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Granite State Woodturners Meeting Plans—April 2020

April 12, 2020
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GSWT members have been invited to join the Seacoast Woodturners Club on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a remote demonstration by Mike Mahoney. Mike is famous for his simple but quickly turned utility bowls. From tiny to super large, he often avoids the application of artificial finishes and allows his bowls, plates and platters to age naturally and eventually to develop patina from frequent handling.

Those wishing to "attend" this remote demo will need to download the Zoom app at and allow its installation. Then you will need to test your system to make sure that both camera and microphone are operating.

If you are interested in "joining" this meeting, you will then need to email Tom Kovalcik at to register your name on the invitee list. 

The Zoom system requires a lead for the meeting and that will be set up on Tom's machine. Then he will email out the correct link FOR THIS MEETING ONLY to each of you that have registered for this event. Click on that and join the fun!

GSWT is sharing the cost for this meeting with the Seacoast group ($375 total or $187.50 to us) and Seacoast and Tom are handling this operation.

Please recognize cautions about using the Zoom app. Like the SC, we should pay very close attention to the potential loss of security that has been noted in Zoom applications. For your safety sake, remove Zoom from your download files and from its direct application file as soon as this meeting has concluded.

For future remote meetings as a group, we should consider using "Go to Meeting" or a similar platform, something that has a much better track record for safety and security.

Be Aware of Scammers
Answering These Ads!

Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!

I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.




If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.

The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.

The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.

A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.

If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.

I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.