Southern Utah Woodturners August 2021 Newsletter

Dedicated to promoting woodturning in Southern Utah through educational demos, classes & fellowship between members. "Learning Through Turning"

Our Club Meetings are both in person and on Zoom the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9 am. In person is at Cedar City High School (703 W 600 S Cedar City, UT 84720) in the woodshop classroom (North Side of Building, use the back door by the large dust collector). The link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members prior to meeting. Visit our website at https://www.southernutahwoodturners.com. Email us at suwtclub@gmail.com

An American Association of Woodturners Chapter Since May 2010

Message From the President

NOTICE: Southern Utah Woodturners Equipment and Material Silent Auction

Bidding Open From 8/31/21 to 9/11/21

The club has decided to Auction off equipment and material that has been stored and not being used. Glenn Pearson will be managing the auction, Jim Pope can answer questions about the items offered or offer a “look” at the items, they are stored at Jim's.

The auction is open to bids through our meeting on September 11th where the winning bidders will be announced at that meeting.

Four of the items (lots) have a minimum opening bid they are the: Poulan Pro 18 inch Chain Saw with fuel can, and safety gear minimum bid $100. The Jet 1221VS Lathe with chuck tools rests, accessories table and light minimum bid $500.00. Bowl Finishing Chuck System minimum opening bid $100. And the Ryobi Biscuit Joiner minimum opening bid $25.00.

The remaining lots listed do not have a minimum opening bid, HOWEVER please no bids in less than an increment of $1.00. The Quantity of items you would bid on are shown in the first left hand column.

Bids will be accepted via e-mail (SUWTCLUB@gmail.com) and at the meeting, those that have placed a bid will be updated every 1-2 days as to what the current bid price is (if it changes). The bidding process is modeled after the on-line auction site of E-bay. You may submit your highest best bid. For example: If Fred bid $600 for the Lathe then the current bid price would be shown as $501, then if Bob bid $550, then the current bid price would be shown as $551. This means Fred is the current high bid winner unless some were to bid over his $600 bid. So if Frank bid $650 and there were no other bids he would win the item with a closing winning bid of $601.

No one will know what the maximum bid was except for the Auction manager who is not a bidding participant.

The Newsletter Email will Contain the PDF of all this information as well as pictures of the items up for bid.

We have elections for both the president and vice president coming up in November. It’s closer than you think. Please be talking and thinking about what you can contribute to the club. We have redesign duties that were previously all done by Will to I believe we have like nine different people sharing the workload now

Like many clubs we are currently experiencing a challenging time to get an additional people to run for elected office, this includes the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. For us to maintain our club membership in the AAW the officers must be members of the AAW.

We want to make sure that no one is hesitant about running for office because of the annual $60 expense in joining the AAW.

Bill Vincent - 206-979-3218

Officers & Contacts

Please send any submissions, corrections, or comments about the newsletter to Aaron Bryan at woodturnergeek@gmail.com

Special Notices

NEW! Please join the new SUWT Facebook Group! Here's the link to the Private Group on Facebook. You can use Facebook to share what you're working on, ask questions, encourage others, and learn about upcoming meetings and events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1026604004489417/

We are making the application for membership to Southern Utah Woodturners available on our website as well as including with the newsletter mailing as a separate attachment. Please mail form, with dues check ($30) for 2021, to Glenn Pearson at the address on the application so he may update our records for the membership roster.


Locke Ettinger is offering wood from a retiring woodturner who is getting rid of lots of wood - aspen, cedar, etc with some already turned. You can contact him at 435-632-3116.

Wood gathering in Oregon

NEW DATE: August 16th thru August 22nd. Contact Barry Gray at the Summer Picnic or call/text him at: 435 559 8304 to verify details.

The plan is to easy drive to Eugene, OR over two days to the Eugene saw mill. Then spend two marvelous days of cutting beautiful wood of various types including Black Walnut, Maple, Myrtle, etc. Then driving home over a two day period with a tremendous treasure trove of amazing woods unavailable locally.

For more information about this exciting and fun excursion including but not limited to lodging, meals, vehicle arrangements, etc and costs, contact Barry Gray at the Summer Picnic or call/text him at: 435 559 8304.

