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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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April Demonstrator

This month Dave Best will complete his demonstration on video guided hollowing.

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British Woodturner of the Year

I’m not sure if there has been such a contest in the U.S., but the GMC Publications and the Woodworker’s Institute are holding a British Woodturner of the Year competition. There are three categories:

  • Young Woodturners – open to turners aged 18 or younger
  • Amateur Woodturners – open to turners who don’t make any money turning
  • Professional Woodturners – open to turners who earn some of all of their living from turning.

The contest is designed to highlight, promote and showcase quality, finely-crafted woodwork of various kinds and to provide an interactive experience with demonstrations of traditional woodworking skills.

Entries are due by Sunday April 14th. Selected entries will be displayed at an upcoming exhibition, Celebrating British Craft, held at the Oxo Gallery in London. More information can be found at the British Woodturner of the Year page.

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters


The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting April 4th at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. Ron Valley will begin a 3 month, multi-demonstrator section on log to finished bowl. Ron will take a log to rough turning via premade products.


The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on April 4th. Rick Rich will demonstrate how to turn a table lamp.


The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on April 11th. The program for the evening has not been announced.



The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on April 13th. Joe Fleming will be conducting an all-day demo on airbrushing.


The Seattle Woodturners are meeting April 11th. Sharon Doughtie will demonstrate how she creates knots. Sharon will lead an all-day workshop on the 12th.


The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on April 18th. The chapter’s mentors will providing an informative question and answer session.


The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on April 18th. Tom Hastings will be demonstrating a basket illusion box.


The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on April 27th at the Central Saanich Seniors Citizen Centre in Brentwood Bay, B.C. Steven Kennard from Nova Scotia will be the demonstrator.


The Strait Turners in Sequim are meeting on April 30th. The demonstrator for the evening has not been announced.



The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on April 24th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. George Dale will demonstrate resin casting, turning and finishing.


The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on April 25th at the Friends of the Carpenter. The meeting will feature pen turning tips and tricks.


The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on April 12th. Bruce Campbell will demonstrate “From tree to table” and Ed Pretty will demonstrate how to sharpen your tools.



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March Membership Meeting

This month, we will be holding one of our two mini-symposiums for the year.

  • Dave Best will be on the big lathe showing how his video camera guided hollowing system works.
  • Harry Lincoln will show us all how he glues up the blanks for his beautiful segmented pepper mills.
  • Jeff Marshall will demonstrate bottle stoppers and other entry level lathe projects especially suitable for newer turners.
  • Pat McCart will demonstrate sharpening, so bring some tools that you need to learn how to sharpen.
  • John Howard will be showing how to add stone inlay to some of your turnings.
  • Tim Spaulding, our webmaster, will be there to help people having trouble get registered on the website for e-mail distributions and notices.

We will also have a tool sales table so you can pass on some of those pieces of woodturning equipment that you don’t use and would like to pass on to the next person. Please have your name and the price on any items you put on that table, so people can find you and get you paid.

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters


The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting March 7th at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. Cal Hanson will demonstrate the correct way to make the four basic cuts on a lathe.



The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are meeting on March 7th. Bill Karow will demonstrate how to turn a bird’s mouth bowl.


The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon have cancelled their March meeting due to the schedule conflict with the Oregon Woodturning Symposium.



The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on March 9th. Location and subject of the demo have not been announced.


The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on the 12th of March. Kim Hoover will be presenting on Colors and Dyes.



The Seattle Woodturners are meeting March 14th. Anne Briggs will be the demonstrator for the evening.


The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., is meeting on March 14th. Michael Mocho will present a unique demo.



The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on March 21st. Mike Mahoney will provide the demonstration for the evening and will follow with an all-day demo on the 23rd.


The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on March 21st. Sam Angilo will be the demonstrator for the evening. Sam will hold an all-day demo and an all-day hands-on class the following days.


The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on March 23rd 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 March 26th. This meeting will feature a demonstration on wood finishing and will have a raffle and wood auction.



The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on March 27th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. Jay Shephard will be demonstrating finishing, buffing & more.


The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on March 28th at the Friends of the Carpenter. Terry Tanner will be demonstrating a rising toothpick holder.


The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on March 28th. The program for the evening has not been announced.



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February Demonstrator – Dan Stromstad

dan stromstadThis month I have been asked to demonstrate small items that are quick to turn and sell well. I will do that for your enjoyment. I will attempt to illustrate how you can use the tools that you have to create nice turnings and have fun doing it. I will be doing a little bit of sanding. If any of you are extremely sensitive to saw dust please bring a mask. I will be using wood that is not normally a problem for allergies.

I have always been told that by teaching you learn more than the student. So let’s all learn and keep turning.

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