New Mexico Woodturners
New Mexico Wood Turners, located in Albuquerque, has over 100 members from the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and around central New Mexico. We meet the first Saturday of each month and welcome anyone with an interest in wood turning, from beginner to professional.
Meetings feature presentations on turning techniques, wood selection, tools and safety. Special topics have included vacuum chucks, holiday ornaments, and other unique subjects. Every meeting includes an informal "Instant Gallery" of member work which you can see in our GALLERY section.
We bring in nationally known guest presenters several times each year, and the club sponsors numerous special events and projects. A popular event is the woodturning exhibition at the New Mexico State Fair, "Expo New Mexico" held every September. Activities include woodturning competitions, exhibitions, live demonstratons, and videos on a range of turning topics.
It’s already July, which means that the New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner. I know we talked about it at the meetings last two months but we really need to keep it in the forefront of
our minds. August will be here before you know it, and we really need to have a good show this year.
Yes, I said “August.” Last year, the State Fair staff changed the entry and judging dates to the last week of August in effort to avoid having to pay people to work on Labor Day. That resulted in a very low number of entries (half as many as the previous year), because club members missed the deadlines. Now we’ve been told the same deadlines are in effect for 2016, which gives us a head start over last year. So remember – entries will be accepted only on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, from 9 AM to 5 PM. If you miss those days, you will not be in the show. And we need you to be in the show!
The State Fair is our prime chance to shine. It’s like the Oscars, the Emees and the Tonys all rolled into one. And it’s not for the competition. It’s to show off our skills, our knowledge and our creativity. If you’ve volunteered at the Fair before, you know how people “Oooh!” and “Ahhh!” over our displays. To non-turners, what we do borders on magic, and they love to gaze and wonder.
I’ve seen the pieces our members are producing this year at our monthly “Instant Gallery.” They are awesome and highly worthy of public display! So please! Bring your finer pieces to the Fair. (Remember, we have five levels: Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional. Surely there is a niche for you.)
And speaking of volunteering, Jim Breeden, our State Fair Coordinator, is already filling slots for folks to demonstrate their skills during the Fair. I’ve done this the last two years, and I admit to being reluctant to volunteer the first time, thinking there were many who were more qualified than me to do so. But I’ve had a blast both years, and I think you would, too. I especially enjoy watching kids’ eyes light up as a small piece takes shape on the lathe. But Jim also needs volunteers for entry check-in, assisting the judges and machinery and display set-up prior to the show, along with machinery take down and entry check-out after the Fair.
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer!!!
Larry Linford, President