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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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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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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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