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!

April Membership Meeting

It has been over 50 years since Oregon artist Tom Willing created his first woodturning in his father’s woodshop. Since then, he has come to focus on pieces that are sensitive to the interplay between light, form, and material. Working with both native and exotic species of woods, Willing seeks to reveal the visual magic within each piece of timber with which he works. In addition to sculptural display work, he designs pieces that combine the aesthetic and functional – bowls, pepper grinders, platters and more. Willing’s work is elegantly finished on the lathe with walnut oil and wax, then buffed to bring out the natural luster of the wood.

Willing holds his BA degree from the University of Oregon, an MA from the Ohio State University, and a MAT from Lewis and Clark University. He taught middle school in Newberg, Oregon, until retiring in 2013. President and Certified Member of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, he teaches woodturning workshops, and is an active member of both Northwest Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. A founding member and past President, he continues to serve as a Director of Frogwood, a 501(c)(3) Arts Education Organization. Willing lives in the Willamette Valley with his wife, watercolor artist Mary Burgess.

March Membership Meeting

On March 17th, will feature our twice yearly mini-symposium where some great club members setup demonstration tables and you’re welcome to visit those that interest you, stay and watch and interact with the member to ask questions and ask for advice to help you advance in our woodturning adventures. A great learning opportunity.

The members presenting will be:

  • Jimmie Allen showing box turning and he will have his great tools for sale
  • Mike Poirier will show his method for using the Tormec system to sharpen turning tools
  • AlisaBeth Nash will show her Nib Dip Calligraphy pens
  • Kent Horton will show Bow ties
  • Jeff Marshall will cater to beginning turning techniques
  • Eileen Collins will show how to dye your work with Fiber Reactive Dyes
  • Doug Reynolds on signing your work

This is a meeting you will NOT want to
miss.

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 March 3rd at Ferris High School. Doug Eaton will present “Log to a Blank”.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their next meeting virtually on March 3rd. Craig Timmerman will be demonstrating turning a torus vase (a doughnut with a hole).

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting in person on March 8th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia and online. The program has not been announced.

The Portneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID, are meeting in-person on March 9th. The program has not been announced.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting virtually on March 10th. Russ Prior will present turning a sphere 5 ways.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting virtually on March 10th. Nick Stagg will demonstrate turning a lidded box.

The Fraser Valley Woodturning Guild is meeting virtually on March 10th. The program has not been announced.


The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting virtually on March 17th. Steve Newberry will demonstrate turning kuksas.

The Oregon Coast Woodturners are meeting on March 19th. The program has not been announced.

The Strait Turners in Sequim will meet virtually on March 19th. John Elliott will be the demonstrator.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting virtually on March 24th. Gary Burns will demonstrate turning a lidded box without rechucking.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is meeting remotely on March 26th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Coburg, Oregon, will be meeting on March 27th. The program has not been announced.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting virtually and in person on March 30th. David Ellsworth will demonstrate hollow forms.

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 February 3rd at Ferris High School. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their next meeting virtually on February 3rd. Chris Lawrence will be demonstrating a High Rise Box with a pedestal base and a finial top.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting in person on February 8th at the First Baptist Church of Olympia and online. Chapter member Tim Thornton will demonstrate tools and techniques of turning a pen from start to finish.

The Porneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID, are meeting in-person on February 9th. Bob Smith will demonstrate inside-out turning techniques.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting virtually on February 10th. Art Liestman will be demonstrating the construction and design of teapots.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting virtually on February 10th. Dale Larson will be discussing cutting the best bowl blanks out of a tree.

The Fraser Valley Woodturning Guild is meeting virtually on February 10th. Joh Spitters will demonstrate the Oneway Easy Core.


The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting virtually on February 17th. Kathleen Duncan will be the demonstrator.

The Oregon Coast Woodturners are meeting on February 19th. Rick Rich will be showing methods used in making turning tool handles and awl handles.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island is meeting remotely on February 26th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners will be meeting virtually and in person on February 23rd. At this meeting Simon Begg will demonstrate German Rings.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting virtually on February 24th. Bruce Campbell will be the demonstrator.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Coburg, Oregon, will be meeting on February 27th. John Beechwood will be presenting on texturing turned items.

January Membership Meeting

WOOD STABILIZATION
with Doug Reynolds

Doug Reynolds began woodworking when, on a layover, he found Woodsmith magazine at the airport bookstore with FREE Plans for a router table. He didn’t have a router table and wasn’t sure what it did but, HEY! FREE PLANS.

He has done commission work and was a founding member of the Evergreeen Woodworkers’ Guild. Now he limits his flat woodwork to making furniture for his two children. “They have better furniture than Mom and me”, he says.

Doug has also been a member of SPSW further back than our records go. He learned turning at Ted Bartholomew’s shop then, started taking turning classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. Doug is our current WoodRat Chair and a member of the Board.

During his presentation on Wood Stabilization he will cover:
• Why to stabilize
• Wood selection
• Equipment required • Curing the blanks
• Wood Prep
• Dying, Double dying and triple dying
• Process of stabilization
• Curing the blanks
• Finish