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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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AAW Turning of the Week

Whether or not you are a member of the AAW you can still see some of the great things going on there. If you have a Facebook account you can like their page and get updates. One of the things I like seeing is the Turning of the Week. Check them out and I think you will get some inspiration! AAW on Facebook.

A Day With Michael Hosaluk

Northwest Washington Woodturners is pleased to announce A Day With MMichael Hosaluk on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Anacortes, WA. We invite you to join us and share in this informative day. Michael’s signature is CREATIVITY. He will spend the full day helping us discover the creative woodturner within all of us. Through a variety of projects, Michael will be focusing on design and creativity. He will share his techniques for turning unique shapes as well as surface enhancement and coloring. Throughout his demo, Michael will be discussing technique as well as presenting slides of his work and inspirations. Michael is noted for his work with collaborative projects and will also be discussing the role that collaboration can play in creativity.

Additional information as well as registration information can be viewed at: http://www.nwwwt.org/HosalukDemo.pdf. In addition to mail in registration, we are again offering online registration at: http://nww-2015-hosaluk-demo.bpt.me

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.

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 21st!

Rick Anderson
Publicity Chairman
Northwest Washington Woodturners


November Demonstrator – Eric Lofstrom

Eric LofstromI am a woodturning artist, demonstrator, passionate teacher and private instructor. Excited about the creative process and exploring the quest for clean lines and “pure” curves. I enjoy turning all styles of pieces- anything from pens, peppermills, fitted-lid boxes, utilitarian bowls and serving utensils, to sculptural one-of-a-kinds!

I enjoy embellishing my artistic pieces with colors, textures, and sculpting. Embellishing is a fun and sometimes risky, but extremely rewarding method of adding my creative voice to each piece, however the most important goal is achieving a pleasing form.

In addition to exploring my own creative voice, I also am very passionate about sharing the journey with others. Teaching and demonstrating woodturning techniques allows me to share what I have learned and allows a dialogue with others to stir our creative juices.

For additional information about Eric, as well as to see examples of his work, please visit www.ericlofstrom.com.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on November 6th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on November 6th with a demonstration on natural edge bowls.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID are meeting on November 11th with a discussion about “what projects do you have sitting around that need to be completed”.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on November 13th. Molly Winton will be demonstrating her wood burning techniques.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on November 13th. The meeting will feature a dessert potluck and auction. This is the club’s major fundraiser for the year.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on November 13th. James Leary will be demonstrating incising techniques using the Harvey Fein system.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. are also meeting on November 13th. John Spitters will demonstrate turning a hollow form with a long bar system.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on November 19th (early to avoid conflict with Thanksgiving). This meeting will feature a mini-symposium.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on November 20th. The club will be holding their holiday party.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on November 20th at a temporary location at the Carpenter Center with a demonstration by Stephen Hatcher. Stephen will also hold an all-day demo on Friday the 21st and a hands-on class on Saturday the 22nd.

Welcome to the Southwest Washington Woodturners, a new AAW chapter in Vancouver. The program for the next meeting has not been announced. Kathleen Duncan, member of the SWWWT has been elected to the AAW board of directors.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are next meeting on November 22nd. The program for the afternoon has not been announced.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on November 26th. The program has not yet been announced.

October Demonstrator – Warren Swift

Have you ever wondered how to make those bowls with at least part of the bark still on the edge? Well, this month you are in for a treat. Our own member, Warren Swift, will demonstrate how to turn one of these marvelous natural edged bowls.

If you have never made one these natural edged bowls, you will come away with the basic knowledge of how it is accomplished. You will learn how to mount the wood, turning, sanding, and finishing techniques, and what tools and supplies are used to make these bowls. If you have made them before, chances are pretty good that you will pick up some excellent tips on how to improve your work. Everyone benefits from watching others turn and seeing what steps they take to make their product.

Be sure and not miss this event.

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