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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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New Meeting Setup Time

Starting with the January, 2018 meeting our setup time will change to 6:30. Meetings will continue to start at 7:00.

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January Demonstrator – Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen is a long-time northwest resident and currently resides in Bremerton, WA. Jimmie discovered woodturning during his semi-retirement as a finish carpenter. He joined the OPCAAW club in 2003 and was instantly hooked – he went on to serve 7 years as the club’s Vice President of Training.

After experimenting with various wood turning aspects, Jimmie was drawn to the challenge that wood boxes presented. Since then, he has concentrated his efforts on improving technique, wood selection, design/shape and proportion. Through this journey, Jimmie also found another creative outlet – the design and crafting of box making tools that helped him to create his signature style of boxes.

Jimmie’s philosophy is that we all start at the same place and it’s important to keep it simple – “If you put in the time, you’ll get there”. He appreciates the opportunity to encourage and motivate people by sharing his experiences and techniques through demonstrations and sawdust sessions.

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December Membership Meeting – Holiday Potluck

December’s meeting is a potluck meal and a prize give-away for all members of the SPSW. This year we have over 100 wood turning blanks from UCR Woods that are ready for your lathe. D-Way Tools have donated some of the fin-est wood turning money can buy. Sumner Woodworking Store has provided tools and gift certificates as have Woodcraft and Rockler. Hopefully you have been getting your raffle tickets each month and will walk away with some great stuff.

Potluck suggestions are A thru I will do main dishes. J-S will bring the deserts with T –Z salads or chips and dip. We will provide plates and silver ware, coffee and water.

Additionally we always have a Show and Tell for the item that you turned this year that you are most proud of. This is also the last President’s Challenge of the year, a turned ornament of any kind.

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Upcoming Woodturning Events

Tennessee Association of Woodturners

The Tennessee Woodturners are holding their 30th Woodturning Symposium in Franklin, TN on the 26th and 27th of January. Featured demonstrators are Stuart Batty, Jimmy Clewes, Mike Mahoney and Betty Scarpino. There will also be an instant gallery with awards in several categories, and a banquet and auction. The full symposium fee is $155 is paid by December 31st. Lots more information on the Florida Woodturning Symposium site.


Alaska Woodturners Association Symposium

alaska woodturning associationThe 2018 symposium is scheduled for January 27 & 28, 2018 at Hardware Specialties in Anchorage, AK. Featured turners are Glenn Lucas, Nick Agar plus local turners Bob Congdon and Jeff Trotter. There will also be the opportunity for hands-on classes with Glenn and nick prior to and after the symposium dates. Cost for the symposium is $50/day if paid in advance. More information can be found at the Alaska Woodturners Association symposium page.


Florida Woodturning Symposium

The Florida chapters of the AAW joined together in 2001 to hold the first Florida Woodturning Symposium. Held annually, the 2018 symposium is scheduled for February 9 – 11. Demonstrators include Miriam Carpenter, Mark Sfirri, Michael Hosaluk and Tim Yoder, as well as several regional demonstrators. In addition to the demo rotations there will also be workshops available with Dixie Biggs, Rudy Lopez, Don Geiger and others. Full registration fee for the rotations is $135 before January 1, 2018. Half-day workshops are $55. There are a lot of other activities and perks so make sure to check out the Florida Woodturning Symposium website.

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November Demonstrator – Tones Briggs

Tones Briggs Christmas Ornaments

Turning since 1991 and have explored hollow forms, bowls, boxes as well as my favorite which is Christmas Ornaments. I will place emphasis on “finials” which can also potentially enhance some of your work.

I use a system introduced to me by Dan Ackerman which allows for do multiples without compromising the use of your lathe for other turning.

Looking forward to sharing the evening with all of you.Tones

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SPSW YouTube Site

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