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 November 7th at the Riverview Retirement Community Workshop in Spokane. The demonstration will be on turned work piercing.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon next meeting on November 7th. Carl Jacobson will be demonstrating Using Carbide Tools. Also, congratulations to NWWT VP John Beechwood on being elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the AAW. He starts his new role in January 2020.

The Portneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID are meeting on November 13th. There will be three mini-demos on Christmas ornaments.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on November 14th. This meeting will be the annual live auction event.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting on November 14th. Bill Roeder and Heidi Miller will demonstrate woven German fine-skein willow baskets.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Pasco are meeting on November 9th. Damon from the Spokane club will demonstrate camera assisted hollowing.

The South Coast Woodturners in Reedsport, OR are meeting on November 9th. Reed Gray, aka Robohippy, will be the demonstrator.

The Woodturners of Olympia are meeting on November 12th. The demonstration will be off-center turning.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on November 21st. This will be their Holiday Potluck Party.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on November 21st. Steve Newberry will be the demonstrator.

The Strait Turners are meeting at the Gardiner Community Center in Sequim on November 26th. The program has not been announced.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on November 13th at the Friends of the Carpenter in Vancouver, WA. Rick Rich will demonstrate turning a snowman.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on November 19th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. Note that this is a week earlier than normal due to the Thanksgiving holiday. At this meeting Brad Stave will demonstrate “How to Hold Most Anything”.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on November 28th. Art Liestman will demonstrate the doughnut chuck.

Call for Entries

The AAW has put out a call for entries for the 2020 AAW Symposium Themed Member Exhibition. The symposium is being held in Louisville, Kentucky and the exhibition theme is Step up to the Plate. There are two different options for this theme: baseball or horses. Baseball and woodturning go way back and are closely linked, so the theme for 2020 will be baseball related, but don’t feel constrained. Along with being America’s pastime, baseball also contributed many expressions to our language, including “Step up to the plate,” which has been defined as a willingness to take responsibility for something, to rise to the occasion, to accept a challenge. For many of us, finding the best in each piece of wood, each new project, is a chance to rise to a challenge. The phrase also could be a jumping-off point for a narrative work about a personal or societal challenge. Step up to the Plate was also the theme for the 2006 AAW member exhibit. Sometimes a theme is so good we just need to see a replay.

The exhibition is open to any AAW member and full-time students in art, design, or industry-related programs regardless of membership status. All types of turnings are welcome. The entry fee is $25 for up to three items. Applications are due by March 15, 2020 and artists will be notified by Marcy 31, 2020.

More information can be found on the exhibition call web page.

October Demonstrator

This month Cynthia Gibson will be our demonstrator at the regular October membership meeting. Cynthia’s work is elegant and distinctive, and often combines coloring in unusual and beautiful ways. Her unique style of pyrography has gained international recognition. The opportunity to attend demonstrations at regular meetings are a part of what your SPSW dues pay for each year. You can see Cynthia’s work on her website cynthiagibsonpyrography.com/

Ray Key Collaboration Auction Nears End

As we posted previously, The Associated Woodturners of Great Britain is auctioning off turned items that were started by Ray Key and completed by turners from around the world who had a connection to Ray. That auction is nearing the end, which is October 13th at 17:00 BST. There are 118 beautiful pieces that would enhance any room that they are displayed in. Many of the items have not met the reserve bid so this is an opportunity to obtain an amazing piece of art created by world renowned artists. Visit the Ray Key Woodturners Collaboration page and take a look at the many stunning pieces available.

Utah Woodturning Symposium Discontinued

After a 39 year run of annual symposiums culminating in 2018, the executive board of the Utah Woodturning Symposium has decided to discontinue the symposium. A statement on the Symposium website says:

Dear Woodturning Friends,

The Executive Board for the Utah Woodturning Symposium has determined to discontinue the symposium. Although this was not an easy decision, a variety of factors have combined which make us question the continued financial viability of the symposium while still maintaining the level of quality we strive for and have enjoyed in past years.

We express sincere appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the Utah Woodturning Symposium a success over the past four decades. We also thank the many world-class presenters who openly shared their hard-earned expertise. Most of all, we thank the thousands of participants who supported the symposium by their attendance, many who returned year after year creating a family-reunion type atmosphere. We have made wonderful life-long friendships and have fond memories to last long into the future.

As you may know, the Utah Woodturning Symposium was initiated in 1978 by Dale Nish and became a groundbreaking model for many other woodturning symposiums. It continued for 39 years making it the longest running woodturning symposium in the world.

It has been a great run and we feel honored to have been part of it. Thank you again for your past support.


Utah Woodturning Symposium, Executive Board

Rex Burningham, Kip Christensen, Mike Mahoney



Founded on April 21st, 1994 the South Puget Sound Woodturners is in the top 10 clubs in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).


Our members range from beginner to internationally acclaimed professionals. Our interests range from penmaking to bowls, turned ornaments to hollow vessels, spindles to platters.


Attend our monthly membership meetings and you will find demonstrations on material selection, tool usage, segmenting, wood coloring, ebonizing, and lots of turning techniques.


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.


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!