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SPSW Members in the News

Former SPSW President Dan Stromstad and member Dennis Johnson are featured in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune. Great story of friendship, giving, courage and overcoming disabilities. A friendship strengthened through adversity, crafted with a lathe

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Why I am so Passionate About This Club

Why I am so Passionate About This Club

This month I thought I would explain why I am so passionate about this club. Every month I look forward to our meetings with excitement. What a silly old guy I am. Why would a man feel this way? When I was in junior high school my favorite class was shop. ...

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Want to Turn Better?

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – proverb It’s all about skills transfer This article came out of a chat at a recent SPSW board meeting – we were talking about the various ways that being in the club has helped all of ...

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The Unseen Pleasures of Turning

Yesterday’s post was about a woodturner who lost most of her vision but was able to adapt her tools and processes to allow her to continue turning. Coincidently, the AAW website has a feature on how the 25th Anniversary Symposium included the first showing of woodturnings to visually impaired people. Andi ...

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Woodturner Profile - Ron Kent

While cruising the web looking at woodturning sites I came across Ron Kent's website. Ron is a woodturning artist from Hawaii, and a member of the Honolulu Woodturners chapter of the AAW. Those of you who have been turning for some time are probably familiar with Ron's work. This was ...

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SPSW in the Top10

SPSW in the Top10

The South Puget Sound Woodturners is in the top 10 clubs in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Why is that? Because we have a large and diverse membership. Our members range from beginner to internationally acclaimed professionals. Our interests range from penmaking to bowls, turned ornaments to hollow vessels, spindles ...

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AAW Teaching Thursday

The AAW’s Teaching Thursday post on Facebook today features SPSW member Eric Lofstrom talking about the importance of Biomechanics.

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August Demonstrator – Jack Wayne

This month Capt. Jack Wayne will be demonstrating natural edge bowls.

“I have practiced my woodturning since 1995 and if I can put in another 15-20 years I might start getting it right!! Many of you older members in the SPSW might remember me….I was President of SPSW 2 or 3 times, Board Member for way too many times, and occasionally I drop in to do a demo or enjoy the refreshments. Prior to my association with SPSW I was VP of Seattle Wood-turners 3 times, President for 3 or 4 times, and a long standing board member. So I guess this makes me a serial volunteer. I have been honored to do demos at all of the Washington turning clubs, as well as clubs in B.C., Oregon, California, Alaska, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Mexico.

I am drawn to almost every aspect of woodturning, but there are a few exceptions: I’m too lazy to do segmented work or ornamental turning, and no interest in pens or duck calls.

My major interest is in learning and teaching. I try to never pass up an opportunity to attend a new demonstration of a tool or technique, and I really love teaching. There is something very special when you see the look in someone’s eyes when they suddenly “get it” , no matter if it is discovering the magic of using the bevel, or realizing you really can turn wood down to paper thin and still be in control!!

The subject of my demo will be Natural Edge turning, and how to address the several peculiarities of turning this style. I hope the tips I give will help new turners expand their range, and perhaps remind experienced turners of the importance of a few basic pointers.

Join me for some fun and perhaps some adventure….Remember: Woodturning is the most fun you can have with your clothes on and not get arrested (usually!!!)”

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AAW Selection

Congratulations to SPSW member Bob Sievers for having his turning selected as the AAW Turning of the Week.

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting August 2nd at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon holding a club auction and barbeque on August 4th. There will not be a regular meeting in August.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C.,

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July Demonstrator – Carl Jacobson

Carl Jacobson

Carl started woodworking with his grandfather as a young boy. He continued woodworking through high school, and started woodturning after seeing a turned project in a friends shop. Some of his fondest memories are working with his grandfather in his wood shop. Being able to share our passion for woodworking, ties it

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