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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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Non Profit Status

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 ...

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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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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on November 3rd with a demonstration by Tom Willing on jam and cup chucks and Scott Trumbo from Serious Toolworks will be showing his full line of M2 turning tools.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on November 3rd. Joe Mach will demonstrate Christmas and holiday turned ornaments.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on November 10th. Reed Gray will be presenting on tool sharpening and their use in bowls. Reed will also be holding an all-day class on the 11th.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on November 10th for their annual auction.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on November 17th. This meeting will feature the club’s annual holiday party. NWWWT will be taking December off.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR, in collaboration with the Northwest Woodturners and Southwest Washington Woodturners, will be meeting on November 18th (note date change) with a demonstration by SPSW member Eric Lofstrom Eric Lofstrom. Eric will be presenting an all-day demo on Saturday the 19th and a hands-on class on Sunday the 20th.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on November 10th with a demonstration on handy dandy home-made tools by Tones Briggs.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is holding their next meeting on November 26th. Rob Dunlop will show how he makes a “ball-in-a-cube and Barrie Baptie will demonstrate resist-coloring using hot-melt wax.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on November 23rd. Ed Pretty will be demonstrating spiral fluting. Also, Eric Lofstrom will hold and all-day demo on November 12th and an all-day class on the 13th.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on October 1st with a demonstration by Tom Hasting on Three Skills for Turning.

The Mid Columbia Woodturners in Pasco, WA will be meeting on October 8th. Terry Gerros will be the demonstrator.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on October 6th. Ron Valley will discuss various method of wet wood drying to avoid cracking, including a homemade kiln dryer.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on October 13th. Eric Lofstrom will be their demonstrator.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on October 13th. Terry Gerros will be demonstrating twist work.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on October 20th. Larry Miller will be demonstrating how to make small birdhouse ornaments.

The South Coast Woodturners in CoosBay, Oregon will be meeting on October 8th. The program for the day has not been announced.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will be meeting on October 20th and will be holding their annual auction.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on October 27th. Stephen Hatcher will be giving his presentation on “How do you do that?”.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on October 26th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are meeting on October 27th and will have a demonstration on threading by Larry Karlen.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on October 26th. Jimmie Allen will give a presentation on making boxes.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. are meeting on October 13th. This will be a Hands-On-Night building an inertial sander with Beverley Pears and John Halstead.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is holding their next meeting on October 22nd. This will be an all-day demonstration with Kurt Hertzog.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on October 28th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

September Membership Meeting

This month we are having our second and final Mini Symposium of the year.

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.

The demonstrators for this month are:

  • Brad Husby – Rose engine
  • Roy Lane – Hollow forms
  • Jeff Marshall – Beginning projects for kids
  • Carol Zandel – Something fun
  • Stephanie Lane – Pyrography
  • Doy Ford and Jim Thorn – Pin cushions
  • Pat McCart – Sharpening

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

This event always seems to start early so get there early and enjoy the evening.

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August Meeting Demonstrator – John Shrader

This month’s demonstrator is John Shrader.

John Shradershrader bloodwood bowlMost wood is only available in flat boards. This demo will show how to make bowls from a single board using stacked rings and also how to make multiple closed forms from a single board using staved construction. I will show how the limitation of these approaches can actually be an opportunity for design innovation. For example, the grain direction can be manipulated to produce different surface designs, even with the same shape. If a design is embedded in the disk before the tapered rings are cut out of it, the design of the final bowl can be startlingly different from the initial design.

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