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.

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!

May President’s Challenge Winner

The May 2024 President’s Challenge Winner is Steve Miner. If you are not familiar with his work in the past, you will surely remember him now. Steve has a love for turning a natural edge bowl; they are a thing of beauty no matterwho you are. His President’s Challenge piece was pulled off the extra turned piece table because he didn’t knowthe details of May’s challenge. With that beautiful crotch with three sides, Steve decided to go out into nature to get some inspiration in his desire to try his hand at carving following Elizabeth Weber’s April Demonstration. He took several images of azalea leaves he liked, used a photo editor and printer to resize the images to fit on each side of the bowl, and then traced the leaves onto the bowl for a cutting guide. If you looked closely, there were three different types of impressions that were carved from three different leaf patterns.

June Membership Meeting

The Fife Center is closed this month so this is a ZOOM ONLY Meeting. SPSW members will be emailed the Zoom link, or you can find it under “For Members / Upcoming Zoom Meeting Link”.

Art has been integral to Roberto Ferrer from early childhood in Mexico where, ever-present art and craft infused into his life and soul. Early expression of art came through drawing and painting. Sometimes, schoolteachers would need to redirect his attention away from a sketch and back to the class assignment. His initial exposure to woodworking was in his cousin’s furniture shop where he had fun just being there and on occasion, he would have an opportunity to use a saw or a plane. His initial wood projects were a simple table and bookcase.

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Today Roberto is a full-time wood artist based in Chicago. His website (Today Roberto is a full-time wood artist based in Chicago. His website (ferrerstudioart.com) displays gorgeous photos of his award-winning work and includes several demonstration videos that show techniques behind his unique work.)displays gorgeous photos of his award-winning work and includes several demonstration videos that show techniques behind his unique work.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

This information is compiled from Northwest AAW chapter’s websites and newsletters. You should check with the specific chapter if you plan to attend one of their meetings.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon will be meeting on June 6th. One of last month’s AAW Symposium demonstrators, Rick Rich, will demonstrate turning a 3-Legged Stool.

The Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting June 8th at Ferris High School. Doug Eaton will be demonstrating tops.


The South Coast Woodturners in Reedsport, OR, will be meeting on June 8th. This will be the last Learn to Turn session.


mid columbia woodturners logoThe Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Pasco, WA will be meeting on June 8th. Pat Hickey will demonstrate Pepper Mills.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting in person on June 13th. This month will feature An Introduction to the Rose Engine: Geometric Embellishment done on the MDF Lathe.

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild will be meeting on June 13th at the All Saints Anglican Church in Mission, BC. Murray Sluys will demonstrate Building a Stave Drum.

The Oregon Coast Woodturners are meeting on June 15th at Hasting Coastal Woodworks in South Beach. The meeting for the day has not been announced.

The Strait Turners in Sequim will meet on June 15th at the Gardiner Community Center and on Zoom. The meeting for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on June 20th. Club member Jeff Smith will demonstrate his unique set of nesting bowls with a platter.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting at the Wild Lilac Center on June 20th. Jim Piper, our well known and local artist, will be demonstrating some of the methods, tools and techniques that he uses to create the art that he is so well known for.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting at Sapperton Hall on June 27th. Bob Gilson will show how to make a knitting bowl.

April President’s Challenge Winner

The President’s Challenge for April was adding resin to your turned piece. Although there were a few entries, they were all very stunning. There was one piece that stood out above the rest, it was a Black Walnut Platter with a resin rim with black walnut shell inlay. The shells are thinly sliced and in order for them to not float to the top of the resin, are glued into the groove and resin added. I have to tell you that the artist is none other than lifetime woodturner, Bob Sievers. I asked Bob how long he has been turning wood and he said ‘forever’; he started turning in high school and has turned every day up until late 2019, he still turns today, just not as often. If you have paid attention in our show-and-tell over the years you can see that Bob is a very talented artist.

Bob came to the Pacific Northwest from Minnesota in 1958 to work at Boeing where he worked for 34 years and has been retired for 31 years so that really is a lifetime of woodturning, I would say over 65 years. WOW! Although he has been a member of the SPSW from the inception as an original member, he has been an ardent supporter of the club and brings his artistry every month he is in attendance.

April Membership Meeting

Elizabeth Webber is an award-winning local woodturning artist, living in Seattle. She is a co-founder and member of the Seattle Spoon Club, a carving group in town. Additionally, she currently serves as the President of the Seattle Woodturners. We are fortunate to have her as our April demonstration guest demonstrating advanced embellishment techniques for wooden bowls during her Carving A Wave/Leaf Motif Bowl demonstration for our next SPSW club meeting, April 18th, 2024. Elizabeth has a robust diversity of skills that she draws on to create her unique works of art.

Additional examples of her work may be found on Instagram (@icosa_woodworks), as well as in the fabulous article, Immersed in Community: Elizabeth Weber’s Creative Journey written by Elizabeth’s friend and fellow member of the Seattle Woodturners, Randi Aiken in the February volume of American Woodturner. You can read highlights from Randi’s article in this month’s newsletter.

February Demo – Terry Broberg, Epoxy Rimmed Bowl

Like many woodturners, I was exposed to a lathe briefly in high school. It was fun to use the different tools and start to understand how they worked. I moved on in life and didn’t start seriously turning until about 8 years ago.

My first lathe was a ShopSmith. I set it up and used a very awkward chuck to make a lighthouse. It was so fun to see the thing shape and develop as the lathe spun around. I was hooked. On a trip to Sumner Woodworking, I learned about our club. After the first meeting, I knew that I was at a place where my skills could be developed and enhanced. The Sawdust Sessions are fantastic!

Over the years I have made lighthouses, hollow forms, bottle stoppers, etc. Two lathes later and I don’t know how much money I have spent; I have settled on making mainly bowls. Each piece of wood presents its own challenges and opportunities as I create a variety of sized and styled pieces.

Resins entered my shop a few years ago. I started filling gaps and cracks and now play with other ways to add color and features to my works.

My demonstration will talk about types of resins, adding in color and solids, as well as how I bring the bowl rim to life. It will basically be a show and tell session with time for many questions.

Let’s learn together.