Monday, July 7, 2014


Kaatskill Woodturners Meeting July 9

Andy Finnegan will speak at the KWA meeting on Wednesday night July 9. Andy has been turning stair spindles professionally and will share his experience with various cuts as well as issues dealing with replication of pieces and turning for production.

Reminder: Matt Clarke is scheduled for the 5th in the subscription series on Saturday, July 12 -- Multi-axis Thinking. Please let Wally Cook know if you are planning to attend.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting June 19

Constructing a Skin on Frame Boat

Thursday June 19, 2014, 7:30 PM at Hurley Reformed Church

John Van Buren will present an overview on the construction of a Skin on Frame Boat.

This type of construction can result in a finished 18 foot long kayak that weighs about 35 pounds. Total construction time is typically 40 hours, and the cost will be in the range of $300. Skills required are fairly basic: use of a jig saw, knot tying, sewing on the skin and varnishing the boat to make it water tight.

At the end of the presentation, John will provide a handout that will provide reference sources - books and web sites, plus a listing of sources for materials.

John will have a completed skin on frame kayak plus an "unskinned" kayak frame a5t the demonstration. John has built two canoes and three kayaks - all of which are seaworthy and without leaks. He has also made repairs to several canoes and kayaks.

There will be the regular features of our meetings so be sure to bring a "show and tell" item or story to share.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Kaatskill Woodturners Meeting June 11

Kaatskill Woodturners Meeting Wednesday June 11 at 6:30 for Show and Tell and the meeting begins at 7.

 Steve Sherman with show and tell of various methods of piercing and texturing of wood projects.
Steve, Matt and Carl just returned from an exciting week long workshop with Dixie Biggs and will go over some of her techniques. She is one of the World's premier carvers and the group came home with a tremendous amount of information to share.

These techniques will open up new possibilities for embellishing your works of art, from Jewelry to bowls and beyond.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Bandsaw Classes - Note early registration date for Class 1!

Bill Sterling is going to hold two bandsaw classes at the BOCES facility in Port Ewen (Route 9W) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 on Saturdays as below:

1st is Saturday June 7th and most importantly you need to register with Fred Roe (contact info below) by this Sunday evening, June 1st or very first thing in the AM. The cost is $10 and you must be an NWA member age 18 and over.

This is Bandsaw Basics: Types of Bandsaws, blade selection for your task, and set up and tuning of your saw.

The 2nd class; June 21St- (Register by Father's day Sunday evening). Also $10 and you must be an NWA member age 18 or over.

Resawing on the Bandsaw- Proper set up for resawing on the bandsaw- Blade selection- fences and proper tension and set up.

You will need to bring safety glasses, hearing protection and no opened toed footware.
For more info and/or to register contact Fred Roe as follows:
Cell: 845-235-2041 text or voice
home 845-483-9477

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


KWA Schedule for June 2014

The schedule for June features Steve Sherman discussing piercing
techniques and Wally Cook on chemical finishes (see attached flyer).

-Steve is on for Wednesday, June 11 at 7PM (instant gallery at 6:30)
-Wally is on for Saturday, 10AM to 2PM

Wally's session, one of the fund raising subscription sessions, will cover selected extactives, dyes, and pigments. This will be partially chalk talk and partially lab experience where we all will experiment with various historic applications. We will learn about tannin reactions, dyes and mordants, and a few pigment applications that have been used in centuries past. Bring a piece that you would like to treat with one of the finishes that we will learn about.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting May 15

What: Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting
When: Thursday May 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Where: Hurley Reformed Church

Who: Bill Sterling will talk about Vacuum Clamping.

It has been said that you can never have too many clamps! Come hear this talk and learn for yourself about a sophisticated technique for holding things in place.


Kaatskill Woodturners Meeting May 14

Matt will demo "Turning Flowers" at this Wednesday's KWA meeting starting at 7PM at the Opdahl Building... instant gallery at 6:30PM.

Turning Flowers Demonstration by Matt Clarke
Those April showers bring May flowers.”
It is finally springtime! Why wait for your flowers to grow in your garden? Turn your own flowers. This fun demonstration will focus on how to turn (1) a flower bud, and then, (2) how to turn a very familiar object (a small cup). Then we will carve the cup to resemble a tulip. After that, we will discuss how to paint it to add some realism and mount it on a thinly turned ‘stem.’ If you turn vases, then you might want to learn this technique to preload your vases with your own wooden flowers. Alternatively, you might want to learn it just to impress your significant other!
See you at the KWA meeting on Wednesday evening, May 14.

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