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!

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 Inland Northwest Woodturners are meeting June 3rd virtually with a demonstration on Skew Skills: Making the Cuts presented by Eric Lofstrom.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their next meeting virtually on June 3rd. Greg Gallegos will be demonstrating podlets.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting in person on June 4th in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Olympia. This event will be a wood raffle and an opportunity to pay dues, check out library material and buy supplies.


The Portneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID, are meeting in-person on June 9th for a BBQ (provided by the club) with social/round table discussion talking about various aspects of woodturning including tips and tricks.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting virtually on June 10th. Donna Zils Banfield will be demonstrating her Illusions in Wood series.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting virtually on June 10th. Eric Lofstrom will be the demonstrator.

The Fraser Valley Woodturning Guild is meeting virtually on June 10th. Kik Peck, VP of the Island Woodturners, is giving her presentation on finishing.


The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting virtually on June 17th. Frank Penta will be demonstrating a laminated bowl.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting virtually on June 17th. Johnna Klukas will be demonstrating Spaceship Boxes.


The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is meeting remotely on June 26th. Carl Jacobsen will be the demonstrator.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting virtually on August 26th. At this meeting Keith Gotschall will be the demonstrator.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting virtually on June 24th. Joe Fleming will be demonstrating air brushing.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting virtually on June 30th. Dennis Belcher will demonstrate Turning a Vase from glued up boards.

May Demonstrator

Our new SPSW Program Director, Doug Reynolds, just returned from a one-week course on deep hollowing at the Mark Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. SPSW member Tim Tibbets also attended the same class!

The instructor of this course, Steve Sinner, has been woodturning full-time since 1998. He specializes in large cherry, maple and walnut vessels enhanced with silver leaf, acrylic finishes, and inks. His work is found in museums, galleries, and collections.

Doug was blown away by Steve’s course, and invited him to present at the May and June’s monthly IRD’s. The May IRD will be held at 7:00PM on May 20th and will cover:

• How to mount a green “log” between centers.
• Complete the entire exterior shape of a vessel prior to beginning the hollowing process complete with WHEEL TRACKS.
• How to master the high efficiency boring bar.
• How to turn and dry green vessels with minimal loss to cracking.
• How to sand turnings quickly and thoroughly.
• How to apply various artists’ materials including gilding, patina, pen and ink by brush, cloth and airbrush.
• How to easily apply protective finishes, including high gloss spar urethane to make your work stand out.

Steve has provided a handout, which can be found under the “members only” tab on our website.

If you would like to see some of Steve’s work, you can view some work under the Gallery tab on his website (advancedlathetools.com).

Please join us for Steve’s presentations.

March Demonstrator – John Jordan

On March 18th, the South Puget Sound Woodturners will be very pleased to offer John Jordan as our March demonstrator. John is an acclaimed woodturner who has his work represented in private and corporate collections as well as 30+ museums, including the Smithsonian and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Between seminars and demonstrations, John has taught thousands of people to turn wood. John is especially well known for his designs, carved surfaces, and texturing. You will see all of this during John’s demonstration. You can check out some of John’s work on his website, johnjordanwoodturning.com.

Please join us for this Zoom-based demonstration, which will start at 7:00 PM PST on March 18th. The Zoom meeting will open at 6:30 PM. for log in and conversation.

February Demonstrator

February’s Remote Demo: For our February Zoom meeting, we are again partnering with our friends in the Woodturners of Olympia (WOO) to present Harvey Meyer, who is a nationally recognized woodturner. Harvey is well known for his intricate “basketry illusion” enhancements on platters, bowls, and hollow forms. These designs are often inspired by the patterns on American Indian baskets.

During his 3-hour demonstration, Harvey will take us through the creation of the design, how to print out index wheels for various projects, wood turning, using a beading tool to create concentric rings on the project, wood burning the radials in the wood to create individual cells, and coloring those cells individually to create patterns in the “weaving”. If you would like to see some of Harvey’s work, please check his website at www.harveymeyer.com.

Due to Harvey’s schedule, length of this demo, and the time zone difference, this demonstration will be held on February 13th, which is the second Saturday of the month, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. This is an unusual time for us, so please put it in your calendar to be sure you don’t miss it! As usual, you will be sent the Zoom invitation link on Monday February 8th, and there will be a reminder sent to all the active members on our list on Friday the 12th. Just use the Zoom link to join us any time after 2:30 PM.

Please join us. If you are not currently using Zoom to attend these events, you are missing something really good.