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Join us for our next meeting November 27th , 12:30 PM at the Gardiner Community Center. Scott Overby will be the presenter and he will be showing us how to turn Pepper Grinders.


I, Scott Overby, was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1963.  I showed an early aptitude for engineering and, after finishing high school, joined the US Navy as a Nuclear Electronics Technician.  Retiring from the Navy after 20 years in 2002, I embarked on a new career as a Certified Energy Manager which led to my current position in Advanced Metering for Navy Region Northwest. And no, I do not glow in the dark. J

Wood working has been a part time hobby for many years.  My interest turned to woodturning in 2005.  Soon thereafter, I joined OPCAAW.  I mainly make bowls, boxes, pens and earring stands.  My bowls are made mostly with native northwest woods: Pacific Yew, Madrone Burl, and Maple Burl.  Where as in many smaller turnings I work with exotic woods: Ebony, Amboyna Burl, Tulip Wood, Chechen Burl, etc

I will be discussing the crafting of pepper grinders.  We will touch on the following topics: wood selection, pepper grinder mechanism selection, interpreting the instructions, construction, making it your own, other things to consider when designing and various finishes.  I will touch on the topics of wood stabilization and alumilite resins.  I like to push the envelope and think outside the box, so I will show a couple of designs I’m playing with.   


We will be having a show and tell along with a raffle at this meeting, A wood auction is planned for this meeting.  .


Our club is always looking for donated items to be used in the monthly "raffle" & "wood" for the wood auction. All of these proceeds go directly to the club to help keep our yearly  membership fees at a reasonable rate & to promote  club activities & woodturning . 

The Gardiner Community Center is located at 980  Old Gardiner Road Sequim.  The GCC is located 10 miles east of downtown Sequim on RT 101.  The easiest way to get there is take a left off of RT 101 as if you were going to Diamond Pt. Rd, stay in the center lane and take a left onto Old Gardiner Rd. Go down Old Gardiner Rd & the GCC is on the right.  Park in the upper lot and use the front entrance. Please park in the designated parking spaces only,  if all the spaces are full, please use the church parking lot next door for overflow parking.

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