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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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Woodcraft Annual In-store Woodworking Show

The Seattle Woodcraft store is holding their 12th annual in-store woodworking show. Lots of great demos and specials all weekend long. Check out the flyer below.

Remember, SPSW members get a discount at Woodcraft.

2014 Woodcraft Show

34th Annual Woodcarvers Show

Northwest Wood Carvers AssociationHere you go SPSW members, another opportunity to submit your work to a juried show.

The Northwest Wood Carvers are holding their 34th Annual Show and Sale on November 22nd and 23rd. This year’s show is moving to the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup, Washington. Carvers compete at six skill levels for ribbon and cash awards. Carving experts present hourly demonstrations on various carving topics and answer all your questions. There are also raffles, seminars, and an evening banquet and auction (reservations required). A huge sales area can supply all your carving needs from tools and wood to sandpaper or stain. Some woodcarvings are for sale.

The Gallery display has been judged one of the finest in the country. Entries are accepted from Jr. (16 yrs. & under) through Expert in all categories but must be in hard medium only: wood, stone, ivory, horn or bone. The woodworking section includes Intarsia, Marquetry, Woodburning, Woodturning, Found Wood, Fretwork, Scroll Saw Pieces & Woodworking. Chain saw pieces are accepted. Pre-registration of all entries is requested.

Pre-registered entries are $5 each up to a maximum of 5 pieces. Onsite registration on November 21st will be $7 each up to a maximum of 5 peices.

You can download a prospectus and registration form from the NWCA website.

September Demonstrator – Vern Tator

I was born in Connecticut and grew up racing sailboats on Long Island Sound and skiing in Connecticut and Vermont. I had my first turning experience in high school during the early 60’s. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Marketing, I moved to Vail Colorado and taught skiing and worked as a carpenter. I built my first cabinet for hire in the summer of 1971. I bought a Sears lathe and a set of turning tools in 1973. My dad, who still lived in Connecticut, and I both bought Dale Nish’s first woodturning book in 1975. We would practice and then phone each other once a month to see how we were doing.

I moved from Vail to Henry Island, in the San Juan Islands, in 1980. The lathe came with me. In 1989 I decided to take a long sailing trip, perhaps around the world, so I sold most of my tools. I bought a 45’ yawl in Newport Rhode Island and started sailing south. After six months I decided that while I loved the boat, outfitting and upgrading it for a long offshore voyage was more money that I was willing to invest, so I had it trucked back to Washington. I lived on the boat in Friday Harbor for four years and restarted my cabinet shop. I turned a little during this time on borrowed lathes. I joined the Northwest Corner Woodworkers, which meets in Mt. Vernon, in about 2002. That was the start of a slippery slope. Many members of the group belonged to the Northwest Washington Woodturners. I soon joined that group and bought a used Jet mini lathe. After a year or so I had the urge to turn bigger bowls, so I bought a Vicmarc VL300 shortbed. Today I have a 450 sq ft shop in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle.

I am an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, Northwest Washington Woodturners, and the Seattle Woodturners.

Most of the wood used in my creations comes from downed trees. With the exception of some peppermill and hollow form woods all of the wood is locally sourced. I have a following of people that call when they see a tree being cut. They know if I make a bowl out of it, they will also get a bowl.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on September 4th with a demonstration by Jim MacDermot from Gilmer Wood Company.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on September 4th with a demonstration on holiday toys and ornaments presented by Frank E. Hutchison.

The next meeting of the Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be their annual picnic on September 6th.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on September 11thth. Dennis “Tones” Briggs will be demonstrating Rice Bowls.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on September 11th. John Beaver will be demonstrating wave bowls.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C. will be starting up again on September 11th. The program has not yet been announced.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on September 16th at a temporary location at the Carpenter Center. Steve Newberry will be demonstrating spoons.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on September 18th. Pre-meeting Social & BYO Dinner begins at 5:30. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on September 25th with a demonstration on Streptohedrons by Dick Worthey.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting next on September 25. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

Welcome to the Southwest Washington Woodturners, a new AAW chapter in Vancouver. The club has not announced it’s next meeting.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are next meeting on September 27th. The program for the evening has not yet been announced.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are starting up again on September 24th. The program has not yet been announced.

August Membership Meeting – Mini-Symposium

This month’s program is a Mini Symposium. It will take place as usual on Thursday, Aug 21st at 7:00 pm. Plan on getting there by 6:30.

The demonstrators will be:

stephany laneStephany Lane – Woodburning






stan gardnerStan Gardner – Inside out turning






DSC0646-LCarol Zandell – Something fun






Ed Metcalf – Denim pen
(Don’t have a picture of Ed)



jackwayneJack Wayne – Quickie boxes






Tammie Bachmeier – Acrylic stoppers
(Don’t have a picture of Tammie)



_DSC1735-LDavid Best – surface changes off the lathe






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