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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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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, OR will be featuring Dale Larson at this month’s meeting on February 4th . Dale will start his presentation with a slide show of how to cut a bowl blank from a tree, and then end by finish turning a bowl. He will discuss how to read the grain of the tree to maximize the figure in your bowl.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on February 4th. This will be a “full station on board!” hands on goblet turning fest.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be meeting on February 9th. The program will feature a demonstration of hoop turning. The SWIWT are presenting their annual symposium, Artistry in Wood, on February 27th and 28th.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on February 11th. Tom Johanson will be demonstrating Turning Magic (Magic wands and spindle techniques)

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. will be meeting on February 11th. The program will feature “5 Tips from 5 Turners”. The best 25 tips you’ll see anywhere from our fellow turners!

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on February 11th. Ashley Harwood will be demonstrating finials.

The Mid Columbia Woodturners in Pasco, WA will be meeting on February 13th. The theme will be on enhancing your work by piercing, carving, denting, marking, texturing and so on after the piece is removed from the lathe. There will be a few tables set up with the various tools and pieces ready to be marked so everyone can get a chance to try their hand at this.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on February 18th. AJ Mearns will be presenting a coring demo.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will be meeting on February 18th. Ashley Harwood will be demonstrating bowls, finials and sharpening.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on February 24th. This meeting will feature Finishing Workshop II.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on February 24th. Jay Mapson will demonstrate boxes and Bob Askew will demonstrate a nutcracker. Also, Michael Hosaluk will be presenting an all-day demo on the 20th and a hands-on class on the 21st.

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

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are getting together on February 25th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island will be meeting on February 27th. The chapter will have an all-day demonstration by internationally renowned turner Michael Hosaluk.

January Demonstrator – Dan Stromstad

dan stromstadScroll chucks and faceplates are great, but once in a while you would like something better than a jam chuck to finish off a bowl or a platter. Out comes the vacuum chuck. Tonight Dan will share with us how to set up this chuck and how to turn with it.

December Membership Meeting

Potluck and so much more!

With the year quickly winding down it is time for our annual Christmas potluck and wood give away. Each December we set aside our normal meeting and get together to share a terrific meal. We will also have an extended Show and Tell so bring your favorite piece that you finished in 2015 and tell us all about it. We will also be giving away some very nice turning blanks and so much more.

Just to remind everyone, if your name starts with A to F please bring an appetizer or salad. Members with G to P please bring a main dish to share. Those with names beginning with a Q through Z your task is to finish us strong with a tasty desert. Please bring a serving utensil for your dish if needed. We will provide the coffee and water along with the eating utensils.

We will be drawing the winning ticket for the 18” Rikon band saw. You will be able to purchase tickets at the meeting, so it isn’t too late to get your ticket. Who knows you might just have a big new band saw in your shop by Christmas. Free delivery is included.

There will not be a sawdust session this month but will restart in January.

EXCITING NEWS: The AAW App has arrived!

Here is another benefit of membership in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

app1The AAW is happy to announce that the American Woodturner journal is now available in an interactive digital format that can be read on Apple and Android mobile devices. There are already five issues available and ready for your viewing pleasure!

The electronic version, better known as the AAW App, has been designed especially for iPads and Android tablets, and complements the printed edition of the journal. It presents superb interactive content and offers direct links to a wealth of online content, including videos and woodturning resources.

The AAW App is free for download and installation for AAW members, and issues of American Woodturner are free for download with applicable AAW App login credentials.

app2Step One
Before you begin to download the AAW App, check to make sure you have a strong and consistent Internet signal.

Step Two
Read the AAW App instructions for your device. As mentioned previously, digital issues of American Woodturner are free to AAW members with proper login. Please follow the instructions to ensure that you do not inadvertently pay for an issue. If you purchase an issue by accident, you will need to seek a refund from the App Store or Google Play. AAW is not able to issue refunds.

You can get the App instructions here.

The AAW App is AAW’s newest service to help you stay plugged in to the worldwide woodturning community! If you’re an iPad or Android tablet user, we hope you’ll enjoy reading the journal on your device and instantly click through to videos and other compelling online content.

If you have questions or problems, feel free to contact the AAW M-F 8am-4:30pm CST at 651-484-9094 or 877-595-9094 (toll free).

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, OR will be not be meeting in December.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on December 3rd. This meeting will be the annual holiday party.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on December 3rd. New webmaster Ron Valley will present the club’s new website including how to log in, how to build a profile, adding pictures and what information is available.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will not be meeting in December.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on December 9th. This meeting will be the annual holiday party.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on December 10th. This will be the club’s annual holiday party.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners in Abbotsford, B.C. will be meeting on December 10th. Rick den Braber, President of the Central Fraser Valley Woodcarvers, will demonstrate relief and chip carving on a turned bowl

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on December 10th. The meeting topic will be gadgets and gizmos.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners in Vancouver, WA will not be meeting in December.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will not be meeting in December.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island will be meeting on December 12th. This will be the annual Christmas social.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will not be meeting in December.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Eugene, Oregon are getting together on December 17th. Randal Dale will demonstrate making a laminated Genie vase from scrap hardwood flooring.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will not be meeting in December.

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