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.
Greetings and Happy October! It’s hard to believe that another month year has slipped past us. With the arrival of October, Autumn is upon us. (Hard to believe with these temperatures, yes?)
The State Fair has come and gone, and we outdid ourselves. Some 30 turners entered 121 pieces in the 2016 Fair. The quality of the pieces was outstanding, with 62 winning prizes. (Slightly over half!)
Please join me in offering special congratulations to:
Michael Alguire – Best of Show, Professional
Michael Anderson – Best of Show, Advanced
Thomas Mann – Best of Show, Intermediate
Gilbert Griego – Best of Show, Novice
Jim Breeden – Judges’ Choice
Kudos too to Jim Breeden for a job well done. The woodturners’ corner at the State Fair does not jus happen. Jim puts in long hours before, during and after the event to ensure that it happens. Thanks go out also to the crew who helped Jim with this: Scott Eckstein, Bill Mantelli, Bob Rocheleau, Taz Bramlette. Ron Bahm, and any others I’ve left out.
And a special thanks goes out to the four judges who carefully examined each and every piece, awarded ribbons, and provided a written critique of every entry. Two full days were required to complete the process this year, and, like the rest of the crew, the judges volunteered their time. Many thanks, gentlemen!
And now it’s time to look toward October. This month’s presenter is Jason Clark, out of Chicago. Jason will be conducting the club workshop on Saturday (Oct. 1), and four full-day hands-on workshops at John Ellis’s home for 24 club members (6 per workshop).
Future meetings will be just as exciting – November will be another master turner, Sally Ault. And December will be the election of our 2017 Board of Directors officers, our Christmas gift exchange (bring one to receive one), and our selection of topics for 2017. This is your chance to campaign for topic(s) you’d like to see presented. Your participation is essential!
Switching gears, there is big news about one of our supporting businesses. Albuquerque Hardwoods is now Rugby Architectural Building Products, and they have moved to 1050 18th Street NW (the street between Explora! and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science). Their phone number is 505-924-2270. They carry the same produces that Albuquerque Hardwoods used to carry, and they still offer discounts to members of the New Mexico Woodturners.
See you on the 1st!
Larry Linford, President