2014 IDAHO ARTISTRY IN WOOD SHOW

The 2014 Idaho Artistry in Wood Show will be held Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave., Boise, Idaho.  Competitors from all skill levels, Beginner – Expert, are invited to submit their entries for display and judging.  The show will also include vendors, raffles, a banquet and auction as well as the opportunity to sell the artists’ work.  The Idaho Artistry in Wood Show is one of the leading displays of wood art in the Western United States.  Registration will take place on Friday, February 21, 2012 from 1-6 p.m. at the Conference center.  

The cost of participation in the show is $3 per entry for pieces pre-registered by February 15, 2014 and $5 for registrations at the door.  Youth 16 and under may compete without cost.  Full information, including the prospectus for each group, registration forms and banquet reservation forms, will be available at Woodcraft in Boise and the website of the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association: http://idahoartistryinwood.org

We are sending this information to you well in advance so you will have time to plan and prepare your entries for the 2014 show.  We hope to see you and your work there.

For specific questions, contact: Douglas Rose roseboise@yahoo.com

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Fall Kickoff Meeting delayed until October 3rd

Due to some remodeling at EITC in the room next to the Wood Craft Guild’s regular meeting room we will not be meeting this month on September 4th.  We are excited to get going again and we are planning on having the fall kickoff meeting on October 3rd.   Our first fall meeting in October will include finishing of our group pen turning project and some other fun events.  Look for an email with the details of our next meeting in the next few weeks.

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Natural Edge Bowls by Erick Wood September 6th 7pm

This month’s meeting will feature Woodcraft Guild member Erick Wood as he demonstrates how to turn a Natural Edge Bowl. This topic will be a great opportunity to learn something new to add to the look of your bowls. You won’t want to miss Erick’s demonstration and get a chance to ask those questions you have about turning natural edge items.
This month member challenge is to bring something you turned over the summer. Your item can be anything that you have made in the last 3 months. And as always we will have our instant gallery open so bring what you have been working on and win a prize.

Location Details: Eastern Idaho Technical College Building # 2 Room 207A. If you turn off of 17th Street going North between Pier 1 imports and Burger King onto Ashment then right (east) between the old Ponderosa Paint and the LDS institute building you will see building #2 on your left. It is a brick building with rounded corners. There is an outside door to the room by the north bay door it will be unlocked.
Meeting Events:
• Raffle — As always will be having our raffle and we encourage you to bring items for the raffle that you would be willing to donate to the guild. This is an important fundraiser that helps sustain guild events, demos and prizes.
• Instant Gallery – Silver and Gold Levels
• Members Challenge — Members don’t forget the Challenge: “Turned Fruit”. Of course non-members are encouraged to sign up as a member and meet this month’s challenge item.
• Lending Library
• Chance to Socialize with other woodworkers

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Sergey Bobkov Wood Art

I saw this incredible wood art that must require an amazing amount of patience.

54-year-old Sergei Bobkov has patented a unique technique of creating amazing sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood-chips. “It’s not very interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring”. This is how Sergei Bobkov explains the unique form of art that he created. He says many people compare his artworks to taxidermy, because they both look so much like the animals they replicate, but Sergei believes they are as different as light and darkness. Whereas taxidermy is all about death, his wood-chip art symbolizes life.

This resident of Kozhany , Russia , has developed his very own technique, that prevents wood-chips from falling apart in time. After creating about 100-150 chips, from 2-3 inch long cedar stick, he puts them in water for several days. Then, making use of his surgical precision, he carves the chips into any shape he needs.

Sergey has been doing this for some time now, but he has only created 11 wood-chip sculptures. That’s because just one of these incredible artworks takes around six months to complete, at a work rate of 10 to 12 hours a day, with no days off. Sergei Bobkov focuses on wildlife creatures, and he studies their anatomy for months, before starting work on a sculpture.

Even though he was offered $17,000 for his wood-chip eagle, Sergei’s Bobkov declined, saying his art is not for sale.

