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February 2015   

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Special AAW Member Offer Ends February 16th

AAW’s new book, Getting Started in Woodturning, is an essential reference for the woodturner's shop and can help turners of all levels be more successful. The book offers 224 full-color pages of practical advice, shop-tested insights, and information, as well as articles on shopping for your first lathe, safety, tool-sharpening, finishing, and 18 skill-building projects with step-by-step instructions. Through February 16, 2015, this softcover resource is available at a special member price of just $18.95 (a $9.00 savings on the listed retail price of $27.95) in the AAW Online Store. View the table of contents

Order by February 16th 

Cover of 2015 AAW Resource Directory

Order by February 28th!

AAW’s printed 2015 Resource Directory enables AAW members to connect with others in the AAW community. The directory features contact information for current members and general business members, local chapters, demonstrators, key organization contacts, and more. Printed every two years, the directory's next printing is scheduled for early 2015.A printed copy of the directory is available exclusively to members with payment of $5 to cover shipping and handling. Members may order one or more copies in the online store for delivery in April 2015.
Order by February 28th

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This may be the AAW’s biggest symposium yet! Please make your arrangements as early as possible.

  • Symposium Website - Additional symposium details added daily
  • Registration - "Early Bird" rates available until May 22
  • Hotel - Rooms are going fast. The Omni William Penn Hotel is now accepting reservations, additional hotels will be added
  • Demonstrators - Included are internationally known woodturners, veteran instructors, and expert woodturning talent
  • Instant Gallery - Bring up to three pieces of your work and save time by pre-registering
  • App for Mobile Devices - Have symposium information at your fingertips
  • Companion Program - Activities for your non-turner spouse, partner, or adult guest
  • Youth Program - Turning for kids ages 10 to 18

Photo-C3 2014 Best of Show features with Southwestern woodturned artifacts, pottery, etc. house with

Boost Chapter Spirit with C3

It's time to plan for your chapter's C3 project. AAW’s annual symposium Chapter Collaborate Challenge (C3) is a chance to build team spirit within your club while creating a turned masterpiece that will live on long after the symposium. Awards will be presented in each of four categories: Artistic, Fantasy, Mechanical/Technical, and Best in Show. Make sure your chapter is represented!
Byron Rosbrugh, of Wilmington Area Woodturners Association, North Carolina, says, “C3 challenges members to work together with one goal while transforming a concept into reality. Each person plays an important part to achieve that success." Read Byron’s article about his chapter’s C3 experience.

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Join the AAW and thousands of woodworking professionals for the largest woodworking show in North America, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) Fair, July 22-25, 2015, in Las Vegas. Get a first-hand preview of the latest trends, cutting edge technologies, equipment, tools, and newest innovations in woodworking. The AAW’s booth will feature master turner, Jimmy Clewes, who will demonstrate bowl turning and his signature hollowing style. He will also create a lathe-turned goblet while providing key information on wood choice, endgrain hollowing, and tool techniques. As an AAW member you can receive a $10 discount on registration (use promo code 10A10).


Call for Entry: Turning to the Future Student Woodturning Competition and Exhibition
A partnership between the AAW and AWFS®, the competition is open to all non-furniture forms and techniques of woodturning: functional, sculptural, or decorative. Work must be at least partially created on the lathe. Projects must have been built between August 2013 and April 2015. Students must be at least 16 years of age by July 22, 2015. Deadline: May 1, 2015 Learn more

Call for Demonstrators: SWAT 2015

Applications are being accepted for demonstrators for the South West Association of Woodturners (SWAT) regional symposium, August 21-23, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Deadline March 1, 2015. Information  Application
Deadline Extended: Call for AAW Symposium Videographers
The AAW seeks experienced videographers for its 29th International Symposium in Pittsburgh, June 25-28, 2015. Applicants should have experience with video camera equipment, possess technical competence, and be able to make decisions regarding lighting, shooting angle, placement of microphone, etc. Deadline: February 15, 2015 Information and application

NJ Demonstrators
The New Jersey Woodturners club in Roseland seeks professional turners to demonstrate various projects/skills during monthly meetings. They meet between 7:00 and 9:30 pm on the 4th Monday of each month. Contact Bob Amarant at [email protected].

Upcoming Events

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Submit Your News to Keep Turning

We'd love to hear how you or your local chapter are reaching out to your community to spread the art, craft, and love of woodturning. If you or your club has a story and/or photos you would like to share in the Keep Turning newsletter, please submit the information to [email protected].



One Good TURN Deserves Another!

