Welcome

Founded

Founded on April 21st, 1994 the South Puget Sound Woodturners is in the top 10 clubs in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

Members

Our members range from beginner to internationally acclaimed professionals. Our interests range from penmaking to bowls, turned ornaments to hollow vessels, spindles to platters.

Demonstrations

Attend our monthly membership meetings and you will find demonstrations on material selection, tool usage, segmenting, wood coloring, ebonizing, and lots of turning techniques.

Mini-Symposium

Twice a year we have a mini-symposium where members demonstrate anything you could imagine.

Sawdust Session

Another great benefit for our members is our “Sawdust Sessions”. This is a hands on session with mentors from the club. This is an amazing one-on-one opportunity to improve your turning skills.

Visit

There are so many more benefits and learning opportunities to membership in the South Puget Sound Woodturners. Come and visit our next meeting and see what turning is all about!

January Membership Meeting

WOOD STABILIZATION
with Doug Reynolds

Doug Reynolds began woodworking when, on a layover, he found Woodsmith magazine at the airport bookstore with FREE Plans for a router table. He didn’t have a router table and wasn’t sure what it did but, HEY! FREE PLANS.

He has done commission work and was a founding member of the Evergreeen Woodworkers’ Guild. Now he limits his flat woodwork to making furniture for his two children. “They have better furniture than Mom and me”, he says.

Doug has also been a member of SPSW further back than our records go. He learned turning at Ted Bartholomew’s shop then, started taking turning classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. Doug is our current WoodRat Chair and a member of the Board.

During his presentation on Wood Stabilization he will cover:
• Why to stabilize
• Wood selection
• Equipment required • Curing the blanks
• Wood Prep
• Dying, Double dying and triple dying
• Process of stabilization
• Curing the blanks
• Finish

Important Update for Thursday’s Meeting

The food part of the Thursday night SPSW meeting CANCELLED!

I have received feedback indicating that, due to recent COVID trends, a significant portion of our membership is uncomfortable doing the potluck part of Thursday night’s Holliday meeting due to COVID trends.

I have polled a majority of the board, and the consensus is that it would be a good idea to cancel just the food part of the event

We will still meet Thursday night at 7:00, and will still do both the drawing and the wood give-away. We have some great things to share with the members, so I hope to see you there, but do not plan on eating at this meeting.

John Howard
SPSW President

Jimmy Allen Demo Video

The video from Jimmy’s demonstration of beaded boxes is now up in the For Members area of the site. If you were able to watch the demo at the meeting you would had many ah-hah moments as Jimmy gave up many great tips. This was a great demo and registered members can watch again, or for the first time if you weren’t able to make the meeting.

November Demonstrator

SPSW member Jimmie Allen will be our November demonstrator. Since he first joined the Olympic Peninsula woodturners in 2003, Jimmie focused on the challenges that lidded boxes present. He worked for many years to improve techniques, wood selection, shapes, proportions and designs, which he will share with us on the 18th. Jimmie took over D-Way Tools after Dave Schweitzer retired, and many of our members have purchased highly regarded tools from both Box-Master and D-Way. Jimmie will have an assortment of Box Master and D-Way tools available for cash sales at the meeting.

So please join us November 18th! The Fife Center and the Zoom meeting will open about 6:30. Meeting announcements, board elections, and show and tell will start at 6:45, and the demo will start at 7:00 PM

Paul Crabtree

peoples choiceMany long time SPSW members will remember Paul Crabtree as an active member of our chapter. We have been notified of Paul’s passing in late August. Paul had been residing in Tennessee at the time. Paul’s family is conducting a memorial service at the Tahoma Memorial Cemetery on November 8th at 10:30 AM. SPSW members are welcome to attend.

October Demonstrator

We will have another hybrid meeting on October 21st at 7:00PM. That means you have a choice of attending either the physical meeting at the Fife Community Center or you can log into the Zoom Meeting and view the meeting and demo from home.

We have an exciting program for you this month! Just in time for the holidays, this month’s presenter will be Cindy Drozda, and she will be demonstrating how to use sea urchin shells to make holiday ornaments and decorations. In addition to shell prep, finial design and turning, and ornament assembly, Cindy will also demonstrate how to use metallic foils to gild the shell.

Cindy is nationally known as one of the best demonstrators out there! She was a pioneer in offering these Zoom-based demos for woodturners! The Woodturners of Olympia (WOO) will be joining us for this demonstration and sharing costs with us.

We are working to tweak these hybrid meetings to make them run more smoothly. This will only be our 3rd meeting using this format, and we’re getting better with each one. IT Director Ramon Lyn is working hard to perfect hybrid meeting delivery using new equipment that we have acquired for that purpose. Even with the challenges we have encountered getting everything to work together, from what we hear, it seems like we are doing as well as anyone in the country right now. This month, Ramon hopes to be able to better broadcast meeting announcements for people viewing remotely and improve color on the Fife Center’s screen for the in-person attendees. Additionally, we are also trying to make any announcements and do a limited show-and-tell starting at 6:45, so that the demonstrator has a full 2 hours to deliver their presentation. So, whether you attend via Zoom or in person, please try to join us a little early.