Newsletter Archive

Our monthly Newsletters offer a recap of the month’s activities, and give a preview of upcoming topics and events. They often include links to valuable resources that you can download for free.


June 2021

The June Newsletter included a note from our President, Tom Sloan, about the upcoming July meeting – our first in-person meeting in over a year. There was also a recap of the June meeting, which featured a “Basic Bowl” demo by Paul Hannaby. We also reported on our recently completed woodturning classes at Mount Pleasant High School, and our activities for the upcoming Delaware State Fair. Read the Newsletter here.

May 2021

For our May meeting, we had a Show & Tell segment, followed by a Shop Tips & Jigs presentation.  The entire Jigs & Shop Tips presentation can be downloaded from the Newsletter. In addition, Joe Nestlerode gave a presentation on how he put together a vacuum chucking system.  He included a detailed parts list and links to sources.  You can download Joe’s presentation, too. The May Newsletter also talked about our upcoming June demo by Paul Hannaby, FSW’s planned participation at the Delaware State Fair, and more. Read all about it and download the presentations here.

April 2021

At our April meeting, Mike Peace gave a great demo on two ways to turn a coffee scoop, direct from his workshop in Suwanee, Georgia.  Mike has published two articles on Coffee Scoops, and there are links to download them in the newsletter. There’s also news on the upcoming woodturning classes at Mount Pleasant High School. Read all about it and download Mike’s Coffee Scoop articles here.

March 2021

During our March meeting, Eric Krum gave a presentation on bottle stoppers, followed by a live demonstration on how to turn them.  We also talk about the upcoming Mike Peace coffee scoop demo for our April meeting. You can read the March Newsletter and download Eric’s presentation on bottle stoppers here.

February 2021

The headliner for February was the upcoming March meeting. We also talk about other events on the horizon, the PSI Chapter Discount Program, the Lancaster Thursday morning Coffee Hours, and more. Read the February Newsletter here.

January 2021

Theo Haralampou, from Brisbane, Australia, gave an entertaining and informative demonstration on how to turn a platter for our January meeting.  Read the January Newsletter here.

December 2020

We look ahead to our first meeting of 2021, and also a bonus January meeting with a demo by Michael Kehs. There’s also a recap of our December meeting, photos of our annual Turning Contest winning entries, and more. Read the December Newsletter here.

November 2020

The focus was on the upcoming December Holiday Meeting, but there was also a recap of the November “Colouring Wood” demo by Ed Pretty. Ed provided four (4) instructional handouts to accompany the demo. Read the Newsletter and download Ed’s handouts here.

October 2020

We kick off our Fall Membership Drive with special prize drawings, and talk about the upcoming “Colouring Wood” demo by Ed Pretty. Read all about it here.

September 2020

In September, Harvey Meyer gave an excellent demo on his Basket Weave Illusion bowls and platters. (Harvey provided us with three instructional handouts to accompany the demo, which you can download for free.) We also talk about what’s in store for October, the September Survey results, the 4th Quarter President’s Challenge, and much more. Read the Newsletter and download Harvey’s handouts here.

August 2020

For our August 5th meeting, Tom Sloan gave a presentation on using inertia sanders.  He put together an informative and detailed presentation, which you can download for free.  The August Newsletter also brought news of an exciting new collaboration between FSW and DelVal Turners of New Jersey. And we a had a big Show & Tell presentation during the meeting, and the Delaware State Fair winners were announced.  Read the Newsletter and download Tom’s presentation here.

July 2020

For our July meeting, Dennis Fuge gave a remote demo entitled “How to Say I Love You from a Lathe”.  Dennis showed and demonstrated a number of quick small projects that make great gifts. Dennis provided a demo handout that lists resources he typically uses.  You can read the Newsletter and download the demo handout here.

June 2020

For our June meeting, members gave presentations on embellishing turnings with relief carving and burning, and on making a mechanical pencil with a Pentel™ mechanism.  We also had a big Show & Tell slideshow.  Read the Newsletter and download the presentations here.

May 2020

Our May meeting was hosted by Cindy Drozda from her workshop in Boulder, Colorado. She gave a great 2+ hour demonstration on her signature Finial Box. The event generated a lot of interest, and it turned out to be our most attended meeting ever! We had people from other Chapters all across the country, and even a couple international guests join us!  You can read all about it and download Cindy’s demo handouts here.

April 2020

We held our first “virtual” Zoom meeting this month, including a big Show & Tell slideshow and two presentations on dust collection. We also revealed the results of the 1st Quarter President’s Challenge. Read all about it here.

March 2020

Woodturning in the age of Coronavirus. Our March Newsletter provides an update on what First State Woodturners is doing to adapt to the new reality. Also, a recap of the February meeting, including a link to download Tom’s presentation on sharpening. You can read it here.

February 2020

Our first Newsletter of 2020 was packed with news you can use, including information on our upcoming Mount Pleasant High School woodturning classes, recaps of the January and February meetings, details on upcoming events, and much more. You can check it out here.

December 2019

Our December 2019 Newsletter included a “Year in Review”, which highlighted our activities, demonstrations, and events from the past year. You can read it here.

October 2019

Gilded ornaments, vacuum systems and chucking, an Open House at Hearne Hardwoods, and Junior Achievement of Delaware’s Fall Fair – it was a busy month! Read about it here.

September 2019

A spinning top presentation by Eric Krum was the headliner for our September meeting. Also, Don Pivonka brought in his clever DIY coring jig for Show & Tell. Read the Newsletter here.

August 2019

Although there was no regular meeting in August, we had our annual Summer Field Trip. This year we went to Hagley. August also brought us a wood stabilization demo by Eli Polite at his shop in Greenwood, Delaware. Read more here.

July 2019

An International Symposium in Raleigh, and a State Fair in Delaware. The July Newsletter has all the details here.

June 2019

Scott Wishart gave a great presentation on casting and turning resin at the June meeting. And FSW members were recognized by the Brandywine School District for their contributions teaching high school students how to turn. Read about it here.

January 2019

We kicked off 2019 with Mike Adams demonstrating how to construct a staved bowl or box. You can read the Newsletter here.

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