CLUB SOCIALS

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Bob Gerenser

September 23, 2020

As our name implies, the main function of our club is centered on woodturning. To help each other learn and grow and to educate the public in the joy of woodturning are primary goals. Equally important is the social aspect of SVW, especially for our “well seasoned” members, who make up the majority of the membership. As we transition from the work a day world to the, hopefully, more relaxed stage of our lives we also leave behind a large portion of our social interaction. The sense of community and belonging is an integral benefit of belong to our club.

The meeting space at the high school is open at least a half hour before the meeting is slated to start in order to give members a chance to catch up with each other. The “short, 5 to 10 minute” break between member presentations and demonstrators at meetings is rarely that short; folks are busy chatting!

Along with the monthly meetings we are fortunate in having members who hosts “sawdust sessions” in their homes on a regular basis. Again, the main topic of conversation is woodturning, but conversations often range far and wide. During “Show & Tell” at the monthly members are encouraged to show what they’ve been working on, but at the sawdust sessions the pieces get passed around and problems, issues or accomplishments can be discussed in depth.  

We have a picnic scheduled each summer along with a holiday banquet in lieu of the December meeting, but there are also randomly scheduled get-togethers. Members are constantly on the look-out for trees coming down in their neighborhoods and when fresh cut urban timber becomes available the call goes out and a wood fetch is born. Members who have chainsaws break down the felled tree into manageable pieces while others help to load vehicles.

One of our members has access to more than the average amount of felled trees as he lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A couple of times a year he will host a “wood event” for members to come up and help him   prep turning  blanks and  stock up on blanks for themselves.

While some people may boast of how many “friends” they have on social media, real friendships are one of the intangible benefits of belonging to Silicon Valley Woodturners.

Bob Gerenser

You can see some of Bob's work in his member gallery.

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2019 SVW Banquet

Dec 4, 2019

2019 SVW Banquet

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2017 SVW Picnic

May 22, 2017

2017 SVW Picnic

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2015 Christmas Party

Dec 3, 2015

2015 Christmas Party

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2013 Christmas Party

Dec 5, 2013

2013 Christmas Party

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2012 SVW Picnic

Jul 21, 2012

2012 SVW Picnic

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2010 Croquet at Vasona

Sep 18, 2010

2010 Croquet at Vasona

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2018 SVW Banquet

Dec 6, 2018

2018 SVW Banquet

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2016 Christmas Party

Dec 8, 2016

2016 Christmas Party

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2015 SVW Picnic

Aug 22, 2015

2015 SVW Picnic

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2013 Picnic challenge

Nov 9, 2013

2013 Picnic challenge

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2011 Holiday Party

Dec 1, 2011

2011 Holiday Party

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2009 SVW Banquet

Dec 3, 2009

2009 SVW Banquet

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2017 SVW Banquet

Dec 6, 2017

2017 SVW Banquet

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2016 SVW Picnic

Sep 17, 2016

2016 SVW Picnic

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2014 SVW Picnic

Sep 13, 2014

2014 SVW Picnic

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2012 Holiday Party

Dec 6, 2012

2012 Holiday Party

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2010 Christmas Party

Dec 1, 2010

2010 Christmas Party

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2009 Club Picnic

Jul 11, 2009

2009 Club Picnic

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2008 Christmas Party

Dec 4, 2008

2008 Christmas Party

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2005 Annual and multi-club picnics

Jul 17, 2005

2005 Annual and multi-club picnics

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2008 Club Picnic

Jul 19, 2008

2008 Club Picnic

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2004 Holiday Party

Dec 5, 2004

2004 Holiday Party

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2007 Christmas Party

Dec 6, 2007

2007 Christmas Party

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2004 Lunch and Croquet at Vasona

Oct 18, 2004

2004 Lunch and Croquet at Vasona

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2007 Summer Picnic

Jul 14, 2007

2007 Summer Picnic

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2004 Picnic Turning Contest

Jul 17, 2004

2004 Picnic Turning Contest

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2006 Christmas Party

Dec 10, 2006

2006 Christmas Party

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2001 Annual Party

Dec 6, 2001

2001 Annual Party

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2006 Club Picnic

Jul 15, 2006

2006 Club Picnic

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2005 Holiday Party

Dec 11, 2005

2005 Holiday Party

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