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 ...
This month we having this year’s first Mini Symposium of the year. We have a
great line up of demonstrators. There is always something that each of us can learn
from our other members. This is a very popular event.
Here is this month’s list of demonstrators:
Carol Zandell – Something Fun (what else would you expect from Carol.)
Pat McCart – Stone Inlay
Bill Bender – Finials
Paul Crabtree – Hollowing
Bob Sievers – Rose Engine
Andy Firpo – Safety
Dave Schweitzer – Sharpening (if he can make it and we hope he can)
And, perhaps, a surprise demonstrator or two.
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 sharp tools.
You’ll want to attend AAW’s 28th Annual International Symposium June 13 to 15 when members and demonstrators from around the world will converge on Phoenix to learn, share and celebrate a passion for woodturning.
Learn from the world’s top woodturners. Our symposium packs in more high-quality learning opportunities than any other event. (For a complete list of demonstrators, see the bottom of this post.) With more than 59 woodturning aficionados and more than 130 sessions, you’ll:
Expand your knowledge and expertise with the help of experts David Ellsworth, Nick Cook, Bonnie Klein, Clay Foster and Todd Hoyer.
Learn innovative techniques and new tricks for woodturning success from pros including Derek Weidman, John Beaver, Steve Kennard, Patrick & Peggy Bookey, and Jason Schneider.
There will be something for everyone regardless of your woodturning expertise. From presentations on strengthening fundamental woodturning skills by Jimmy Clewes and Michael Mocho, to demos on innovative carving and design techniques by Neil Scobie and Douglas Fisher. We’ll have options for varied interests and experience levels.
Spark your creative inspiration and imagine the possibilities. Our symposium features a broad selection of work displayed in our enormous Instant Gallery and juried international exhibitions are sure to invigorate and feed your creativity. You’ll be able to connect and socialize with colleagues that share your passion for woodturning, as well as observe and rub elbows with professional turners like J. Paul Fennell, Christoff Nancey and Douglas Fisher.
See and test the latest woodturning products. You’ll be able to explore of the largest array of state-of-the-art woodturning products under one roof including tool and lathe manufacturers, wood suppliers and others in our tradeshow. With more than 30,000 square feet of exhibitor space, you’ll observe an assortment of ongoing demonstrations that let you see tools and machinery up close and in action. Many of the exhibitors will also offer special symposium deals you won’t want to miss.
Join us. No other conference packs in more high-quality learning opportunities like AAW’s 28th Annual International Symposium. We hope you’ll be part of the convergence on Phoenix to learn, share and celebrate your passion for woodturning.
Bob Bezanson of the Woodturners of SW MO demonstrates turning custom tool handles while adding a brass plumbing fixture turned down as the ferrule. He also offers several tips and tricks along with the demo. Downloadable PDF’s are available on their club website with sources and further instructions. www.woodturnersofswmo.org
Donald Derry was born in 1956 in Othello, Washington and educated at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. His works are in many collections throughout the USA. He has exhibited extensively and has won numerous awards. Don is a member of the AAW and demonstrated at the AAW National Symposiums in 2004 in Orlando, Florida and in 2005 in Overland Park, Kansas.
Donald has been a woodworker for 35 years. Initially he produced fine furniture, cabinets and guitars. In 1993 he began to teach himself the craft of woodturning. In 1994 he attended the AAW Symposium and after viewing the Instant Gallery he noted that two artistic areas were not represented. These were vibrant colors and optical quality finishing which he explored and quite successfully mastered. More often than not his pieces are thought to be Fine Art Glass and not finely crafted wood.
Presently Don is working with Chinese Elm because the open grain structure and neutral wood tones lend well to the coloring process he is developing. The colors used are aniline dyes and metallic pigments. Don states that “coloring, finishing and polishing easily take more time than the woodturning.”
The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on March 6th. Jim Hall will be demonstrating carving.
The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on March 6th. Bob Schmidt will be demonstrating the design, layout, construction and use of the Longworth chuck for finishing the bottom of bowls and platters.
The Southwest Idaho Woodturners are meeting on March 11th. Susan McCoy will be demonstrating threading.
The Seattle Woodturners will be meeting next on March 13th. This month’s meeting will feature a tool swap and panel discussion.
The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. are meeting on March 13th. Molly Winton will be demonstrating surface enhancements.