Help uplift children living with serious illness and disabilities through AAW’s 2015 ReTurn to the Community projects. Whether or not you plan to attend the AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh, you can still help by donating turned items for Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh and Beads of Courage, both worthy nonprofits that support children.
Photo: Red haired little girl with beads and woodturned box.
Contribute Lidded Boxes for Kids with Serious Illness
The AAW community will show its support for the Beads of Courage program, a nonprofit that provides supportive care for children undergoing treatment for serious illness. Here’s how it works—Turners make and donate lidded bowls or boxes, which will be displayed in the Instant Gallery at the 2015 AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh. After the event, the containers will be delivered to local hospitals for the Beads of Courage program to hold a child's beads, representing various procedures and stages of treatment.
Photo: Table with 75 woodturned containers destined for Beads of Courage.
WOW! The AAW thanks the Rocky Mountain Woodturners, who have already crafted more than 75 lidded bowls for Beads of Courage. They expect to eventually top 100!  Learn more

Donate Bowls to Help Children with Disabilities Be Independent
The 2015 AAW Symposium Empty Bowls project will support Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh (Variety). Variety offers adaptive and assistive technologies to children with disabilities to help them be as independent as possible. Here’s how it works—The local Pittsburgh chapters are issuing an open invitation to all AAW chapters to make and donate bowls (or other turned items), which will be sold for $25 each during the symposium to benefit Variety’s programs. Learn more

Not attending the 2015 AAW Symposium? You can still help!

Bowl and box donations may be shipped to the AAW office at 222 Landmark Center, 75 5th St W, St. Paul, MN 55102-7704 until mid-May. They’ll be trucked to the symposium on your behalf. For more information, contact Linda Ferber at [email protected]

Photo of John Mascoll of Safety Haror, Florida 

Best of Show at Florida Festival

Woodturner John Mascoll, Safety Harbor, Florida, knew how to use a hammer and a chisel before he could talk. He learned to value quality work from his father, carpenter and shipwright Egbert Mascoll, in the Caribbean country of Barbados. Mascoll, who holds degrees in engineering and physics, created his winning piece, an elegant hollow vessel from sabal palm and dyed it red in order to show the spirals in the grain. The finial is a piece of sea whip. Read more

Photo of Troy Bledsoe, Social Cirle, Georgia, holding a segmented work

It’s My Therapy…

Troy Bledsoe, Social Circle, Georgia, has been practicing the art of woodturning for decades and has for the last 16 years dedicated himself to it full-time. The art of woodturning all began for him when he was refinishing antique furniture. He ran into a chair with a missing rung and couldn’t find a replacement. Read more

Photo of Kathy Daub turning a big blank

A Rich Opportunity for Women

"Woodturning is a rich opportunity for women to enjoy an activity where men have usually been the participants. Recently, at a demo in Ottawa at a wood machinery store, I was giving my talk to several women who said that they were there because their husbands are woodworkers. There is always hope of encouraging women to take part. When I started, I didn’t know a lathe is the machine used to turn a wooden bowl. I mentioned that I liked wood bowls and my neighbor’s son-in-law gave me a lathe he wasn’t using. It took me quite a while to get brave enough to use it, but I have never slowed down since my first go at it!" ~ Kathy Daub, Arnprior, Ontario

Photo of Andy Chen demonstrating woodturning for exhibition visitors

Woodturners Showcased in Texas

The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley’s opening of the exhibit "Mostly Round" in June 2014, in College Station, Texas, featured the work of area woodturners. Pictured above is Andy Chen, who demonstrated woodturning for visitors. Chen does not typically work with wood and often uses Corian, a slightly translucent material commonly used to make kitchen countertops.

  Photo of turned rolling pins made by Rick Woodard

Meant to be Used

“My work is to be used,” explained Rick Woodard, Burbank, Washington. “I haven’t gotten into the real artsy stuff, but focus on bowls and platters and rolling pins with the idea that people will use them. I have my own rolling pin that I pull out for making pie crusts, and bowls that I use for different things.” Woodard, who has been turning functional wood art since 1995, learned under noted Alaskan wood artist, Buz Blum, who taught him how to turn natural-edge birch bowls using freshly harvested, green birch wood. Read more

To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn

Nancy Borger of Wausau, Wisconsin, shapes a cylinder for multi-center turning.

Photo of Charles Armstrong NASA engineer for 35 years 

Ex-NASA Space Engineer Visits Chapter

Charles Armstrong, a NASA engineer for 35 years and now retired, provided 90 members of the South Plains Woodturners chapter in Lubbock, Texas, with a look into NASA’s mission and future. “There’s so many people who think that...there isn’t a NASA anymore. We’re very much alive,” Armstrong said. “We have the International Space Station that has not stopped running. We have six people on board living on the space station continuously and it’s been operating for 14 years. The only thing is we don’t have a shuttle like we used to." Read more

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