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Upcoming Meeting: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The next meeting of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association is about to be held on Tuesday, April 2, from 7 to 9 PM.  

Our feature presentation is from none other than Robin Lee, President and CEO of Lee Valley Tools and Veritas Tools.  Robin will share his take on the state of woodworking in Canada.

Details:
Tuesday, April 2
7 - 9 PM
Bethany Baptist Church
382 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean

Bring indoor shoes, cash for 50/50, items to swap, sell or give away, and something for show & tell.  Doors should open as early as 6:30 if you'd like to help set up.

If you're curious about what goes on in this club, you may attend a couple of meetings, free of charge, before commiting to join.  Just register as a guest with Jeff at the door.

And a follow-up to George's offer of a plastic hook-plate from March:  "In March's meeting I wanted to give a plastic hook-plate to anyone who uses David Charlesworth's Ruler Trick.  Evidently Brian Greene got to you first as no one …

March's Meeting, Tuesday the 5th.

The next meeting of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association is coming up on March 5th.  Let's hope the temperature rises some by then.  If it does, don't forget your dry, warm, indoor footwear for the gym.  As always, meetings run from 7-9 PM, but doors open at 6:30-ish for setting-up.  It's in the basement gym of the Bethany Baptist Church at the Western intersection of Centrepointe and Baseline.  If you're not a member, note that new members are welcome to attend up to two meetings, no charge, before making a commitment to join.  The A La Carte menu includes tool swaps or sales, a 50-50 draw, members showing-and-telling, and who knows what else?  And now for the Menu du Jour: Are you a Maloofophile?  Then you'll be thrilled to learn our feature presenter, OWA member Dean Hummel, will talk about his visit to the Sam Maloof House and his building of a Maloof lounge chair with ottoman.

Henry W Russell 1937-2019

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This weekend we received the sad news that Henry Russell died in hospital on Friday night at the age of 81.  Henry was an active member of the OWA almost since the club's inception.  Who doesn't remember the delicately ornate souvenir cases he displayed, time and again, often for his grandkids, in our Show-and-Tell segments?  Coopered lids and inlaid floral motifs were testaments to his skills; and inspiration to the rest of us.  Year after year, Henry was a silent partner with Jack Schwass making decorative frames and commemorative plaques to celebrate annual Danny Proulx Award winners.  And he never failed to greet you with a ready smile.

Thanks to Terry McClean, the following was posted on our club's Facebook page:
Henry passed last evening after a Wednesday heart attack.
Details will be available on the Tubman site later today.  Visitation is Tuesday 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 at the Tubman funeral home next to the Queensway Carleton Hospital.  The funeral will be at the Ref…

February: Half-Blind Dovetails with Gary Devries

Feb's first Tuesday falls on the 5th.  Something good on TV that night?  Watch it on Netflix or have a friend record it.  Why?  Because Gary Devries is going to demonstrate the cutting of half-blind dovetails for drawer fronts and the subsequent fitting of drawer fronts into casework. Maybe we will learn the secrets of how Gary accomplishes in a two hour meeting what takes some of us two days to do. As always we meet from 7 to 9 PM in the basement of the Bethany Baptist Church, at the intersection of Baseline and Centrepointe, the West one as Centerpointe meets Baseline twice.  Come as early as 6:30 if you would like to help set up chairs.  And bring your dry indoor footwear. The Ottawa Woodworkers Association welcomes new members.  Just show up and register at the desk.  You may attend two meetings at no cost before deciding whether you'd like to join.

First Meeting of 2019

We are posting this on January 1st, on the first Tuesday of the year, never mind the month.  Whereas most months we meet on first Tuesdays, this month we will meet on the second Tuesday, the 8th.  Our feature presentation will be given by OWA member Igor Vasilenko, who is busy establishing a career for himself as a woodworker.  The topics will be shapers and his new shop.

Here, in his own words, is an overview of his presentation:
In my presentation on shapers, we will go over a few of the basics that involve choosing and using a shaper, and also take a look at the tooling and accessories that can make our shaper do more for us and our workshops.  I’ll also explain why I chose the shaper that I use in my shop daily, and show you some of the benefits that have come from having a shaper set up in my workshop.  I will bring with me some examples of shaper tooling that I own, and show some of the pros and cons of each type of setup.

Along with that, there will be the usual Show-and-Tell, …

Light News Day: New East End Location for Ottawa Fastener Supply

So George is not sure when this happened, but Ottawa Fastener Supply is the proud single dad of a brand new location in the East End, at 3020 Hawthorne, just around the corner from Princess Auto and Busy Bee.  Think of it: all that hardware and woodworking goodness just minutes from each other.  Imagine the grin on Roger's face.