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 ...
Northwest Washington Woodturners is pleased to announce A DAY WITH CINDY DROZDA on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Anacortes, WA. We invite you to join us and share in this informative day. Cindy will spend the full day discussing and demonstrating the details of how she creates her unique FINIAL STAR LIDDED BOWLS and ELEGANT FINIALS as well as sharing her methods of multi-layer coloring. Throughout her demo, Cindy will be discussing tools and sharpening as well as presenting slides and diagrams of her work and inspirations. There will be lots of opportunity to have Cindy answer your questions.
Advance registration is only $45 for the full day demo and includes snacks, beverages and a delicious hot lunch.
The Anacortes area is a wonderful place to spend a weekend. If you will be staying in our area overnight, a list of accommodations including hotel/motel, B&B and RV is available upon request.
Please access our flyer which provides additional information and instructions for registering either online or by mail. You may open this file directly from your browser at http://www.nwwwt.org/DrozdaDemo.pdf
Your early registration will help us better plan for this event.
If you have any questions please feel welcome to contact me.
We look forward to seeing you on March 22nd!
Northwest Washington Woodturners
We have a real treat this month as our demonstrator is Alan Carter. Alan is known nationally and internationally for his unique woodturning style. Here is his artist statement:
I can trace my current status in life back to the third grade, when they needed trombone players for the grade school band. That started a lifelong interest in music which led ultimately to my graduation from Indiana University with a degree in music.
After a stint in retail management, I discovered painting and became a “professional artist” for 22 years. In 1999 I shifted my attention to furniture design and for ten years I designed and built contemporary furniture and accessories, drawing on my painting experience to develop a signature style.
In 2009, I discovered woodturning and began another chapter in my creative life. I knew that I needed to find a way to use all the knowledge and understanding I had acquired in a lifetime in the arts. I consciously worked at developing a unique style.
I’m now represented by a number of nationally recognized galleries, have been featured in a variety of woodturning publications and woodturning exhibitions, and travel the country and abroad giving demonstrations and workshops in the fine art and craft of woodturning.
The AAW has issued a Call for Entries for the juried exhibit “Rising” which is part of the 2014 Symposium. The theme of the exhibit is based on the name of the city that the symposium is being held in – Phoenix.
Entries will be accepted from November 1, 2013, until February 3, 2014. All applicants will receive email notification by March 31, 2014.
The entry fee is $30 for up to three submissions with a maximum of three submissions per member. Only one piece per member will be selected for the exhibit.
Work must be created at least in part on the lathe.
Work must have been created in the past 24 months.
There is no size limit, but only a few oversized pieces will be accepted due to space and shipping limitations. Oversized is defined as shipping in a box that exceeds 108″ (207 cm) in overall dimension (2 × width + 2 × depth + length).
The symposium venue does not accommodate wall-hung pieces.
An artist statement describing how the piece fits the theme is required. Entries may be edited for length and clarity.
You may upload up to three images per piece. Include one view of the overall piece. Additional detail images or alternate views are optional.
Uploaded images must be in JPG format and 2100 pixels on the longest side.
A full-color exhibition catalog will be available. Artists whose entries are selected will receive a complimentary catalog.
Shipping or delivery to the Arizona venue is the artist’s responsibility. The AAW will pay return shipping fees. Work will be insured while in the exhibition and during return shipping.
SPSW members, it is that time of year to renew your membership. You can renew at the next meeting with cash, check, debit or credit cards. Or if you prefer, you can renew online on our membership renewal page.
It is also time to renew your membership in the AAW. As a member of AAW you are part of one of the largest craft associations in the country, currently greater than 13,600 members strong with more than 325 local chapters in the United States and internationally, each one-year membership includes:
Six issues of American Woodturner, official journal of the AAW, each jam-packed with:
New one-of-a-kind projects
Inspiration and insider secrets
Time- and money-saving shop tips and techniques
Step-by-step instructions with helpful how-to images and diagrams
Calendar of events, seminars, and exhibitions
Education and Advice
Annual AAW Symposium
Expert woodturning advice at woodturner.org
AAW Forum and members-only access on woodturner.org
Access to Educational Opportunity Grants for members and AAW chapters Opportunities
Insurance and Savings
Bodily injury liability insurance furnished for members involved in AAW activities
Commercial property and liability insurance available for members to purchase
Group rates for health, life, and commercial business insurance
Discounts on AAW books, DVDs, and logo merchandise with savings up to 50%
If you are not a member of AAW, consider joining. The magazine alone is worth the cost of membership. If you are a member, take advantage of all of the information on the website. The videos are fantastic.
This month we having our last Mini Symposium of the year. As always, we have a great line up of demonstrators. There is always something that each of us can learn from some of our members. This is always a very popular event.
Here is this month’s list of demonstrators:
Carol Zandell – Something Fun (what else would you expect from Carol.)
Roy Lane – Hollow Forms
Jim Thoren – Miniature Birdhouse
Sorry, don’t have a picture of Jim!
Warren Swift – Either a Whistle or a Top (or maybe both)
Stephany Lane – No, make that Pyrography
Dave Schweitzer – Sharpening
Jeff Marshall – Turning for Beginners
Sorry, don’t have a picture of Jeff either!!
Don’t forget to bring your dull tools. This is your opportunity to get them
sharpened by an expert. When you get home, you will be amazed at what is like
to turn with