Club Updates

Monday Night Recap – January 14, 2019

Great meeting last night, Don McFarland treated the members to an awesome demonstration on FLOCKING.  Don ran through the correct techniques to properly flock a projected, the range of options to be flocked was quite large, ranging from turned projects to flat & scroll work to a wide assortment of items.  We’ll hope to have Don’s presentation up on our new web site shortly and we’ll see if we can get the video feed posted to our YouTube channel.  Thank you to Don for taking the time to prepare and present on the subject matter, it is greatly appreciated.

Chad Shaw has been working with the Back Door Mission at the church to help out with their food drive, he’s been doing an awesome job.  Attached is a list of items that the mission are accepting on behalf of their program, each week as you members come out to the Monday meetings, please feel free to drop off a donation in the bin as you pick up your badges.

Attached is a presentation from Gene Hutchinson on flattening a warped board, following Chris Lapine’s demonstration this past Saturday.

Just a reminder, we have a new enhanced web site, new calendar, as well as, memberships can now be paid on-line (yeah!).  Please check the web site for any updates. 


  • Tuesday night, open shop night
  • Wednesday night, open turning night
  • Thursday night, Kub Cars program with Calvin Perry, shop will be closed in the evening
  • Saturday morning, Heart shaped pendant seminar with  Chris Lapine (9:00 am to noon)

Have a great week!

Monday Night Recap – January 7, 2018

Rob will type info here.

Happy New Year

Terrific start to 2019 this past Monday night, no speaker this week, however, a lot of new and exciting things happening at the club.

Back in December, an email was sent to the membership with a request from the Simcoe Street United Church to help bring holiday for a number of families.  The executive agreed to donate $200 on behalf of the club and the membership, below is the email from the church, thanking the club

Hi Rob,

I wanted to say thank you so very much! All the help that you and woodworkers have provided went an extra-long way to making so many families happy this year! It was so heartwarming to me and such a blessing as the doorbell rang each time with another woodworker arriving with something in hand to help.

I personally give my thanks and want to let you know I am so grateful for all the woodworkers have done, but also, the community angels and all the families that received assistance want to express their gratitude as well, they will be forever thankful.

Please pass this along to the other members, as I do not have personal contact for those who so kindly lent a hand and filled others hearts with joy.

Thank you again, I wish for each and every one of you a blessed, healthy and happy New Year,


This coming Saturday, Chris Lapine will be hosting two demonstrations on how to straighten a warped board using a planner and jointer, start time for the first demonstration will be 10 am to noon, followed by a second demonstration starting at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Chris has sent out an email to all members who have registered, if you’re interested please email Chris with your notification at  Please bring hearing protection, the equipment is very loud and can harm your hearing.  

As well, Chris will be hosting a poly resin demonstration on Saturday January 19th, participants will be instructed on how to create a heart shaped pendant with a poly resign fill.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Chris via email.  Attached is a PDF file with heart shaped designs to select, you’ll need to secure a piece of wood to apply the design and to cut out the heart shaped design.

BTW, the club has a new web site, special thanks to Dan Kuzmicki, a lot of work has gone into the web site and Dan has more items to add in the future.  We should have access to on-line payments soon, Dan is just working out the details, it will be posted on the web site.  As well, a special thank you to Wayne Whitehead for all of his support as our web master.


·         We have an outside request for someone to make a half dozen “power” bracelets for a cancer patient, if you can donate your time, please let me know.

·         Wednesday night will be an open turning night hosted by Denis and Chris, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·         Thursday night will be an open shop night hosted by Chad Shaw, start time will be 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, as well, Wayne Pye will be working on the French cleat wall.

·         Next Monday night, Don McFarland will be demonstrating the use of “flocking”, please feel free to google the word for a description of the event.

Monday Night Recap – December 17, 2018

WOW, what a great night to end the year, we all had so much fun!  Thank you to all of the members that brought holiday treats, the serving table was completely full of cookies, cakes and snacks, I’m told that all were healthy.   The highlight of the night was Dan Alexanders hockey themed drink caddy, complete with a puck bottle openers, tissue dispenser and optional team logo which could be changed at a moment’s notice, depending on which bandwagon was rolling down the street.

