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!

September Membership Meeting

This month we will host another of our ever-popular mini-symposiums. Several of our talented members will be sharing their skills and knowledge to help the rest of us improve ours. Visit as many of these demonstrations as you can, and buy wood or some tools at great prices.

  • Pat McCart: Sharpening using the Wolverine Jig System
    (Bring tools you need sharpened)

  • David Best: Embellishing with texture and carving plus hook tool use

  • carol zandell demoCarol Zandell: Turning Something Fun!

  • Jeff Marshall: Skill building – how to make basic woodturning cuts

  • John HowardJohn Howard: How to turn a three cornered bowl

  • Michael Poirier: Mentorship Table – basic woodturning questions

  • Ken Light: Store Sales

  • Doug Reynolds: Wood Sales
  • Used Tool sale Bring tools for sale, marked with your name and price

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 September 5th at the Riverview Wood Shop in Spokane. The demonstration will be on “simple” spindle projects.

The Northwest Woodturners in Beaverton, Oregon next meeting on September 5th will be a multi-station demo. Demos planned include sharpening, thread chasing, a turning demo and a demo of the Sorby ProEdge sharpener.

The Portneuf Valley Woodturners in Pocatello, ID are meeting on September 11th. Alan Johnson will be demonstrating offset bowl turning.

The Willamette Valley Woodturners in Salem, Oregon will be meeting on September 12th. The program for the evening has not been announced.

The Frasier Valley Woodturners Guild are meeting on September 12th. Murray Sluys will present the finer points of turning a nice bowl.

The Seattle Woodturners are meeting September 12th. Eric Lofstrom will be demonstrating how to make an end grain box.

The Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Pasco are meeting on September 14th. Kelly Craig will demonstrate copper plating.

The South Coast Woodturners in Reedsport, OR are not meeting in September due to the Cranberry Festival.

The Northwest Washington Woodturners in Mt. Vernon are meeting on September 19th. Jack Wayne will be demonstrating a bowl from a board, all done on the lathe.

The Cascade Woodturners in Portland, OR are meeting on September 19th. Craig Timmerman will turn a base winged bowl on a rhombus shaped blank.

The Woodturners of Olympia are not meeting in September due to their annual symposium being held on September 21st. Featured demonstrators at the symposium are Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler with Dan Tilden.

The Strait Turners are meeting at the Gardiner Community Center in Sequim on September 24th. The program has not been announced.

The Southwest Washington Woodturners will be meeting on September 25th at the Friends of the Carpenter in Vancouver, WA. The demonstrator for the evening will be Dan Massie who will demonstrate turning a box with a fitted lid.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners holding will be meeting on September 25th at the Kitsap Adventist School Gymnasium. Steve Bartucci the”Board Hoarder”will be selling wood and there will be a tool sale.

The Beaver State Woodturners in Coburg, Oregon are meeting on September 26th. Jim Norris will demonstrate turning a pumpkin.

The Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild in Vancouver, B.C. are meeting on September 26th. Larry Stevenson will make “A bowl from a board with a twist”. This meeting also marks the Guild’s 20th anniversary.

The Island Woodturners Guild on Vancouver Island are meeting on September 28th. The program for the day has not been announced.