Latest News & Events



July 5 – Jeff Fagan
Chips and Tunes
6:00pm – 7:00pm Social Hour
7:00pm – 9:30 Meeting


July 8 – Open House
Coffee & Chips
8:00am – 12:00pm



August 2 – Ron Bartz
Castable Acrylics

August 12 – Open House


September 6  – Rick Bauer
To Be Announced
Presidents Challenge – Lidded Box

September 9 – Open House


October 4 – Mark Palma

October 14 – Open House


November  1 – Fred Steffens
Musky Baits

November 11 – Open House


December 6 – Rich Waller
Baseball Bats

December 9 – Open House



Summer Picnic

Bob Eberhardt has invited all of us to the annual summer picnic. This year it will be July 22nd from 11-3pm. Bring your best show-off pieces for the “Show and Tell” as well. It is pot luck, so bring a dish to pass, some plates and utensils and a chair or two. It will be held at Bob’s place near Colfax.

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Rich Thelen


President’s June Challenge – Platters
I was very impressed with the caliber of entries in the President’s Challenge. There were over 16 entries. Very well done! First Prize was to Richard Waller and second was to Bruce Lindholm. The next challenge will be in September and it will be a lidded box.

Chainsaw Championships
The summer main event for Woodturners is the Chainsaw Championships in August. We have been trying to get donations of inexpensive items for the sale tent. Items like tops, pens and small bowls are examples. Bring them to the July meeting and drop them into a box on the side table labelled for the event.

Pen Kits Available
Our group was given a batch of pen kits called El Grande and Churchill. These kits sell from $13.00 to $19.00. The bushings were included (1 set of bushings are for both Churchill and El Grande )but drill bits were not. The drill bits needed are 31/64 and 33/64. Pen blanks would have to be minimally 3/4 but 7/8 would be better. These would be nice medium end pens to sell at the Chainsaw Sculpture Competition.





The AAW has always been a faithful advocate for woodturning safety. Recently, the subject of fractal burning has been
in the news because of another
tragic death. 

The AAW Safety Committee has studied the issue and concluded there may be a distinct influencing benefit in adopting a policy against the use of Fractal Burning and publicizing it immediately to chapters and members.  As a result, it was recommended that the AAW Board adopt a new policy against the practice, which was unanimously approved on May 17, 2017. The new policy is as follows:

It is the policy of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) that the process known as Fractal Burning is prohibited from being used in any AAW-sponsored events, including regional and national symposia, and that AAW-chartered chapters are strongly urged to refrain from demonstrating or featuring the process in chapter events. Further, the process of Fractal Burning shall not be featured in any written or online AAW publication, except for within articles that warn against its use. AAW publications will not accept advertisements for any products or supplies directly related to the process.

Additionally, the Safety Committee recommended that an article be published in the August 2017 issue of American Woodturner to highlight the dangers of the practice and publicize the new AAW policy. 



Boys and Girls Club Pen Turning
Tim Benjamin has announced that there will be no pen turning sessions with Boys and Girls Club kids this summer. Further sessions will be announced in the fall.

Good news!  I received an email from AAW saying that some of our members had accepted the 50% discount for new members to AAW. It is good to see the Nationals membership increase.  If you have not accepted the deal, it is available through the end of June.  A flyer is available at the clubhouse, so pick one up at Coffee and Chips or at the next meeting. It explains the benefits of membership very well. Check it out.

Woodturning and Woodworking Tools
Last fall, many of you went to a sneak preview of Farrells new woodworking department. They promised to open the department in the spring and I went to see what they had.  They had tools and tools and tools.  Organized by maker, they had Jet, Rikon, DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, Freund, and others.  Farrells is located on Hastings Way, but is accessed from Western Avenue, just behind the clubhouse and north about half a mile.


Demo/Talk for Institute for Learning in Retirement.
My name is Claudeen Oebser, I am a volunteer coordinator for a group of retirees in Eau Claire and Menomonie. I have talked with Rich and he has relayed that you will be willing to do a demonstration/talk for this group. I have confirmed the date for Oct. 4 from 1:30-3pm leaving time for questions and shopping. From talking to Rich the facility can handle up to 50 people. Let me know if you would prefer I place a lower number for the limit for the class.

