September Membership Meeting – Minisymposium

This month’s meeting will be our second semi-annual mini-symposium for this year. Featured presenters will include:

  • Jeff Marshall on Beginning Turning;





  • dan stromstadDan Stromstad on boiling wood to reduce cracking;




  • John HowardJohn Howard selling at the club store;





  • Pat McCart showing sharpening;





  • Mike Poirier showing how to mount a bowl blank to a faceplate and chuck;




  • Doug Reynolds showing wrapping a tool handle with hockey tape (bring a tool or handle);




  • Dave Best showing texturing and carving;





  • Jimmie Allen selling his D-Way and BoxMaster tools (he’ll have blems available for cash or check);




  • and Members with good used tools.

An exciting time for all. Stay healthy, stay safe and happy turning.

Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium live on Zoom

Join the first ever Zoom exploration of the Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium, on line for social fun each day. The Lancaster Coffee Hour team will take you to meet attendees and demonstrators on Friday, to the vendor showcase and Instant Gallery on Saturday, and the amazing Sunday lunch party.

You can see all the displays, chat with friends, talk and ask questions, buy cool stuff, win the raffle….everything that’s social and fun, and no demos.

Only $25 registration fee for five or more hours of Zoom programming. Visit and sign up today.

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 September 1st at Ferris High School. Ron LaRue will be demonstrating Christmas Ornaments.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their next meeting virtually on September 1st. John Beechwood will be demonstrating Yarn Bowls. He will share his techniques and design options. Yarn bowls are small and easily done on any size lathe. A variety of design options that make them easier or harder to make. Pick a design for your skill level.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting virtually and in person on September 8th. Eric Lofstrom will demonstrate surface treatments.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting virtually on September 8th. Kathleen Duncan will demonstrate Thin, Pierced Turnings.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on September 15th. John Beaver will be demonstrating his wave bowl.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting virtually on September 15th. They will be holding their annual auction live at the Wild Lilac Center.

The Strait Turners in Sequim will meet virtually on September 17th. Jim Leary will be demonstrating how to turn Christmas Ornaments.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting virtually on September 22th. Scott Morgon demonstrates a shafted Crush Grind pepper mill.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is meeting remotely on September 24th. Craig Timmerman will offer a remote demonstration on turning a Torus Vase.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting virtually and in person on September 24th. Dale Larson will demonstrate from Tree to Bowl


August Membership Meeting – Dave Best

I have been playing with wood since I was 9. As a kid some of us boys in the neighborhood made things to sell to make some spending money. I’m sure these were bought by neighbors out of pity more than skill but encouraged my interest in woodworking.

In the winter of my eighth grade I made a 7 ft hydroplane that used a 10 hp motor. Our winters in Minnesota could start in October and end in March or April so it gave me projects to do. The next winter I built a 12 ft sailboat from 1 page plan out of Boys Life magazine. These projects taught me how to work with bending wood and fiberglassing among many other new skills I was exposed to.

When I got married I suggested to my wife that we could spend the wedding gift money on power tools and I could make things for the house. She said OK!!! The first thing I made was a drop leaf end table. We still have it in our living room. When I finished it I could count 11 or more mistakes. No one ever noticed any of them. I think it taught me not to be too hard on myself.

I became interested in woodturning in the late 1980’s when we gave my wife’s stepdad Dale Nish’s book Creative Woodturning. It was a little used when he opened the gift on Christmas Day. My mind was opened up to the possibilities a lathe had. I’ve never looked back. After a while I became interested in doing changes to the surface of the turned object. Some of these changes are quick and some take lots of extra hours. This will be a pursuit the rest of my life. I have only scratched the surface with the things I have tried. I’m sure I will die with ideas still bouncing around in my head I never got to. You are only limited by your imagination.

July Membership Meeting

Fred AbelesFred Abeles, SPSW President, is a Seattle native, born and raised in the Magnolia area, Graduated from Queen Anne High School, attended University of Washington, attended the Art Center College of Design in Hollywood for professional/commercial photography, operated Kent Photography, a professional portrait/wedding photography studio for 25 years and worked at Microsoft for 18 years, the last 12 years as the technical manager for the Microsoft Visitor Center. He currently works his retirement job at Woodcraft of Seattle as a sales associate and wood turning instructor in their classroom.

Fred began woodturning over 20 years ago by learning pen turning at the Puyallup Fair during a demo there, attended many pen turning demos at Rockler by David Morrison, bought my first lathe and the rest is history. I became addicted to the craft as so many of us do. Fred is now a proud owner of 5 lathes in 3 locations.

Fred has been a member of South Puget Sound Woodturners for at least 15 years, served as the board Secretary for 5 years and now as the club President. He will be demonstrating pen turning from start to finish at the July meeting. He will also attempt to demonstrate laser engraving using a small desktop laser engraver. He will be happy to entertain questions and offer solutions for those of you who are struggling with the fine art of turning writing pens using the wood lathe.

June Membership Meeting

Michael Dresdner is a nationally known finishing, woodworking, and guitar making expert, consultant, lecturer, columnist, and author of five books, seven videos, and over ten thousand articles on woodworking, finishing and guitar making. He is the former head of research and development for Martin Guitar Company, the founding CEO of Tacoma Guitar Company, former owner of Factory 875, and owner of Rainy Day Ukes. He has been a contributing editor or columnist for over half a dozen publications including Fine Woodworking, American Woodworker, and Woodworker’s Journal, was the “answer man” at, and is a former editor of the Woodworker’s Journal eZine. He bought his first lathe in 1979.

“This time around I’ll introduce you to what for many will be a new adhesive, filler, and finish that has some unique properties. With it you can pot inlays, create clear, colored, and glow in the dark void fillers, clear pore filler, and a high gloss finish that goes on in minutes and is both waterproof and durable enough for even daily use objects, like knife handles, goblets, and bowls. As always, I will leave plenty of time for questions on any subject you care to broach.”