December Meeting/Potluck

Here are the potluck food assignments and raffle outline for the Christmas Party:

Potluck Assignments:
A-G Salad or Side Dish
H-O Dessert
P-Z Main Dish

Raffle Outline:
1. Everyone in attendance gets one ticket for the wood lot and one raffle ticket for the
general prize raffle.
2. Additional prize drawings will be conducted for those who have submitted raffle
tickets with your name – in the tin for helping at meetings.
3. Gift Exchange – If you brought something for the gift exchange, please put it on the
gift exchange table and get a ticket from the bowl, make sure you leave one half for your
drawing time. We encourage you to bring a turned piece (made by you), but that is not
a requirement, many of you have multiple talents that you would like to share.

November Demo – John Howard – Square Edged Bowl

Once a new turner has developed the ability to turn a basic bowl, they are often looking for new ways to do something a little different to enhance the basic bowl form whether through the shape of the turning, adding decoration, or surface texture. This month’s demonstration will focus on a form commonly referred to as a “winged bowl.”

Our current Store Sales guy and past SPSW President, John Howard, will demonstrate how to turn a bowl with a lateral wing extending away from the body of the bowl.

From our Facebook feed:

Huge thanks to the South Puget Sound Woodturners for donating over 150 bowls to EFN! Each piece is made with PNW wood, often reclaimed by Wane + Flitch . These beautiful works of art are also fully functional and food safe. We are so grateful for their incredible support and craftsmanship! Come to Empty Bowls on November 18th at Charles Wright Academy to purchase one of these handcrafted pieces.

September Meeting – Mini Symposium

This month is the second of two mini-symposiums for the year. The line up includes:

  • Don Mars demonstrating inside out turning;




  • Justin Parson demonstrating pen turning;




  • Kathy Garlick selling at the club store;





  • Doug Reynolds showing Kintsugi For Woodturners: Make it a Feature NOT a Flaw!;




  • Pat McCart showing sharpening;





  • John HowardJohn Howard demonstrating turning tool handles;





  • Jimmie Allen demonstrating the D-Way beading tools and selling his D-Way and BoxMaster tools.




August Demonstrator – Eric Lofstrom

Eric Lofstrom thin wall demoWorking with wood has been a source of peaceful intrigue since my childhood. When creating, I try to practice “presence,” or mindfulness, so I can stay safe and make the most of my time creatively. I strive to balance the seemingly opposite goals of absolute physical control and creative surrender. On my best days, I can zoom in on the finest material details, while also acknowledging how various elements might play to a piece’s artistic message. Approaching studio time in this way may not be the most productive in terms of volume, but it allows me to explore and fully understand things in a more satisfying way.

As an artist, I aim to create clean-lined forms with minimal distraction. I use grain, color, and texture to invite an intimate conversation with my work. I enjoy working within self-prescribed constraints, focusing my exploration to develop philosophical concepts into series. Currently, my work represents curiosities relating to water, energy, and the human spirit.

July Demonstrator – Dan Stromstad, One Way Coring System

dan stromstadI began turning wood in Junior High School. While visiting an uncle in Southern California he noticed my excitement about wood turning and he gave me a lathe that he never used. With paper route earnings I purchased tools from Sears and my dad and I began turning on our midsized lathe. After seeing pens in a woodworking store in Port Townsend I said to my wife “I could make that!” Years later I wandered into a store and discovered pen kits and asked how to make them. The owner gave me a three minute lesson and after purchasing the needed extras for the lathe I began my current wood turning adventures.

The real turning point was Eric giving me a rough turned Madrone burl bowl. That was so exciting to turn. Dave Schweitzer noticed my excitement and asked me to come and see him. He had no idea what he was in for. After a long day at Dave’s he finally got rid of me after six in the evening. This began a marathon of turning wet wood and learning and practicing the techniques that had been shown. Two hundred rough turned bowls later there were signs of hope in my finished bowls.

Back to Dave’s and now hollow forms started popping up at home. A day with Roy Lane helped that experience as well. So much to learn and so little time, with lots of practice happiness ensued. Urns, baby rattles and vases appeared, some with dyed and some natural finishes.

The many demonstrators at our club and others continued to teach techniques that were new to me. With practice these new methods became easier to use and led me to produce better results.

– Dan Stromstead