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Explore the December 2016 issue of American Woodturner
, which includes the skill-building project "Turn a Pencil-Stub Holder" by Michael Hamilton-Clark and "A Beginner's Shopping List: Turning Tools and Sharpening Gear" by Walt Wager. Click here to view the current issue online.
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NEW CHAPTER: Seacoast Woodturners
Newly elected President Tom Kovalcik (pictured left) and Treasurer Gary Brown (pictured right) of the Seacoast Woodturners Club, AAW's newest chapter, are grinning as they display their new AAW banner! The photo was taken at Gallery 505, a showcase corner of Woodcraft (chapter sponsor), which recently hosted the work of more than 20 chapter members.
Seacoast draws turners from New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Just like other AAW chapters, they focus on education and safety with monthly demonstrations at their Thursday meetings. Seacoast members also participate in demonstrations hosted by Woodcraft, as well as the Granite State Woodturners Club, the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.
Four years ago, Seacoast added a twist to all their public demonstrations. Now each of their public presentations includes a bowl sale with all of the proceeds donated to three food charities: The New Hampshire Food Bank, the Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine, and the Kittery Footprints Food Pantry.
Seacoast opens their season with a huge demonstration and sale just before Mother's Day. Called "Bowls for Mom," it features 20 turners sharing 8-12 lathes and tables showcasing hundreds of bowls for sale. 2017 will be the fifth year they have hosted this impressive event. Each chapter member is tasked with turning 10 bowls. Vice President Rick Sanders says, "We have been able to forge wonderful relationships with local wood wholesalers and saw mills so we get all of our wood free! It's usually shorts, cut-offs, or pieces with some defect, but that just makes the turning more exciting!"
Seacoast joins Kittery Trading Post, a local Maine retailer, for four other turning events and sales events each year. The added public exposure makes a huge difference by inspiring local interest, increasing membership, and encouraging donations. But it's the turning and the chips a-flying that really bring people over, notes President Tom Kovalcik. He says, "With chunks of wood and lots of dust, the demonstrations get pretty exciting. Most of the bowls made at these events sell right off the lathes!"
Seacoast also turns cane shafts for wounded and disabled American veterans and coordinates with the Granite State Woodturners in making 35 lidded bowls for the Beads for Courage program.
What's next for this education- and charity-minded chapter? We'll keep you posted!
~ Annamarie Pennucci, Secretary
Turning of the Week:
by John Lucas
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EXHIBITION: Al Son del Torno
Congratulations to AAW chapter Asociación de Torneros de Madera de Puerto Rico on their first exhibition, "Al Son del Torno," on December 9th at the Paseo Cultural Ricardo Alegría, Plaza las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The exhibition of Christmas-inspired creations, such as balls, bells, crowns, stars, angels, and toys, features the work of 15 chapter members. Bravo!
Knowledge. Innovation. Inspiration. Fun!
Registration is now open for AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, June 22-25, 2017. The AAW International Symposium is an excellent opportunity to watch world-class demonstrators share their techniques, to find out about the latest innovations in tools and materials, and to be inspired by the instant gallery and other woodturning exhibits.
The topics for the demonstrations and panel discussions are tailored to appeal to a wide variety of skills -- bowls, boxes, vessels, hollow forms, spheres, spindle turning, multiaxis turning, segmented turning, natural edge turning, ornament, jewelry, finishing techniques, surface design, texture and embellishment, and more. Here are three of the demonstrators you can see in action at the AAW Symposium:
Join us to experience in person the creative passion of woodturning while enjoying the company of others who share your interests.
Woodturning Education Grants - Apply by December 31
AAW's Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) program helps provide woodturning educational opportunities. Available are financial grants, grants for AAW Symposium registration, and lathe grants. Anyone can apply. To be eligible for a 2017 grant, applications must be received not later than December 31, 2016. Click here to learn more and to apply.
Scholarships to Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Schools Scholarships - Apply by December 15
AAW will award 28 scholarships to selected AAW chapter members for 2017 woodturning classes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School. Consult with your local chapter to discuss details and eligibility. The deadline is December 15, 2016. More information.
Apply to be a Symposium Videographer - Deadline January 15
The AAW seeks videographers for its 31st Annual International Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, June 22-25, 2017. 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. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2017. Click here to apply.
