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Oldgreybeard
2nd Jan 2019, 08:33 AM
10 members met in the RSL lounge on Monday 26th November. As the last Monday in December, was NYE we decided that the next get-together at the RSL would be Monday 25th February 2019. January 28th would clash with DaveTTC’s “Whatcha dooen in Dooen” GTG over the Australia Day long weekend. https://www.woodworkforums.com/f303/watcha-dooen-dooen-2018-australia-day-weekend-218153.

The November meeting commenced with a review of our activities during 2018 and some discussion on possible activities for 2019. During 2018, Matt (simplicity) and Doug (doug3030) hosted GTGs in their “sheds” which were well attended and appreciated. Both have indicated that they would be willing to do so again this year. “Show and tell” features prominently at all GTGs where some attendees will show off their latest projects – Dale (DSEL74) bought along a collection of miniature brass anvils which he had molded and cast / forged; Peter (sturdee) has been turning miniature lighthouses; and of course the is the inevitable display of pens which results in an enthusiastic discussion on the “best” finish- CA, oil, wax or some favorite recipe.

Members also have an eclectic mix of interests outside of woodworking including knife making; vintage tool collecting; handsaw making, restoration and sharpening; metal working, and photography to mention few. And there is always time to just “chew the fat” and enjoy the company of others with similar interests.

A number of potential objectives for 2019 were discussed at the November meeting:

• Increase the number of members
• Become more inclusive with more ladies and members from the other sub-groups within the wood working forums
• Joint activities with the metal working forums
• Visit(s) to suppliers including demonstration of products, tools etc. - e.g. Ubeaut, CWS, Pop’s Shed, Carbatec, Hare & Forbes
• Appoint a “leader” for each meeting at the RSL who will be responsible for defining a theme for the evening and ‘advertising’ the event to ensure that more members are aware of our activities.
• Arrange additional “member’s shed” activities where members can demonstrate / show off their equipment, tools and projects.

So while we rest and relax and recover from the excesses of the Christmas dinner and NYE activities, can I ask you to reflect on whether you would be interested in joining our meetings? Some members meet before the meeting for a meal in the RSL dining room. Wives, husbands, partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, concubines, mistresses, etc. are welcome – although we ask that you limit yourself to bringing just one of the above to any one function.

We meet at 7.00pm (6.00ish if having a meal first) on the last Monday of the month and generally end up by around 9 -9.30pm.

Venue: RSL, 26 -28 Nelson Rd, Box Hill Vic 3128.

Please post your comments, suggests and questions to this thread

dai sensei
2nd Jan 2019, 05:11 PM
I'm in Melb at the moment staying at East Ivanhoe (mainly but also short stints at Tooradin) till Jan 25 then heading north again.

I know no meetings are scheduled, but if anyone would like to catch up over dinner, at the RSL or some where else, let me know on 0417 782 204. I'm busy looking after my mother till ~2pm but free most arvo's and nights

Oldgreybeard
2nd Jan 2019, 08:33 PM
Thanks for the offer Neil - I'm in.

How about Monday, 21st January at Box Hill RSL at 7.00pm? (Have spoken to Neil and he is good for the 21st so put in your diary)

We all know of Neil's expertise in pen making and creating and turning resin blanks. But there is more to his talent repertoire! When I first met Neil some 10 years ago, I was receiving some tuition from a notable tutor who should remain nameless, lest we spoil his reputation. I was trying to learn to use a Woodcut hollowing tool when Neil walked in, took one look at what we were doing, and announced " Don't you idiots know you have the tool upside down?"

Please advise if you will be able to attend on the 21st and whether you want to join us at 6.00pm for dinner before the GTG. As a suggestion, if you have any examples of resin casting or pen turning (or in my case a combination of both) which you would like Neil's advice on, please let us know and bring the item along on the 21st.

This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best - so don't let the opportunity pass by.


Bob

Optimark
2nd Jan 2019, 08:45 PM
I'm in.

See you at 1800hrs, I'll have their great beer battered fish plate. :D

Mick.

Oldgreybeard
2nd Jan 2019, 08:51 PM
I'm in.

