APRIL 11 – 12
CASCADE MIDDLE SCHOOL, 905 McGARIGLE RD
We could still use more display items and help manning our booths. You can bring display items to our April 7th meeting, and we’ll make sure they get there and back safely. WoodFest is an annual celebration of woodworking to recognize high school student wood shop achievements and is normally held at Sedro-Woolley High School. This year, it will be held at Cascade Middle School due to a conflict. NCWA has participated in this event for many years by helping judge the competition and displaying member projects. Student awards will be presented at about 2 p.m. on Sunday and NCWA will award a Lee Valley block plane to the student project that we judge “Best in Show.” Contact Jerry Couchman at (360) 255-1984 or email@example.com to sign up for displaying and manning shifts at our booths.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Driving East through Sedro Woolley on Highway 20 turn left on Highway 9. Cascade Middle School will be on your right, but continue past the school and turn right on McGarigle Rd to reach school parking.
SET UP: 7-9 a.m. April 11th, SHOW HOURS: 9-4 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday.
The March meeting is on Tuesday the 10th, not Tuesday the 3rd!
This month, we’re visiting FastCap just north of Bellingham, a company founded by Paul Akers, a woodworker and cabinet maker. Paul’s company is founded on making innovative woodworking products that make jobs easier and save time. Paul will give us a short history of how he got started, introduce us to his cool product line and give us a tour of his facility. The name of his company is basically the first product that he developed, small peal and stick adhesive covers to cover screws in cabinets. For more on FastCap, check out their website at www.fastcap.com. There are some amazing videos there! We will be doing Bring and Brag and have the new library books and DVDs available for checkout at this meeting.
MEMBER PROJECTS NEEDED FOR DISPLAY!!
WoodFest is an annual celebration of woodworking to recognize high school student achievements and is held at Sedro Woolley High School as an official event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. High Schools from all over Washington State are invited to enter projects in the competition. NCWA has participated in this event for many years by helping judge the competition and displaying member projects. Everyone in our club has projects they are proud of and this is an excellent place to show your work! Please sign up to bring your work, small or large, new or old. Your projects can be for sale or just for display. We will have two booths set up, one for the club projects, and one for Toys for Tots displays. Setup is from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. on April 11th, and doors open to the public at 10 am. Contact Jerry Couchman at (360) 255-1984 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for displaying and manning shifts at our booths. You can also sign up at our next membership meeting at FastCap. This is a fun event and you will be blown away by the incredible skill and variety of the high school projects!
Loss of a good friend! On Thursday, January 23rd NCWA member Steve Durkee passed away. Steve joined the club in May 2010. Steve loved his favorite pastime – woodworking. He would often share his special skills with the membership during bring-and-brag. Steve incorporated inlays into many of his woodworking projects. He enjoyed putting the inlay class together and teaching many NCWA members how to create detailed inlays. Steve’s family is planning on having a Celebration of Life gathering in the next month or so at the Hillcrest Lodge.
This month’s presentation is by George Knutson, one of our new members with a lot of talent. George will give us an overview of some of the uses he’s found for a vacuum pump. There’s the usual – veneering flat or curved surfaces, but you can also clamp straight or bent laminations (with the form inside the bag or outside the bag). And you can secure a work piece to your workbench or hold your work piece to a jig or fixture. George plans to demonstrate some of these applications and talk about the types of pumps that are available. George uses many of these techniques in his shop in Renton building primarily Greene & Greene style furniture, live edge slab pieces, recycled/reclaimed lumber projects, and some welding thrown in for variety.
The date for our March meeting has been changed to the second Tuesday, March 10th and the location will be at the new FastCap facility just north of Bellingham on I-5. This meeting will include a tour of the facility and a short presentation by president and owner, Paul Akers, a veteran woodworker and cabinet maker. FastCap specializes in innovative tools and products for woodworking.