June 2018: Karen McBride on Vacuum Veneering

June 5th saw over 40 people come out to the final, regularly scheduled meeting of the 2017/18 OWA season.  Rob reminded everyone of the upcoming Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest held at the Wadkin Temple, also known as Jack Forsberg's place, on Saturday July 7.

Also a special note from our friends in the Kingston Wood Artisans group:

This coming spring, on the 6th of April 2019, a juried exhibition of wooden objects will beheld at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning – Kingston’s centre of art.  Artistry in Wood 2019, the first ever exhibition of its kind to be held in Kingston, will afford artisans such as yourself the opportunity to exhibit your work in a very unique and impressive gallery setting, open to the public.  We are anticipating hundreds of visitors that day, many of whom undoubtedly recognize and appreciate finely designed and crafted objects.  What better way could there be to show case your work and talents to such a discerning audience?

If I’ve piqued your interest, please take a look at the Guidelines here and see what Artistry in Wood 2019 is all about.  I am at your disposal to respond to any questions or comments you may have.

All the best,

Robert M. Schlosser
Director and President,
Kingston Wood Artisans Inc.
Phone 343-363-8270

As this was the last meeting of the season it was election time for the executive.  Brian Greene handled the duties again opening the floor to nominations for any of the positions on the executive.  As all of the current executive members are willing to stay on for as least one more year and none of the general membership challenged for any of the positions, the existing executive held their seats.  President: James Ferris, Vice President/Program coordinator: Rob Suarez, Secretary: Jeff Gleeson, Treasurer: Roger Chan and Public Relations: Wayne Richardson.  The executive appoints two directees at large and once again they are Gary Devries and George Fouriezos. Also sitting on the executive is Ken Dixon as past president.  Thank you and congratulations to the 2018/19 executive board members.

The main presenter was our very own, long-standing OWA member Karen McBride.  Before Karen got into the main part of her presentation she took us on a short virtual tour of the log building that she disassembled, moved, and rebuilt log by log; creating her two floor woodworking shop.  Her main presentation was on vacuum veneering over a form.  Using a combination of slides and actually using some veneer in a vacuum bag, she was able to demonstrate how the process works while talking about different glues, where to get all the gear, and some limitations and things to watch out for when using this system.  Thank you Karen.  As always her presentation was very entertaining and full of all the information one would need to get started.

To end the evening, the three people who finished their picture frames as part of the picture frame challenge showed them off for Show & Tell.  Thank you George Fouriezos, Sylvain (Bazz) Basinet, and James Ferris for showing us your excellent cedar frames.  All the frames are being donated to Being Studio.

The last item was the 50/50 draw.  This time we had four prizes up for grabs.  First up was the cash, then a bottle of wine in a custom presentation box made by Ken Dixon, and finally two tickets for two batches of different species of woods.  Congratulations to all the winners.

Have a safe and wonderful summer. Make sure you check out the Rust Junkie site and sign up to attend.

We will see you at the first meeting of the 2018/19 season in September.


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