Monday Night Recap, April 3, 2023


OPEN!!!! SHOP IS NOW OPEN!  regular 9am to 3 pm hours for now, more to come soon.

Calvin still in Oshawa hospital, on C5, – progressing, appreciates the visits.

Code to shop entrance downstairs is 142. the inner shop door will no locker be locked. We may be instituting a scanner fob system to get into the shop and track who uses the shop when.

If you know of any past members you can let them know that the shop is now OPEN, and they may consider re-joining.

Membership cards are available from Brian Hicks.

Discounts are available (5% or 10%) from Peacock, Woodchuckers, Burlington Exotic Wood, Busy Bee, Markham Industrial, NorthDog Wood.

The old men’s bathroom has been completely refurbished!!!  Yahoo!!

SHOP will be CLOSED this Friday and next Monday (Easter), NO meeting Easter Monday.

2X4 Challenge is up and running details sent by Kade this past week., and attached.

Ongoing Education

Watch the DWC website and your emails for sign-ups for courses

Community Activities

Chad Shaw – the BackDoorMission FOOD DRIVE will continue weekly. Thanks for your contributions!


CARVING SOAPSTONE (a Canadian perspective) with Mike Beaton

History and development. Bone/tusk carvings. Registered original hand-made art -sticker. Some artists make similar art without claiming to be Inuit or First Nations. Soapstone is a metamorphic talc based rock, various hardnesses. Various files and riffles and saws used. Mike usually sources his stone from Curve Lake reserve (Sandy Cline). Some comes from Quebec, Newfoudland… (Lee Valley also sells some) Mike uses wet sandpaper with piece in water, 300 grit up to 800. Put into the oven heated to 250-300, then rub beeswax into it, buff it. Could use oils instead.

All filed/sawn parts will need to be sanded then waxed and buffed.

There are some fake pieces out there – mass produced! Don’t be fooled. Real art pieces should be signed and dated. Fakes are less expensive and can look convincing.

Gallery, Show & Tell

Dale C. – old rejuvenated maple bowl, shellacked.

Chris L. – jar and wood (curly maple) coffee grinder, tung oil.

Kade B. – hollow form bird mouth live edge bowl, honey locust. Eggs- some coloured, goose egg- tulip poplar, with pedestal. Live edge crabapple bowl.

Steve H.- scroll sawn- 4 leaf clover decorative painted piece, Christmas tree wreath spray varathane, display stand, 2 people embracing.

Mike B. – wooden whistles, Whittling knife kit from Princess Auto.

Next Meeting: 2023, April 17. NO MEETING on Easter Monday