East Texas Woodturners (ETW)
By Dennis Lorenz
Welcome to ETW! From our web page, “ETW is committed to serving woodturners in the East Texas area, providing a meeting place, sharing woodturning ideas and techniques, exchanging wood and sharing ideas about tools”.
We meet once a month (usually on the second Saturday) at 9:00 AM at Tyler Junior College West, room 104. At our monthly meetings, there is a show and tell table, an open library (hundreds of DVDs and books), a raffle for tools and/or gift certificates, and a demonstration. Oh, yeah – there is always lots of discussion and opinions – don’t be afraid to ask!
Please visit our web page at www.easttexaswoodturners.org - also, find us on Facebook – look for East Texas Woodturners. Take a look at the “Mentor Program” on our web page to see contact information on 15 mentors that will help you with turning situations. There is also information on ETW’s vast library resources (see “Library”). And for dues information, click on “Membership Form”.
Also once a month (usually one week after our normal meeting), a lot of us gather at Paul Coppinger’s shop in Mineola for MOST (Mineola Open Shop Turning). This is a come-and-go “hands-on” event, where you can turn on one of seven mini lathes, ask questions, or just watch. See “MOST Day” on the web page.
ETW participates in the “Beads of Courage” program – this is a national program where kids undergoing various medical procedures (usually cancer) are awarded beads for these procedures and need a container for their beads. See www.beadsofcourage.org for additional information.
SWAT (Southwest Association of Turners) has an annual symposium in August – it is a 2-1/2 day event usually held in Waco at the convention center. The 2015 meeting had about 850 attendees, 50 vendors, a variety of demonstrations, and a gallery of beautiful turnings. See www.swaturners.org for more details and cost information.
Member discounts are available from several vendors – please ask the vendor if a discount is available. Please remember that most discount lists are usually updated only once a year, after the dues are collected in Spring.
Have questions? See the Newsletter for club officer contact information.