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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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May Demonstrator – Eric Lofstrom

Eric Lofstrom, has been a SPSW chapter member since 2002. Eric will be demonstrating how to turn a Square-Ripple Bowl. Eric is a woodturning artist, demonstrator, passionate teacher and private instructor who is excited about the creative process and exploring the quest for clean forms and “pure” curves. Eric enjoys turning all styles of pieces – anything from pens, peppermills, fitted-lid boxes, utilitarian bowls and serving utensils, to sculptural one-of-a-kinds!

Thursday evening:

Square-Ripple Bowl: During this demonstration, Eric will create a bowl with an outward flowing square rim. Created from a square-corner blank with basic turning tools, this project will showcase the bowl gouge, finishing scrapers, and several methods of mounting a facegrain blank to the lathe for turning. He will emphasize tool control and creating a flowing form, while aiming for the cleanest cuts possible from my tools. The square-winged bowl demonstration is sure to tease your mind and resonate with your imagination!

Visit Eric’s website for a description of his woodturning experience, look at his Bio page: http://ericlofstrom.com/bio/

Photos can be found in the gallery section of his website: http://ericlofstrom.com/gallery_photos/

April Demonstrator – Michael Poirier

Michael will be demonstrating how to combine a bit of segmented turning with turning a coffee mug from rings instead of the tradition staves as shown in the cup instructions. It will be a start to almost finished cup with the use of swap outs as the project progresses to minimize actual turning time or having to wait for glue to dry.

Michael first started building toys and furniture for the family where some of those projects required turned parts, so a lathe be-came a necessity. That was his introduction to turning and about 3 years ago he joined the SPSW to see what he could learn and how to could improve. With the help and encourage from a few of its members he feels comfortable enough to give his first demonstration.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on April 6th. Tom Willing will be demonstrating turning eggs.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on April 6th. Internationally known turner Stuart Batty will be demonstrating for the entire 2 hours.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners Association in Boise, ID. will be meeting on April 11th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on April 13th. This meeting will feature a tool sale and Founders panel.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on April 13th. Steve Newberry will be demonstrating an earing stand.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., will be meeting on April 13th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on April 20th. The program for the evening has not been announced, but will be held in Burlington rather than Hillcrest Lodge.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR, will be meeting on April 20th. Lane Phillips will demonstrate turning an “upside down” natural edge bowl.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on April 26th. Larry Lemon will demonstrate Lichtenberg Figures.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is holding their next meeting on April 22nd. Dale Larson will present a full-day demonstration.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on April 26th. Allan Cusworth will demonstrate turning a multi-center goblet. Prior to that, on April 22nd Keith Gotschall will hold an all-day demo followed on the 23rd with an all-day class.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on April 27th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Woodturners of Olympia will be meeting on April 27th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Beaverton Oregon will be meeting on April 27th. Reed Gray will be discussing safety and avoiding catches.

The Strait Turners in Sequim, WA are meeting on April 25th at the Gardiner Community Center. Helga Winter will be demonstrating embellishing.

March Meeting – Mini-Symposium

This month we are having our first 2017 Mini Symposium. 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.

  • Roy Lane – Hollow Form
  • Harry Lincoln – Pepper Mill
  • Craig Chatterton – Cosmic Cloud
  • Carol Zandell – Whimsical Turnings
  • AlisaBeth Nash – Pen turning
  • Bob Sievers – Rose Engine
  • Stephany Lane – Pyrography (Wood Burning Designs)

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.

SPSW Members in the News

Former SPSW President Dan Stromstad and member Dennis Johnson are featured in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune. Great story of friendship, giving, courage and overcoming disabilities.

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