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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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AWGB Tribute to Ray Key

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) has invited a number of turners from around the world who have had a connection with Ray to complete one of his part turned pieces in their own style. There will be an exhibition in July 2019. More info on the website:

Ray Key Tribute Collaboration

You can read more about Ray and his involvement with the AAW on the Ray’s AAW 30 year anniversary page.

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December Membership Meeting

holiday ornamentsOne 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. Also, 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 some $800 worth of excellent bowl blanks and other wood. All of this will be given away to members attending this event. DON’T MISS IT!!!

For those that want to get started planning what food you will bring to the December potluck, we will change it up a little this time. So…

  • If your last name starts with A – I: Please bring a dessert
  • If your last name starts with J – S: Please bring Salad or chips
  • If your last name starts with T – Z : Please bring a main dish or vegetable

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be meeting on December 1st. The club will be holding their Christmas party.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting December 6th at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., is meeting on December 8th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on December 8th. Joe Fleming will be demonstrating air-brushing.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on December 8th. This meeting will be the Christmas social.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on December 8th at the Hanger in Pasco. The club will be holding their Christmas party.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on December 11th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on December 11th at the Seventh Day Adventist School. This meeting will be the annual Woodturners Christmas Feast.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on December 13th at the Salem Center +50. The club will be holding their Christmas party.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on December 13th at the VFW in Redmond and will be holding their holiday party.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

The Strait Turners in Sequim are taking December off. Next meeting will be in January, 2019.

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AWGB Seminar

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) recently held their 16th International Woodturning Seminar at the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre. Demonstrators included Jean-Francois Escoulen, Mike Hosaluk, Glenn Lucas, Les Thorne and many others. You can read about the programs, demonstrators and exhibitors on the AWGB website.

The seminar included an instant gallery and the AWGB has done a fine job capturing photos of the gallery. You can check them out here: AWGB Instant Gallery.

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November Membership Meeting

This month, our own David Best, will show us 4 different methods for turning hollow forms. Dave will hollow a large vessel in multiple steps using different systems for each layer as he goes deeper into the form. There are a lot of systems out there, and this will be a great chance for all of us to see how these different tools compare to each other, as well as seeing the advantages of each.

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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting November 1st at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on November 1st. This month’s program will be a panel of experts discussing “Can this project be saved”.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., is meeting on November 8th. The demonstrator for the evening has not been announced.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on November 8th at the VFW in Redmond. John Shrader will be presenting “Off Label Applications”. John will be talking about ways to use various everyday items to solve problems in woodturning even if they were not intended for such use.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on November 10th. Pat Hickey will be doing a demonstration on captured ring goblets.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on November 11th. Scott Morrison will be presenting on the Honourable Company of Horners.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on November 13th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia. Larry Miller will be talking about tips and techniques for making copies (or sets) of woodturnings.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be meeting on November 13th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting next on November 15th. This meeting is the annual Holiday Potluck Party.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR will be meeting on November 15th at the Willamette Carpenters Training Center. Dave Gutschmidt will be the demonstrator.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on November 22nd. Larry Stevenson will demonstrate turning a flat box. By the way, the GVWG September newsletter has a really good article on Avoiding Catches by Allan Cusworth.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on November 24th. Art Liestman will provide a full-day demonstration.

The Strait Turners in Sequim will be meeting on November 27th. Scott Overby will demonstrate turning pepper mills.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on November 28th. Bruce Claiborne will be demonstrating methods to turn eggs on the lathe.

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