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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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AWGB Seminar

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) recently held their 16th International Woodturning Seminar at the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre. Demonstrators included Jean-Francois Escoulen, Mike Hosaluk, Glenn Lucas, Les Thorne and many others. You can read about the programs, demonstrators and exhibitors on the AWGB website.

The seminar included an instant gallery and the AWGB has done a fine job capturing photos of the gallery. You can check them out here: AWGB Instant Gallery.

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November Membership Meeting

This month, our own David Best, will show us 4 different methods for turning hollow forms. Dave will hollow a large vessel in multiple steps using different systems for each layer as he goes deeper into the form. There are a lot of systems out there, and this will be a great chance for all of us to see how these different tools compare to each other, as well as seeing the advantages of each.

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting November 1st at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on November 1st. This month’s program will be a panel of experts discussing “Can this project be saved”.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild

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October Demonstrator – Pat McCart

What a terrific hobby!

It all started with a simple phone call from my Uncle, “Hey you want Pops’ old lathe? I’ve been turning bowls and stuff. I’m buying a bigger one. You ought to try it.” So began my journey down the woodturning road.

Everyone has a first time at the lathe, whether it’s

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting October 4th at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. Damon will be demonstrating some of his embellishing tricks and secrets.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on October 4th. Chapter President Steve Newberry and Mike Meredith will be demonstrating Christmas tree ornaments.

The Woodturners of Olympia are

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