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 ...
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 ...
It is time for that special meeting again. This is your chance to learn something new. Enjoy watching your fellow club members demonstrate one of their specialties. This is your chance to visit with friends and wander the hall learning something new or a different way of doing what you already do.
Demonstrating this month will be:
Bill Bender – Peppermills
Carol Zandel – Toys
Stephany Lane – Pyrography
Dave Best – Epoxy Inlay Knobs (Sorry, don’t have a picture of Dave)
Paul Crabtree – Hollowing
Dave Schweitzer – Sharpening with CBN Wheels
Andy Firpo – Safety
Pat McCart – Three Footed Bowl
There will be a Show Table this month so bring your prized turnings to share with the membership. We will not be doing the Tell portion, but everyone still likes to see your turnings.
Again, if you have problem pieces or tools that need to be sharpened bring them with you. This is the time to get the help you need to become a better turner.
The Segmented Woodturners virtual chapter of the AAW is holding their annual board elections. Founding member and president, Malcolm Tibbetts, is not running for re-election having served for two terms already.
There are two positions up for election with three candidates. The candidates – Russ Braun, Wayne Miller and Jim Rodgers – have all provided candidate statements which are available on segmentedwoodturners.org.
Voting is now open and will continue through midnight, May 19th.
SPSW President Dan Stromstad has been on a mission since he was first elected to improve the members experience when attending demonstrations at our monthly meetings. This included buying new audio/visual equipment so that everyone could see and hear the demo. If you have attended the last couple of months meetings you will have seen the new stands for holding the new cameras, and a monitor for enabling the demonstrator to see what you see so to ensure you get the most from the demo.
So were you at the April meeting for Jack Wayne’s demonstration? Did you notice the new equipment? Were you able to see what Jack was doing on the screen? Do you have suggestions for improving the setup?
We are still making some adjustments, such as placement of the lathe relative to the audience and location of the cameras on the rack. We would like to hear your thoughts.
Dear Woodturners ~ Due to a lack of responses to our invitation to our 2nd Woodturning Show we have had to make the decision to cancel/postpone the event.
The Heritage Center is a non profit organization with the kids at the heart of it. We can not be spending monies for promotion, prizes and a reception and not know if we actually have a full show. We are hoping you will give us some feed back as to why you did not respond ~ is it the time of year? ~ do we need to have a more selective criteria? ~ is the month long commitment too long? Would you please send us some feed back and we will begin to plan another show.
We wish you a productive and happy summer ~ please stop by the Heritage Center and say Hi.
Warmest Regards ~ Joella
As Joella notes, feedback as to what was the cause for the lack of participation would be appreciated. This has the potential to be a great show and getting your feedback is really important.
This month we are pleased to have Cap’n Jack Wayne as our demonstrator. Cap’n Jack is one of the most enjoyable people in our club. Always there to be a helping hand wherever he is needed. It is easy to say that he is one of the mainstays of our club. However, we sometimes forget that in addition to being a fine individual, he is also a very gifted and talented turner.
You may have noticed that Jack has not been at our last couple of meetings. That is because he has been busy demonstrating at other clubs all over the West. Michael Dresdner once told me that no one is famous within 50 miles of their home. They are just too familiar a sight. That is certainly the situation with Jack. While we see him as just another pretty face (I didn’t really say that did I?), other clubs see him for what he really is, a fantastic teacher and demonstrator.
Do yourselves a favor, do not miss this demonstration!
The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on April 4th. The demonstrator will be Neil Seigel.
The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on April 4th. Frank
Hutchison will be demonstrating candlesticks.
The Southwest Idaho Woodturners will be meeting on April 9th. The program has not yet been announced.
The Seattle Woodturners next meeting is on April 11th. Larry Hauch will be demonstrating thin vases.
The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. will be meeting on April 11th with a presentation by world-class turner Binh Pho. There will also be hands-on and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on April 11th. The program for the evening will be Jim Hall demonstrating decorating and embellishing. This looks like a good follow up to March’s demo by Jon Magill.
The Northwest Washington Woodturners are meeting on April 18th. Molly Winton will be demonstrating mini-hollow forms and how to make your own mini-hollowing tools. Molly will also be conducting classes on the 19th and 20th.
The Cascade Woodturners are meeting on April 18th and will have a demonstration on wave bowls by John Beaver.
The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island will be meeting on April 27th. The demonstrator will be well known turner Jimmy Clewes.
The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. is meeting on April 24th. The program for the evening has not yet been announces.
The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on April 24th and will be holding a mini-symposium.
The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on April 25th. The demonstrator will be Stephen Hatcher who will be talking about what makes good form.