((( The complete gallery can be viewed here )))

Thanks to everyone who managed to join us online Apr. 9 for our first Zoom meeting and live-ish demo. We had a bout 27 participants who were part of the conversation as WGNC President Steve Criscenzo showed his recorded demo on using a router to embellish woodturing. If you missed the session, you can still watch the recorded demo here on YouTube.

Following that modest success -- and because we had limited time -- we're going to hold our April meeting gallery this week, and do it virtually once again. Members just need to send their own photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow a few simple guidelines.

We'll open the Zoom meeting Thursday at 7pm and begin a slideshow review of all offerings and give people a chance to discuss their work. Since this is the only subject of the meeting, we are not limited to the usual 10-15 minute session for this.

We're assuming that with all the extra time members have been producing some pretty interesting pieces so we're hoping for a good showing.

To participate in the gallery:

  • Email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight Apr. 15.
  • Include 2 shots of each piece (front/back or top/bottom, since we can't hold it up)
  • Include your name, wood species, largest dimension, and a 2-3 word description.

To help keep this manageable…

  • One message per item, so no more than 2 photos attached in each email.
  • No more than 3 items per person please. (We will consider allowing more in future)
  • Use reasonable photo sizes: We don't need 6M files, so resolution around 600k-1M is fine.
  • Rename photo file if you can. PC users should name image as their first initial and last name, plus some photo name, i.e., "ncloutier_elmplatter1.jpg" "scriscenzo_routedVase2.jpg"

Some tips:

  • Use a booth/backdrop if you have one, just don't shoot in your shop.
  • Find good lighting, preferably from 2 sources. Don't rely on camera flash.
  • Find a solid-color wall in your house; avoid any patterned background.
  • It's OK to hold the piece in hand if you have no table/stand.
  • Crop your photos fairly close to the object alone, regardless of shape.

We will assemble all the images as a slide show and start the meeting at 7pm. After a brief intro President Steve Criscenzo will walk through the presentation, briefly discussing each piece and inviting the maker to add their own brief commentary and take any questions from the audience.

No one should feel rushed, but we may cut short any long commentary if we know there are a large number of pieces to show still. This is our first attempt at doing this virtually, so please be patient and we may attempt to do it more than once a month if there is a demand while we are all on lock-down.

Connection instructions:

From a computer, you can just click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/649276035
You should not need a password, but if prompted for one, enter WGNC (all caps).

- If you've used Zoom before, it will simply connect you directly to the meeting.  If it is your first time using Zoom, there may be a quick download first. Just follow the directions.
- Video will appear on-screen and sound will be through your computer speakers.
- To participate live, you will need a video camera and microphone. Most newer laptops have these built in. You will be able to view the meeting even if you do not have a camera.

From a smart-phone or tablet: First download the Zoom app from your app store.
- Once loaded, clicking the link above should launch the app and open the meeting. If that's not handy, enter meeting ID number 649 276 035

Last option: Use your phone.
- If all else fails, you can just dial in to 929-205-6099.  This will give you audio only and we can help you connect.
- Dial-in users will need both meeting ID: 649 276 035, and password: WGNC