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Old 08-14-2018, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default IAP and Programs for Visually Impaired Woodturners

The IAP Community has a new project: Assisting with the Programs for Visually Impaired Woodturners,
established by Andi Sullivan

Briefly, Andi has in conjunction with annual AAW Symposiums established Woodturning Programs at host cities, at local agencies that serve Blind and Visually Impaired clients. Currently there are programs in Tampa, Atlanta, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Portland and Phoenix (led by our very own sbwertz).

Each program, while independently operated, relies on some organizational assistance from Andi. The IAP Membership will not be taking on a leadership role, but will be strictly serving to assist in several helpful ways.

1. Ordering woodturning kits in bulks amounts to save individual groups' expenses.
2. Obtaining blanks through donations or direct purchase.
3. Complete blank preparation (cut, drill, tube and mill) for each kit.
4. Mailing the paired blanks/kits to Andi for dispersal to the programs as needed.

Other options to assist:

1. Members can purchase kits and mail to myself or Andi (We would like to stay with specific kits that the programs are currently familiar with; I can supply the ordering codes).
2. Members can purchase kits/blanks, do the complete preparation and send the paired kits to a supplied address.
3. Members can volunteer to do the blank preparation - I would send you tubes and blanks, send back to me and after a bulk amount is organized, forward to Andi.
4. If members have extra kits/blanks that the schools currently use, that is also fine.

At this time, I will be the IAP Contact and will handle the bulk purchases, mailing out materials, accepting prepped blanks, organizing and forwarding to Andi, or where she prefers the materials to be sent. This sounds like a lot of work, but I actually expect this to be pretty "low maintenance" once up and running. I just want to avoid Andi receiving boxes of very nice, but random materials from all different sources. A bit of organization will be helpful to her.

So, this can be a nice way for individual members to assist if they so choose, or even a nice Chapter Activity.

After my initial thread announcing that this was in the works I have been contacted by a few IAP members who already have pledged support, so this is up-and-running. The first bulk order will go out later this week, and when received, I can begin the blank-prep chores with assistance.

Anyone wishing to assist can PM me: Mark James

Andi and Sharon - Feel free to amend/correct/add any comments or information I missed!
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OK Mark, let us know what kits, blanks, and other supplies you need and I'm sure members of our organization will step up to the task.
Let me know how much 2P-10 CA Glue you want and I'll make sure you get it!

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OK Mark, let us know what kits, blanks, and other supplies you need and I'm sure members of our organization will step up to the task.
Let me know how much 2P-10 CA Glue you want and I'll make sure you get it!

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PM on its way.

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Six volunteers already. IAP rocks
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I have many blanks of many types. What type of blanks do they primarily work with?
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I have many blanks of many types. What type of blanks do they primarily work with?
They are not interested in "Purty" blanks... Dry, Solid, not challenging to turn, and pretubed. Most of the clients will turn 1-3 kits, then not return unless they get the woodturning "bug." Key rings are essential for their lifestyle needs, and single barrel kits are next in line. (i.e., single barrel, paired bushings the same dimensions, easy assembly). Some folks are partially sighted, some are fully blind, so a variety is nice. And yes, some have gotten the "bug" and bought a lathe and progress nicely within their abilities and interests.

Initially, lets concentrate on solid wood blanks (This is the least need, as most of us have lots to share). After I get a better concept of where the different programs are skill-wise, we can consider acrylics. But this brings in another set of finishing skills. As I understand it, they are doing mostly friction finishes, occasionally some do a CA with assistance.

I will have a better concept of what Andi needs as we progress with this, but for now IAP has been AWESOME! In 1/2 of a day we have 8 volunteers willing to prep blanks, and numerous donations.

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Mark, can you link the key ring kit they use?
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Mark, can you link the key ring kit they use?
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Mark, the other thing we all really need is slimline bushings. We use them for both slimline pens and keychains. Also, Gatsby/Sierra/Wall Street bushings.

The only way our turners know they are at the bushings is often by hearing the sound of the tool on metal. As a result, the bushings rapidly get turned down so they are too small. (All our brass mandrel nuts have lost their knurling, too LOL.)
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Mark, the other thing we really need is slimline bushings. We use them for both slimline pens and keychains. Also, Gatsby/Sierra/Wall Street bushings. The only way our turners know they are at the bushings is often by hearing the sound of the tool on metal. As a result, the bushings rapidly get turned down so they are too small.
Gotcha! Orders for 100 bushing sets were already done yesterday, with 500 kits! IAP Has got your back! Probably 1-2 weeks from yesterday.

We are up to 10 additional volunteers as of tonight to assist with blank prep. Sooooo nice to throw out an opportunity for assistance, and get a wonderful response!

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