Thank you to all of the participants in this year’s pen swap, what an amazing time.  Everyone brought a great pen to swap with, but also had great stories about the pen kit or the material used to make the pen.  Calvin was busy taking pictures, we’ll have those posted to the clubs web site.

Wayne Pye had a terrific idea, the club would like to collect everyone’s receipts from the following retailers, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowes and Lee Valley.  The purpose of collecting the receipts is to validate to each of the retailers that the DWC membership has some significant purchasing power, with that, we’re going to ask for donations from these retailers to support our club.  We’re going to keep boxes in the shop that you can drop your original receipt or a photo copy, the receipts can be for any purchase, a fridge all the way down to a package of screws for a project.  Great idea Wayne, thank you.


·        Shop hours will remain the same this week, however, please note the following changes during the Christmas break, shop closed December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, open 28th.  Shop closed December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, open 4th.  These updates will be available on the club calendar on our web site.  The club will start back up again on January 7, 2019, 6:30 pm sharp.

·        This Tuesday, open shop night with Mike and team, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·        This Wednesday, open shop night for turning, hosted by Denis and Chris, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·        This Thursday, open shop night with Chad, starting from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·        Chris Lapine will be hosting a live demonstration on Saturday January 12th, topic, “how to straighten a warped board”, there will be two secessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon

·        Chris will also be hosting a live demonstration on Saturday January 19th, project “heart shaped pendant with epoxy”, additional details at the first meeting of 2019, which is January 7th, 2019

·        Calvin will be hosting a live demonstration on Intarsia, details will follow in the new year

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

Merry Christmas everyone, have a safe and happy holiday season, we’ll see you in January.

Monday Night Recap – December 10, 2018


Great meeting this past Monday night, we were treated to a fantastic guest speaker, Steve Grainer from Sense of Calm.  Steve’s company produces an array of natural products, however, from the clubs perspective, Steve has a line of bees wax products that are perfect for finishing cutting boards, natural live edge serving boards and more.  Steve has a web site with all the products that they produce, please feel free to take a tour,  Thank you to Steve for taking the time to visit the club and answer all of the questions from the membership.

This coming Monday night is the last meeting for the year, we’ll be hosting our pen swap and we’ll be offering coffee and treats as our way of getting into the Holiday season.  If anyone would like to bring in treats for the group, please feel free, everyone is welcome.


·        Tuesday night is open shop night (I know, I’m a bit late, sorry)

·        Wednesday night is open turning night (yes, I’m late with this, sorry)

Sense of Calm

Name: Steve Grainer / Sense of Calm

Steve has a line of bees wax products that are perfect for finishing cutting boards, natural live edge serving boards and more  Thank you to Steve for taking the time to visit the club and answer all of the questions from the membership.

Monday Night Recap – December 3rd 2018

Terrific meeting last night, Dale Coolrige ran though part two of his sharpening demonstration, highlighting how to sharpen both a chisel and a plane blade.  Great discussion on the “how to” portion, lots of questions from the membership.  Thank you Dale for taking the time to present to the membership, it was a very insightful presentation.

The new Oneway lathe is set to arrive in the shop on Wednesday morning, Denis will be holding a tutorial for members on how to use the new Oneway lathe during the Wednesday night turning forum.  If anyone is planning to use the new lathe, please plan to attend the tutorial.

Please be advise that the daily shop hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, members must exit the shop at 3:00 pm sharp.  Please plan to clean and pack up your projects at 2:45 pm and leave the shop at 3:00 pm.

Housekeeping notes

  • Wednesday night, Denis and Chris will be hosting the turning forum, this will be the round table Q & A, start time is 6:00 pm.
  • There are a number of plastic containers containing in the spare shop room with free wood, if you’re interested in picking up some wood, please feel free, please leave the plastic bins.
  • Thursday night Calvin will be hosting a CLOCA meeting, the shop will be closed for Calvin’s group.
  • Reminder, the pen swap will take place on Monday December 17th.

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

Have a great week.

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.