Next Meeting: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Carl Powell: Sharpening and the Cutting Edge *plus* our annual Ice Cream Social

Cutting on a Lathe Ice Cream Social

Longtime MCW member and webmaster, Carl makes his demonstration debut for us showing us a variety of methods to sharpen your tools and explain how they cut the wood. But please come early for conversations with other members at our second annual Ice Cream Social!

From Wikipedia, " Sharpening is the process of creating or refining a sharp edge of appropriate shape on a tool or implement designed for cutting." This definition leaves a number of questions unanswered: what is a sharp edge; how do you create it or refine it; and what is an appropriate shape for a tool? The answers to these questions will not only make you better at sharpening but will help you better choose and use tools.

Wet grinders, dry grinders and belt sanders are all in common use for sharpening. The demonstration will show the operation of each and compare their use for sharpening woodturning tools. Several different types of grinding jigs, both commercial and homemade will also be shown. All of these will be available for the Skills Enhancement session on July 10 th for anyone who wants to try them out.

If that's not enough, July is also the month for our annual Ice Cream Social! Come early to share in a sweet treat and socialize.

There is no demo fee.

Ice Cream!


Current and Upcoming Events

  • July 1st - 31st: Twinbrook Library Exhibit

  • July 7th: Montly Meeting

    Pieces for the Montgomery County Ag Fair Judging will be collected at the monthly meeting.



  • July 10th Skills Enhancement Session: 10am - 1:30pm

  • July 15th Wounded Warrior Session: 12:30am - 2:30pm



MCW at the 2015 Montgomery County Fair


For the seventh year in a row, MCW ran a week of turning demonstrations at the Montgomery County Fair. Members Tim Aley, Phil Brown, Bert Bleckwenn, Margaret Folas, Clif Poodry, Emily Koo, Beth McClelland, Don Van Ryk, Jim Allison, Carl Powell, Russ Iler, Rebecca Meyersohn, Jack Enders, Paul Mazzi, Mike Kugelman, Dick Webster and Jeff Tate manned the booth, at least when the weather permitted.

Once again MCW members took several ribbons and championships in the Arts and Crafts judging. See the gallery of these award winning turnings and MCW's activities demonstrating woodturning.



Visitors always welcome!

Visitors and guests are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Please join us if you're in the area and learn about the art and craft of woodturning. All skill levels from novice to expert will find a common ground.

We look forward to seeing you!


Member benefits include discounts at the following supporting organizations. Please see the Members Only page for details on how to obtain the discounts.


Woodworkers Club Rockville, Maryland - woodworkersclub.com.

The Woodworkers Club, a Woodcraft affiliate, offers MCW Members a 10% rebate on all regularly priced items. After reaching certain plateaus of spending, you will become eligible for a rebate which you will receive by email and is good for 3 months. Non-qualifying items are power tools, items already on sale, gift cards, and items from companies that prohibit discounting (Festool, SawStop, Leigh, and a couple others). Our relationship with Woodworkers Club is very synergistic and important to us, and I encourage you to make your woodturning and woodworking purchases from them. If they don't have something in the store that's in the Woodcraft catalog or on their web site, they will get it for you, and you can save on shipping by picking it up at the store.

Craft Supplies USA www.woodturnerscatalog.com.

Craft Supplies USA is a family-owned and operated business serving the woodturning community. Individual MCW Members can save 10% on all finishes & disc abrasives.

2sand.com - 2Sand.com

2Sand.com is a coated abrasive specialist focused on fast service and fair prices providing superior sanding discs, sheets and belts. MCW Members receive a 5% discount (cash or check) at the Gaithersburg store at 8536 Dakota Drive (800-516-7621).

Exotic Lumber, Inc. Frederick Maryland - exoticlumberinc.com.

With over 130 species in stock, Exotic Lumber has one of the widest selections available on the East Coast. They offer a 10% discount to MCW Members with membership badge. They have warehouse locations in Frederick and Annapolis, where you are welcome to select from their extensive selection of turning blocks.

Hartville Tool - www.hartvilletool.com.

Hartville Tool is a nationwide retailer of general and specialized tools for woodworking and home improvement. They offer free shipping to all. If you have accepted the MCW offer to "opt in" to be a member of the Hartville Tool Club, you will get a 15% discount on all tools (excluding sale items, gift cards, special orders, and Festool products).

North Woods Figured Wood nwfiguredwoods.com.

North Woods is a multi-generational family-owned supplier of wood and wood blanks specifically selected with the woodturner in mind. They specialize in Pacific Coast native species of trees and have sizes from single pen blanks up to 1,500# whole burls. With 20+ species in stock, there is something for everyone. Members get a 15% discount.

MCW : A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners .
The AAW is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodturning and has over 14,000 members in 27 countries. Many of these members also belong to one (or more) of the AAW's local chapters. Although MCW is a local chapter of the AAW, an individual's membership in this chapter does not imply membership in the AAW or vice versa. Membership in AAW is encouraged as it provides an additional source of great information (high quality journal, national symposiums, members-only resources) and services not available with MCW.

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