• If you would like to gain access to see the full OTI forum, please consider joining the OTI. Click the Register button in the top right corner or if you have previously registered, click the Log In button. If you have forgotten your password, follow the "Forgot Password" link on the Log In page.

OTI Symposium Sept 2012

Jim H

Super Moderator
Symposium Update, August 16, 2012
The 2012 OTI Symposium is now just over a month away. I hope your plans for coming are solidifying if they haven’t become firm already. We have an exceptional program planned with a big slant toward the practical.
The host hotel, The Hilton, is now filled for some of the nights with vacancies left for others; however, Steve White has made arrangements the Holiday Inn Express to reserve another block of rooms at a discounted rate, $119 per night. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 1925 Commerce Boulevard, Dickson City, PA 18508, and their phone number is 570-307-4437. It is 6 miles from the Hilton, but it’s conveniently situated amidst shopping and restaurants. It is also new.
With the focus of the meeting turning to the practical this year we have the privilege of bringing the work of Gorst DuPlessis to the forefront. In May Eric Spatt and I spent two full days filming Gorst making a couple of the pieces for which he is so well known. Eric has taken that video and boiled it down to three sessions where Gorst disseminates some good portion of a lifetime of turning both plain and ornamental. Gorst will be on sight to add commentary and color and perhaps answer a few questions. Some of the processes have also been put into instructional documents and a similar project will be demonstrated on the equipment currently on the market and accessible to any who desire to obtain it.
While Gorst’s work is the main feature of the meeting there will be a good number of other useful presentations as well. There will be a session on lathe design with Al Collins where he explains the thinking behind the new lathe on which he and three others are approaching completion. While capable of all sorts of work this lathe has been designed specifically with “fixed tool” work in mind, and it addresses some of the “weaknesses” he found in the lathe he built nearly two decades ago. To see his current lathe one would wonder at the word “weakness” as it is itself an object of beauty so this next one comes with some great expectations. One of these lathes will be present and available for testing.
I have been questioned many times over the past couple of years about work holding in regard to small objects like pens. The methods of holding pen tubes that are available on the market today are, for the most part, inadequate for ornamental turning. There will be a session on this topic where not only will the devices be shown, but there will be a slide show of the processes involved in making them. These processes will transfer to holding many other objects accurately as well.
There will be informal demonstrations of other things as well such as guilloche work, strategies in ornamenting plain turned objects, and other practical endeavors.
I am excited to say too that there will be someone at the meeting Saturday demonstrating the scraping and Water of Ayr stone work that was so prevalent on the surfaces of traditional ornamental turning equipment and made so much of what was produced in the 19th and early 20th century stand out.
While the practicality of a session on using the OTI Forum and website may not be immediately obvious, to be sure, it is. Most of you have likely noticed that the website has completely changed of late. While it may take a bit to get used to the new layout and structure it is a much more powerful tool with a much greater search engine and is a lot more user friendly. A website like this one can be a powerful and useful tool for getting information on a broad spectrum of topics to an audience spread throughout; however, it is under utilized. Dennis Daudelin, the webmaster, will show us the ins and outs of using the website. He’ll demonstrate how easily it can be navigated and searched. We hope that not only will more people use it as a source of research but that more will use it as a repository of information open to all.
Ramsay Holmes has spent much of his time over the past few years learning the rudiments of engine turning and has turned his attention to true enamel work. He will have a session on what it takes to get started in vitreous enameling and find favorable results in as an amateur in that craft. He has had success in getting up and going and will approach the lecture/slide show from the standpoint of someone wanting to get into it.
For those seeking to get into ornamental turning through the purchase of an antique machine John Lea will have a session on Finding and Restoring Antique Machines. John has found and restored several of these historical objects of beauty and will show what will be necessary to look for when considering a particular machine, what to expect in regard to tools necessary to carry out the task, and what pitfalls one may find themselves in. If you’re considering buying and restoring an old machine this information will be invaluable in helping to make the big decision as whether to purchase a particular machine or not.
While the focus of the meeting is practical we would be remiss if we didn’t include some history. If we lose our history we will not know from where we came and why things are as they are. Peter Dicristofaro of the Providence Jewelry Museum calls himself a “jewelry archeologist.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rISSQ9Jr_6I He will reveal to us much of the enigmatic story of American engine turning machines as they relate to the jewelry trade. He will trace the long history of engine turning through the ages focusing specifically on what happened in and around Providence, RI. While so many of us are familiar with these the machines of Field, Kenloc, and Hall we know virtually nothing about the men who made these machines, the people who used these machines, and the actual objects they produced. Peter’s lifetime knowledge that has come from saving these machines from the scrapyard will be at our disposal.
There will be sessions on strategies in phasing and photographing items amongst other topics as well.
I hope to see you there.
Regards,
David Lindow
 

Jim H

Super Moderator
Symposium Update September 11, 2012

Symposium Update September 11, 2012

We’re down to two weeks before the symposium. If you’re planning on attending and have not signed up please do so. It would help us prepare better in regard to printing handouts and name tags as well as for food.

Shop visits are always an enjoyable part of the OTI Symposium. We try to schedule the locations near ornamental turners for this reason. This year we have two opportunities. The first opportunity is at David Lindow’s shop on Friday evening. The doors will be open to any and all who want to attend as there is plenty of room for however many would like to come. The shop is about 23 miles from the symposium hotel, about a half hour drive. Although most of his ornamental turning equipment will be at the symposium the rest of his machine shop will be in place and open for your perusal.

The second opportunity will be at Eric Spatt’s shop about 15 minutes north of the hotel on Saturday night after the banquet and auction. The reputation of Eric’s shop goes without saying, and any who’ve visited it will not soon forget it. Because space is very limited he’s asked that any who’d like to come let him know in advance. Please email him at barrels11@gmail.com. It would also be suggested that those who’ve been to his shop before give preference to those who’ve never had the opportunity.

I will have my van ready for help with transportation which we’ll try to organize at the meeting.

Another item that needs to be mentioned is that no one has come forth volunteering to bring an MDF lathe. We have one coming, but we’d like to have at least two. The response to this request will likely be used as a gauge of interest in the MDF for future meetings. If anyone has one they can bring please contact David Lindow at dlindow@socantel.net.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Scranton.

Regards,

David Lindow
 

Jim H

Super Moderator
Sept 17, 2012 Update

OTI Symposium 2012 Symposium Update September 17


The symposium is fast approaching. We’re bringing it all together at a frenetic pace at this point. As we approach final preparations we’re hearing a couple of repeated questions and realize we’ve been a bit remiss in passing out some information.

Some have asked if there will be tables and/or vendors. We are still small enough that we can offer tables to any who would like one, or three, for no additional cost. Typically there are those who bring things to sell, but there is no organized effort at recruiting them. I know of at least one who is bringing a limited amount of wood and another that is bringing tools from the jewelry industry. We welcome any and all.

Take note too that if you can enter items into the auction which will take place on Saturday night. The proceeds are divided 50/50 with the club, and this year all proceeds will go to furthering future
endeavors of the club.

Another question I’ve heard repeatedly concerns the appointment of officers. The first session on the agenda is our biennial business meeting where we elect officers. It appears this year that all positions need to be filled as the term is up for them all, and none wish to stay on for another term. We will need to find a president, vice-president, treasurer, roster keeper, and newsletter editor. If you’re willing to take on any of those positions or willing to nominate a friend (likely who’s not present) that you believe would do a good job please bring that with you to the meeting.

If you have any questions or have a special need concerning the symposium feel free to email me at dlindow@socantel.net.

Regards,

David Lindow
 
Top