Posts

Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest

Does your heart skip when someone says three-phase? Do you sit up straight when you hear Wadkin? Do you breathe quickly as a band saw takes a full minute to get up to speed? Then maybe you will want to attend Jack Forsberg's Rust Junkie Fest. Held on the weekend after Canada Day, this year's date is July 6th. You'll want to get more information and register by dropping in to the Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest's official site.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The next meeting of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association is to take place on Tuesday, June 4th, as usual in the basement of the Bethany Baptist Church from 7 PM to 9.  Doors open as early as 6:30, so come early if you would like to help set up.  The church is at the western intersection of Baseline and Centrepoint.  Be sure to bring alternate footwear if it's raining.  Or snowing.

Now Rob has been working on something special, and he does not want a big spoiler.  But here's a little one.  Now if you have just roused from a 20-year coma, go back and and click on "a little one" in the previous sentence to watch the tiny spoiler.

The usual fare will also be part of the meeting.  So, there's show-and-tell, tool swap or sale, and the 50-50 draw.

And then there's the election of OWA officers for 2019-20.  James Ferris has come to the constitutional end of his mandate as president, and thus has to pass the sceptre.  Rob Suarez is also ready to pass the torch as VP-…

Win Part Slab from Legacy Lumber

We just learned, thanks to Carl Duguay of the Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement magazine, that Legacy Lumber will be drawing a $250 gift certificate against one of their slabs or other wood products.  Legacy Lumber supplies slabs out of Mississauga, Ontario.  There is a daily blog on YouTube by Paul Lemiski with frequent references to Legacy Lumber, along with recaps of his own woodworking day.  Paul's core product is Maloof inspired furniture, and he has posted several how-to videos on Maloof joinery.

You can obtain entries -- yes, more than one -- for the draw for the gift certificate by visiting the magazine's entries site.  The offer expires on June 9th, and you will probably need to visit starting now to work through the labyrinth of subscriptions, visits, and referrals that will earn you entries.

Tuesday, May 7th, 7-9 PM

This month our very own Don Duchesne will show us how to model our woodworking creations in SketchUp.  He will also demonstrate a cool plugin that automatically produces a cut list from the model.  If you've been putting off learning how to use SketchUp, then this is a Must Attend.  And then there's the usual gang of activities: Show-And-Tell, tool selling or swapping, and a 50-50 draw.

New members are always welcome; in fact, you can attend a couple of meetings to see what goes on, no charge, while you consider whether you would like to join the OWA.  Meetings are in the basement of the Bethany Baptist Church at the Western intersection of Baseline and Centrepointe, first Tuesday of the month, from 7-9 PM.  If it's wet, bring dry indoor footwear.

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

Image
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…