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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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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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SPSW in the Top10

The South Puget Sound Woodturners is in the top 10 clubs in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Why is that? Because we have a large and diverse membership. Our members range from beginner to internationally acclaimed professionals. Our interests range from penmaking to bowls, turned ornaments to hollow vessels, spindles ...

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on January 5th when they will be holding their annual tool swap meet.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on January 5th. Doug Schroeder will be demonstrating pen turning.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners Association in Boise, ID. will be meeting on January 10th. The program for the evening has not been announced. Also, the Christmas party has been rescheduled to January 11th.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on January 12th. Members of the Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will present “Fifty Nifty Shop Tips”. SPSW members may remember this presentation at our April, 2015 meeting.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on January 12th. Nick Stagg will be demonstrating Lidded Boxes.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., will be meeting on January 12th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Mid Columbia Woodturners will be meeting on January 14th. The program for the day has not been announced.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on January 19th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Cascade Woodturners Association in Portland, OR, will be meeting on January 19th. CWA member Russ Coker, recently published in the American Woodturner, will be the demonstrator.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on January 25th. Larry Miller will be demonstrating Long-stemmed Goblets.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on January 25th. Brad Stave will be presenting on “Wonky Bowls”. His presentation will include turning madrone/arbutus, distorting and painting.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on January 26th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Woodturners of Olympia will be meeting on January 26th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is holding their next meeting on January 28th. Neil Bosdet will be talking about “Marketing Your Work”.

And a new Washington State chapter of the AAW, the Strait Turners in Sequim, WA are meeting on January 31st at the Gardiner Community Center. Dan Ackerman will be demonstrating how to turn a lidded bowl and will also give some sharpening tips.

December Membership Meeting


Time for a Christmas Party!

Here it comes again! This is the meeting that everyone looks forward to.

This our Annual Christmas Bash!

This is our great Pot Luck, Give Away, and Show & Tell Extravaganza.

Cook up one of your favorite entrees, salads, or DESERTS, bring your significant other, and be prepared for an evening of fun.

We will be having Show & Tell, so bring one of your favorite projects.

We will have wood, gift certificates, and some other special items that will be given away.

Do not miss this event!

Suggested items for people to bring. If your last name ends with:
A thru G salads and chips
H thru R main dish
S thru Z dessert
Water and other beverages will be provided.

The 12/15/16 meeting will start at 6:00 PM with set-up followed by Show and Tell. Dinner will start about 6:40, followed by Announcements from Pat, Door Prizes for those attending the dinner, wood distribution and the Annual Participation Awards drawing. Must be present to win either drawing and get a wood blank.

SPSW Members – Demonstrator Videos Available

Our chapter Librarian and resident videographer, John Jacobs, has now recorded and uploaded five demonstrations from this year’s meetings:

DemonstratorSubjectDate
Eric LofstromLearning the Skew March 17, 2016
Kim HooverStacked BoxesMay 19, 2016
Roy LaneHollow FormsJune 16, 2016
John ShraderBowl from a Board August 18, 2016
Glen ShafferEmbellishment October 20, 2016

If you are a paid member in SPSW and have registered on the website you can click on the links above, or anytime go to the Members Only area at the far right hand in the menu at the top of the page.

If you are a paid member and have not yet registered, go to the How to Register link under the Members Only area in the far right hand menu at the top of the page.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on November 3rd with a demonstration by Tom Willing on jam and cup chucks and Scott Trumbo from Serious Toolworks will be showing his full line of M2 turning tools.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on November 3rd. Joe Mach will demonstrate Christmas and holiday turned ornaments.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on November 10th. Reed Gray will be presenting on tool sharpening and their use in bowls. Reed will also be holding an all-day class on the 11th.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on November 10th for their annual auction.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon will be meeting on November 17th. This meeting will feature the club’s annual holiday party. NWWWT will be taking December off.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR, in collaboration with the Northwest Woodturners and Southwest Washington Woodturners, will be meeting on November 18th (note date change) with a demonstration by SPSW member Eric Lofstrom Eric Lofstrom. Eric will be presenting an all-day demo on Saturday the 19th and a hands-on class on Sunday the 20th.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting on November 10th with a demonstration on handy dandy home-made tools by Tones Briggs.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is holding their next meeting on November 26th. Rob Dunlop will show how he makes a “ball-in-a-cube and Barrie Baptie will demonstrate resist-coloring using hot-melt wax.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. will be meeting on November 23rd. Ed Pretty will be demonstrating spiral fluting. Also, Eric Lofstrom will hold and all-day demo on November 12th and an all-day class on the 13th.

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