Welcome to Bell Woodturners!

Bell Woodturners meet at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Bell Community Center in Bell, Florida.

Next Meeting: April 13, 2017

Bell Woodturners

Next Meeting: “Exploring the Benefits of Vacuum Chucking”
By: Don Geiger

Vacuum chucking can provide great benefits to your woodturning process. This demo will cover selecting equipment, optimizing vacuum, and servicing vacuum pumps. Common misconceptions regarding flow and vacuum will be discussed. System specifications will be covered that will help you choose equipment for your shop. Tips will be given on how to reduce leakage, accurate centering and how to make your own chucks.

Join us in donating some of your work to the fundraiser event for Empty Bowls

If you haven’t paid your member dues for 2017, now’s the time.  Dues are $30 for individual and $40 for family membership.  In addition, AAW members are requested to supply their AAW member number.  You can find this number right above your name on a recent issue of American Woodturner.  If you are not yet an AAW member, they will be running a half price membership deal starting in April.  Now would be a prefect time to join.  The magazine and website are well worth it.

Jack Roberts turned a box for the January demo and Tommy Hartline turned an inside-out ornament for February.  We will be selling raffle tickets for both of these pieces and future demo pieces over the next few months.  The drawing will be held at the June meeting, you need not be present to win.  The pieces will be available at meetings for inspection.

The Jacksonville club is hosting a demo by Graeme Priddle on Saturday, March 25, 9am, at the Jax Woodcraft.  The cost is $25 with an optional $10 lunch.  Several of us are going.  There are a couple empty seats in my van if anyone else is interested.  Contact me for details or grab me at the meeting.

The club has been invited to participate in an art show at Rum 138 in Fort White during May.  We have a dedicated space of approximately 12×20 feet.  If you’re interested in participating you will need to decide fast.  We need to determine participation so that we can get an idea of how much space can be allocated to each artist and how to set up the room.  The tentative title for the show is “Woodturning Beyond the Salad Bowl”, a sort of tongue in cheek way of saying woodturning is art.   The venue will need 1 Hi-Res professional quality image of a piece and a short 1-2 line bio from each artist.  Pieces must also be named/titled with description. . We’ll be discussing this at the meeting, along with the exact show dates, deadlines and other info.

Don Geiger is looking for some cedar shavings for use with his pottery work.  If you have some shavings or some cedar he can make shavings from, please bring them to the meeting.

As always if you have items to show, we would love to see them  – or items for our raffle – we would love raffle them off.

Please bring your work to display and share, any items you would like to donate for auction and plan on a great evening with some of the best Woodturners in the area.

If you have extra wood laying around, bring it in for our auction. And we are always looking for members to demo their talent to the club.

Let’s have a great meeting, everyone BRING A FRIEND.

We are still looking for members who would like to do a demo for the club.  This is your chance to get started in the exciting field of Wood Turning Demonstration.  Everyone has something they can share with each other.

Bell Woodturners was established in the year 2000 in Bell, Florida to serve local woodturners with education, fraternity and sharing our turned wood art with each other and our community.

Meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 PM at the Bell Community Center on Hwy 129  Bell, Florida.
Bell Woodturners is an AAW chapter club.
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