See you at 1800hrs, I'll have their great beer battered fish plate. :D

Mick.

Me too, I'll have a glass of the house white too, please.

Simplicity
2nd Jan 2019, 09:28 PM
Sally and I will be there.

Sounds like a good night should I bring my current saw making attempt.?
Or should we leave the theme pen and casting.?

For those wanting to attend for dinner ,let me know via PM or my mobile number at least 24 hours before and we will book the table.

Please try to make it at least 24 hours for dinner bookings not 24 minutes as some have done in the past[emoji849].

Cheers Matt.
Also a big thank you to OLD GREY BEARD for getting this all up and running for 2019.


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Simplicity
2nd Jan 2019, 09:29 PM
Sally and I will be there.

Sounds like a good night should I bring my current saw making attempt.?
Or should we leave the theme pen and casting.?

For those wanting to attend for dinner ,let me know via PM or my mobile number at least 24 hours before and we will book the table.

Please try to make it at least 24 hours for dinner bookings not 24 minutes as some have done in the past[emoji849].

Cheers Matt.
Also a big thank you to OLD GREY BEARD for getting this all up and running for 2019.

Gabriel
2nd Jan 2019, 09:47 PM
Simone has her basketball on a Wednesday night now, so Mondays are back in the cards!!

I'll mark it on the calendar (once we get a '19 one)
I may even bring a pen or two ....

Should be a hoot!

Oldgreybeard
3rd Jan 2019, 08:30 AM
Sally and I will be there.

Sounds like a good night should I bring my current saw making attempt.?
Or should we leave the theme pen and casting.?



I suggest we keep "pens and casting" as the main theme, but I can't think of any reason to not have "show and tell" if time permits.

Bob

dai sensei
3rd Jan 2019, 12:39 PM
All good, consider me booked in for dinner, but I'll also come early to spin the yarn

Simplicity
3rd Jan 2019, 01:00 PM
Errrrrr,
FOR THOSE WANTING TO ATTEND FOR DINNER LET ME KNOW VIA “PM or my mobile number” at least 24 hours before.

If you write your attending in the main thread it gets lost[emoji849][emoji849][emoji849][emoji106][emoji849][emoji849][emoji849].
And you might eat by yourself all lonely.

Rant over with
Come on guys ,it very easy to follow ...

Cheers Matt.

Simplicity
4th Jan 2019, 08:49 AM
A shameless bump to keep this going

Cheers Matt,

doug3030
6th Jan 2019, 09:48 PM
It's a busy time of he year but Jools and I are discussing attending. I will advise when we have made a decision

Simplicity
12th Jan 2019, 09:14 PM
Another shameless bump,

Monday night coming, your invited by Queen and county, to attend a GTG at Box Hill RSL Melbourne Victoria Australia Earth section 1 galaxy 24.6 room 7.

Cheers Matt.

doug3030
12th Jan 2019, 09:18 PM
Monday night coming, your invited by Queen and county, to attend a GTG at Box Hill RSL

Ummmm am I missing something? I thought it was going to be the 21st.

Monday night coming is the 14th.

Can we get some confirmation on which it is?

Simplicity
12th Jan 2019, 09:57 PM
Ummmm am I missing something? I thought it was going to be the 21st.

Monday night coming is the 14th.

Can we get some confirmation on which it is?

Derrrrrrrr
Im not tacking the blame on this one [emoji1782][emoji1782]

Doug your spot on.

Next GTG at Box Hill RSL IS
Monday JANUARY 21

Matt[emoji849][emoji849].

Oldgreybeard
13th Jan 2019, 08:19 AM
Don't blame me !!! It was always to be the 21st.

doug3030
13th Jan 2019, 11:42 AM
Don't blame me !!! It was always to be the 21st.

It doesn't really matter whose fault it is as long as we use it as an excuse to bump the thread up a few times :2tsup:

Oldgreybeard
14th Jan 2019, 07:45 AM
The original post in this thread was also posted in the Wood Turners - General and the Wood Turners - Pen Turners forums.

