April 2019 CCW Meeting Reminder

Fellow Woodturners, the next meeting of the Classic City Woodturners is Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St, Athens.  The meeting begins at 6 PM.   Gene Wengert is our demonstrator for April.  Gene is an expert on woods and is known as the “Wood Doctor”. Gene has been a woodworker for over 65 years.  He began his career with the US Forest Products Lab in Madison, WI, with work on solar heated lumber dryers.  After 15 years there, he transferred to Virginia Tech for 16 years and then to the University of Wisconsin as a wood products extension specialist.  He is known for translating complex aspects about wood and wood processing into practical procedures.  He has written 9 books about wood processing and over 500 magazine articles.   

Since he is known as the Wood Doctor, we can bring questions to our meeting to see if we can get answers or can  “stump the Wood Doctor.”   Topics will include moisture measurement and effects, gluing tips, sandpaper, and wood species. This program will be a discussion and will include identifying species both domestic and exotic.  He will present a discussion on moisture content in wood and demonstrate the use of various types of moisture meters.  His demonstration will include control of moisture content in turning projects as well as other woodworking projects.

Gene’s resume and a brief outline of his presentation are attached.  Gene will discuss building a solar kiln as part of his discussion on moisture content.  Link for plans for one are as follows:


Gene will bring a small solar heated kiln in his pickup truck.  Our program will be informative and should be a hands on type of meeting with participation from the group.  Remember to bring some wood for the raffle and bring a guest.  If you haven’t paid your dues it is time to do so.

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