As we posted previously, The Associated Woodturners of Great Britain is auctioning off turned items that were started by Ray Key and completed by turners from around the world who had a connection to Ray. That auction is nearing the end, which is October 13th at 17:00 BST. There are 118 beautiful pieces that would enhance any room that they are displayed in. Many of the items have not met the reserve bid so this is an opportunity to obtain an amazing piece of art created by world renowned artists. Visit the Ray Key Woodturners Collaboration page and take a look at the many stunning pieces available.
After a 39 year run of annual symposiums culminating in 2018, the executive board of the Utah Woodturning Symposium has decided to discontinue the symposium. A statement on the Symposium website says:
Dear Woodturning Friends,
The Executive Board for the Utah Woodturning Symposium has determined to discontinue the symposium. Although this was not an easy decision, a variety of factors have combined which make us question the continued financial viability of the symposium while still maintaining the level of quality we strive for and have enjoyed in past years.
We express sincere appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the Utah Woodturning Symposium a success over the past four decades. We also thank the many world-class presenters who openly shared their hard-earned expertise. Most of all, we thank the thousands of participants who supported the symposium by their attendance, many who returned year after year creating a family-reunion type atmosphere. We have made wonderful life-long friendships and have fond memories to last long into the future.
As you may know, the Utah Woodturning Symposium was initiated in 1978 by Dale Nish and became a groundbreaking model for many other woodturning symposiums. It continued for 39 years making it the longest running woodturning symposium in the world.
It has been a great run and we feel honored to have been part of it. Thank you again for your past support.
Utah Woodturning Symposium, Executive Board
Rex Burningham, Kip Christensen, Mike Mahoney
This month we will host another of our ever-popular mini-symposiums. Several of our talented members will be sharing their skills and knowledge to help the rest of us improve ours. Visit as many of these demonstrations as you can, and buy wood or some tools at great prices.
- Pat McCart: Sharpening using the Wolverine Jig System(Bring tools you need sharpened)
- David Best: Embellishing with texture and carving plus hook tool use
- Carol Zandell: Turning Something Fun!
- Jeff Marshall: Skill building – how to make basic woodturning cuts
- John Howard: How to turn a three cornered bowl
- Michael Poirier: Mentorship Table – basic woodturning questions
- Ken Light: Store Sales
- Doug Reynolds: Wood Sales
- Used Tool sale Bring tools for sale, marked with your name and price
The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting September 5th at the Riverview Wood Shop in Spokane. The demonstration will be on “simple” spindle projects.
The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon next meeting on September 5th will be a multi-station demo. Demos planned include sharpening, thread chasing, a turning demo and a demo of the Sorby ProEdge sharpener.
The Portneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID are meeting on September 11th. Alan Johnson will be demonstrating offset bowl turning.
The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on September 12th. The program for the evening has not been announced.
The Frasier Valley Woodturners Guild are meeting on September 12th. Murray Sluys will present the finer points of turning a nice bowl.
The Seattle Woodturners are meeting September 12th. Eric Lofstrom will be demonstrating how to make an end grain box.
The Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Pasco are meeting on September 14th. Kelly Craig will demonstrate copper plating.
The South Coast Woodturners in Reedsport, OR are not meeting in September due to the Cranberry Festival.
The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on September 19th. Jack Wayne will be demonstrating a bowl from a board, all done on the lathe.
The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on September 19th. Craig Timmerman will turn a base winged bowl on a rhombus shaped blank.
The Woodturners of Olympia are not meeting in September due to their annual symposium being held on September 21st. Featured demonstrators at the symposium are Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler with Dan Tilden.
The Strait Turners are meeting at the Gardiner Community Center in Sequim on September 24th. The program has not been announced.
The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on September 25th at the Friends of the Carpenter in Vancouver, WA. The demonstrator for the evening will be Dan Massie who will demonstrate turning a box with a fitted lid.
The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on September 25th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. Steve Bartucci the”Board Hoarder”will be selling wood and there will be a tool sale.
The Beaver State Woodturners in Coburg, Oregon are meeting on September 26th. Jim Norris will demonstrate turning a pumpkin.
The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on September 26th. Larry Stevenson will make “A bowl from a board with a twist”. This meeting also marks the Guild’s 20th anniversary.
The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on September 28th. The program for the day has not been announced.
Turning to the Future is sponsored by the AAW. The competition is intended to encourage and support students and instructors in reaching for and attaining the highest levels of skill in the use of the lathe. The contest is open to students in North America.
There are two divisions, High School and Post-Secondary, with three categories each: Functional, Small Turnings, and Open. Five finalists in each division category were chosen to have their work displayed at the 2019 AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada. Work was evaluated on craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, creativity and/or utility, and process documentation.
Judging was completed by professional and recognized wood turners Stuart Batty and Christian Brisepierre. Thanks to the contest sponsors, the two Best of Show winners received Jet 1221SP wood lathes (Woodworker’s Emporium), and category winners received cash prizes of $500 (First Place) and $100 (Second Place) and a tool set from Easy Wood Tools or Woodpeckers.
The 2019 Turning to the Future winners are:
High School – Grand Prize
Oregon Beauty by Charlie Hamilton, Mills E Godwin High School
High School – First Place
African Diamonds by Joel Gonnerman, St. Ansgar High School
High School – Second Place
Noah Robishek for Wooden Windows, Traverse City Central
Post-Secondary – Grand Prize
Joyce Kunz with Ray of Light, Brigham Young University
And Post-Secondary – First Place
Alec Ellis for Walnut Cathedral, Red Rocks Community College
Post-Secondary – Second Place:
Justin Fiaschetti for Tornado Bowl, Boston University