Monday night recap, September 9, 2019

Welcome back to the 2019/2020 Durham Woodworking Club season!  We held our first club meeting last night, although we had a guest speaker planned, unfortunately due to last minute unforeseen issues, our guest speaker could not attend.  While the guest speaker could not attend, we did have a good meeting to start the season.

We had a tremendous response to the ongoing wig stand program, last night on the gallery table, there were 15 new wig stands to be presented to Hearth Place.  A shout out to Andy Valliere for the amount of wig stands that he has turned and donated, but also to raising the bar with the artistic designs that he has incorporated into his pieces, thank you Andy.  Kade will have more information regarding the wig stand program at the next meeting.

Also, congratulations to Calvin Perry and his team of builders, that produced six new outdoor benches for the “We Grow Food” program.  Calvin secured donated wood for the project, the team designed and built the benches over the summer and have distributed the benches to their new homes in the community.  Congratulation to everyone involved.

For those members that picked up free wood blocks at the end of season (May) from Dale Coolidge, Dale has asked that if you have made something from this wood, could you please take a picture and send it to Dale.  He would like to pass it along to the folks that donated the wood, it may be useful for any future donations.  If you need Dale’s email address, please check the club directory which was sent out in May.

Doors open will take place Saturday September 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Simcoe Street Church.  The club will be open to receive guests, if you would like to volunteer to work in the shop that day, please notify Rick Sullivan or Chad Shaw via email or phone.

An invitation from the Kawartha Woodturning Guild has been forwarded to our club regarding a demonstration by Nick Agar.  The date of the demonstration is Saturday November 17th @ 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, cost is $45 per person which includes lunch.  If you’re interested in attending, please let me know, I’ll add your name to the list, I’ll also post on the club web site.

There are a handful of requests from individuals for paid work, I’ll post the details on the club web site on a separate page.


  • This Wednesday night, Denis and Chris will be hosting an open turning night from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  If you have any turning related questions or would like help with a project, please feel free to stop by the shop.
  • This Thursday night, Mike will be hosting an open shop night, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Chad will be in the shop from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, for anyone who would like to use the shop in the evening, this is a good opportunity for additional shop time hours.
  • Our next meeting, Chris will be leading a discussion on shop safety.  He’ll be looking for group participation on your experiences in your personal shops around shop safety, as Chris calls it, “True Confessions”, I know that we all have stories to share.