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Old 09-04-2018, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chicagoland IAP Chapter - August Review / October Meeting

August Meeting Recap:

Many thanks to Terry for the demo. The serpentine blanks are so simple in design and beautiful. The precision behind them is incredible and Terry held nothing back in how he crafts them. Thanks.

MPG (Midwest Penturners Gathering) – April 26 & 27, 2019 – Schaumburg Illinois
After the meeting Saturday, Johh, Ed and I (along with Tony) went out to the hotel to look at the rooms for the MPG. Hopefully John and Ed are as excited about the facility as I am. The main room can hold about 250. We plan to have about a dozen vendors in that room also. Vendor space is almost completely taken already so that looks great. The hands on rooms is directly next door and connected to the main room. Enough for about 100. Already have at least 2 volunteers to teach in that room. One on wood segmenting and the second as hands on for making watch parts pens. And the guest rooms are great also. This is going to be a blast. We will have more details next month. The website is almost ready and testing has begun on it. There will be a big benefit to registering early.

The nucleus of the Chicago team is Ed Brown, John Underhill, and Mark Dreyer, but we know we will be asking for volunteers to help out. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer let any of us know – the earlier the better. We look forward to keeping the quality of the event that the teams in front of us have started.

I think this will be great for the pen turning community and offer more opportunity for all of us to get together and get involved.

October Meeting (8/20/18):

It will feature Ed Brown with his tips for marketing you craftsmanship. This will be a cannot miss event. I meet Ed back in the mid 90’s when he did the show circuit and he was always a great conversation. Kim will also go over a few sharpening techniques.

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 –Steve (Laser Engraving)

2019 – Dates are set
February 16
April 20 – Chris (Scallops)
June 15
August 17
October 19
December 21

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 encourage to use some technique you either learned or were inspired 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. Serpentine pen.

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.

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Only two weeks to get your prize winning pens ready. And some announcements about MPG.
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Sorry I have to miss this next meeting on Oct 20th. They are a lot of fun but too far apart when you miss one.
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Sorry I have to miss this next meeting on Oct 20th. They are a lot of fun but too far apart when you miss one.
I'm with you John--I missed August because my wife was singing the National Anthem at a South Bend Cubs game (single A farm team). And--the 19th is my granddaughter's 3rd birthday, so the party is on the Kalamazoo. Like all y'all a lot, but she is the cutest 3 year old that has ever existed!!
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Birthday parties, weddings, family matters? Remember we are a family also (just kidding). Have fun. See everyone else Saturday. Ed Brown will be the feature, Kim will talk sharpening on a Tormek. And yes some MPG news.
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Great meeting today. Thanks Ed Brown for sharing your experiences and knowledge. Just got registered for the MPG this evening. Looking forward to the event.
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