February 2018: Sylvain "Bazz" Bazinet on Chip Carving

Text and Photos by Ken Dixon (which is the unfortunate reason there are no photos of Ken presenting his box and jigs).
The February meeting's main presenter was Bazz on Chip Carving but first was Rob with a couple of announcements.  First, a reminder of the Kingston Wood Artisans Woodworking Symposium 2018.  With the great success of last year this year is shaping up to be even better.  The Early Bird $45 registration fee ends on the 28th of February.  After that date it goes up to $65.  For all the information go to https://kwoodartca.wordpress.com/special-events/symposium-2018/.  The other announcement was about woodworking questions.  If you have a question that you would like the group to weigh in on, you have three options: One is to write it down on the clip board that is at every meeting.  Two is to email it to ottawa.woodworkers.assoc@gmail.com.  Three is to enter it into the comment section of the latest Ken Dixon Recap, like the one below.  If the clipboard gets passed around early in the meeting and the questions are posed at the end, then that method will be the fastest.  For the other two methods, email and comment, you'll have to wait until the next meeting.
Bazz a long time OWA member and Chip Carving instructor extraordinaire gave a very informative talk about his passion.  Starting with why and how he got in to it, the history behind "the poor mans carving", to the tools and techniques needed to take on such an adventure.  He had many examples of his work to help illustrate the craft.  He ended off his talk by demonstrating the basic cuts used.
After the break and after some answers to questions members had submitted with some discussion around the answers it was on to Show and Tell.  Ken Dixon started things off with one of the 28 boxes he made for a client and also the two jigs used in its making.  One is for cutting the miters on the band saw and the other for cleaning up and tweaking the miters using a hand plane.
Mark Allen was next with a beautifully crafted small box for a wedding ring that kept going missing.
James Ferris showed his beautiful mitered box and a sloyd knife and wooden sheath that he made.
Ron Hall had his oval bug eaten maple coffee table that he made.
Jack Forsberg showed his newly completed carpenters tool box.
Gary Devries had his chip carved pencil box.
To top off the evening our usual 50/50 draw was held with Wayne Richardson winning the cash and James Ferris winning a pair of Chip Carving DVDs donated by Bazz.

See you at the March 6th meeting.


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