WOO Annual Symposium

woodturners of olympia logoThe Woodturners of Olympia are holding their annual Creativity in Woodturning symposium on July 23rd featuring Mike Mahoney and Stephen Hatcher. This all day event will include demonstrations on:

– how to cut a log to get the best blanks for turning
– establishing design, form and finish
– popping the grain
– nested natural edge bowls
– making an heirloom bowl or platter

Stephen Hatcher will also be conducting two all day workshops on the 24th and 25th.

Registration cost to the symposium includes a gourmet meal. More information and the registration form can be found on the Woodturners of Olympia symposium information page.

About the Turners

Mike Mahoney, Provo, UT

mike mahoneyMike Mahoney has been a professional wood turner since 1994. His bowls are featured in galleries across the United States. Mike’s work is sought after by collectors all over the world. Mike is often requested to demonstrate and teach for wood turning clubs, craft schools and symposia. He has traveled around the world to discuss and demonstrate his craft. He is considered an authority in woodturning. Mike is passionate about his craft and the American Craft movement. He is dedicated to producing quality craft and educating the public about woodturning. His wood comes from urban sources (tree trimmers and local cities). He produces all of his work on the lathe without any embellishments after the fact, creating a very traditional feel with contemporary ideas. He wants his work to be attractive as well as useful.

“For my work to be admired is one thing, but for my work to be used fulfills my purpose as a craftsman.”

Stephen Hatcher, Olympia, WA

stephen hatcherStephen is an artist who works with wood and stone, lathe turning platters and vases from wood and then inlaying mineral crystals to create images of striking beauty. He has merged the disparate techniques of woodturning and stone carving, resulting in work that is unique both technically and in style. The pieces are made from highly figured woods where each design is inspired first by the wood figure that presents itself and the best form to capture that figure. The inlay designs are uniquely hand carved and created with layered translucent crystals. These designs and principally inspired by the changing seasons and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest as well as the traditional art forms of Japan.

AAW POP Auction

dewey garrett woodturning
Palm Wood Vessell by Dewey Garrett
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is conducting two sets of auctions on eBay to support the Professional Outreach Program (POP). The mission of the POP is to promote a greater understanding of professionalism within the field of contemporary woodturning.

Twenty-six artists have donated spectacular pieces for this year’s auction. These are some of the best and best known woodturners today – Stephen Hatcher, Art Liestman, Binh Pho, David Ellsworth, Dale Larson, Don Derry, Curt Theobald and many more. SPSW members may recognize names of those who have given demonstrations at our monthly meetings.

Here’s your chance to own an amazing piece of art and support the AAW. Go to the AAW POP Auction Page and click the artist’s name to get a description of the piece and a link to the auction page. Part one of the auction started April 9th and will continue until April 16th. Part two of the auction begins today, April 13th and will continue until April 23rd.

Camping and Woodturning

northwest washington woodturners logoDo you like woodturning? Do you like camping? Well, the Northwest Washington Woodturners has the event for you. The AAW chapter is holding a Camping and Turning Rendezvous in Ellensburg, Washington. Dates for the event are July 8th through the 24th.

This is an unstructured camping and outdoor turning get-together where like minded folk can relax and share experiences. You are invited to bring your own mini lathe and come for as long as you wish between these dates. The event will be held in the North RV lot at the Kittitas Valley Event Center (Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds). The only fees are for camping – $13 per rig for power and water hookup, $8 per rig for tent for dry camping. There is a dumpsite nearby.

To make your reservations contact Julian Lee – julian.s @ Comcast.net, 360 299 2900.

Companion Event

For those turners interested in learning to carve, or improve their carving, there are classes available at Northwest Carvers Academy within the Event Center from July 10th through 15th. Information on this is available on line at www.Cascadecarvers.com and click on “Carving Academy”.

Turning Around America

beth ireland
Beth Ireland at the Health Learning Academy
What would you say about a person who decides to travel around the U.S. for a year and teach woodturning to anyone and everyone who was interested? Could you live out of a van which also served as your workshop? Could you sleep in said van in rest areas and driveways?

One person is doing this. Beth Ireland is a woodturner, artist and educator from New England and has been travelling the country in her modified van teaching woodturning where ever she goes. From October, 2010 to February, 2011 Beth has travelled 10,000 miles and taught woodturning to 1,500 people. She has visited public and private schools, community clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, woodturning clubs and individuals.

On her Turning Around America website she states the goal of her project:

Empower people through the simple act of making an object in wood.

Looking at the website you will be able to see all the places she has been, pictures of the people she has met and taught and watch videos she has made.

But the real story is in her blog. Her experience living in a van, sleeping at rest areas, learning to live with less, spending lots of time alone. I found it a captivating and entertaining story of someone with a mission that is also her passion.

One of my favorite posts was from Februay 16th. She talks about how she felt like a Johnny Appleseed type character. Planting little seeds of woodturning all over the country and watching a new crop of Woodturners grow. She wrote of her experience at Safe Harbor in Florida teaching kids who were at risk who now had adults that were interested in them, how the skills they learned had already changed their lives.

Check out Beth’s website and blog and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face.

Segmented Woodturners Chapter April Summary

segmented turning titled "Buffalo"
Buffalo by Hans Finsterwalder
The Segmented Woodturners chapter of the AAW recently sent out the April club summary to the members. If you are interested in, or are actively involved in, segmented turning this chapter is a great way to acquire and share knowledge about this art.

Here are some of the highlights from the chapter summary:

  • The chapter held their annual elections last month in which 7 officers were selected from a slate of 12 candidates. Newly elected (or re-elected) officers are Harvey Crouch, Bill Kandler, Dennis Keeling, Phil Miller, Jim Rodgers, Ron Sieloff & Malcolm Tibbetts.
  • There will be a random drawing from interested chapter members for a complimentary registration to the AAW Symposium in St. Paul.
  • The website forum and gallery software is being updated to improve the user experience.
  • There are 3 new tutorials on building table saw sleds for cutting segments.
  • There are currently 698 paid members. The chapter website received 5,601 unique visitors in February and 409,517 page views.

What’s Happening at Other Chapters

inland northwest woodturners logoThe Inland Northwest Woodturners in Spokane Valley has their membership meeting on April 7th. Demonstrators include Bob Schmidt on the use of metallic paint finishes and patinization, and Chad Gladhart sharing tips on ebonizing, scorching, and how to safely burn, brush, burnish and buff without setting fire to your shop.

The Northwest Woodturners in Tigard, Oregon also meet on April 7th. The will have an interactive demonstration by Phil Lapp will be doing an interactive presentation on how to resurrect that hunk of wood and change it into something special. All members are invited to bring a piece of wood that you really want to turn, but have decided it is not possible because of some problem within the wood … Does it have a saw cut down the middle? Are their cracks or splits ? Are there knots or knot holes? Is there spalting or punky sections? Phil will check each piece of wood and explain how to make the piece into an interesting turning. After this lively discussion, he will choose one of the pieces and turn it for all the members to see how to overcome these problems. Phil uses multi centers, and all sorts of interesting tricks to res-cue a fine piece of wood and create an interesting turning from one that seems impossible.

The Cascade Woodturners of Portland, Oregon are meeting on April 21st. For those who are not able to attend the Denise DeRose special event offered by the SPSW, you can see her as the demonstrator at the Cascade Woodturners April meeting.

The Olympic Peninsula Woodturners are meeting on April 27th in Bremerton with a demonstration by Jack McDaniel. SPSW members may remember Jack from his demonstration of a turned travel mug in November, 2008