If you're at all interested in the ancient art of woodturning, circle Aug. 21-23 on your calendar: Those days--a Thursday, Friday and Saturday--will see the biggest woodturning conference ever held in the Southland.
At least that's the view of co-director Howard Lewin, a Hawthorne-based cabinetmaker, lathe inventor and woodturning instructor. The Southern California Woodturning Conference wil be held at the Clarion Hotel-Ontario Airport in Ontario, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Almost two dozen lecturers and demonstrators, including such woodturning authorities as Del Stubbs, Clead Christiansen, Lewin, Rude Osolnik and Albert Le Coff, will demonstrate their specialties during the event.
"We realize a lot of people can't take off work to attend the entire conference, so we have scheduled workshops for people who can spare a half day or so, or even take off a full day," Lewin said. His co-director is Flo Bishop.
There are hands-on turning workshops, lasting three hours each, on all three days. The cost is $25. The same price applies for continuous three-hour hands-on sharpening workshops. (Proper sharpening of woodturning chisels is vital for success in this branch of woodworking).
"The show should appeal to beginners and experienced woodturners alike, along with those who've often thought about woodturning but who've never tried it," Lewin said.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A gallery of turned objects will be open to the public during the show hours, free of charge. The conference will also feature a trade show with representatives from manufacturers and retailers.
The conference fee is $160 for all three days; more information can be obtained from Southern California Woodturning Conference, 264 Arbolada Drive, Arcadia, Calif. 91006.
Lewin's shop, Custom Wood Design, is at 3825 West 129th St., Hawthorne 90250.
The Admiral Continental Series of 24-inch-deep refrigerators described here Feb. 2, 1986, has finally reached the Southland marketplace, according to Joel Holden of Jarco Distributing, 1342 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim 92805.
This line of slim built-in refrigerators is worth looking for for those who want a European-styled kitchen but don't want to spend as much as some built-in refrigerators cost.
The Continental line would also be worthy of attention from those with traditional kitchens who dislike the bulky free-standing refrigerators that protrude 8 or 10 inches beyond the rest of the cabinets in your kitchen.
The names and addresses of local Admiral Continental dealers can be obtained from Holden in Anaheim. Jarco is handling distribution for Southern California.