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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. [note]A friendship strengthened through adversity, crafted with a lathe[/note]

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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?

[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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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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May Membership Meeting

Our demonstrator this month will be our own Carol Zandell –

carol zandellI will be demonstrating the method I use to turn a simple form of “Inside out Turning” . It is my hope that what I do will give you a new idea or simply be a reminder of something fun to do on the lathe.

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April Membership Meeting

Turning With a Hook

David Best will be demonstrating the use of a Hook Tool cutter. A hook tool cutter is designed to make end grain hollowing quick and efficient. It leaves a very smooth surface which eliminates a lot of sanding time. A hook is fun to use but takes a fair bit of practice.

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Tower of Life

SPSW Webmaster here and I am a big fan of Malcolm Tibbetts. He recently posted a new video on YouTube of his segmented piece titled Tower of Life. In a Facebook post Malcolm describes it this way:

This was inspired by the miracle of life creation and the recent birth of two new grandsons. The notion of twenty-three pairs of chromosomes played a part in the design. In the tower there are 500 assemblies of three stacked rings of 15 segments (22,500 pieces) plus the 500 connecting dowels totals 23 thousand. Additionally each assembly of three layers totals 45 plus the one connecting dowel equals 23 pair. The piece also displays the five colors of man. It’s almost five feet tall and finished with spray lacquer.

Yes, Pat McCart, that says twenty three THOUSAND pieces.

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March Membership Meeting

This month we are having our first 2018 Mini Symposium.

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.

  • Dan Stromstad – Easy bowl turning using a vacuum chuck
  • Jimmy Allen – Lidded Boxes
  • Jeff Marshall – Lathe projects for beginning turners
  • Carol Zandell – Lattice work on the lathe
  • Pat McCart – Sharpening lathe tools (Please bring any tools you would like sharpened)
  • Michael Poirier – How to sue the “Wedgie Sled” for segmented turnings
  • Leah Young – How to access and use the SPSW Video Library

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

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AAW PRESS RELEASE: AAW Appoints John Kelsey as New Editor of Woodturning FUNdamentals – American Association of Woodturners

Source: AAW PRESS RELEASE: AAW Appoints John Kelsey as New Editor of Woodturning FUNdamentals – American Association of Woodturners

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SPSW YouTube Site

Looking for a video demonstration for your next project? Check out the SPSW YouTube Site