As you likely expected, there will be no physical get-togethers in September, and it is very possible this means the entire 2020-21 year. Nevertheless, the OWA Executive will try to provide some interaction on First Tuesdays of each month using Zoom, starting with Tuesday September 1. How will it work? Early on, we will try to feed main presentations to the membership in Live Streamed form. This means that a certain time (Likely 7 PM on a first Tuesday) someone will host a Zoom meeting and present a woodworky topic. Members will be able to watch the presentation, and we may even be able to handle questions from the participants. As we get better at this, we expect to provide Show-and-Tell segments. There will be bugs and failures along the way, naturally. If you have not used Zoom we recommend you install it and practise using it. You can watch a YouTube introduction to Zoom . If you would like to practice watching live sessions, send your email address to Geo
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Here's a quote from George: "When I joined the OWA in 2011, Jack Schwass conducted a special interest group in his home workshop on making planes. I couldn't believe it; these people made their own tools! I stayed." On Thursday the 10th at 7 PM, our partners, the Kingston Artisans, will host a Zoom meeting showing how one makes a wooden hand plane. Additional details along with an invitation to the meeting will be (or maybe have been) provided to members of the OWA via email. There's also talk of a surprise presentation lined up. Check your email.