Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Kaatskill Woodturners Plans Through July

Kaatskill Woodturners has planned the following sessions at the Opdahl Building for the next quarter. Sessions on Wednesday nights start at 7PM, with Show and Tell at 6:30PM.
The Saturday three hour sessions start at noon -- each is $15, unless you paid for the entire series in advance. The money from the paid sessions goes directly into the club treasury, in order to build up our funds.
Saturday May 10          Knitting Bowls            Matt Clarke        3 hours    $15
Wednesday May 14      Turned Flowers          Matt Clarke
Wednesday June 11       Piercing                      Steve Sherman
Saturday June 14           Chemical Finishes       Wally Cook         3 hours   $15

Wednesday July 9          Pyrography Bracelets  Karen Aune
Saturday July 12            Thinking in Multi-axis   Matt Clarke       3 hours   $15

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting April 17

What: Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting
When: Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Where: Hurley Reformed Church

Who: Chuck Walker will show some slides and videos of the "Princely Furniture of Abraham and David Roentgen". These are the most extravagant and ingenious pieces ever built and for very wealthy or regal clients. Their shop was in Germany in the Eighteenth Century. An exhibit of their work was at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in late 2012 and early 2013.

Don't forget your banquet reservations! $29 per person. Make checks payable to NWA Mid-Hudson and give to Al Shinker.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Mid-Hudson Banquet Reservations Due NOW

The Mid-Hudson Recognition Banquet is only a couple weeks away. Your reservations are needed by April 17 so the restaurant can plan for the correct number of meals. Please bring your checks to the meeting on April 17 and give to Al Shinker. Or if you will not be at the meeting Please mail your checks to him at:

 Al Shinker
22 Green Drive
Chester, NY 1091

The cost of the affair is $29.00 per person. Checks should be made
payable to "NWA Mid-Hudson". Don't be left out! It's a lot of fun.

We are recognizing Ron Roberts for all his energetic support with the Toy Factory at Showcase and Mid-Hudson Library not to mention his overall willingness to share any hard work!

The Raffle always needs items preferably something you have made. They do not have to be woodworking projects but other hand crafts are welcome. Please bring something!

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Kaatskill Woodturners Pen Turning Class

TIME: 12:30-4PM
There will be a Saturday afternoon class on pen turning next week end. We will have demonstrations by various pen turners on specific topics on pen turning and finishing.
We will cover the following topics as well as other items that may come up in the general discussion:
Selection of wood, drilling blanks, gluing blanks, squaring off ends, selecting bushings, turning the barrel, sanding, finishing, assembling, and disassembly of the pens.  
After the demonstrations, we will utilize many of the lathes in the shop so that attendees can take a try at some of the new techniques just demonstrated.
If you have a pen kit and your choice of wood, bring it to the session. Bring the correct bushings for your kit if you have them.  If you don’t have any wood, bring your pen kit anyway and we will have some choices of wood available at the meeting. Bring some of your pen making tools with you.
This class is for everyone interested in pens. If you are an experienced pen turner, please come and share your knowledge with the rest. If you are a beginner pen turner, come and gain the collective knowledge of the group. All of us are sure to gain something useful from this session.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


NWA Showcase in Schenectady Gazette Article

NWA was favored by a nice preview article for Showcase 2014 in The Schenectady Gazette for Sunday March 23. You can find it here.

Read down to get an idea of what Brad Conklin is planning for the show. Don't miss going to Showcase! It's the best weekend a woodworker can find.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting March 20

What: Mid-Hudson Woodworkers Meeting
When: Thursday March 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Where: Hurley Reformed Church

Who: Pete Chast will give a presentation on making band saw boxes. Band saw boxes are boxes made out of wood  using only a band saw for cutting them out. The wood may be a solid block, a laminated block or a log from the woodpile. Band saw boxes have virtually no restrictions as to shape. They can be oval, heart-shaped, round, square, or any shape you  can think of. Sure to be an interesting talk. Don't miss it.

Also plans for the banquet - bring checks for $29 for each reservation to Al Shinker!

Last meeting before Showcase in Saratoga Springs. Be sure your name is on the list of volunteers and you have made arrangements for someone to carry your entries if you cannot be there Friday or early Saturday.

Please bring something for Show and Tell. The weather has been non-inspiring lately but if you have anything that might be of interest bring it. Even if you don't think it is of interest, bring it anyway. You never know who else will be inspired and learn something from your project.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Kaatskill Woodturners Changes to Saturday Meeting Times

KWA meeting for Wednesday March 12 is cancelled due to expected freezing conditions.

From John Franklin - Update on Saturday's Meeting
 Greetings All: We are planning on having the Saturday presentation on Bleaching, Dying, and Finishing.
However, we have two concerns.
The first problem is the outside temperature. The morning outside temperature will still be below freezing.  It will be above 40 in the afternoon. Therefore -we are moving the meeting time slot to the afternoon, from 12:30 to 4PM. This time slot will make it possible for us to get the room up to a reasonable temperature to get finish to dry.  
The second problem is parking. Because of the large accumulation of snow on the property, there is only enough room to park 8-10 cars at best. We would ask the following. About 12 Noon on Saturday, please meet at the church parking lot in Hurley. We will car-pool in few cars to make room for those attending. This is the only way we can get all the desired people into the facility.
If you have any small item that you would like to finish in polyurethane, bring it with you. If you have anything you would like to dye or bleach, bring that also.
The same situation will occur on Wednesday night. We should still park in the church lot and car-pool over to Opdahl’s.

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