The GSWT met at Highland Hardwoods for their Annual meeting and a morning of demonstrations on September 28th. The Annual Meeting re-elected the current Board of Directors and opened the floor for volunteers willing to serve as board members.
Members were reminded that wood sales are welcome at any GSWT meeting but the proceeds are to be donated to the GSWT scholarship and education fund. Sat's 50/50 raffle contributed $64 to that fund.
The October meeting has been cancelled and the November meeting is now scheduled for Nov 9th and will be hosted by Rick Manganello in Hudson, NH. Jim Forbes will be demonstrating his popular tiny birdhouses and inside-out Christmas ornaments. Details will be posted in Touch-Ups.
We will try and schedule a December meeting on the 13th, it will feature a Yankee swap so please make or bring a small item to swap.
Heather Lang and Blue Foster welcomed GSWT and visitors to Highland Hardwoods and the turning portion of the morning. The demos were very well received with as many as 76 folks watching, asking questions and enjoying the loud catches! GSWT Pres Ron Marcoux demonstrated his shopmade offset chuck while five other members including Jim Forbes, Rick Manganello, Len Lombardi, Tom Kovalcik and Ed Wilson turned items as different as birdhouses to lamp bases. Ed's segmented and specialty cut lamp bases proved to be most popular as he skillfully revealed multiple layers of contrasting woods.
Highland offered members and visitors alike a huge discount on thick turning stock and there was not a stick of walnut left behind. Many many thanks to HH for their kind assistance, we hope to see some terrific items made from their wonderful stock. Highland wishes to remind woodworkers everywhere that their November cherry sale will begin on Nov 13th and conclude Dec 24th. Highland will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan 6th as they honor holiday traditions.
GSWT gained six new members and has begun the process of identifying venues and demonstrators for 2020. We will open the year at Pres. Ron Marcoux's shop in Bedford NH on Jan 25th where he will be making shot glasses and tumblers and demonstrating a special sanding jig designed to fit them. Any one who is interested and has shop space for 30 or so should give the GSWT a shout.
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.