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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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March Meeting – Mini-Symposium

Welcome to the first of this year’s semi-annual Mini

This is a great way for you to explore different ideas and
techniques as our demonstrators display their individual
talents. You will find that you will come away various new
ways to try and perhaps even new projects to make.

Our demonstrators this month are:

  • Tammie Bachmeier
  • David Best
  • Brad Husby
  • Pat McCart
  • Carol Zandell
  • And perhaps a surprise demonstrator

Don’t forget to bring along any of your tools that you would
like to get sharpened.

Remember there will be a table available to show off your

Northwest Washington Woodturners

The 6th annual Northwest Washington Woodturners all day demo featuring A DAY WITH MICHAEL HOSALUK is drawing near! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Anacortes, WA. Michael was an early member of AAW and he is internationally regarded as a demonstrator and teacher, plus he has been the organizer of many well known collaborative projects including the Emma Lake Collaborative. Michael’s works are found in many prominent museums and collections world wide.

Michael Hosaluk’s signature is CREATIVITY……this will be a fun filled day as Michael helps us discover the creative woodturner within all of us. Throughout his demonstration of his signature projects….spindle, off center, boxes, bowls, thin wall vessels and more…..Michael will share his many unique techniques for turning, surface enhancement and coloring while always focusing on the design and creativity needed for every truly successful project. No matter where your turning takes you, these will be techniques that can be applied to your own work. Additional demo information can be viewed at: http://www.nwwwt.org/HosalukDemo.pdf

Be sure to take advantage of this very informative day and Register Today! ADVANCE REGISTRATION is only $45 for the full day demo and includes snacks, beverages and a delicious hot lunch.

There are 2 ways to register!

ONLINE REGISTRATION: http://nww-2015-hosaluk-demo.bpt.me

REGISTER BY MAIL: Send your $45 registration fee and your contact information, including email address, to:
Greg Anderson
23607 Hidden Valley Road
Granite Falls, WA 98252

The Anacortes area is a great place to spend a weekend. If you are planning on staying in the Anacortes area, a list of accommodations including hotel/motel, B&B and RV is available upon request.

If you have any questions please feel welcome to email or call. We look forward to seeing you on March 21st……it will be a fun day of learning!

Rick Anderson
Publicity Chairman
Northwest Washington Woodturners


Inland Northwest Woodturners – Lyle Jamieson Demo

Inland Northwest
Woodturners Present
Lyle Jamieson

Full Day Demonstration Saturday, March 14, 2015

For this special day, Lyle will compress his two day demonstration into one. Some topics to be covered are:

  • “First Cut” Evaluate wood log, chain saw the grain to the best use
  • Green wood handling, Shrinkage, Pith, Turning, Finishing, Drying
  • Turn natural edge bowl, Mounting without chucks, Keep it simple methods
  • Swept back “Ellsworth grind” uses, Roughing cuts, Outside cuts, Inside cuts, Sheering cuts, Slicing cuts, Sheer scraping cuts, all with the same bowl gouge
  • Reverse chucking and bottom applications
  • Dynamics of hollow form turning, preventing catches, and 90 degree rule
  • Turn a hollow form using Jamieson stabilizing handle for the Stewart type tools.
  • Hollow forms the EASY and FUN way

$35 Early Registration,
Closes 3/5/15
$45 At the Door, Space Permitting
(Registration includes lunch & beverages)

Woodcraft Classroom
212 N. Sullivan Road
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
9AM-5:30 PM

Register Now
Mail $35 Check, Payable to INW, to:
John Altberg
928 W. 17th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99203
Please include phone number & email address with your payment

In addition to the advertised demo, we have four spots remaining in a hands-on class on Tuesday, 3/18 from 9:00 – 5:30. The topic is hollowing with the Jamieson hollowing tool and the cost is $125.00, with attendance at the Saturday demo as a prerequisite.

For More Information: John Altberg

Thank you for the tool donations

This note was received from the Olympia Waldorf school


I am sending a quick thank-you to you and all of your members for the donations that you helped collect for the Grade 4 class at the Olympia Waldorf school. The children were really excited to receive them. It was such a great life lesson for them to have the community come together and support them after the theft of their tools and hammers.
I have attached their thank-you cards.

Cheryl Plaza
Mother of a grade 4 student

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February Demonstrator – David Best

David BestI have been tinkering with wood since I was 9. I got introduced to turning in the late 80’s when my wife and I gave my father-in law a book by Dale Nish called “Creative Woodturning” for Christmas. It totally captured my interest. I learned about the Seattle turning club but my job didn’t allow me the time to go. A friend told me about a new club starting in Fife and I have been a member since the first meeting. Last October I had the opportunity to take a free week long class from J Paul Fennell at Arrowmont, a craft school in Gatlinburg Tenn. Ever since I first saw his work I’ve been mesmerized by them. It was a wonderful experience to turn for a week in a small class with Paul there to guide you through his techniques. I will attempt to show you the tools and approach needed to create pieces like his.

The bottom line is anyone can do this type of work if you are willing to devote the time.

David Best

Woodturning Wiki

New project of SPSW, Check out the Woodturning Wiki

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