Also, I would like to meet you, see the facility and observe one of your monthly meetings. Please let me know the date and time of the meetings you plan to attend this month, June, or July and I will try to make one of them.

Thanks so much for your participation in our life long learning.





  😀  Check out the live demonstration with Mark Palma and Courney Everett on Hello Wisconsin for WEAU  TV.  There are two short videos on the WEAU web site at  this Link

July 15, 2017 to July 16, 2017
UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium
Location: Coventry, UK
Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
This two day symposium is sponsored by a not-for-profit organization promoting woodturning throughout the UK and Ireland.
September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Turning Southern Style
Location: Dalton, GA
Dates: Friday, September 15, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017
The Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual symposium “Turning Southern Style.” The event is held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, GA (previously known as the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.) The event includes top notch demonstrators, a large group of vendors and a great facility.


October 4, 2017 1:30 – 3Pm
We will put on a demonstration/talk at our club house for the Institute for Learning in Retirement.  It will consist of up to 50 people from Eau Claire and Menomonie.  If you have an interest in this group, check it out at


October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild
Turning 2017 Woodturning Symposium
Location: West Harrison, Indiana
Dates: Friday October 13, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Turning 2017 is our biennial Symposium. It has grown into one of the best regional symposiums in the USA. It is unique from other regional symposiums in that it is held in a rural setting away from the usual hassle of a city hotel or conference center. Our location in eastern Indiana at the Higher Ground Conference Center fosters an intimacy not found at other symposiums. There is an on-site lodge, dorm facilities, RV park and campground as well as national chain hotels within a few minutes drive. Attendees enjoy tasty meals in a spacious dining hall where they can discuss the events of the day, get to know the demonstrators and fellow turners and sometimes see local wildlife just outside the windows, all while enjoying their meals.The symposium offers featured and guest demonstrators, vendors, an Instant Gallery, banquet, and auction.

Now is the time to register for the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild’s Turning 2017 Symposium. Act now while preferred on-site lodging is still available at Higher Ground, our full-service event facility. You’ll also take advantage of reduced cost Early Bird registration rates.

Go to to get full event details. It’s our website just for the event. See the new video there that captures the flavor of what many consider one of the best regional turning symposiums in North America.

Featured Master Turners. Six “marquee” turners will showcase their skills at Turning 2017. This all-star lineup includes:

  • Jimmy Clewes, hands down one of the most sought after turning demonstrator today.
  • Nick Cook, a founding AAW member who turns an impressive variety of forms from the practical to the artistic.
  • Ashley Harwood, known for her delicate sea urchin ornaments, bowls, and platters.
  • Avelino Samuel, from St. Johns, Virgin Islands, a master of highly textured and polished surfaces on exquisite forms.
  • Keith Gotschall, a production turner of wide-ranging skills in both face grain and spindle turnings.
  • Chris Ramsey will be a special guest demonstrator. He will demo turning a cowboy hat on Friday evening and present other demos at our event.

These highly sought after demonstrators will teach, inspire and entertain throughout the weekend of October 13 – 15. They will be joined by 15 Guest Demonstrators. Together more than 66 demos will be presented over the weekend. This impressive program has much to offer turners of all skill levels and special interests

As in the past, Lodge Rooms are available only to those who book the full, 3-day symposium. Dorm style rooms are also available on an individual night basis. A new dormitory building will be used for Turning 2017.

Register now and save money with special Early Bird registration rates.

Get full details and register now at

Read more of the description on the web page.

October 13-15 2017
Ohio Valley Woodturners Biennial Symposium


October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Artistry in Wood
Location: Wilmington, OH
Dates: Saturday, October 14, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Artistry in Wood, held by The Dayton Carvers Guild of Ohio, is a celebration of wood carving and woodworking art. It’s believed to be the largest show of its kind in the U.S. For the last several years attendance has broken 5,000. Exhibitors come from almost half the states in the U.S. and from Canada.The show is primarily an exhibit for carvers and woodworkers to show and sell their work. There is also  a silent auction, raffle tickets, free deomonstrations, and a vendor area.
November 03, 2017 to November 05, 2017
SOFA Chicago 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Dates: Friday, November 03, 2017 to Sunday, November 05, 2017
The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events company. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits. SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago’s major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending. Sales at the fair are estimated at 15-20 million dollars per show.

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