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May Demonstrator – Ken Conte
Ken took up woodturning in 2008 and has been a member of the AAW and the Woodturners of Olympia since then. He has served on the Board of the Woodturners of Olympia since he started turning and served as Club President from January 2014 through June 2018. Ken has lived and worked in Olympia most of his life. He retired in 2013 after a 35-year career in Washington State government.
In addition to general turning, Ken has always enjoyed finding ways to displays spheres. A few years ago, he took on the challenge of developing a method to make a sphere float in air. This led to him writing an article for the August 2022 edition of American Woodturner titled Levitating Spheres. Ken’s demonstration will show how he uses electromagnets and dipole magnets embedded in his turnings to make a sphere float in air. Due to time constraints, he won’t actually turn a sphere but, instead, will focus mostly on the steps he takes to prepare a sphere blank, dividing it in two and embedding a magnet in what will become the bottom of a sphere. He will discuss making the base that holds the electromagnet but, in less detail as it requires only basic woodturning skills.
April Demonstrator – Note Meeting Date and Time
For April we are excited to present Glenn Lucas live from his Woodturning Study Center. Please note:
From Glenn’s website:
I’ve been turning wood since 1990. Starting as a production turner I worked to produce both classic-functional and one-off artistic pieces for homes and collections. Over the years I have been fortunate to learn from some of the most respected masters of my craft and I’m privileged to be able to pass that knowledge on.
At my Woodturning Study Centre in Co. Carlow, Ireland I teach all levels of ability in group classes and one-to-one tuition. Travelling the world for demonstrations and classes in woodturning, you can also watch me turn in your own workshop with my ‘Mastering Woodturning’ series of DVDs and downloadable videos. My website can be used to book classes, buy woodturning tools and DVDs, or purchases of my bowls. Send me your email and I will add you to my newsy ezine and we will keep in touch!
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February Membership Meeting
KND Woodworking is a small business operated out of the home of Dan and his wife Kate. They live along the Puyallup River in unincorporated Pierce County just off the Bonney Lake plateau. They started their business in 2007 and over the past 15+ years they have sold Dan’s work primarily at area farmers markets and local art and craft shows. The Neyens’ have both been involved with wood and wood products most of their working careers. Dan majored in Forestry and Wood Technology in college and then spent his working years in the structural wood products field. Kate worked in accounting and information technology her entire career for two of the nation’s largest wood products and structural wood products manufacturers.
Over the years Dan has made and sold a variety of home furnishings but now primarily focuses his efforts on making wooden cutting boards and a variety of kitchen furnishings/utensils. Today, most of their sales come through annual participation in five area juried art and craft shows.