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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 are meeting next on October 5th. Dan Tilden will be the demonstrator for the meeting.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners Association in Boise, Idaho will be meeting on October 10th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

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

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on October 12th. Hal Schalles will demonstrate segmented turning.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on October 12th. Eric Lofstrom will be demonstrating the skew chisel.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR, will be meeting on October 19th. This meeting will feature the club auction.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on October 21st. Molly Winton will discuss the importance of form; design elements and composition of a piece; sources of inspiration; critiques and their role in improving your work; and overcoming an ‘inability to draw’.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on October 25th. Molly Winton will be demonstrating design and wood turning.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. is meeting on October 26th. Steve Hansen will discuss Woodturning on Netflix, or how to hollow while watching television.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island will be meeting on October 28th. Rob Dunlop will offer a demonstration on turning ornaments followed by a demonstration by Gil Heise on how he creates bracelets using custom jigs he has designed.

The Strait Turners in Sequim, WA are meeting on October 31st. Russ Neiman will discuss CA glue uses.

September Meeting – Mini Symposium

This month we are having our second 2017 Mini Symposium. These events are special in that they offer the opportunity to ob-serve several different aspects of turning and decoration at one event. They are also special in that the demonstrations are per-formed by our own members. This club is very proud to have members of all skill levels. We can all learn something new and woodturners are, in large, well known for their willingness to share their secrets with all.

Demonstrators so far are:

  • Roy Lane – hollow form
  • AlisaBeth Nash – Christmas ornament or pens
  • Jeff Marshall
  • David Best – power carving tools

There will be no Show and Tell this month but feel free to bring your projects for display.

August Demonstrator – John Howard

Like so many of us, John Howard had a decades long break between being introduced to woodturning in high school wood shop classes and taking it up again. In the interim, he completed a Biology degree, served 5-years in the Army, and had a long career as a teacher dean of instruction, first at Portland Community College and then at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.

John returned to wood turning shortly before he retired from Bates in 2012. He joined the South Puget Sound Woodturners in 2014, and since then joined the SPSW board and often acts as a mentor at monthly sawdust sessions.

At the SPSW’s August meeting, John will demonstrate how to make a segmented pen, which is a relatively simple project, that is a good introduction to more complex segmented turning projects. Also highlighted during this demonstration will be using a skew chisel to minimize tear out and use of cyanoacrylate (super glue) as a finish.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley are meeting on August 3rd. Members are asked to bring their “shortcuts” – turning tricks and aids. Also, congratulations to the Inland Northwest Woodturners who won 1st place in the AAW Best Chapter Website contest.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their annual picnic and fundraising auction on August 5th.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners Association in Boise, Idaho will be meeting on August 9th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., are on their summer hiatus. Meeting will resume in September.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on August 10th. Todd Halleman will demonstrate turning natural edge burl bowls.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on August 10th. Bob Epsen will demonstrate turning Tagua Nuts and twisted boxes.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners will be hosting an all-day meeting with renowned turner Jimmy Clewes on August 12th.

The South Coast Woodturners in Coos Bay, Oregon will be meeting on August 12th. The program for the day has not been announced.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR, will be meeting on August 17th. John Hampton from Raymond, WA will demonstrate how he works with salvaged wood.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on August 23rd. Rick Rich will demonstrate turning a train.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be holding their annual picnic on August 24th.

The Woodturners of Olympia will be meeting on August 24th. This meeting will feature their Turn and Learn event.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is on their summer hiatus. Meetings will resume in September.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are holding their annual potluck picnic on August 26th.

The Strait Turners in Sequim, WA are holding their joint summer picnic with the Olympic Peninsula Woodturners on August 12th. Then on August 29th at the Gardiner Community Center they will have their regular membership meeting where Ralph Lindberg will discuss finishes.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding their joint summer picnic with the Strait Turners from Sequim on August 12th. Later in the month, on the 30th, they will be having their regular membership meeting. This will be a mini-symposium by members on how they process wood into blanks.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. is also on summer hiatus. Meetings will resume in September.

July Meeting – Woodturning Panel Discussion

Our panel consists of chapter members who will be facilitating an open discussion covering woodturning topics. Chapter members Dan Stromstad, Roy Lane, Carol Zandel, Brad Huseby, Bob Sievers and *Pat McCart have over 60 years of combined woodturning experience and tricks they have learned at the lathe. Topics could consist of techniques, tools, methods, safety, sharpening, materials, finishes, etc. If you have questions for the panel now is the time to engage with experienced wood-turners at the chapter meeting, July 20, 2017.

*Pat is the moderator

Dan Stromstad
Roy Lane
Carol Zandel
brad husby
bob sievers

SPSW YouTube Site

Looking for a video demonstration for your next project? Check out the SPSW YouTube Site