Are you geared up for the 2018-19 season of meetings of the OWA? Has the finish properly hardened on your summer opus for Show and Tell? No problem if you need an extra week, since our first meeting for 2018-19 will be on the .S.E.C.O.N.D. Tuesday in September, the 11th. We move back to first Tuesdays in October.
Meetings run from 7 to 9 PM, and doors usually open at 6:30 if you'd like to help set up. We meet at the Western intersection of Baseline and Centrepointe, in the basement of the Bethany Baptist Church.
Another very successful Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest was held at the Wadkin Temple (AKA Jack Forsburg's place). Jack once again ordered perfect weather for the sixth annual event with well over 100 people in attendance. There was a good number of OWA members both presenting and taking in all the activities. Some of the familiar OWA faces such as Vic Tesolin (dove tail marker made with hand tools), Karen McBride (molding a Wadkin badge), James Ferris (spoon carving), Nick Verbree (blacksmith forging) and of course the High Priest himself Jack Forsburg (machine made joinery) putting on demonstrations through the afternoon. Other demonstrators Brent Stanley (timber framing) and Serge LevesQue (motor and switch wiring). A good number of vendors had items for sale from stone sinks to power tools, hand tools, wood, and more.
Once again OWA member Ken Dixon dusted off his shop apron and worked the grill, with much appreciated help from Rob Suarez, to feed the hungry lunch-time …
The second to last meeting of the 2017/18 year, with two presenters, was well attended.
First were some announcements by President James, one of which is the OWA website decided to go AWOL. Even with our best and brightest minds on the case, the domain hasn't yet been found. So we have a new web address ottwwa.blogspot.ca Note w replaces the first a in ottwwa. But if you are reading this, congratulations, you found us!
George Fouriezos was first up. He steered left of woodworking to talk about 3D Printing in the Woodshop. George has been playing around with a 3D printer for a little more than a year making everything from dog tags and signs to flasks and marking tools for woodworking, not to mention tools and parts for various machines. George, as always, was able to keep a crowd of woodworkers entertained, informed, and engaged with a topic that didn't include any wood at all. You can watch a similar presentation on George's woodworking channel on YouTube.…