Clinic with Lloyd Johnson of WoodturnerPro

The Club is sponsoring 1-Day Clinic with Lloyd Johnson of WoodTurner Pro. Please see Lloyd’s curriculum for the day below.

ALL SLOTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN - Thank you to those who have signed up to attend this great event! The event will be held at Don Smith’s home in Cedar City (4393 W. 1325 S., Cedar City) on Oct 16th and starting at 9:00 AM sharp.

Mail Checks to Jeff Blonder 3284 W. 2900 S. Hurricane, UT 84737

  • 1-Day Clinic
  • Location: Home of Don Smith in Cedar City - 4393 W. 1325 S., Cedar City, UT 84720
  • Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 9 AM - it is ok to arrive early
  • Cost: $100 per attendee. Please make your checks payable to Southern Utah Woodturners Club for $100.00 and mail the checks to Jeff Blonder at 3284 W 2900 S Hurricane UT 84737.
  • Demonstration of open segmented bowl and lamination
  • If you have one, please bring your laptop
  • Notify Jeff Blonder if you plan on attending
  • Anyone who commits to the Oct 16th 1 day clinic can purchase Lloyd's complete software package at regular value of $139 for just $69.50 - 50% off! The complete software package includes Segment Pro, 3D Design Pro, Woodturner Pro, and Lamination Pro.

Epoxy & Woodturning

Presented by Bill Vincent & Jim Pope

This month Bill and Jim explained and demonstrated how to use resin in our woodturning projects.

Jim outlined several products which will be provided below. Jim uses water sample bottles, colored resin in the bottom of the piece (for example, a bottle stopper), so as to hide the threads. Jim also showed us how an object can be placed within tacky resin so as to remain suspended at the center of the piece. A heat gun is used to quickly bring the bubbles to the surface and to remove them.

The most important thing with working with resin is to MIX, MIX, and MIX some more!

Bill, along with some volunteers, provided an excellent demonstration of preparing and applying epoxy to a piece. Bill uses pill bottles to store and mix key machine metal tailings, as well as an assortment of various other rocks and fillings to add to pieces.

Bill uses his homemade rock smashing tool to get rock pieces down to the size needed for adding to epoxy.

One of the best ways to fill cracks with epoxy is to go from thinnest to thickest glue. CA glue should be applied, first with thin CA, then medium CA and finally with thick CA.

Various epoxies can be utilized including JB Weld 2 part epoxy.

Bill showed how duck tape, or Tyvek tape can assist in closing ends of pieces to keep the resin in place on the piece.

In this month's Tips and Tricks, Leon guides us through collet chucks.

Jim and Bill during their Epoxy Demonstration

Websites, Tools & Products Discussed

Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Resin: https://www.amazon.com/Alumilite-Amazing-Clear-Cast

Craft Supplies Apprentice Casting Kit: http://woodturnerscatalog.com

Amazon Table Top Epoxy: http://amazon.com/table-top-epoxy

Show and Tell

Members of the club are encouraged to submit photos and a description of the species and design of their work. Please submit these to Aaron Bryan at woodturnergeek@gmail.com no later than the 20th of each month.

Sean Lovell with his Russian Olive Mushrooms
Sean Lovell with his Douglas Fir Gnomes
Will Arcularius with his Aspen Mushrooms
Jack Gunn showing off his segmented vase
Jack Gunn showing his segmented pitcher
Jack Gunn with a piece
Locke Ettinger showing off his Black Walnut live edge bowl
Karl McMullin holding his Mesquite piece
Karl McMullin showing off his Walnut bowl
Jeff Blonder showing off his Segmented piece
Bruce Sharp holding his Pecan bowl
Bill Vincent showing off his large bowl with epoxy flourish
Aaron Bryan showing off his Maple Cactus
Aaron Bryan showing off his Birch bowl
Aaron Bryan showing off his Black Walnut and epoxy bowl
Chuck Zimmerman showing off his laser engraved Vietnam plate
Chuck Zimmerman showing off his laser engraved Vietnam plate
Jerry Allred showing off his Pine/Particle board wagon piece
Reiner Jakel showing off his cutting boards


Click on the image to enlarge it.

