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Jigs and Turning

No, itís not class on Irish dancing.

Itís Ron Odegaard at the lathe.

Ron Odegaard, who lives in Appleton, started turning 50 years ago on a lathe that his father fabricated at work. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Bemidji State University where he graduated with a degree in Technical Education. That major required that about half the classes be wood related. However, he had worked as a printer and typesetter for seven years before graduating from college, so, with this printing background, he came to Appleton in 1966 and taught Printing and Graphic Arts for 33 years.

Ron has six lathes and often turned them on in the evenings and when he could, fit them in while he was teaching. He still uses the lathes to create Christmas ornaments and to do production turnings, including architectural turnings and replacement turnings for furniture repair shops.

Ron has demonstrated for AAW in San Antonio and Tacoma, for IWCS International Meetings, and for regional meetings, including the local Woodturning Group in the Fox Cities, the Madison Group, and the Phoenix Woodturning Group. He also demonstrates for the local high schools in Appleton. A member of the International Wood Collectors Society, Ron has collected more than 1000 different species of wood each of which he has turned into a bell.

"At the meeting on May 20th," Ron says, "Iíll turn an ornament and, if time permits, a whimsical pen." Heíll bring some interesting turning jigs with him, too.

Ron is a very interesting and talented woodworker. I think you will enjoy learning from him. Remember, we meet in 109 MAC Hall at UWGB at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20. We are arranging to use video to project his activities onto a large screen so everyone can have a front row seat.

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February 18, 2005 at 7:00 P.M.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Campus

111 Mary Ann Cofrin Hall


This was one of our best shows ever, judging by the number of Guild members who showed their work, the number who demonstrated an amazing array of talents, and by the number of prizes donated by Guild members. During the show, Guild members produced a large number of gifts for the Make a Wish Foundation while demonstrating their art and craft at the show. And, while we didnít reach last yearís unbelievable number of raffle ticket sales, we did sell the second highest number in history. Everyone we talked with had a good time, Guild members chatted and exchanged ideas, and well over a thousand people passed through our exhibits. All in all, it was a great show, a wonderful opportunity for fellowship, and a good job of showing people what weíre all about. Donít forget to search out the new members at the next meeting and make them feel welcome.





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