Keep Turning with the AAW

The American Association of Woodturners sends out a weekly newsletter to it’s members. Here is a sampling of what is in the current newsletter.


Carol and Mark Hall
Linda Ferber
“Birdie Sings”
Damon McLaughlin
“Piscis Lignum”



AAW Total Experience Woodturning Tip: Donna Zils Banfield with Woodburning Tips (TRT 9:08)

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 August 6th virtually with a demonstration by Craig Timmerman from Texas.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon are holding their next meeting virtually on August 6th. Joe Fleming will be demonstrating air brushing.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting virtually on August 6th. Jason Clark will be demonstrating a Saturn Bowl.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting virtually on August 13th. Steve Newberry will be the demonstrator.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Pasco are meeting virtually on August 8th. Jerry Johnson, Jerry Decker and Pat Miller will be giving individual presentations on applying finishes.

The Oregon Coast Woodturners in South Beach are meeting virtually on August 15th. Tod Raines will demonstrate the hook tool.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting virtually on August 15th. Marin Sabin-Smith from the UK will demonstrate “Atmospheric Colouring and Deep Gloss Wax Finishing”.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting virtually on August 20th. Cindy Drozda will be the demonstrator.

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

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting virtually on August 27th. Joe Fleming will be demonstrating air brushing.

PRESS RELEASE: AAW Announces Virtual Woodturning Event July 10-12


AAW Announces Virtual Woodturning Event July 10-12

(St. Paul – June 4) – The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, will launch its first-ever three-day online “Virtual Symposium” July 10-12, 2020.

The all-online event will feature live educational woodturning demonstrations, special interest sessions, panel discussions, live auctions, Instant Gallery, prizes drawings for attendees, a virtual trade show, and more.

  • Demonstrators for the event will include woodturning pros Trent Bosch, Cindy Drozda, Rudy Lopez, Glenn Lucas, Mike Mahoney, and Craig Timmerman. Topics will be announced.
  • Panel discussions will include social media/business, artistic practice, and an Instant Gallery critique.
  • Special Interest Sessions will include Gizmos and Gadgets, a presentation of “best of the best” woodturning tips, and a Women in Turning (WIT) presentation.
  • Each registered attendee may send an image to include in the Virtual Instant Gallery.
  • The cost for all three days of programming is $20.20 (nonrefundable), which includes access to a replay of recorded Virtual Symposium content for up to two weeks following the event.

The official schedule and additional details will be available soon. Registration opens June 5 and closes July 3. Visit for more information and to register.

Virtual Demonstrations Poll #2

We have held virtual demonstrations for our last two membership meetings – Lyle Jamieson in April and Emiliano Achaval in May. Both of these went well and we have received very good feedback from our members that were able to attend. However, we have been limited to demonstrators that are providing virtual demos that live West of the Central time zone. There are several great demonstrators doing virtual demos that live East of the Central time zone but joining our 7:00 p.m. meeting is not viable for them in their time zone. Demonstrators such as Rudy Lopez from Florida, Glenn Lucas from Ireland or Paul Hannaby from the UK. We would be able to schedule these demonstrators on a Saturday which would enable us to get world class turners to demonstrate with the added benefit to the club of not incurring travel costs.

Would you attend a demonstration on Saturday rather than Thursday for an East Coast or overseas demonstrator?

  • Yes (100%, 15 Votes)
  • No (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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May Demonstrator

Maui Koa Crotch Calabash
Emiliano Acheval
Our May meeting will be another Zoom-based remote demonstration; this time featuring Emiliano Achaval from Maui. Emiliano has demonstrated at the AAW Symposium and is a contributing writer for Woodturning Magazine. During this virtual meeting he will demonstrate how to turn a historically accurate “Hawaiian Calabash”, which is a round bottomed bowl with a pleasing curved form
that is slightly narrower at the top. When Captain Cook first sailed to Hawaii he found the people there already making these magnificent bowls at a level that was probably beyond what was being done in Europe at the time. In addition to turning the calabash, Emiliano will demonstrate how to make repairs and stabilize cracks in the side of a bowl using a butterfly-shaped inlay. This will be useful to many of us since the woods that we use here in the Pacific Northwest can often crack. The ability to use what Emiliano calls a “pewa” patch to repair such a crack can turn a disaster into a design opportunity that enhances the beauty of the bowl.