The number of views for each as of 7.30 am this morning:

Forum GTG (This forum) 2363 views but only 51 WWF forum members and only 20 from the "Melbourne" area
Pen Turning Forum 1287 views (24 WWF members) and only 2 additional from the "Melbourne" area
Wood Turning - General forum 1383 views (44 WWF members) and only 3 additional from the "Melbourne" area

In terms of our November discussions (increasing number of members attending GTG), the number of members viewing the post re our monthly get-to-gethers seems to be on a par with other posts in other WWF forums; a very low percentage of members (about 3%) compared with the total views for each post and to a large extent they comprise a small core group who are active on a regular basis and view many of the new posts. Interestingly more than 50% of WWF members who viewed the 3 posts were from outside of the "Melbourne " area.

Looking back at a couple of my posts in other WWFs, the number of total views, WWF members and "Melbourne" area members are very similar. My definition of "Melbourne area" is roughly the greater Metropolitan including Geelong in the west , Mornington peninsular, Gippsland corrridor to about Pakenham, Ringwood and Healesville to the east and Sunbury in the north.

If we have about 25 'active ' members from the "Melbourne" area, is it realistic to expect that more than 50% would be interested in driving into BOX Hill on a Monday night (or any other night) for a meal and talk?

Food for thought over breakfast

Bob

Oldgreybeard
17th Jan 2019, 07:57 AM
According to my count, we have * dai sensei ,* Optimark,* Simplicity and * Sally, Gabriel, * Oldgreybeard as definite starters, with doug3030 and Jools to be confirmed ( * includes attending for meal before GTG).

There is still time for others to book in for the meal and / or GTG. (PM Simplicity if you wish to join us for a meal in the RSL dining room at 6.00pm)

Cheers,

Bob

Simplicity
17th Jan 2019, 05:38 PM
Any one else coming
We know you have seen it [emoji1782][emoji1782][emoji1782]
We have been watching BIG BROTHER IS REAL
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/5bac7eb753754ab80d0e4f7267f1989c.jpg

Cheers Matt,

kevjed
18th Jan 2019, 02:43 AM
Would love to join you guys but my two kids are still too young to be left at home alone. I hope it’s not too far off till I can get out and about again.


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Simplicity
18th Jan 2019, 11:35 AM
Would love to join you guys but my two kids are still too young to be left at home alone. I hope it’s not too far off till I can get out and about again.


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Boarding school !!

doug3030
18th Jan 2019, 01:59 PM
Jools and I are about 90% certain at this stage.

doug3030
19th Jan 2019, 08:53 PM
Jools and I are about 90% certain at this stage.

And sometimes that 10% prevails :rolleyes:

Unfortunately unable to make it this time. Sorry everyone. :B

Gabriel
19th Jan 2019, 09:34 PM
Given this is a pen themed night, I'll bring along my latest attempts at both blanks and finished pens - I'm playing a bit with resin....

Other than that, and a few overindulgent stories, what would people like to see?
I know we have Neil attending but I'll take a guess that his trailer may not have everything in it so if something comes to mind pipe up

Simplicity
20th Jan 2019, 09:18 AM
And sometimes that 10% prevails :rolleyes:

Unfortunately unable to make it this time. Sorry everyone. :B

You will be missed [emoji20]

Simplicity
20th Jan 2019, 09:21 AM
Given this is a pen themed night, I'll bring along my latest attempts at both blanks and finished pens - I'm playing a bit with resin....

Other than that, and a few overindulgent stories, what would people like to see?
I know we have Neil attending but I'll take a guess that his trailer may not have everything in it so if something comes to mind pipe up

I thought most would be happy to just stand in your Ora.
And marvel at your experience [emoji1782][emoji1782]

Simplicity
20th Jan 2019, 06:09 PM
If you wish to attend for dinner tomorrow night and have not PM OR MADE CONTACT with me you have only a few hours left.

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dai sensei
20th Jan 2019, 09:54 PM
Looking forward to it :2tsup:

kevjed
21st Jan 2019, 03:31 PM
Have fun tonight folks.
Kev


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dai sensei
23rd Jan 2019, 11:24 AM
Had a great time and it was good to catch up with everyone.

Thought i I scored the biggest Seniors meal ever, until they took it away and gave me the right one, knew it was too good to be true ☹️