed current projects.  Turns out Zoom is a good way for everyone to see “up close” each piece.

We counted 29 participants during this meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Marge Hunt, Secretary