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PRESENTERS
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Our April speaker was Brian Dumaine, owner of Impressions Architectural Millwork, a commercial woodwork shop here in the Houston area. He spoke about the commercial side of woodworking, and some of the realities associated with building a business doing woodworking. He started out 31 years ago doing home repairs, then remodeling and residential cabinets. About 20 years ago he began focusing solely on commercial and retail work, which includes some high end residential on behalf of interior designers. Brian stressed that expanding into commercial endeavors involve more than just woodworking-they can work in many materials, including metal and plastics. The shop is 54,000 sq ft (just a tad bigger than most of our garage shops!) and has CNC machines and beam saws, as well as a fleet of delivery trucks. They work in the metric system and are a United Laboratories listed shop.

Please click on this link to his website to see examples of their work.

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SHOW and TELL PROJECTS
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WWCH club members were mystified when Norm Nichols showed everyone his two wooden puzzles. 

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    Showing how much time Norm Nichols had for puzzles is reflected in his clock made of mesquite.  

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Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door... This mousetrap fired cannon allows Jerry Harmsen to fire a marble out its  barrel.  Look out mice and rats!

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  L1030125.JPG (132226 bytes)  L1030127.JPG (130982 bytes) L1030157.JPG (113675 bytes)    L1030159.JPG (101730 bytes) A toy truck with crane made of maple and walnut is proudly held by Denis Muras....Tonka, step aside.
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Dennis April is all set to pepper his salad tonight with his pepper grinder of walnut.

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L1030185.JPG (155515 bytes) L1030163.JPG (147306 bytes) Bob Wink holds his shoe box fire truck.  The box holds shoe shine essentials.  Shave and a haircut?
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This foyer table of cherry varnished with Minwax was beautifully crafted by Dave Kissinger.  Dave also hand carved the decorative pieces sitting on the table.  L1030113.JPG (246565 bytes) L1030114.JPG (184911 bytes) L1030166.JPG (110772 bytes) L1030168.JPG (54754 bytes)
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L1030123.JPG (153013 bytes) L1030170.JPG (86375 bytes) Steve Wavro holds a scroll sawed plaque he crafted for friends celebrating their wedding anniversary.
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Handmade mallets of pecan, oak and maple are held by Chuck Meeder.  Chuck can now hammer his point for sure. L1030142.JPG (132886 bytes) L1030175.JPG (111138 bytes)
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L1030144.JPG (180868 bytes) L1030177.JPG (124067 bytes) Tim Livingston made this footstool from ammoniated oak and topped with leather.
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Lance Miles reconditioned this 40 year old cedar chest....ahhhh...smelllll that cedar! L1030138.JPG (220089 bytes) L1030140.JPG (235891 bytes) L1030136.JPG (161527 bytes)
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L1030149.JPG (146788 bytes) L1030179.JPG (244119 bytes)  Mike Turner talks about his two tool totes of white pine he made for his grandkids with their assistance.  Mike spoke of how projects like this help pull kid noses out of video games.
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Gary Rowen crafted this plaque of red oak to display a broadsword on the wall.  Because red oak is an open grained wood it took about a dozen brushed coats of waterborne acrylic finish to achieve a smooth result.  A primary layer of water borne filler didn't seem to help much.  L1030135.JPG (165173 bytes) L1030171.JPG (99558 bytes)
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