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August 2015  

Open Calls  

2016 AAW Symposium Demonstrators
AAW's 30th Annual Int'l Symposium in Atlanta, GA, June 9-12, 2016. Apply to be a demonstrator by October 15, 2015. Click here to learn more and apply.

AAW's 2016 POP Artist Showcase 
Each year POP showcases two wood artists. They are either experienced artists who have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but have not received appropriate recognition or emerging artists who have the potential to make significant contributions to the field. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Click here to learn more and apply.

Upcoming Calls

AAW's 2016 POP Exhibition, Patterns  The POP committee is once again opening its traditionally invitation-only exhibition to a limited number of juried pieces. Applications will be accepted online October 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. Click here to learn more.

AAW's 2016 Juried Member Exhibit, Turning 30 
The title theme for the 2016 AAW member exhibition is Turning 30, in celebration of our 30th anniversary. Entries will be accepted on the AAW website from November 1, 2015, through February 1, 2016. Click here to learn more.

AAW's 29th Annual Symposium Revisited 

Photo: Ruth and David Waterbury
Ruth and David Waterbury were presented with the distinction of Honorary Lifetime Members
Symposium awards recognize "The Exceptional"
At the 29th annual international symposium 2015 award ceremony, Ruth and David Waterbury (pictured above) were presented with the distinction of Honorary Lifetime Members for their extraordinary and significant contributions to AAW and the advancement of woodturning.

The following individuals and chapters were recognized for their outstanding work. Click here to see photos of winning work.   
  • Professional Outreach Program (POP) Merit Award Recipient: Jacques Vesery
  • Excellence Awards-Instant Gallery: Tiberio Yepes,Untitled; Hubert Landri,Old Teapot; Neil Turner,Coral Texture; Kip Christensen,Bryce Canyon; John Mydock,Passion Flower; and, Max Brosi, Pebble Form.
  • Youth Excellence Awards-Instant Gallery: Michael Andersen, Surreal Stream, and, Parker Duxbury, Scene: Deer Amidst the Trees.
  • Collegian Youth Excellence Awards-Instant Gallery: Kailee Bosch,Connection; and, Riley Stensland, Modern Man.
  • Merging Exhibition Awards: Master's Award, Michael Gibson, The Kiss; and, People's Choice Award, Hal Metlitzky,Apartheid.
  • Chapter Collaborative Challenge - Artistic: Central Ohio Woodturners, Three Rivers Blast Furnace; Technical: First State Woodturners, Musical Molinology; Fantasy: Minnesota Woodturners Association, Toys on the Move; and, Best in Show: First State Woodturners, Musical Molinology.
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Photo: Daryl Gray, right
Turners support children living with disabilities 
Woodturners generously donated approximately 800 bowls to support the AAW's ReTurn to the Community "Empty Bowls" initiative. 393 of the bowls were sold for $25 each, along with 70 donated pens, for a total of $10,873. Pictured above, Daryl Gray (above right), chair of the AAW ReTurn to Community "Empty Bowls" initiative, presented Variety the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh with a check for the proceeds. Variety provides children with disabilities adaptive and assistive technologies to help them be as active and independent as possible. The unsold bowls were also donated to Variety for use in their upcoming fundraising efforts. What an amazing impact woodturners have made in the lives of children living with disabilities! 
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Photo: Beands of Courage logo on bowl

Children coping with serious illness benefit from turned boxes 
During the AAW symposium, woodturners donated 367 handmade boxes to Beads of Courage (BOC) for children coping with serious illness. Below are stories of two chapters who are continuing these efforts. 

