Club members milling lumber for flag kits

Club members milling lumber for flag kits

On June 29, seven club members met at Rockler Woodworking Store to cut and mill donated lumber for our Flag Kit project.Thank you to the following members that participated in this event:

  • David Bruce
  • Bill McDonald
  • Harland Tomphson
  • Scott Wakely
  • Samuel Wakely
  • Dave VanEss
  • Andy Trotti

During this work party, lumber was cut to near finished size, thick pieces were re-sawn to finish width and thinner pieces for the front trim were planed. After milling all of the pieces, kits were assembled and bound together. Fourteen Flag Case kits were assembled in preparation for our members to be able finish these cases. All of this took place in two hours with every one pitching in. Many thanks go to Pat Jones, the Manager of Rockler Woodworking, who allowed us to use his store’s work shop. Pat has a great assortment of shop tools for sale at the store which he let us use for this project!

Thanks to all

Joe Hersey

Flag Case Donation for Mesa Police Officer

Flag Case Donation for Mesa Police Officer

This month the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers provided Sgt. Tony Landato of Mesa Police Department a hand made flag case to be presented to the family of the fallen Mesa Police Officer, Brandon Mendoza. Our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Mendoza’s family and friends.

This is the second flag case that our members have donated to a local Police Department.

Please see Sgt. Landato’s public messages about the flag case donations below.

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Sgt Tony Landato & Joe Hersey

Sgt Tony Landato & Joe Hersey

Only through the labors of our membership are we able to make these types of donations and presentations, on behalf of our club.  In May we received another six handmade flag cases from our members. Thank you for the overwhelming response.

Joe Hersey and Tom Kosin have both played a key role in  promoting this worthwhile program.  Tom in is the process of donating time to cut and install glass in 14 new cases.

Meeting Summary – April 2014

Meeting Summary – April 2014

The April meeting was held at Rockler, 4626 East Thunderbird with 34 members attending as well as 3 visitors.

Vice president Matt Vredenburg was not able to be at the meeting because of having surgery on his foot after dropping a 300 plus pound tank on it.

Along with general club business there were nice pieces of woodwork displayed in “show and tell,” and a nice demonstration of how to make band saw boxes.

Joe Hersey has some kits for assembly to make flag cases for our fallen warrior project. He also disappointed that there were no volunteers to help him with the booth at the Maricopa County Fair including the set up and take down of the booth and workbench.

John Weeks encouraged membership participation in projects for the club. The more that members participate, the more dynamic and interesting activities can be done.

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Excellence in Woodworking

Excellence in Woodworking

The 2014 AFWW Excellence in Woodworking Show was a huge success with attendance and entries up from last year.

Fifty-four projects were entered, including our first ever full-scale, working boat.  The entries were judged in the following categories:  Furniture, Boxes, Art, Toys, Functional Accessories, Turnings-Segmented, Turnings-Facework, Intarsia, Scroll Saw and Other.

Here is a quick recap of the events during the show.  Matt Vredenburg demonstrated a variety of techniques using hand tools to build a three-legged milking stool.  John Armstrong demonstrated an interesting technique for cutting veneer to create three-dimensional images, which he then applied to a box lid.

The Arizona Woodturners Association drew a crowd with their bowl turning demonstration.  To learn more about the turners club, click on this link.

Thank you to everyone who worked on a project, and most of all had the courage to enter your piece in the show.  This event allows your woodworking skills to be judged by other craftsmen, and in turn helps you to improve your craft.

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AAFW member in Woodworkers Journal

AAFW member in Woodworkers Journal

In the April issue of Woodworkers Journal on page 62/63 is a Tool Preview article on CA glue. The bowl that is used in the article was produced by a club member, Peter Schultheiss.  In 2012, Peter’s bowl won “Best Of Show” at the Excellence in Woodworking Show. (more…)

AAFW at the Maricopa County Fair

AAFW at the Maricopa County Fair

On April 9th – 13th AAFW will have a display booth at the Maricopa County Fair.  We would like to have members doing demonstrations of various skills, Joinery, prior projects, or any thing that you would like to show.  We also will be telling the public about our club and its benefits to the craftsman.  The fairgrounds open at 10 AM each day. The plan is to be in attendance until 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  We are looking for a few people that want to help demonstrate and if you’re interested in volunteering please contact Joe Hersey.

Meeting Summary – January 2014

Meeting Summary – January 2014

The January meeting was held at Woodworkers Source, North, North Black Canyon with 38 members attending as well as we welcomed 6 new visitors.    John Weeks, our new President, discussed a new board member opening as well as several chairman openings we need our membership to help us fill.   Dave VanEss volunteered for the board position and was appointed so with a unanimous membership approval. Joe Hersey provided us with a recap of several ongoing club activities and the “Show and Tell” part of the meeting had some great items for display.     The last half of the meeting, Dave VanEss provided a very interesting demonstration of how to make your own in-line dust/chip collector.
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Meeting Summary – December 2013

Meeting Summary – December 2013

The December meeting, held at the Contempo Recreation Center in Tempe, was the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers annual Christmas Party.  Raul Ramirez, AAFW President for 2013, introduced the officers and board members of AAFW for 2014 and then passed the puck, along with the gavel, to our 2014 president, John Weeks.  After a fine turkey dinner the entries were judged for the “president’s challenge” contest and members displayed their work for the monthly “show and tell.”   Upcoming celebrity woodworkers classes were discussed and Joe Hersey explained a little of his memorial flag kit project and some upcoming woodworking contests.  The gift exchange was also very interesting with some awesome presents.
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Meeting Summary – November 2013

Meeting Summary – November 2013

This month’s meeting was hosted by Woodworkers Source South in Tempe, Arizona.  There were 41 members present and 4 guests.  Officers and Board of Directors for the coming year were elected, eight members participated in Show and Tell (check out the pictures of their projects below)  and for the program Dave Van Ess demonstrated how to make speed nuts and also how to make a 5-gallon cyclone vacuum jig. (more…)

Meeting Summary – September 2013

Meeting Summary – September 2013

This month’s meeting took place at Timber Woodworking, 805 E Southern, Mesa, Arizona on September 18th, 2013.  There were 33 members present as well as 2 guests.

ELECTIONS

September and October meetings are for nominating officer and board positions.  The election will be held in November.  The president and vice president positions will both be open. Willeford Clark and John Bowers volunteered to be the nominating committee.  Nomination forms were handed out at the meeting and there also will be forms available on the website.  When finished with your form, please give it to John Bowers.

PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE

Raul is having another “President’s Challenge” to be judged in December, 2013.  Details will be sent out this month.  It will be a project made from a 2 inch by 4 inch board that is 8 feet long.  The board may be of any species you choose, but the project should use at least 50% of the wood.  The project is to promote craftsmanship and design.

The registration fee to participate will be $10.00 and there must be at least six participants by September 30, 2013 in order to proceed.  So far 3 have signed up for the challenge.  Prizes will be $100.00 for first place, $50.00 for second place and $25.00 for third place.

KUDOS

Raul praised Joe Hersey for the tremendous contributions to the club.  He has certainly put a extreme amount of effort in order to promote the club.  A club or organization is only as good as what the membership puts into it and Joe has certainly done his best to make our club look good.  Please keep this in mind when Joe asks for volunteers to help him with the promotion of our organization. (more…)

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