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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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June Demonstrator

This month, our demonstrator at our June 20th meeting will be Rick Crawford. Rick is an artist from Astoria, Oregon, and will show how to use some of those exotic wood scraps that we all have and make jewelry out of them. Hopefully everyone will find this presentation interesting, and also one that broadens our repertoire of woodworking skills. You can check out some of his work on the Collectors of Wood Art website.

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The Importance of Art

Here is something a little different but related. This is a TEDx talk given by Malcolm Tibbets at the “Building Bridges” TEDx event in South Lake Tahoe.

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting June 6th at the Riverview Wood Shop. Don Scott will talk about the physics of turning and finishing.




The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on June 6th. Reed Gray (Robo Hippie) will be demonstrating the “big ugly”.Jay Shepard will demonstrate making a blank into a high-gloss hollow form in 90 minutes.



The Frasier Valley Woodturners Guild are meeting on June 6th at the Robert Bateman Secondary. This will be a hands-on night. In addition, there will ba a silent auction which will include turnings done by Trent Bosch at a previous chapter event.


The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on June 8th at Ron Smith’s shop. This will be the annual club picnic.



The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on June 13th. The program for the evening has not been announced.


The Seattle Woodturners are meeting June 13th. Tom Henscheid will present “Off the Wall”. Also, Ashley Harwood will present two one-day workshops on the 15th and 16th.


The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on June 13th. The demonstrator for the evening will be Ashley Harwood.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on June 20th. Laurent Niclot will be the evening’s demonstrator as well as providing an all-day demo on Friday and a hands-on class on Saturday.


The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on June 23rd (change to normal meeting date) at the Central Saanich Seniors Citizen Centre in Brentwood Bay, B.C. Dr. Seri Robinson will be presenting on Fungi and Spalting.


The Strait Turners in Sequim are meeting on June 25th. The demonstrator for the evening has not been announced.



The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on June 27th at the Friends of the Carpenter. Dan Tilden will be demonstrating a Natural Edge Hollow Form.


The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on June 27th. Gary Burns will demonstrate “hardening otherwise soft/punkly wood”.




The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on June 29th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. Stephen Hatcher will demonstrate “how do you do that?”.

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Ray Key Collaboration

We posted in late December about the AWGB sponsoring a collaboration of turners to celebrate the contributions of Ray Key to the art of woodturning. A total of 124 world-class turners agreed to take part in the project and so far 118 pieces have been returned. The AWGB have posted pictures of these and the results are absolutely stunning. If you are a fan of turned items you need to take a look the the Ray Key Collaboration page on the AWGB website.

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Tool Swap and Bowl Blank Sale

Russell Neyman of The Woodturning Experience in Port Orchard and Steve Bartocci of The Board Hoarder in Kirkland are holding a two-day tool swap and bowl blank sale at Russell’s Port Orchard studio. The event is scheduled for June 1st and 2nd and is open to anyone that is interested. We have been told that there will be at least two lathes for sale. See the flyers for more information.

Tool Swap Meet 2019

Bowl Blank & Burl Sale 2019

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May Meeting Demonstrator

Roy Lane



This month our own Roy Lane will demonstrate his system that could be called Hollowing for the frugal Woodturner. Roy makes his own tools and uses them to achieve remarkable results.

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