Check it out at: http://brightsideof.com/unique-wood-sculptures-of-sergey-bobkov-782/

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Christmas in June BBQ and Wood Turning Party

The Woodcraft Guild will be having a closing woodturning and BBQ social on Saturday, June 2nd starting at 10 am. Here is the schedule:

10:00-12:00 Woodturning Christmas Tree Ornaments for Charity

We will have at least 5 lathes at the event with some wood and ornament plans. Stop in and learn a new trick, turn some ornaments for charity and have fun doing it. You are of course welcome to bring your own tools and Christmas tree ornament plans if you like, the more the merrier.

12:00 – 1:00 BBQ Lunch

Hamburgers, condiments, plates, cups, utensils, and napkins will be provided. Attendees please bring the following items based on the first letter of your last name.

A-G Salad
H-N Dessert
O-S Drinks
T-Z Chips

1:00 – 2:00 Woodturning Christmas Tree Ornaments for Charity

We will start the lathes up again and get back to turning some ornaments for charity, this event will be very informal and you are free to come and go as you please, but at least stop by and say hi.

All Day Prizes
You are welcome to come to what parts of this event you can or would feel comfortable attending. We would love to see you there, whenever you can make it. We plan to have a number of bundles of free hardwood and other donated items that we will be giving away every half hour as door prizes. There is not a wood worker out there that can pass on free hardwood, so if you can show up early, stay late and bring your pickup. You don’t want to miss this chance to have fun turning for charity, eating good food and socializing with other woodworkers in the area.

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2012 Idaho Artistry In Wood Show Reminder

The Woodcraft Guild wants to remind everyone about the upcoming 2012 Idaho Artistry In Wood Show Saturday February 25 – 26 in Boise. The goal of each show is to provide those who work in wood the opportunity to demonstrate their work in a public setting.  It aspires to provide a unique and rewarding experience for wood artist and spectator alike.

The 2012 Idaho Artistry in Wood Show will be held Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave., Boise, Idaho with support from Woodcraft. Competitors from all skill levels, Beginner – Expert, are invited to submit their entries for display and judging. For the first time this year cash prizes will be awarded. The show will also include vendors, a banquet and auction. The Idaho Artistry in Wood Show is one of the leading displays of wood art in the Western United States. Registration will take place on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 12-6 p.m. at the Conference center. Detailed information on the show can be obtained from the following member groups of the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association: Idaho Woodcarvers Guild, Treasure Valley Scrollers, Southwest Idaho Wood Turners Association, Ada County Woodworkers and Idaho Gourd Society.  Details can be found at the www.idahoartistryinwood.org website.

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Turning Stone on your Lathe Demo Feb. 2nd 2012 7:00 pm

Matt Ebner Alabaster Turnings

Matt Ebner demonstrated how to turn Alabaster on the lathe.  If you have been looking for ways to expand your turning to new materials you really missed out with is Demo.   The translucent beauty of alabaster will really add to your work as a woodturner.  It did get a little dusty at this month’s meeting but you really missed out if you did not make it. Here are some of the work that was displayed in the demo.

Meeting Events:

Raffle — As always will be having our raffle and we encourage you to bring items for the raffle that you would be willing to donate to the guild. This is an important fundraiser that helps sustain guild events, demos and prizes.

Instant Gallery – Silver level and Gold Level

Members Challenge — This Month’s Challenge for Members is turning a pen based on things you learned from Steve Hagen’s excellent presentation last month.  Of course non-members are encouraged to sign up as a member and meet this month’s challenge item.

Lending Library of Woodworking Books and Movies

Chance to Socialize with other woodworkers in the area

Location Details: Eastern Idaho Technical College Building #2 Room 215. If you turn off of 17th Street going North between Pier 1 imports and Burger King onto Ashment then right (east) between the Play it Again Sports building and the LDS institute building you will see building #2 on your left. It is a brick building with rounded corners. There is an outside door to the room we will be using and it will be open.

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For Sale Lathe and Scroll Saw

$300 for lathe

$75 for Scroll saw

or $350 for both.

