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!

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.

September Membership Meeting

We are planning another hybrid meeting on September 16th at 7:00PM. Hybrid meetings are those where some of the members choose to meet in person at the Fife Community Center and others may log in from home. As of now, the Fife Community Center remains open, with the state required mask mandate. That means that everyone attending at the Fife Center must wear a mask to be in the meeting room.

Eric Lofstrom thin wall demoWhether you come to the September membership meeting in-person or log into the zoom meeting from your own device, our program in September will feature our own Eric Lofstrom. Eric has demonstrated for us several times before. Eric is known for his systematic approach to his work, for his emphasis on body mechanics and tool use. During this session, Eric will be demonstrating how to do a “Square Rimmed Bowl”. During this presentation you will see elements related to proper design principals, pleasing forms, how to make crisp cuts that require little sanding, and layering of interference paints and translucent finishes.