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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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Non Profit Status

We have received notification from the Internal Revenue Service that our application for status as a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has been approved! That means that donations to the SPSW are now tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. We believe this will open up new opportunities to ...

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Want to Turn Better?

[note]Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – proverb[/note] 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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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on October 1st with a demonstration by Tom Hasting on Three Skills for Turning.

The Mid Columbia Woodturners in Pasco, WA will be meeting on October 8th. Terry Gerros will be the demonstrator.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on October 6th. Ron Valley will discuss various method of wet wood drying to avoid cracking, including a homemade kiln dryer.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on October 13th. Eric Lofstrom will be their demonstrator.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on October 13th. Terry Gerros will be demonstrating twist work.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on October 20th. Larry Miller will be demonstrating how to make small birdhouse ornaments.

The South Coast Woodturners in CoosBay, Oregon will be meeting on October 8th. The program for the day has not been announced.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will be meeting on October 20th and will be holding their annual auction.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on October 27th. Stephen Hatcher will be giving his presentation on “How do you do that?”.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on October 26th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are meeting on October 27th and will have a demonstration on threading by Larry Karlen.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on October 26th. Jimmie Allen will give a presentation on making boxes.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. are meeting on October 13th. This will be a Hands-On-Night building an inertial sander with Beverley Pears and John Halstead.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is holding their next meeting on October 22nd. This will be an all-day demonstration with Kurt Hertzog.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on October 28th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

September Membership Meeting

This month we are having our second and final Mini Symposium of the year.

These events are special in that they offer the opportunity to observe several different aspects of turning and decoration at one event. They are also special in that the demonstrations are performed by our own members. This club is very proud to have members of all skill levels. We can all learn something new and woodturners are, in large, well known for their willingness to share their secrets with all.

The demonstrators for this month are:

  • Brad Husby – Rose engine
  • Roy Lane – Hollow forms
  • Jeff Marshall – Beginning projects for kids
  • Carol Zandel – Something fun
  • Stephanie Lane – Pyrography
  • Doy Ford and Jim Thorn – Pin cushions
  • Pat McCart – Sharpening

There will be no Show and Tell this month but feel free to bring your projects for display.

This event always seems to start early so get there early and enjoy the evening.

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August Meeting Demonstrator – John Shrader

This month’s demonstrator is John Shrader.

John Shradershrader bloodwood bowlMost wood is only available in flat boards. This demo will show how to make bowls from a single board using stacked rings and also how to make multiple closed forms from a single board using staved construction. I will show how the limitation of these approaches can actually be an opportunity for design innovation. For example, the grain direction can be manipulated to produce different surface designs, even with the same shape. If a design is embedded in the disk before the tapered rings are cut out of it, the design of the final bowl can be startlingly different from the initial design.

Upcoming Woodturning Events

Ornamental Turners International Symposium

The 14th annual symposium is scheduled for September 22nd – 25th, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver, Denver-Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80216. The speaker/presenter schedule reads like a who’s who in the ornamental turning world with such internationally acclaimed experts as Jean Claude Charpignon from France and David Wood-Heath from England. There will be vendors and an instant gallery. More information on symposium registration and hotel reservations can be found on the OTI Symposium webpage.

Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium

This symposium is being held at the Lancaster Marriott Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and will feature eight nationally renowned demonstrators including Mike Mahoney, Al Stirt, Binh Pho, Kurt Hertzog, Cindy Drozda, Mark Sfirri and SPSW’s Eric Lofstrom. There will also be an instant gallery, trade show, silent auction and awards banquet. Get more info on the MAWT Symposium website.

Segmented Woodturners Symposium

Hard to believe, but this is the fifth bi-annual symposium put on by the Segmented Woodturners virtual chapter. The symposium is being held at the Boston Marriot Quincy in Quincy, Massachusetts on October 27th – 30th. Demonstrators include John Beaver, Bob Benke, Andy Chen, Robin Costelle, Ray Feltz, Wayne Miller, Al Miotke, Jim Rodgers, and Malcolm Tibbetts. There will also be a turning swap, vendor area, instant gallery and banquet. There will also be activities for non-turning spouses. Get more info on the Segmented Woodturners homepage.

Virginia Woodturning Symposium

This symposium represents 10 chapters and is sponsored by the Virginia Woodturners. The symposium will be held at Expoland in Waynesboro, Virginia on November 5th and 6th. The featured demonstrators are: Jimmy Clewes, Trent Bosch, Bob Rosand, Frank Penta, John Jordan, Johannes Michelsen, Lyle Jamieson, and Barry Gross. There will be an instant gallery and vendor area. More info on the Virginia Woodturning Symposium website.

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