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Our guest speaker for the December meeting was the club's very own Steve Wavro who provided many tips about how he works his intarsia masterpieces. There is software available that will convert a photograph into an intarsia pattern.  With an intarsia pattern Steve selects pieces of wood whose grain and color most closely matches the intarsia pattern. Judy Gayle Roberts and Kathy Weiss are great sources of patterns.  Steve make six copies of the pattern so that he can always return to the original should the unthinkable happen -- a mistake.  Western Red Cedar is Steve's favorite wood because it works well and he can get it in many colors or shades. Steve isn't shy about using fence pickets.

Steve uses spray on glue to attach the pattern to the wood and rubber cement for the smaller pieces.  Although far from an epee a #5 scroll saw blade is his blade of choice when dealing with fencing...or any other wood.

For creating a 3D effect Steve will use thin pieces for shims underneath regular pieces. To accent adjacent pieces Steve sands the top edges. 

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L1030799.JPG (89294 bytes)  toys (5).png (165284 bytes) Pam Kelley showed slides of table decorations crafted for the Westside Homelss Families Christmas Dinner.  These families are helped with housing, job counseling, and childcare.  Girl Scouts made the paper trees and puffy snowmen.  The children played with the cars under the table after the dinner. For more photos please follow this link: Pam Kelley Photos
SHOW and TELL PROJECTS
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Rick Spacek holds up a cross of red oak that he deftly crafted with a scrollsaw. 

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    Fred Sandoval shows some handmade scrapers.  Very useful should he get into a "scrap".

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Denis Muras crafted the glass box as a Christmas present for his mother-in-law in which for her to display her antique Nativity Set.  The case is of oak and finished with polyurethane. The doll house was also made by Denis which will most certainly thrill his granddaughter.  In the photo to the right, Denis holds the "front door" to the doll house.  L1030829.JPG (131876 bytes)  L1030828.JPG (99434 bytes)

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            L1030796.JPG (163879 bytes) L1030798.JPG (115526 bytes) Mark Behring shows two cross that he crafted of red oak and walnut.  Mark finished them with wipe-on polyurethane.L1030830.JPG (122771 bytes)L1030836.JPG (111339 bytes)
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Ridg Gilmer demonstrates how to use his shooting board that he designed for cutting and mitering small pieces.

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Jack Hutchison presented slides of a slant top desk, a joint project with John Fry.  The desk is for his daughter's wedding - lucky couple for sure.       L1030847.JPG (117661 bytes) L1030849.JPG (109024 bytes)
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