Apply for The Sphere - Second Round Deadline
This is a Professional Outreach Program (POP) invitational exhibition of small-scale works and the application period ends January 1, 2017. Enter images of up to three pieces for consideration. The upper size limit is 6" x 6" x 6" (20.3 cm). There is no lower size limit. A statement relating the work to the theme is required. Application Fee: $30. New this year: Students enrolled in woodworking, design, art, and manufacturing degree or certification programs are eligible to have their fees waived. More information and to apply.
Apply for Waves of Grain - Deadline February 1
This is AAW's 2017 juried member exhibition and work must have been created at least in part on the lathe. All AAW members are eligible to apply. Entries will be accepted online through February 1, 2017. Two artist awards will be given during the 2017 AAW International Symposium: a Masters' Choice Award of $300 and a People's Choice Award of $200. Entry Fee: $30 for up to three submissions. More information and to apply.
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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts update from Bill May.
As many of you know, the wildfires in Great Smoky Mountains National Park spread to the city of Gatlinburg and the Arrowmont
Campus. We are beginning to understand the extent of the loss the community has experienced and that our friends across the country are concerned. We have received thousands of emails and phone calls, offering help and support. Thank you. Hopefully, this letter will clarify our situation at present.
All Arrowmont staff safely evacuated and none lost their homes. Although we lost two dorms, Wild Wing and Hughes Hall, and the maintenance building with all the equipment, the core campus is intact-all studios, including the wood studio complex, Red Barn, Pollard, Teachers, Staff House, and our main building, Turner, housing our gallery, permanent collection, library, supply store and staff offices were not affected by the fire.
At present, the City of Gatlinburg is closed and no one except emergency personnel, police and firefighters are allowed into the city. Our hearts are with the many friends and neighbors who have suffered unimaginable loss. But the people of this region are resilient and will pull together and move forward.
When we are allowed back onto the campus, we will complete an assessment and a plan for going forward. In the short term, this situation has necessitated the following changes in some of our immediate programming.
: Holiday Classes, originally scheduled for December 10th, have been canceled. Those individuals who registered for Holiday Classes will have the opportunity of participating in one of the Spring Holiday Classes. When we re-open, Arrowmont Registrar and staff will be in contact to let you know classes offered and availability.
Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition:
Opening Reception: January 20, 2017, Exhibition Opens: January 21, 2017. In celebration of craft and talent in our community, the show will go on. All the artwork dropped off Monday for the Biennial is safe and undamaged. Our juror, Teri Alea, has not yet been able to jury the exhibit but she will as soon as we are allowed back to town and have electricity. Emails will go out to all artists who dropped off work with more information about the exhibition and reception.
Arrowmont Permanent Collection
: Important note about the Arrowmont Permanent Collection that houses over 1,000 craft objects: the Permanent Collection is safe. It is housed in Turner Building which was not affected by the fire.
: ArtReach, our program for public school students, has been canceled for the foreseeable future. When we are back on campus, we will evaluate our resources and be in touch with the school system. We hope to be able to reschedule.
: Souper Bowl, Arrowmont's fundraiser for the Sevier County United Way, will not be rescheduled until fall 2017. We hope that record numbers of you will turn out to support this signature event. Later, we will have information for those with an interest in purchasing bowls.
We are unable to get into Arrowmont to access accounts payable and write checks. Please know that as soon as we are able to get onto campus and access our computer files, we will take care of our obligations to you. We appreciate your understanding and support.
Finally, to all - students, instructors, and supporters of craft education who have called, written, posted about Arrowmont, and offered help and support - thank you! We certainly appreciate the art and craft organizations in Tennessee and around the country who have offered encouragement and support. I wish we could reply personally to every individual but computer access is very limited and we are concentrating our efforts on resuming operations as soon as possible. Please know that I, the Arrowmont staff, and our Board of Governors appreciate you and your concern and support. Next week, we hope, we will be back on campus and can begin to determine what our needs are and be more specific about how you can help. We greatly appreciate the donations that have been made through our website.
We will try to keep you informed through our website and social media about our progress and how you might help. In the meantime, know that we appreciate each of you. Arrowmont will rebuild and continue to thrive because we have the support of our local and national communities.
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TAW Supports Arrowmont
The Tennessee Association of Woodturners
board of directors and symposium committee have announced that a minimum of 20% of the total proceeds from the 2017 TAW Woodturning Symposium Saturday night auction will be donated directly to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, for their Rebuild Program. The TAW challenges all AAW woodturning chapters to step up and help the Rebuild Program effort for Gatlinburg.
~ Jeff Brockett, Tennessee Association of Woodturners
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