Tips and Tricks

Work Holding, Reverse Holding By Leon Olson

When I started turning again thirteen years ago, I got a four-jaw chuck and used a recess in the bottom of bowls so I would not have to finish turn the bottom. A tenon really does work better than a mortice. I have shattered the bottom of bowls by tightening the chuck in a recess too hard. Eventually, I found ways to remount bowls so I could finish turn the bottoms. Now they look a lot nicer and there is no visible way to hold them on a lathe.

The least expensive way to reverse hold a bowl is with a jam chuck on a faceplate. You need to use the tailstock to hold the bowl against the jam chuck. You an turn the bottom to the point there is a very small nub in the center that can easily be removed by hand. You can also tape the bowl to the jam chuck to be able to finish the bottom. I would only use tape to hold the bowl to remove the small nub.

Next would be a donut chuck. you need some way to center your bowl on the base plate and then use a ring plate held to the base plate with bolts or threaded rod. The bolts or rod can be dangerous. You need some way to cushion the ring plate so it does not leave compression marks. You can use vinyl tubing with a cut along the length of the tubing pushed onto the edge. Donut chucks are used for lots of turnings besides bowls. I have seen them used to cut details into the surface of a ball. I have seen them used for gruing staved turning blanks with a taper.

You can build your own adjustable plate chuck. Again, you would need some way of centering your bowl, like your tailstock, and a way to avoid compression marks.

Most four-jaw chucks have blat plates (jaws) that can be used to remount bowls to finish the bottom. Nova sells Cole Jaws. They are so well known that many turners refer to the flat jaws for all brands as Cole Jaws. For most brands of chucks, the mounts are machine screws covered with rubber. Some are round and some are square with angled surfaces. Vicmarc has attaching mounts that allow you to hold your bowl either against the plates or away from the plates. You can modify the plates by cutting plywood pieces to attach to the plates which allow you to hold large bowls on small plates. Then glue blocks to the plywood, which you turn to whatever shape you need. I use Baltic birch plywood because of the strength and no voids. Use the softest wood you have as the jaws. You do not want compression marks on your bowl.

Another option is a Longworth chuck. The Longworth chuck was developed by Leslie Douglas Longworth of the Hunter Valley Woodturners in Australia. you can make your own Longworth chuck. Most turners just buy one to fit their lathe. The plans are online (link below)

How to make a longworth chuck: http://www.sbwt.org/make_a_longworth_chuck

If you have questions on this month's Tips & Tricks, email Leon Olson at leonolson@aol.com.

Why We Live in Southern Utah

Henderson Hill. Photo by Glenn Pearson

July 2021 Club Attendees - Both in Person and via Zoom

Jerry Allred, Will Arcularius, Brent Arnold, Steve Ashworth, Bob Belkowski, Jeff Blonder, Aaron Bryan, Jake Cannon, Pricilla Cuara, Luis Cuara, J. Cuara, Tom Demogines, Locke Ettinger, Les Gray, Jack Gunn, Reiner Jakel, Sean Lovell, George Mason, Karl Mcmullin, Mark Nelson, Glenn Pearson, Jim Pope, Vernile Prince, Bruce Sharp, Mark Shelton, John Spevak, Jason Starr, Bill Vincent, Eric Walker, Gary Wilcken, Chuck Zimmerman

Items for Sale by Members

Please submit items for sale to Aaron Bryan (woodturnergeek@gmail.com) before the 20th of the month to be included in the newsletter. If you have sold an item listed in the newsletter, please notify Aaron so he can remove it.

For Sale by Will Arcularius, 805-712-2174, arcwerks@scinternet.net

1) Makita Compound Sliding Miter Saw, 12", Model LS1214FL. Excellent Condition. Price: $345

2) Robert Sorby Thread Cutting System. Never Used. Have both the 16 TPI and 20 TPI cutters. See page 20 in Craft Supply Catalog. Sells for $129.95 - Will take $85.

For Sale by Bob Hansen, 928-347-5718, Nova Mercury Variable Speed Mini Lathe with bed extension, 1/2 HP, 8" swing over bed; 14" swing outboard. $300. For more info contact Bob directly.

For Sale by Jim Pope, 435-559-8277, jpsp42@gmail.com

1) SUWT club owned Ryobi biscuit joiner, small assortment of biscuits included. Price: $50 or make offer. Pic Below.

Turn Often & Turn Safe

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