April 2015 Meeting




About Us


Member Galleries

Processes and Tools


Wood Information

Turning Classes

Local Events

Tool Suppliers

Classified Ads



We held our last meeting on April 14th. We had Len Coleman, Mark Welner, Troy Gibson, and Don Maschino as guest. Len and Troy are now our newest members. Ron Olin reported we have $2530.00 in our bank account. Jim Nickless reported on the Newest additions to the AAW website. It’s well worth checking out. Lynn Southward reported that we now have a nice display set up in the Blissfield Library. It’s located on S. Lane St. in downtown Blissfield. You can’t miss it.

For show and tell we had several nice item brought in which included a LOT of Birdhouse by Jim Nickless, which will be donated to the Bixby Hospital fund raiser. Mitch Mattis is going to be at the “In-good Company” restaurant as a guest artist on April 23rd from 5 to 8 . If you’re in the area an can make it, stop in for supper, snack, or just to say hello and lend support. 

Break time snacks were furnished by Paul Malnar and were tasty as usual. 

Our demo was by Gary Earnst on sharpening. Gary brought a complete collection of sharpening equipment along with handouts. He gave a great professional demonstration and even stayed after to give hands on instructions to some of our members.

Next month’s demo will by Scott Sollsburg on turning lidded boxes. It’s been request a lot on the survey. Now’s you chance to learn how. We can take time after the meeting for hands on instructions if anyone would like. 

April’s challenge was “Birdhouses” for donation to Bixby Hospitals Auxiliary for their coming fund raiser. Winners were Novice: Al Goldstein., Intermediate: Mitch Mathis, Advanced: Craig Demlow. The challenge for next month will be “Anything for the Kitchen”. This can be a sugar bowl, spoon, trivet, rolling pin, or anything else that comes to mind. It’s wide open, but must be for kitchen use and useable. 

 bD2.jpg (136932 bytes) bD3.jpg (120125 bytes)

 bD1.jpg (131430 bytes) bD4.jpg (140949 bytes)


Mitch Mattis brought in his home made and self-contained threading jig and gave us a brief demo. It really works nice. 

 ST1.jpg (165940 bytes) ST10.jpg (115416 bytes) ST2.jpg (135631 bytes)

 ST3.jpg (128446 bytes) ST4.jpg (97201 bytes) aD3.jpg (86150 bytes)

  ST5.jpg (114860 bytes)


Our May 9th President's Challenge item is a "Something for the Kitchen".  We will have a "Lidded Boxes" demo by Scott Solsburg.  Please don't forget that our meetings are now held at Christ Episcopal Church at 720 Riverside Ave in Adrian near Bixby Hospital.  The meeting will start at 10AM and we don't have to be out of the building by 1PM any longer. Click Here to View The Map of Our New Meeting Location


The pictures below show some of the items brought in for the monthly President's Challenge "Birdhouses" and show-and-tell.  Congratulations to our April President's Challenge winners Craig Demlow-Advanced, Mitch Mattis-Intermediate and Al Goldstein-Novice!   As always, thanks to all of those that brought in items for the President's Challenge, show and tell, and those that brought in flag bases for our veterans.  

 PC5.jpg (146217 bytes) PC6.jpg (66970 bytes) PC4.jpg (73056 bytes) 

 PC1.jpg (135896 bytes) PC3.jpg (75323 bytes) ST7.jpg (225306 bytes)


Jim Nickless was kind enough to put together a list of available resources for our club library.  Here is a link to Jim's list:  Library List


We are starting a mentoring program for our membership.  If you are willing to help by fielding questions, please get in touch with any of the club officers. 

Don't forget about our special challenge of turning wooden flag holders for our veterans at the Ann Arbor VA hospital.  All bases should have a 3/16" hole to accept the flag.  Lloyd Niederriter brought this need to our attention.  He has been heading the program and is shown below holding one of the holders made by our members. 

 V1.jpg (207806 bytes) ST1.jpg (102898 bytes) FB1.jpg (187610 bytes)

 FB2.jpg (203128 bytes) ST1.jpg (106405 bytes) ST4.jpg (262750 bytes)

Click Here For More Pictures On Page 2