The meeting was called to order by the president, Doyle McConnell, Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 7:00 pm. There were72 in attendance, including guest Dan Erichson, Burt Johnson, and Martha Taylor. Robert Petry and Wendell Melton became new members of the club.

Program: Ken Gould introduced Ray Torstenson, who presented a program concerning the techniques used in the construction of band-saw boxes. His presentation included methods in construction and finishing, as well as the beautiful examples of his work. He showed a sampling of the variety of band-saw boxes that he has built.


Fair Building: Doyle McConnell reported that the Coffee County Fair Woodturner’s demonstration building in the Morton Village area is now complete. This area will be used for the "Turning Bee" during the Fair.

Old Business: Loyd Ackerman announced the individual learning sessions and the "Turning Bee" workshop will be held at the Woodturner’s demonstration building during the Fair. The club members will be presenting woodturning demonstrations during the Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning about 5:30 PM. The 2-hour one-on-one instructional sessions will be conducted on Friday. Various members will also be demonstrating woodturning techniques Friday and Saturday, beginning at 10:00AM. The "Turning "Bee" will be held on Saturday. A display area has also been set up in the new Woodworker’s building and will allow the turners to discuss the display items, as the visitors come through the area.

Fall Seminar: The Fall Seminar, "Laws of Woodturning", scheduled for October 25, 2003 will be at Tom Cowan’s shop.

Cost will be $30 per member, if registration is before September 30, 2003. Later registration will be $35.00. This fee includes a catered lunch provided by church ladies, in addition to coffee & donuts provided at the shop. This should prove to be a very informative and worthwhile seminar.

Larry Bowers, who had previously asked the club for help making Greenway signs, announced that he has taken care of the project.

Andy Weaver announced that we must remember the "Great Outdoor Weekend" festival at Gruetli Lauger October 18, 2003

Tom McGill passed a sign-up sheet to solicit help with the shelf/cabinet construction and installation needed to supply storage for the children’s books at the Franklin County Library.

Loyd Ackerman announced that the Spring Seminar would be on Finishing. Further details will be forthcoming.


New Business:

The president reminded that new officers would be elected in December and encouraged members to be receptive to filling these positions, if requested.

Tom Gillard has secured Porter Cable/Oldham variable-tooth saw blades, router bits and miscellaneous other items for give away. These goodies will be given away at the Christmas party. Tom is sending a card of thanks to the company from the club membership, expressing our appreciation for their support to the club.


Bob Leonard provided refreshments for all to enjoy.

Show & Tell:

Harry May brought a carving of an Indian face finished with Johnson’s paste wax. He also noted that he had received several commissions for other carvings.

Ken Gould brought a blanket chest made of cherry and quarter sawn oak that he had made as a wedding gift for one of his children.

Ed White showed a sawhorse that he had made, explaining the construction techniques used to assemble the stackable sawhorses.

Tom Gillard brought pictures of dressers made for his boys along with sailboats made as gifts for the Oldham company.

Bob Reese told the club about the adaptation of a newel post into a lamp. The post was from the 1830’s and had been in his wife’s ancestral home. He also showed the jig he constructed to help when making the dovetail slots on the base for the feet and a steady-rest to assist in the turning operations.

Doyle McConnell showed one of the jewelry boxes he made with a book-matched top of spaulted maple.

Gary Runyon shared the depth gauge that he had made.

Hugh Hurst showed a beautiful walnut bowl with Deft Oil finish, followed with lacquer. He also brought a box elder flat bowl with a textured edge.

Chuck Taylor brought a veteran’s memorial flag case made of oak, with finger joint construction. Also, clocks and baby rattles that he had made as gifts to be carried on a mission trip to Russia.

Jim Parker displayed his cherry three-drawer chest with a raised panel back that he had finished with 2:1 red oak and mahogany stain and topped with satin finish polyurethane.

The meeting was adjourned.