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August Meeting Recap:
Thanks to Don McCloskey for the demo. Don went over his techniques for making a 4 section and 8 section celtic knot. Both are great segmenting techniques and make your work stand out from the others. Thanks. Also had a lot of conversation and tips from Dick Sing. Thanks.

October Meeting (October 14):
I am very happy that IAP Collection Curator - Mark James will attend all the way from Ohio - thanks Mark. Mark bring the IAP Collection (which I see inducted the 52 pen at the last MPG) and do a presentation. Sincerely if you have not seen some of these pens - you will be amazed. Mark will also give a demo on how to make the Chevron Blanks. This is another great technique and I really like the look of these blanks. Chris has volunteered to do a 15 minute demo on lathe maintenance.

Other Meeting Dates:
December 16 - Cannot wait to announce this demonstrator - Will be fun

All meetings are from 10 am - 1 pm

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
139 South Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Demo Challenge:
Each month we will have a new challenge. Since this month was celtic knot - you need to try it. Best knot pen wins the "big" prize again - which includes at least getting your name mentioned in this email.

Blank Exchange:
Sorry we were not well prepared for this, so those that exchanged on your own I appreciate it. Sorry.

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.

Christmas Challenge:
Not to early to start on this one. 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.

Looking for demonstrators (I have volunteers for December and February) 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:

Rockler thanks for donating the facility and the gift cards
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All set to attend... Hope I can keep everyone awake! at least for a few minutes.
Midwest Penturners Gathering 2018
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Wadsworth, Ohio, OH 44281
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