Welcome

Founded

Founded on April 21st, 1994 the South Puget Sound Woodturners is in the top 10 clubs in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

Members

Our members range from beginner to internationally acclaimed professionals. Our interests range from penmaking to bowls, turned ornaments to hollow vessels, spindles to platters.

Demonstrations

Attend our monthly membership meetings and you will find demonstrations on material selection, tool usage, segmenting, wood coloring, ebonizing, and lots of turning techniques.

Mini-Symposium

Twice a year we have a mini-symposium where members demonstrate anything you could imagine.

Sawdust Session

Another great benefit for our members is our “Sawdust Sessions”. This is a hands on session with mentors from the club. This is an amazing one-on-one opportunity to improve your turning skills.

Visit

There are so many more benefits and learning opportunities to membership in the South Puget Sound Woodturners. Come and visit our next meeting and see what turning is all about!

Upcoming Woodturning Symposiums

The Tennessee Association of Woodturners is presenting its 32nd Woodturning Symposium on January 24th and 25th, 2020 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, Tennessee. The 2020 Symposium features these leading woodturners and turning artisans: Cindy Drozda, Eric Lofstrom, Mark St. Leger and Derek Weidman. In addition to 16 woodturning rotations each day there will be a large vendor area, a gallery of wood turned art will be on display throughout the symposium and a Saturday Night Auction and Banquet. Early registration is open through December 31st.

florida woodturners logoSeven AAW chapters in Florida come together to present the Florida Woodturning Symposium from February 7th to 9th, 2020 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. Nationally known demonstrators include Nick Agar, J. Paul Fennell, Judy Ditmer and Keith Gotschall. There will also be hands-on workshops led by Dixie Biggs, Rudy Lopez and others. The symposium features a large trade show, auction and raffle.

alaska woodturners logoThe Alaska Woodturners Association is presenting their 2020 Woodturning Symposium on April 4th and 5th, 2020 at Glass, Sash & Door Supply in Anchorage. Featured turners are Sam Angelo and Stuart Batty along with local turners Jeff Trotter and Dave Staeheli. In addition, Sam and Stuart will be conducting two to three day hands-on classes following the symposium. The symposium will also feature an instant gallery.

December Membership Meeting

One 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. 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 about 70 excellent bowl blanks and other wood. All of this will be given away to members attending this event. Our goal is for each active member attending the dinner to go home with at least a piece of wood to turn.

Please note that the food changed just a bit from what I announced at the last meeting, so we have a little better distribution of food for the event. So…

  • If your last name starts with A – K: Please bring a main or vegetable dish
  • If your last name starts with L – Q: Please bring Salad or chips
  • If your last name starts with R – Z: Please bring dessert

Northwest Washington Woodturners Presents a Day with Nick Agar

Mark your calendars for March 21st when Nick Agar will be featured at the Northwest Washington Woodturners 11th annual All Day Demo!

Nick Agar is one of the most creative makers in our craft. He learned in the traditional methods of England and subsequently has developed an extensive knowledge of the many processes we use. Nick is an extremely talented turner in all aspects and has gained a world wide reputation for his texturing, coloring and other embellishment on bowls, hollow forms, platters, wall sculpture and more…..including his signature Viking Sunset Bowls. His demos are lively, entertaining and informative. You will experience a very enjoyable day learning from Nick! Further details about Nick’s demo are available at http://www.nwwwt.org/AgarDemo.pdf.

Early Registration Special through February 21st is only $45 for the full day demo and includes snacks, beverages and a delicious Deli lunch. After February 21st, the registration fee will be $55. Register now and save!

New this year, you can conveniently Register Online with PayPal. Go to http://www.nwwwt.org/AgarDemo.pdf and follow the instructions there. You do not need to be signed up with PayPal to register online. When you see the PayPal screen just click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”. There is no additional service charge when registering via PayPal.

To Register by Mail, download and print a registration form http://www.nwwwt.org/demo-tickets.pdf, complete and mail along with your payment to the address on the form.

Your early registration will help us better plan for this event. If you have any questions please feel welcome to contact Phil Kezele at registraton@nwwwt.org or call (206) 372-5123.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

This information is compiled from Northwest AAW chapter’s websites and newsletters. You should check with the specific chapter if you plan to attend one of their meetings.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting November 7th at the Riverview Retirement Community Workshop in Spokane. The demonstration will be on turned work piercing.


The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon next meeting on November 7th. Carl Jacobson will be demonstrating Using Carbide Tools. Also, congratulations to NWWT VP John Beechwood on being elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the AAW. He starts his new role in January 2020.

The Portneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID are meeting on November 13th. There will be three mini-demos on Christmas ornaments.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on November 14th. This meeting will be the annual live auction event.


The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on November 14th. Bill Roeder and Heidi Miller will demonstrate woven German fine-skein willow baskets.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Pasco are meeting on November 9th. Damon from the Spokane club will demonstrate camera assisted hollowing.

The South Coast Woodturners in Reedsport, OR are meeting on November 9th. Reed Gray, aka Robohippy, will be the demonstrator.


The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on November 12th. The demonstration will be off-center turning.


The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on November 21st. This will be their Holiday Potluck Party.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on November 21st. Steve Newberry will be the demonstrator.

The Strait Turners are meeting at the Gardiner Community Center in Sequim on November 26th. The program has not been announced.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on November 13th at the Friends of the Carpenter in Vancouver, WA. Rick Rich will demonstrate turning a snowman.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on November 19th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. Note that this is a week earlier than normal due to the Thanksgiving holiday. At this meeting Brad Stave will demonstrate “How to Hold Most Anything”.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on November 28th. Art Liestman will demonstrate the doughnut chuck.

Call for Entries

The AAW has put out a call for entries for the 2020 AAW Symposium Themed Member Exhibition. The symposium is being held in Louisville, Kentucky and the exhibition theme is Step up to the Plate. There are two different options for this theme: baseball or horses. Baseball and woodturning go way back and are closely linked, so the theme for 2020 will be baseball related, but don’t feel constrained. Along with being America’s pastime, baseball also contributed many expressions to our language, including “Step up to the plate,” which has been defined as a willingness to take responsibility for something, to rise to the occasion, to accept a challenge. For many of us, finding the best in each piece of wood, each new project, is a chance to rise to a challenge. The phrase also could be a jumping-off point for a narrative work about a personal or societal challenge. Step up to the Plate was also the theme for the 2006 AAW member exhibit. Sometimes a theme is so good we just need to see a replay.

The exhibition is open to any AAW member and full-time students in art, design, or industry-related programs regardless of membership status. All types of turnings are welcome. The entry fee is $25 for up to three items. Applications are due by March 15, 2020 and artists will be notified by Marcy 31, 2020.

More information can be found on the exhibition call web page.