Contact Bill Swenson at billswenson@my.eitc.edu

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“Creativity in Woodturning” Symposium featuring David Ellsworth in Lacey, WA. July 28th

The AAW Chapter, Woodturners of Olympia are presenting their fifth annual symposium, “Creativity in Woodturning” featuring David Ellsworth.

David Ellsworth Book

The date is July 28, 2012 from 7:50 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. It will be held at the Komachin Middle School in Lacey, Washington State. Price is $90 until May 31 after which it increases to $100. Youth under the age of 18 attending with an adult can attend for $10. All prices include lunch and several door prizes.

The day starts with James Leary conducting a “primer on spindle
turning – basic cuts”. He is followed for the rest of the day by David Ellsworth who will be demonstrating his bowl making and hollow form techniques. David will also lead four hands on workshops limited to 8 participants per day. Workshops scheduled for Sunday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 31 will cover cut rim and natural edge bowls.
Workshops scheduled for Monday, July 30 and Wednesday August 1 will cover hollow  forms. Cost for each of the workshops is $150. For more information or to register for the symposium you can go to the website www.woodturnersofolympia.org .

You can also register by calling Al Price on 360-791-0396 or e-mail him at aprice44@aol.com. You can also contact Al to register for the classes.

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Wood Identification Essentials

A friend of mine sent me an email that had the following picture about identifying wood attached to it.  I of course thought it was very funny and had to share it here.  However it also got me to thinking about a real problem that I have and I would guess others do as well.  Every time I make something out in my shop and I get the finish on it, to really enhance the woods natural beauty I take it to someone to show them my work.

I never have made any money from my shop so the only payment I get is when someone oohes and aahes over something I have made.  Regardless of who I show it to I always seem to get the same two comments.  First I get something along the lines of “that is really nice” or “this is beautiful” or some variation of that.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that everything that comes out of my shop is really nice. What I am saying is that if something I have made is not nice, I just don’t show it to people.

Sometimes others see my poor work by accident, like last summer when I was spending a lot of time camping with a friend on weekends and he asked me why the firewood I brought from home was always some strange shape or looked like a half finished project…..  You see whenever a beautiful vase went haywire on the lathe or some wooden box did not cooperate with my table saw I would just add it to the burn pile. And that burn pile sometimes ends up on a camping trip with me. Next summer I have remember to keep my firewood in two different piles,  private and public, private for burning in the shop on a cold winter day (when no one is looking) and public stuff I grab on my way out camping. That way even my camping buddies will think I am a better woodworker than I really am.

The second comment I almost always get right after “this is beautiful” is “what kind of wood is it?” and I must admit in the past I seldom knew the answer to that question.  I guess when you are young or first start working with wood you never really think about what kind of wood you are working with.  I know that I was more worried about “project” what I was working on and never really thought about what it would look like after I was done. As I have spent more time in the shop I began to understand the importance of what kind of wood I was using.  Besides the look and feel of projects the quality of any project is changed by what kind of wood you decide to use. The number things that change a project just by the type of wood you select is higher than most of us even realize.  Cost, look, durability, fit and finish etc. are all impacted by wood selection.

Now days I take special care to know and document the type of wood I chose for each project that I work on so that I can answer the important second question “What kind of wood is this?” . Obviously the book I showed earlier is a spoof off the real book by Bruce Hoadley titled “Identifying wood”, the book has great reviews. And it is reasonable priced as well.  I don’t own this book yet because honestly it seems like it may be more information that I need but it is on my wish list anyway.

The book I use and really like it the The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods I like this book because it is more of a reference than anything else.  It shows an actual picture of the wood finished and unfinished, has the scientific name (for my real smart friends) and has a great little summary about each type of wood.  The cost is low and I have looked up wood and found the answer in my copy a number of times.  The only problem I have with this wood identification book is my camping buddy keeps asking to borrow it. He said that  he needs help identify my firewood next summer (he does not know that he will only be seeing my public firewood yet)  Check out this book next time you need to do some wood Identification and let me know what you think.

Good luck in the shop and remember to keep that funny firewood hidden until no one is around.

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