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. ...
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 ...
According to an article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Stephen Hatcher, past president of the SPSW, and a regular demonstrator at SPSW meetings, has been selected by the National Park Service to be an Artist in Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve for the 2013 season. Two visual artists ...
[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 ...
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 ...
The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their annual picnic and auction on August 2nd.
The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. are taking a break during July and August.
The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley may be meeting on August 7th. The program for the evening has not been announced.
The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are having their annual summer potluck picnic on August 9th. They have lots of other great activities going on including a candlestick contest with prizes and a booth at the upcoming Kitsap County Fair.
The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID are holding their next meeting on August 12th with a demonstration of plywood turning.
The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on August 14th. A.J. Mearns will be demonstrating bowl coring.
The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on August 14th. Ron Gerton will be demonstrating Strobe Light Turning.
The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are having their annual Summertime Potluck Picnic on August 16th. There will also be a tool sale and silent auction.
The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on August 21st at a temporary location at the Carpenter Center. Kathleen Duncan, current nominee to the AAW Board of Directors, will be presenting “a smorgasbord of small projects”. There will also be a tool swap.
The Woodturners of Olympia are holding a turn and learn session at their August 22nd meeting.
Welcome to the Southwest Washington Woodturners, a new AAW chapter in Vancouver. The club will be meeting on August 27th. The program includes a demonstration by Norm Paulk.
The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are also off July and August and will meet next on September 24th.
The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are taking July and August off and have the next meeting scheduled for September 27th.
Don’t forget, our Annual Picnic and Wood Auction is this month. It will be held Sunday, July 20th, starting at 1:00, at the North Lake Improvement Club. Plug this address into your phone or GPS, . Or, if you are feeling lucky, take the Weyerhaeuser Way S exit off Hwy 18. Go North. At the turning circle, take the first right onto 33rd Pl S. This will become S. 334th St. At the next turning circle, take the second right onto 38th Ave S. You will see the Improvement Club on your right in about one block. If you are coming down Military Rd S, turn west, the only way you can turn, on S. 328th St. Follow it around to where it becomes 38th Ave S and look for the Improvement Club on your left.
This is a potluck. Bring your favorite dish: main, side, salad or dessert. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided by the club.
Don’t forget, this is also a wood auction. Last year we got some of the best deals you have ever seen.
This month’s demonstrator is Roy Lane. You have all seen Roy’s work at the monthly Show & Tell as well as at our Mini Symposiums. Roy is a master of the hollow form vessel. Roy has been turning for a long time and makes his own hollowing tools. This month he will share with us how he makes his hollowing tools as well as giving us pointers on just how to make hollow forms.
Roy’s work is displayed at a couple of galleries in Tacoma. Partnering with his daughter, Stephany, he does some beautiful work. Roy will also demonstrate how he makes the light he uses to check wall thickness.
Our August membership meeting will be the second and last mini-symposium for the year. The mini-symposium features several SPSW members demonstrating many different techniques and skills. There are several stations set up for the membership to rotate through. Prior demonstrations include:
Large vessel hollowing
Small vessel hollowing
Ornamental/Rose Engine turning
Beading with a skew
Pen design and pen turning
You can see photos from prior mini-symposiums in our gallery under Club Events.
If you are an SPSW member and have some aspect of turning/embellishment/tool use or anything related to turning that you would like to share just contact our Vice President David Best through our VP Contact Form.
The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on July 3rd. Nick Stagg will be demonstrating small boxes.
The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. are taking a break during July and August.
The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley may be holding their July meeting on June 26th. The proposed topic is an open honey dipper turning competition.
The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID are holding their next meeting on July 8th. Brian Malnar will be demonstrating the use of the skew.
The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on July 10th. The club will be holding a mini-symposium.
The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on July 10th. Mike Meredith from Doctor’s Woodshop will discuss wood toxicity.
The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on Thursday July 17th. SPSW member Eric Lofstrom will be the demonstrator focusing on the artistic aspects of “Endgrain Bowl Design”. Eric is also teaching classes on Friday and Saturday.
The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on July 17th at a temporary location at the Carpenter Center. The demonstrator for the evening is Graeme Priddle.
The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon will be meeting next on July 24th. The program for the evening has not been announced.
The Woodturners of Olympia are holding their annual symposium on July 26th “Creativity in Woodturning” featuring Trent Bosch and Nick Stagg.
The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are taking the next couple of months off.
The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are also taking the next couple of months off.
The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on July 31st. The program for the evening has not been announced.
The Chicago Woodturners are holding Turn-On! Chicago on August 15 – 17, 2014. The 3-day event is being held at The Conference Center at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. There will also be an instant gallery, vendors and live auction. Featured demonstrators include Andi Wolfe, Barry Gross, Binh Pho, Carol Floate, Dick Sing, John Jordan, Lyle Janieson, Nick Cook, Rob Wallace and Trent Bosch. Registration for the event is $295.00.
Yellowstone Woodturners Symposium
The members of the Yellowstone Woodturners, an AAW chapter in Billings, Montana have announced their 9th Annual Symposium scheduled for August 23rd and 24th at the Roaring 20′S Auto Clubhouse. The featured demonstrator for this year’s symposium is Kip Christensen who will cover a dozen-plus fast and fun projects, turned box with double inlay and chatterwork, and more. Cost for the 2-day event is $100, but the fee is only $85 if you register by August 9th. More information and the registration form can be found on the YWT website.
Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium
2014 marks the 15th Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, September 12th – 14th, 2014. The featured demonstrators for this year’s symposium are David Ellsworth, Kip Christensen, Kirk DeHeer, Jason Schneider, Michael Blankenship, Rick Orr, John Giem, Dale Bonertz, Allen Jensen, David Nittmann and Rudy Lopez. There will be a live and silent auction, instant gallery, trade show and banquet. The symposium will be held at The Ranch / Larimer County Fair Grounds in Loveland, Colorado in the McKee building.
Virginia Woodturners Symposium
The Virginia Woodturners Symposium is being held on September 13 & 14 at Expoland Fishersville. This is a hands-on event that teaches mentors to teach students techniques and projects while under their guidance. Featured demonstrators are Stuart Batty and Molly Winton. There will also be commercial vendors.
Turning Southern Style
The Georgia Association of Woodturners is presenting Turning Southern Style XX September 19, 20 and 21. Featured demonstrators are Ray Key, Michael Hosaluk and Todd Hoyer. Also demonstrating will be Nick Cook, Frank Bowers and James McClure. There will also be vendors, including a demonstration room dedicated just to tool vendors, hands-on area, instant gallery, banquet and auction. The symposium will be held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, GA.
I was introduced to woodturning while in high school, but it wasn’t until 22 years later that I again stepped in front of a lathe. In 1998, I sold my Vocational Rehabilitation business so I could be home with my growing family. At the time, my husband presented me with a lathe of my own, but I wouldn’t have the opportunity to work with it regularly until my children reached school age.
A brief exploration in pottery introduced me to the importance of form and design, the foundation to any embellishment of my turning, be it branding, pyrography, coloring, texturing, or carving. I endeavor to make wood pieces that pursue excellence of form and beg to be picked up and caressed.
When exploring a source of inspiration for my surface enhancements, I looked to my interests in Native American and prehistoric art. Since childhood I have been fascinated by the creative expression of native North American cultures, petroglyphs of the Columbia Plateau of the Northwest, as well as the cave art of Lascaux, France and Altamira, Spain. My artwork reflects their influences.