The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on March 13th. Sara Robinson will be sharing information on spalting techniques.
The Northwest Washington Woodturners are meeting on March 20th. Cindy Drozda will be discussing maximizing burl figure.
The Cascade Woodturners are meeting on March 20th. Dale Larson will be demonstrating bowl turning.
The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island will be meeting next on March 22nd. Duncan Morrison and Barrie Baptie will be talking about trees and wood, and Wayne Anaka will be demonstrating his “Thin Turning” techniques.
The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting next on March 26th. John Beaver will be presenting a demo and class.
The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on March 27th. Reed Gray will be presenting “Your Finish Cut”.
The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on March 27th. Reed Gray will be presenting “The Final Cut”. On March 9th SPSW member Eric Lofstrom will be conducting a class on multi-axis turning.
The Woodturning Cruise happens every three years and this is one of those years. This is a unique opportunity to combine travel with a world class symposium. The twelve-day cruise departs from Stavanger, Norway and visits 11 ports of call along the western and northern coasts.
This is a great opportunity to see demonstrations by world class turners, do some turning, and see the beautiful country of Norway. This year’s cruise features Richard Raffan, Jimmy Clewes, Michael Hosaluk, Nick Agar and more. There will also be vendors and activities for spouses.
The North East Florida Woodturners Association has uploaded a video from their May 2013 meeting. Many turners like to experiment with different materials and one that has grown in popularity is acrylic. Woodturning suppliers have many different types and colors of acrylics, but the more adventurous turner may want to try pouring their own. In this video, Chad Bridges demonstrates how to pour and turn acrylics.
Our scheduled demonstrator has taken ill and once again the inimitable Carol Zandell has come to the rescue.
Note from Carol:
I like to turn small, fun, tricky or just plain weird things on the lathe. As most of you know, my philosophy for turning and most everything in life is, “If it isn’t fun, I don’t want to do it !”.
This month, it will be my pleasure to turn for you some small, simple things with a large impact. I like annoying things and love a good trick, and have both of those in mind. If time allows I will add a third one.
My goal is to show you that simple turning is really fun. My hope is that it will spark an interest for the beginner as well as add a quick, easy, fun project for all you accomplished turners.
See you on Thursday.
Come early and you can play with some toys before the meeting starts.
The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on February 6th. Jim Hall will be demonstrating carving.
The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on February 6th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.
The Southwest Idaho Woodturners are meeting on February 11th. The meeting will feature Aaron Cornell demonstrating hollow forms.
The Seattle Woodturners will be meeting next on February 13th. This month’s meeting will feature Olympia Woodturners President Larry Miller demonstrating threading.
The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. are meeting on February 13th. Dave Ruttan of Tancot Equipment will be presenting Bandsaw 101.
The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on February 13th. Bryan Thoet will be presenting finishing and finishing products. The chapter is also working on getting ready for the Oregon Woodturning Symposium on March 6 – 8, 2015. Great list of demonstrators including SPSW’s Eric Lofstrom.
The Northwest Washington Woodturners are meeting on February 20th. The program for the evening has not been announced.
The Cascade Woodturners are meeting on February 20th. Alan Carter will be demonstrating long stems and suspended vessels.
The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island will be meeting next on February 22nd. Andre Robin will be demonstrating eccentric turning and Trudy Friesen will be demonstrating glass slumping.
The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting next on February 26th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced. John Beaver will be coming in March for a demo and class.
The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on February 27th. This meeting will be their “Turn and Learn”, like our mini-symposium. The topics include sharpening, hollow forms, whistles and tops, miniature bird houses and turning for beginners.
The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on February 27th. Olympia President Larry Miller will be demonstrating threading systems.
Turners Without Borders (TWB), an initiative of the AAW, is partnering the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) to present a group of international woodturners to the Chinese public.
Until now only individual international turners have demonstrated in China, so this will be the first time for such an event to be held there. It is part of World Wood Day organized by IWCS to celebrate wood culture in many forms.
The demonstrations will be held at the Fujian Xianyou China Classical Art Expo City, from March 19-25.
The turners who will be demonstrating are Bonnie Klein (USA), Jacques Vesery (USA), Andrew Chen (USA), Theo Haralampou (Australia), Terry Martin (Australia) and Adam Doran (Ireland).
For more information about this event visit the IWCS website.
To find out more about the activities of TWB, visit their page on the AAW website.