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Default Chicagoland Chapter - April recap - June Meeting

April Meeting Recap:

The April meeting featured Chris Labedz. Chris explained how to use the Beal Pen Wizard. Chris had numerous pens he created using the wizard and numerous techniques he had tried. It was very well done, generated a lot of conversation, and as always appreciated.

After the meeting we held a “Pens For Troops” where we turned over 20 pens for donation. The event was a lot of fun and we had turners of all skill levels participate – from Kim’s daughter to the most advanced. We also sat around had some pizza (thanks Mike for taking care of the additional festivities). Thanks to all who participated.

We also had some guests who drove in from Indiana – hope to see them as regular members.

Another topic were symposiums. Here is my break down:

MPG (Midwest Penturners Gathering)


The 11th Annual Midwest Penturners Gathering
May 18-20, 2018
Comfort Inn & Suites
5 Park Center Drive
Wadsworth, Ohio, OH 44281


Turn-On! Chicago

URL: Turn-On! Chicago 2016 - Symposium Home

Friday - Sunday
August 3 - 5, 2018

The Conference Center At
University of Saint Mary of the Lake
1000 E. Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060


AAW Portland

URL: American Association of Woodturners

The American Association of Woodturners
32nd Annual International Symposium
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
June 14-17, 2018
We will talk about MPG this month to see if anyone wants to car pool.

June Meeting (6/23/18):

Ed Brown will be hosting the meeting for June. It will feature Greg showing us how he casts and stabilizes. Always an interesting topic.

The List For 2018
We will meet the third Saturday of every even month (except June – the fourth Saturday).

February 17 – Don (Cholla Cactus)
April 21 – Chris (Beal Pen Wizard)
June 23 – Greg (Casting and Stabilization)
August 18 – Terry (Serpentine)
October 20 – Ed Brown (Marketing For Pens)
December 15

All meetings are from 10 am - 1 pm
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
139 South Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

December (2018) Christmas Challenge:
A total of $25 (kit and blank). Make the best pen you can, and the winner gets the glory (and the prizes). I encourge to use some technique you either learned or were inspiried to try. We will vote as a group. This year’s winner was a nice watch parts pen.

Demo Challenge
Each month we will have a new challenge.

Blank Exchange (thanks Sarah for running it):
Is back - so bring a few to trade.

Tips and Tricks:
Please bring your tips and tricks for all of us to share and learn. Last month we had a few but always looking for more. Even if small – it might be something someone else is struggling with.

Show and Tell:
Please bring any pens you either loved making and just want to show off / are having trouble with a techniques and want help / want feedback on / or just want to put on a table. This will be an open forum to help each other. You will find two things out – one helping others is fun and two you know more than you think you do and others will benefit.

Looking for demonstrators and / or topics. If you have any interest in doing a demo email me. Also if you have suggestions for a demo you would like to see email me back.


We had a few people I need to thank for the last meeting:
Chris Labedz
Mike Shortness
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