Photo: Caroline's beads

Bowls and Beanie Babies
One of the boxes donated by the Minnesota Woodturners Association (MWA), was presented to two-year-old Caroline (pictured above), who has heart problems, on her second birthday. When the chapter donates a box to BOC, MWA also provides a Beanie Baby for each of the child's siblings. As a result of the recent gift, Caroline, her mother, grandmother (pictured above), and two sisters brought cookies to a chapter meeting to say thank you. At the meeting, an additional 19 new boxes were donated bringing the total by MWA to 250.
Photo: Al Miotke
Woodturners help when sick kids' courage overflows  
Taking a hunk of wood from a downed tree and turning it into something beautiful lifts the spirits of Mount Prospect's Al Miotke (pictured above). Doing that for a sick child makes that feeling even better. "We do a number of charity activities every year, but this one is special," says Miotke, president of the Chicago Woodturners, a suburban-based club of woodworkers, which is donating handmade wooden bowls and containers to the "Beads of Courage" program for young patients at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. "I started watching some of these YouTube videos (of "Beads of Courage"), and they shake you up." (Photo: Burt Constable, Daily Herald) Click here to read the entire article in the Daily Herald.      
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AAW symposium raffle proceeds benefit local chapter 
AAW symposium raffle tickets were in high demand! Net raffle ticket proceeds, minus expenses, were $11,623 - and 100% was presented to the local chapter.  
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AAW's TWB tool bank is brimming 
More than 150 tools were donated to the AAW's Turners Without Borders Tool Bank at the AAW symposium in Pittsburgh. These tools will be put to excellent use in countries outside the U.S. and with other U.S. groups in need, such as youth and veterans groups. Thanks to all the generous donors. Watch our website for a tool request application. 

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AAW symposium Youth Program spins 
A total of 55 students ranging in age from 10 to18 participated in 10 youth classes taught by a total of five instructors. Some lucky young turners even won complete turning packages, thanks to the generosity of our Youth Room sponsors: Powermatic/Jet, Teknatool, Crown Tools, Easy Wood Tools, Woodcraft, Vinces WoodNWonders, Craft Supplies, Penn State Industries, Arizona Silhouette, Kip Christensen, Barry Gross, Hunter Tool Company, and Robust Tools. To date, a total of 274 lathes have been awarded to kids through the program. 
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Thank you AAW symposium volunteers! 
We are especially grateful to the 346 volunteers whose contributions were instrumental in making the symposium successful. Click here to view the list of super volunteers.  
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Photo: AAW logo cake
AAW Symposium wraps with a celebration
The Society of Contemporary Craft, Variety the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh, and host chapter Turners Anonymous marked their successful involvement with the AAW symposium with cake and a little hoopla.  

See yourself and your club in Keep Turning!

Attend a great woodturning event? Receive recognition? Participate in an awesome project? Tell us how you and/or your club is spreading the art, craft, and love of woodturning! If you have a story and/or photos you would like to share in the Keep Turning newsletter, please submit the information to linda@woodturner.org  
Students from a NOWA woodturning class
at Vance Air Force Base

EOG helps chapter build portable classroom

"On behalf of the Northwest Oklahoma Woodturners Association (N.O.W.A.), I want to extend a very big thank-you for awarding us an Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG). We used the grant to purchase a Rikon 70-220VSR Midi Lathe, a chuck, and an eight- piece turning-tool set by Hurricane. We were also able to add dividers, a faceplate, punch, center finder, and a homemade depth gauge. Last but not least was a folding stand on which to mount the lathe. In turn, we used matching funds to purchase a second setup as mentioned above."

Photo: Portable lathes
"By the generosity of club members' donations of cash and lathes, we were able to add an additional two lathe setups. We applied for the EOG to fill a need for educating a fast-growing club membership along with providing educational opportunities to the public by offering classes at a local vo-tech and to our service members at Vance Air Force Base. By using this grant, we were able to create a portable classroom."
~ Phil Lokken 
Secretary, N.O.W.A.  

Photo: Michael Andersen Twisting Wings
Michael Andersen, Twisting Wings
Photo: Carrie Etherington, African Box
Carrie Etherington, African Box

Inaugural Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit

In July, the AWFS®Fair was host to the inaugural Turning to the Future (TTF) competition and juried exhibit, a program that endeavors to promote opportunities in woodturning and to showcase student woodturning talent internationally. The TTF program was developed by the AAW and Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS), the largest national trade association in the U.S. representing the interests of the broad array of companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry.

Turning to the Future recognized six students with awards for exceptional woodturning work during the AWFS®Fair. For the High School Division, the first place award was presented to Michael Andersen, Chama, New Mexico, for Twisting Wings; second place went to Kailee Bosch, Fort Collins, Colorado, for Discovery; and Honorable Mention was awarded to Miguel Ingles, Hillsborough, North Carolina, for Triple Helix. For the Collegiate Division, the first place award was presented to Carrie Etherington, Lehi, Utah, for African Box; second place went to Taima Krayem, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Rings Bowl; and Honorable Mention was awarded to Danielle Heckman, Indiana, Pennsylvania, for Candlestick.

