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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

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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Past SPSW President to be Artist in Residence

Past SPSW President to be Artist in Residence

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 ...

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Want to Turn Better?

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

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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Craft Fairs

Do you participate in craft fairs? Do you have an interest in craft fairs but aren’t sure how to find them or if they are worth your effort?

There are several places on the web to get information, but you may not have thought about LinkedIn, the business networking site.

There is a Woodturning group on LinkedIn that has quite a bit of activity. One of the discussions is titled: Craft Fairs – are they dying out? Some of the comments seem to indicate the indeed, craft fairs are dying out. But other comments show that you can still do well at a craft fair, but people’s tastes are changing and what you offer needs to change as well. There was lots of great discussion here.

Another discussion is titled: First Craft Fair this season. This discussion includes times of the year that seem to be best and a discussion of Etsy as a platform for selling your work.

So there you go. Don’t limit your research to the woodturning sites. There are great discussions elsewhere.

April Membership Meeting – Mini Symposium

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:

DSC0646-LCarol Zandell – Something Fun (what else would you expect from Carol.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

pat mccartPat McCart – Stone Inlay

 

 

 

 

 

 

william benderBill Bender – Finials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crabtree1Paul Crabtree – Hollowing

 

 

 

 

 

 

bob sieversBob Sievers – Rose Engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy FirpoAndy Firpo – Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

dave schweitzer CBN sharpeningDave 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.

AAW’s 28th Annual International Symposium

unnamed (2)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.

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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.

unnamed (3)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.

unnamed (4)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.

Register today.
Learn more here.

Tool Handle Turning Demo

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

March Demonstrator – Donald Derry

Don DerryDonald 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.

don derry woodturningDonald 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.

don derry vesselPresently 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.”

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

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.

2014 Woodturning Cruise

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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.

You can get all the information on the Woodturning Cruise website.

Jaxturners Pouring and Turning Acrylics Video

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.

February Demonstrator – Carol Zandell

Our scheduled demonstrator has taken ill and once again the inimitable Carol Zandell has come to the rescue.

Note from Carol:

carol zandellI 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.

carol zandell turningMy 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.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

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.

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Woodturning Poll

What is Your Favorite Finish

  • Friction Polish (Mylands, Crystal Coat) (33%, 2 Votes)
  • Laquer (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Oils (Walnut, Danish) (17%, 1 Votes)
  • French Polish (Shellac) (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Buffing (Tripoli, White Diamond, Carnuba) (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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