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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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October Demonstrator – Pat McCart

What a terrific hobby!

It all started with a simple phone call from my Uncle, “Hey you want Pops’ old lathe? I’ve been turning bowls and stuff. I’m buying a bigger one. You ought to try it.” So began my journey down the woodturning road.

Everyone has a first time at the lathe, whether it’s a simple pen or a bowl to hold your keys, it will hold a special place in your collection for years to come. My first solo attempt at woodturning resulted in a thick walled, fat bottomed rock hard 4” maple bowl that I forced out with a dull scraper then sanded into submission by a pile of overly used sandpaper. Little did I know that when I gave that bowl to my Mom it would turn into a prized possession that connected 3 generations of my family. What other hobby can do that?

This terrific hobby has also blessed me with many new friends that have enriched my life and expanded my skills and abilities.

I am looking forward to demonstrating the process that I use to make my 3 footed bowls, along with sharing some of the great tips and tricks that I have acquired from the many fine woodturners that have demonstrated for the SPSW.


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What’s Happening at Other Chapters

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting October 4th at the Woodcraft in Spokane Valley. Damon will be demonstrating some of his embellishing tricks and secrets.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on October 4th. Chapter President Steve Newberry and Mike Meredith will be demonstrating Christmas tree ornaments.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting next on October 9th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia. Kathleen Duncan will demonstrate An Angel Ornament Turning thin, and piercing.

The Southwest Idaho Woodturners in Boise, ID will be meeting on October 9th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild in Abbotsford, B.C., are meeting on October 11th. Gary Burns will be demonstrating adding color resin to your turnings.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on October 11th. Jimmie Allen will be demonstrating lidded boxes.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on October 11th at the VFW in Redmond. Tom Henscheid will be the demonstrator.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners are meeting on October 13th. Karen Miller will be doing a demonstration on pyrography.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting next on October 18th. Stephen Hatcher will be explaining his techniques for creating dazzling optical effects for inlaid platter accents. Steven will also be offering a 2-day hands-on workshop on the weekend.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR have will be meeting on October 18th at the Willamette Carpenters Training Center. This meeting will be the auction which raises funds to enable bringing in guest demonstrators.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on October 25th. Robert Carlson will be demonstrating color, epoxy and wood.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Coburg, OR will be meeting on October 25th. Dick Flynn will be presenting “Understanding tools 101, angles and steels”.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on October 27th. The demonstrator for the day has not been announced.

The Strait Turners in Sequim will be meeting on October 30th. Ellen Winnie will be demonstrating mixed media using glass beads between turned beads & Koleosing (a Scandinavian carving technique).

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on October 31st. Jim Leary will be demonstrating small musical instruments for children.

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September Membership Meeting

This month we are having our second 2018 Mini Symposium. These events are special in that they offer the opportunity to observe several different aspects of turning and decoration at one event. They are also special in that the demonstrations are performed by our own members. This club is very proud to have members of all skill levels. We can all learn something new and woodturners are, in large, well known for their willingness to share their secrets with all. There will be no Show and Tell this month but feel free to bring your projects for display.

The following demonstrators will be available for you to check out:

  • Roy LaneRoy Lane – Hollow form turning

  • Pat McCart – Sharpening lathe tools

  • Alisabeth NashAlisaBeth Nash – Turning magic wands

  • Jeff Marshall – To be determined

  • Tim SpauldingTim Spaulding – SPSW website features

  • John HowardJohn Howard – Introduction of doing stone inlays

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AAW Teaching Thursday

The AAW’s Teaching Thursday post on Facebook today features SPSW member Eric Lofstrom talking about the importance of Biomechanics.

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August Demonstrator – Jack Wayne

This month Capt. Jack Wayne will be demonstrating natural edge bowls.

“I have practiced my woodturning since 1995 and if I can put in another 15-20 years I might start getting it right!! Many of you older members in the SPSW might remember me….I was President of SPSW 2 or 3 times, Board Member for way too many times, and occasionally I drop in to do a demo or enjoy the refreshments. Prior to my association with SPSW I was VP of Seattle Wood-turners 3 times, President for 3 or 4 times, and a long standing board member. So I guess this makes me a serial volunteer. I have been honored to do demos at all of the Washington turning clubs, as well as clubs in B.C., Oregon, California, Alaska, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Mexico.

I am drawn to almost every aspect of woodturning, but there are a few exceptions: I’m too lazy to do segmented work or ornamental turning, and no interest in pens or duck calls.

My major interest is in learning and teaching. I try to never pass up an opportunity to attend a new demonstration of a tool or technique, and I really love teaching. There is something very special when you see the look in someone’s eyes when they suddenly “get it” , no matter if it is discovering the magic of using the bevel, or realizing you really can turn wood down to paper thin and still be in control!!

The subject of my demo will be Natural Edge turning, and how to address the several peculiarities of turning this style. I hope the tips I give will help new turners expand their range, and perhaps remind experienced turners of the importance of a few basic pointers.

Join me for some fun and perhaps some adventure….Remember: Woodturning is the most fun you can have with your clothes on and not get arrested (usually!!!)”

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AAW Selection

Congratulations to SPSW member Bob Sievers for having his turning selected as the AAW Turning of the Week.

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