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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 cancelling their regular meeting in August and instead are holding their annual picnic and auction on August 8th.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on August 6th. Pat Hickey will review and demonstrate spindle turning.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID are meeting on August 11th. Frank Lench will be demonstrating airbrushing and drying your projects.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. are taking the summer off. Their next meeting will be in September.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on August 13th. Eric Lofstrom will be demonstrating end-grain boxes.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on August 13th. Alan Carter will be discussing the creative ability to “think outside the circle”.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are taking their summer break. They will meet again on September 26th.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are celebrating their 20th anniversary at their meeting on August 25th. Three founding members – Dale Larson, Howard Borer and Jim Hall will spend some time recalling sone of the unique events of the past 25 years. There will also be a surprise demonstration by Steve Newberry.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon next meeting will be their annual picnic on August 8th.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on August 26th. Bob “Hinkey” Hickernell will be demonstrating hollow forms. The club is also holding their annual picnic on August 8th.

The Woodturners of Olympia have not announced their next meeting.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are meeting on August 27th. Reed Grey will be demonstrating From Tree to Lathe – a really slick set up to cut bowl blanks from logs.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners in Vancouver, WA will be meeting on August 26th. The program has not yet been announced.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. is meeting taking their summer break. They will meet again in September.

July Demonstrator – Art Liestman

art liestmanArt Liestman is a world class turner from Coquitlam, BC who has taught and demonstrated across North America. He is a professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. You can find his work in several galleries. He has recently been profiled in Woodturning magazine and has written several articles on woodturning techniques for magazines such as American Woodturner.

We are lucky to have Art not only as our demonstrator this month, but also as the demonstrator for an all day session on Friday, July 17th at Nancy Sweazey’s shop. Art has provided the following synopsis of what he will be demonstrating on both days.pbnoj275

Art’s Synopsis:

Lost Wood Process

The lost wood process involves turning blanks that are made up of three laminated layers. After turning, the middle layer is removed and the two outer layers are rejoined to give a turned object that isn’t round. More details about the process can be found in my American Woodturner article “Beyond Round: The Lost Wood Process” (August 2012). In the demo, I’ll turn a “standard” woodturner’s box that is almond shaped in cross-section both inside and out. See the picture below.

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Title: Introduction to Therming

Therming is a variation of multi-axis turning in which the wood being turned stays completely outside of the lathe’s axis of rotation. I discuss the construction of jigs and show how to use them to turn curved surfaces on wood blanks. More details about the process can be found in my American Woodturner article “Beyond Round: Therming” (April 2010). In the demo, I’ll turn three shapes that will eventually become bodies for teapots.

Design and Making of Teapots

Teapots (decorative, not functional) are interesting objects that provide unusual challenges and opportunities for creatifity. Unlike many turned wood objects, most teapots will require multiple joined parts. In the demo, I will discuss various options for designing a wooden teapot and for joining the parts. I’ll turn parts for one or two teapots and lots of images of wooden teapots.

2015 Membership Picnic and Wood Auction

Don’t forget, our Annual Picnic and Wood Auction is this month. It will be held Sunday, July 19th, starting at 1:00, at the North Lake Improvement Club. Plug this address into your phone or GPS, . Or, if you are feeling lucky, take the Weyerhaeuser Way S exit off Hwy 18. Go North. At the turning circle, take the first right onto 33rd Pl S. This will become S. 334th St. At the next turning circle, take the second right onto 38th Ave S. You will see the Improvement Club on your right in about one block. If you are coming down Military Rd S, turn west, the only way you can turn, on S. 328th St. Follow it around to where it becomes 38th Ave S and look for the Improvement Club on your left.

This is a potluck. Bring your favorite dish: main, side, salad or dessert. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided by the club.

Don’t forget, this is also a wood auction. Last year we got some of the best deals you have ever seen.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting July 2nd. Mike Meredith from Doctor’s Woodshop will be discussion finishing. Also, they have redone their website. Take a look at https://nwwt.wildapricot.org/

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on July 2nd. Frank Hutchison will demonstrate making a turned box.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID are meeting on July 29th. Gary Smith will be presenting a beginning woodturners demo

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. are taking the summer off. Their next meeting will be in September.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on July 9th. This will be their multi-mini demos meeting.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on July 9th. Alan Stratton will be demonstrating a segmented bowl.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are taking their summer break. They will meet again on September 26th.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will be meeting on July 16th. Dan Tilden will be the demonstrator.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on July 16th. Eric Lofstrom will be demonstrating triple-axis turning. Eric will also be conducting skew mastering class on the 17th and a square-rimmed bowl class on the 18th.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on July 29th. Art Liestman will be the demonstrator.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting are holding their annual Creativity in Woodturning symposium on July 25th featuring Richard Raffan.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are meeting on July 30th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners in Vancouver, WA will be meeting on July 22nd. Sara Robinson, Assistant Professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, will be discussing spalting wood.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. is meeting taking their summer break. They will meet again in September.

June Demonstrator – Bob Espen

Bob EspenBob Espen lived in Anchorage, AK.for 23 years. While there he helped found the Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association and the Alaska Chapter of the AAW. He participated in several juried art shows at the Anchorage Museum of Fine Arts,The Portland Rose Festival, and Beneath the Bark in Provo Utah. He has done demos in Bremerton, Olympia, Seattle, Portland, Salem and Eugene,as well as The AAW in Tacoma and Portland. has been turning for over 20 years and does a variety of things, bowls,rolling pins, oil lamps. wall hangings, boxes and other things. Bob has demonstrated for us in the past and it has always been an enjoyable evening.

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