November 20th 2021:

Prescott Area Woodturners met at 6708 Corsair in the Prescott Airpark on Saturday November 20, 2021. President Ken Allen called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Ken welcomed everyone present as well as those attending via Zoom. He announced that the main feature of today’s meeting would be a demonstration by Mike Mahoney, but that there was some club business to be conducted first.

Ken announced election of Officers for the 2022 year. The slate of officers was presented at the October meeting, followed by an email. All elected officers for 2021 will continue for 2022. Membership Chairman Jay Loden said that there were 27 members present at today’s meeting, which constituted at least 25% of the membership. Therefore, per the By-Laws, a vote is binding. A voice vote was taken. Since no “nay” votes were heard, the following are PAW Officers for 2022:

  • President Ken Allen
  • Vice President Mark Oglesby
  • Treasurer Dennis Egan
  • Secretary Marge Hunt
  • Program Director Gene Perryman

Ken Allen announced that the Trent Bosch video is on-line through December 6, 2021.

Treasurer Dennis Egan announced that sellers made $6,973 at the Holiday Sale. Dennis distributed checks to sellers who were present, and will mail the remainder. As of today, there were 21 reservations for the Christmas party.

Ken Allen remarked that the sale didn’t seem to be busy, but that we obviously did quite well.

Ken then reminded folks about the Christmas party to be held on December 6. There is still time to make a reservation.

The Stocking Stuffer Sale is the next club activity. The sale takes place at the Grace Sparkes Center on Saturday December 18. Members are asked to donate at least one turned item that will be sold. This is the Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Sale, so items should be smaller and not too expensive. All proceeds go to the club and help to defray expenses. The is the only money-making activity for PAW.

Ken announced that there will be no meeting in December, and no Chips & Grits Zoom meeting. The next Chips & Grits will be on January 12, 2022. Look for an email link.

The computers that were authorized have been purchased but not yet put into use.

Ken also mentioned the sale of Jim Dotseth’s equipment that is taking place today and tomorrow.

Bruce Butler announced another sale of equipment, this from Ed Jones. There is a logistical issue with this sale. Touchmark does not allow Garage Sales. Therefore, there will be a demonstration at the Jones home on November 30, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. Should anyone attending want to purchase some tools and wood, they may do so.

Walt Spencer introduced Mike Mahoney, our demonstrator for the day, who appeared via Interactive Remote Demonstration from his home in Northern rural California. Spence became familiar with Mike through attendance at Utah Symposiums, which Mike led for 7 years.

Because Mike was speaking from his home, he was able to take us on a tour of his area and his shop. Mike has been a professional wood turner for 35 years. He buys trees by the carload, then cuts and sells the wood. He described the process for sealing the wood. He uses a solution of white glue, thinned with 10% water. This lets moisture out slowly, as compared to a wax coating.

Mahoney showed the process of cutting a log into quarter sawn blanks. He then used previously created videos to show techniques he uses to create a platter. This enabled him to narrate the work being shown, stopping the video and drawing over the picture to illustrate his point. It also allowed questions from the audience. He emphasized that the pieces he creates are to be used, which influences the finished shape. It must be easy to handle and sit firmly on a table.

Show & Tell completed the meeting, which adjourned at 3:45.

Respectfully submitted,

Marge Hunt, Secretary