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Old 01-08-2017, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Local Chapter - Chicagoland - This Time For Sure

Sorry for the delay. Had a few issues securing a location, but this time we have one.

A few months ago I asked about starting a Chicagoland chapter of IAP. Here are the details for the first meeting.

Date:
February 11, 2017 from 9 am - 11 am

Location:
The New Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
139 South Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Each month I suggest a general meeting format but really feature a demo. With the talent I know we have in the Chicagoland area getting demo should be easy.

Agenda for the first meeting:
Quick Meet and Greet
Discuss goals for the chapter
Establish frequency and meeting dates and time (for the rest of the year)
Get an idea of demos we would like to see
Open forum for new things we have seen (products / videos / kits)
First demo - Turning Handmade Blanks

Since this is the first meeting I will step up and demo how I turn acrylic and handmade blanks. My technique will allow you to stream the acrylic in nice long ribbons. And the beauty is I will do it with a standard spindle gouge.

Other demo ideas for the future - we will discuss and I look forward to more:
Wood finishes
Casting
Pen Wizard
Segmenting

Just to get a better idea of interest, if you are thinking about attending please reply below. I will be making announcements at the Chicago Woodturners Meeting and The Windy City Meetings this month. Rockler also offered to mention it in their store.

Once again - sorry for the delay, but I think this will be fun and educational.

Look forward to meeting you in a few weeks.

Thanks,
Mark
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Be sure you're pak'n. :>)
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Congratulations, Mark!!!

The IAP has needed a Chicagoland chapter for years--thank you for providing the foundation!! I will plan to attend this meeting and lend whatever advice and answer any questions about establishing IAP chapters. Also happy to answer turning questions.

I try not to mention ExoticBlanks, when I attend IAP meetings in deference to the host (in this case Rockler). Whenever possible, I will recommend products that are available on-site. I shopped at Rockler and WoodCraft quite often for many years!!

Hope you have a spectacular turnout!!!

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Great job Mark! Count on me being there also! Looking forward to it!
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I'm interested and have put it on my calendar. However, I'm far from certain that I can make it.
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Mark, I marked the date down and will try to attend but I may be out of state then. Still up in the air about travel plans.
Great idea! Thanks for heading this up.
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I'll have to check on a few things, but I'm hopeful I can attend.
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I plan on attending, looking forward to meeting local pen turners,
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I also plan on attending. Looking forward to it.

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The weekend is open for me, so I am planning to come and visit with my two sons who live in Chicago
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