Nov 26, 2018

Great meeting last night, we had a number of awesome gallery presentations from the membership, beautiful turned pieces and cutting boards. The highlight of the night was Andy Valliere’s enlarged pepper mill, a beautiful show piece and very functional. We all look forward to seeing more finished pieces from the membership.

We were all treated to a great presentation from Dale Coolidge on how to flatten a sharpening stone. Dale has a great deal of experience with sharpening skate blades, which has been the foundation for sharpening chisel blades. Dales demonstration focused on how to flatten and prepare the stone, part two of the demonstration will be next Monday night where he’ll take time to show the membership to actual tools and steps to sharpen a chisel. Thanks so much Dale for the first presentation, we’re all looking forward to round two.


· Wednesday night is open turning night, please feel free to come down to the shop and turn, Denis and Chris will be hosting and are more than happy to assist with any questions you may have turning.

· Pen swap registration is under way, if you’re interested in participating, please let me know.

· The Simcoe Street Unite Church will be hosting a Christmas Market on December 1st, open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lots of great crafts and food will be for sale.

· If you’re interested in attending the Building show, attached is the link for more information and ticket registration.

· Chris will be placing his group buy order today tomorrow for the cheese slicers, if you’re interested, please contact Chris directly.

· Don McFarland has extended an invitation from Hearth Place for a luncheon this coming Tuesday December 11th, in support of Hearth Place. For those who have participated and turned wig stands or other projects for Hearth Place, you are welcome to attend, if you are interested, please contact Don.

· Ron Avery has two trees coming down next Monday, he’ll have plenty of wood to give away, if you’re interested, please contact Ron directly.

If I’ve missed anything, please feel free to text, email or call.

Have a great week.

Rob Peros

Monday Night Recap – November 19, 2018

Great meeting last night, thanks to Mike Kellar for chairing a great discussion on the making of homemade paste wax.  We’ll be posting on the club YouTube channel a short video clip that Mike brought along, showing a safe method to melt the bees wax.  For those not in attendance last night, the most common methods to melt bees wax are by double boiling (boiling a pot of water, then adding a second pot which will melt the bees wax) or by using a slow cooking crock pot.

Wayne Pye also suggested using a glass mason jar and placing it in a pot of boiling water to melt the bees wax.  The most important safety tip when making your own homemade past wax, do not leave the stove top unattended when melting the bees wax, if left unattended it could potentially start a fire.

Additionally, throughout the discussion, the group had a number of great tips, it’s best to use light weight mineral oil, which can be purchased at any local drug store.  Chad Shaw mentioned that he last purchased a gallon of light weight mineral oil from Rona, I believe the brand purchased was “DVL”.  It was also mentioned that we had a presentation last year from a gentleman who sells bees wax and we’re going to ask him to come back and visit the club and to sell his bees wax products.  All in all, it was a great discussion, a lot of great information.

The Simcoe Street United Church will be holding their annual Christmas market on Saturday December 1st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, it is a free admission and there will be a number of great activities, as well as, holiday gift items for sale.


  • Wednesday night, open turning night hosted by Denis and Chris.  If you have any turning questions or need a helping hand, please feel free to stop in to the club, anytime from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Bernie Visser let the membership know of the upcoming Brooklin Carving Club annual show, this year the club will be hosting the event at the Brooklin Community Center on March 9th, 2019, more details to follow.
  • If anyone is interested in learning how to re-finish furniture, Kade Bolger will be hosting a “how to” seminar in the near future, we’ll post the information shortly.
  • Chris Lapine advised the membership about a group buy of cheese knife blades, if you’re interested, please contact Chris directly.
  • Don McFarland passed along a note from Hearth Place inviting anyone who has participated in the wig stand build of a luncheon on December 11th, if you’re interested in attending, please contact Don.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, text or email.

Have a great week.

Monday Night Recap – November 12, 2018

Great meeting last night, we have a fantastic open forum hosted by our very own Calvin Perry discussing possible meeting topics for the future.  Don’t let Calvin fool you, he’s a natural at the mic, great participation from the membership, a lot of strong suggestions from meeting topics.  The executive will get to work planning out future meetings and load all of the dates on the club calendar.


  • Wednesday night is open turning night with Denis and Chris, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Next week we’ll be taking names for this year’s pen swap, if you’re interested, please email me if you would like to sign up.
  • This coming Saturday November 17th will be a scheduled shop clean-up, start time is 10:00 am, all volunteers are welcome to come help out.  The more volunteers we have, the quicker the clean-up the shop is cleaned

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, email or text.

Have a great week.

Rob Peros

Monday Night Recap – November 5, 2018

Great meeting tonight, both the new club constitution and by-laws were voted upon and both passed unanimously.  We now officially have a club constitution and set of by-laws to run the day to day business of the club.  Overall, we had a great discussion before voting, it was decided that a subcommittee would be set up in the next week or so, in order to prepare for any possible updates to the constitution and by-laws at the first annual general meeting.  For those that would be interested in providing feedback, please reach out to Paul Kidson, he will be the chairperson for this subcommittee, please volunteer, your voice matters.

Housekeeping notes

  • Wednesday night will be the monthly turning forum, all welcome, hosted by Denis and Chris.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, text or email.