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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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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.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting June 4th. Michael Ferreira will be demonstrating how he creates his unique color finishes.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on June 4th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID are meeting next on June 9th. Frank Lench and Wayne Rexford will be demonstrating long, thin and intricate finials.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. will be meeting on June 11th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on June 11th. Jon Magill will be discussing rose engine decoration.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on June 11th. Soren Berger will be discussing tool development.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are next meeting June 17th. Lin Bayford will be doing a presentation on advanced use of a pressure chamber for doing wood stabilization and other things.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will be meeting on June 18th. Soren Berger will be demonstrating. Soren will also be conducting an all-day demonstration on the 19th and a hands on class on the 20th.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on June 18th. Rick Anderson will be demonstrating peppermill turning.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on June 24th. Eric Lofstrom will be demonstrating square bowls.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on June 25th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are meeting on June 25th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners in Vancouver, WA will be meeting on June 24th. The club will be holding their annual wood auction.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. is meeting on June 24th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

May Demonstrator – Glenn Schaffer

Picture2Glenn Schaffer is the Police Chief of Chehalis. He is also a respected member of the Woodturners of Olympia,and an artist in his own right. Glenn will be doing a presentation on natural edge vessels and vases.

Glenn moved to Washington a little over eight years ago, from Aspen, Colorado. He started woodturning roughly six years ago and has been on the board of directors for the Woodturners of Olympia since 2012. He states that “My woodturning interests are ever changing and I rarely duplicate the same project for very long, which is what keeps this hobby fascinating for me.”

Glenn’s artistic and creative abilities have to be seen in order to be believed, and you can see a lot of his work on his web page at http://www.glennschaffer.com/. It is hard to believe that he has only been turning for six years. Browsing through his gallery, a person wonders where all of his ideas came from.

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