Is there a chapter in the illinois/chicago area? If not anyone have any interest in starting one? I know there are some general woodworking clubs in the area but I haven't been able to find a specific one to pens.
I live in Arlington Heights as well and am looking for a place to learn more about pen turning. I'm at the start of my journey. I've never turned a pen in my life, but I'm gradually collecting the tools to jump in.
I've been turning pens for almost ten years. I'd love to swap experiences and ideas with a local group. I live in Skokie. I notice this thread seems to have gone dead a year ago and wondering if there is still any interest.
New Local Chicagoland IAP Chapter meeting in Bolingbrook, IL
A big Thank You to Mark Hubl, the manager of the new Rockler store in Bolingbrook, IL (139 South Weber Road, 60490) for hosting the first meeting of a new local IAP Chicagoland chapter this morning (2/11/17). Thanks also go out to Mark Dreyer for being the first presenter at the meeting. About 60 interested pen turners showed up, and the consensus at the meeting was to hold future meetings once every other month at the Rockler store on Saturday mornings. No definitive date schedule was set/published at this morning's meeting, but would be determined based on store schedule/availability.