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SPSW Members in the News

Former SPSW President Dan Stromstad and member Dennis Johnson are featured in an article in the Tacoma News Tribune. Great story of friendship, giving, courage and overcoming disabilities. A friendship strengthened through adversity, crafted with a lathe

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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?

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – proverb 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

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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Boxmaster Tools + D-Way Tools

Many of you know that Dave Schweitzer has retired and Jimmie Allen of Boxmaster tools has taken over the D-Way tool line. Here is a release from Cindy Allen on the new business going forward.

http://boxmastertools.com/blog/boxmaster-tools-dway-tools/

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January Demonstrator

January demonstrator Stephen Hatcher will explain the process of planning and executing three of his signature woodturnings: the teapot, the half-moon form, and the vase within a vase. I hope you can be there for it!

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting January 3rd at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. Ron Gooley will do a review and demo of blank mounting techniques from jam chucks to 4 jaw chucks.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on January 3rd. This will be the Annual Tool Sale & Swap. BTW, the club has updated its newsletter and it is really good. I recommend that you go check it out.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on January 8th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia. This month John Hampton will talk about the different types of hollow forms, mounting them to the lathe, and the tools used to make them.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be meeting on January 8th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on January 10th at the Salem Center +50. Jay Shepard will demonstrate from blank to a high gloss lacquered form in 90 Minutes.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on January 10th. Chapter President Jim Kief will be discussing/demonstrating finishes for turned items. In conjunction with this, members are asked to bring in examples of finishes they like to use (as well as finishes they DON’T like) for part of the Show and Tell.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., is meeting on January 10th. Allan Cusworth will demonstrate how to turn an eccentric bowl.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on January 12th at the Hanger in Pasco. Casey Picha will cover the basics of resin casting as well as turning resin. He will be using a two-part resin called Alumilite.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on January 17th. Terry Gerros who, among other things, has served as the Chairman of the Oregon Woodturning Symposium, will be demonstrating adding a twist (often referred to as a spiral) to spindle work.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on January 17th. Sara “Seri” Robinson from Oregon State University’s Department of Wood Science & Engineering will cover mounting spalted wood workpieces, tools, and techniques. Seri is one of the authors Spalted Wood – The History, Science and Art of a Unique Material.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on January 24th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on January 26th at the Central Saanich Seniors Citizen Centre in Brentwood Bay, B.C. The program for the afternoon has not been announced.

The Strait Turners in Sequim are meeting on January 29th. This meeting will feature a wood auction.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on January 30th at the Seventh Day Adventist School. This meeting is with the new officers of the Board of Directors.

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AWGB Tribute to Ray Key

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) has invited a number of turners from around the world who have had a connection with Ray to complete one of his part turned pieces in their own style. There will be an exhibition in July 2019. More info on the website:

Ray Key Tribute Collaboration

You can read more about Ray and his involvement with the AAW on the Ray’s AAW 30 year anniversary page.

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December Membership Meeting

holiday ornamentsOne of the biggest events on the annual SPSW calendar is our annual holiday dinner. This is a potluck event, and the food is always great. Also, each year, we purchase gift certificates or high-quality turning tools from the many vendors that support all of us through the year. We also will be buying some $800 worth of excellent bowl blanks and other wood. All of this will be given away to members attending this event. DON’T MISS IT!!!

For those that want to get started planning what food you will bring to the December potluck, we will change it up a little this time. So…

  • If your last name starts with A – I: Please bring a dessert
  • If your last name starts with J – S: Please bring Salad or chips
  • If your last name starts with T – Z : Please bring a main dish or vegetable

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be meeting on December 1st. The club will be holding their Christmas party.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting December 6th at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., is meeting on December 8th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on December 8th. Joe Fleming will be demonstrating air-brushing.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on December 8th. This meeting will be the Christmas social.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on December 8th at the Hanger in Pasco. The club will be holding their Christmas party.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on December 11th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on December 11th at the Seventh Day Adventist School. This meeting will be the annual Woodturners Christmas Feast.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on December 13th at the Salem Center +50. The club will be holding their Christmas party.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on December 13th at the VFW in Redmond and will be holding their holiday party.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

The Strait Turners in Sequim are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

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