- Newsletter March 2024

Newsletter March 2024

BAWA Hybrid Zoom Meeting March 17th. 2024

The meeting was called to order by Frank Ramsay.

We started off discussing the benefit of having the BAWA Facebook page administered by Frank
and a second BAWA Facebook GROUP page where members can post photos of their creations
and create discussions related to woodworking.

We decided to table the discussion until the next meeting or discuss it at a separate meeting.

Program Announcements – Paul Krenitsky

Paul reminded us of the Challenges we are having this year:

This meeting: Name Tag Challenge

June: Box Challenge
September: 2x4 Challenge
December: Ornament Challenge

September meeting will be our Annual Members Picnic again.

Bill Henzel has agreed to take over organizing the Toy Workshop.

Laura Rhodes brought in Woodworking Show post cards and reminded everyone that the Woodworking show at the WoodCraft store will take place from Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9. Thursday will be setup day. Friday will be a reception.
She said we will need lots of helpers during the event.
She also asked for white sheets to cover the display tables and platforms. Laura is hoping to for lots of entries from BAWA members.


Featured Speaker Jason Forster
Kezurou-Kai Hand Tool Woodworking Techniques

Paul introduced our speaker, Jason Forster.

Jason talked about Kezurou-Kai hand tool woodworking techniques.
(see below)

He brought in a number of chisels and other hand tools made in Japan.

Jason's Tools

Jason also mentioned that he teaches classes at Laney College in Oakland.

Tea House in Hakone Gardens, Saratoa

He showed pictures of a Tea House at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA..
but mainly discussed the Sukiya Teahouse style enclosure he is working on.

The enclosure will be covering a bench in a garden at a private residence.

The emphasis is on using natural materials, local materials, and not milled lumber.

He is using Port Orford Cedar that has had the bark removed, but not milled.

"Tee" Mortise and Tennon joint
(Most of the joinery is mortise and tennon)

The posts and rafters are round and and must be hand carved to mate with one another.
Each post will sit atop a stone.
There will be a stainless steel threaded rod set in cement, going up through a hole drilled in the stone and into the cedar posts.

There is one other woodworker working on the project with Jason


Jason sent us the two other pictures below from his presentation that,
unfortunatley, arrived to late for the Newsletter)

Marking out a joint

Cross joint with mortise for the vertical post

(For information on Kezurou-Kai USA visit www.kezuroukai.us)


Name Tag Challenge

We had a large response to the Name Tag Challenge including:
Aaron, Burt, Claude, Dave, Dennis, Frank, Jamie,
Jon, Laura R, Lloyd, Mark, Max, Paul, Roman

The creations involved one or more of the following techniques:
hand carving, CNC routing, marquetry, wood burning, and a 3D printed frame.

Show and Tell

Claude Godcharles

The balcony railing that Claude had to copy

One of the turned stays

The marking stick of measurements

Claude brought in a sample and showed slides of the turned posts he is making for a client.

Bruce Powell

Bruce showed the SketchUp design of the bookcase is building for a customer

We had other Show and Tell items, but, unfortuatley, we ran out of time to discuss them.
Please bring them to the next meeting as we would like to see them.

Minutes by Burt Rosensweig