Image: RIKON logo

The lathes and cash prizes were generously donated by RIKON, dedicated to designing and manufacturing woodworking machinery of the highest quality that enhances the woodworking experience. A special thank you to Joe Taylor from RIKON.

Click here to see photos of the other winners and learn more.

Photo: Tib Shaw and pupet, E.W. Tinker
The Turning to the Future booth was humming for four days with non-stop activity, new ideas, and opportunities to share woodturning with the greater woodworking world. Tib Shaw (pictured above), curator for the AAW, was interviewed by E.W. Tinker, of My Dad's Garage, an online workshop puppet show geared toward kids aged 7 to 10 years old.

Photo: Crowd watches Jimmy Clewes demonstration
In addition to showcasing the work of competition winners and finalists, the Turning to the Future exhibition booth offered live lathe-turning demonstrations throughout the event. Curious fair-goers were invited to stop by, watch, and learn more about the dynamic and rewarding craft of woodturning. The featured demonstrator was Jimmy Clewes (pictured above), an internationally recognized instructor and woodturning expert, who demonstrated innovative and exciting turning techniques, as well as discussed tools, cuts, design, and ergonomics, all while creating stunning pieces on the lathe, including a color-rimmed platter and bowl. Additional demonstrators included Christian Brisepierre, Bob Cranley, Eckhard Fadtke, Linda Ferber, and Brent Ross, who turned projects including tea lights, weed pots, eggs and egg cups, French rolling pins,  candle holders, lidded boxes, hollowed spheres, stylized figures, ornaments, and rings.

The 2016 Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibition will be held during the AAW's 30th Annual International Symposium, June 9-12, 2016, at the Atlanta Convention Center AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch woodturner.org for more details.

Photo: Woodturned bowls

Woodturners use craft to help tornado victims

It's a craft that's been around for more than 2000 years, and now woodturning is helping those affected by a tornado. Members of the East Texas Woodturners say they helped remove fallen trees for Van residents, but they realized they could use their craft to turn what would be trash into something of value. Van resident Kelvin Burton joined the woodturners about five years ago. He said he spent many days helping with clean-up efforts in his community. "I took my chainsaw and started cutting down some of the trees that had fallen on their house," Burton said. But that's when he realized he could do a little more and make sure the fallen trees didn't go to waste. "We could tie it in with the interest in woodturning, but at the same time helping the community," Burton said.

Photo: $5400 to support tornado victims 
Burton has created a fundraiser page and now anyone can get their hands on a design that's one of a kind. So far the group has raised over $5,400, and all the money is going to the Van tornado relief fund. (Photo: KLTV) Click here to read the entire article on the KLTV website.

Photo: John Franklin's second place jewelry 

Kaatskill Woodturners reap red, white, blue awards  

Once again the Northeastern Woodworkers Association (NWA) presented an exposition highlighting hundreds of pieces of exquisite woodworking. The Kaatskill Woodturners exhibited fine turnings and achieved red, white, and blue ribbons in the following categories: Segmented, Bowls, Vessels, Pens, Spindles and Ornaments, and Jewelry. John Franklin's craftsmanship was outstanding, as he received five ribbons: First Place, Segmented Turning; First Place, Pens; Second Place, Jewelry (pictured above); Third Place, Vessels; Honorable Mention, Spindles. Exquisite work by Keith Tompkins was recognized with three ribbons: First Place, Spindles and Ornaments; Second Place, Vessels; Third Place, Bowls. (Photo: Poughkeepsie Journal) Click here to read full article in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Across the Pond

Photo: Bowl turning
A good turn deserves another
Confession 1: I'd tried woodturning before, so I wasn't a pure beginner, I was worse than that, the sort that language teachers call a "false beginner"... thinking you know something, but needing to go back right to scratch. Or back before scratch and scrape, if that were possible. I'm reasonably adept at DIY, enough to wield a saw and chisel. For whatever reason, I'd even picked up a cheap lathe (for ye pure beginners out there, that's the yoke that rotates a piece of wood at speed so you can machine it down into a variety of shapes and uses) many, many moons ago. (Photo: Irish Examiner)
Photo: Zookeeper with woodturned eggs
Woodturners produce dummy eggs for Paignton, England, Zoo
A famous woodturning club in South West Devon has produced an eggs-traordinary set of wooden eggs for bird keepers at Paignton Zoo. Several members of the Woodbury Woodturners Club have made 137 eggs between them, the smallest just a centimeter long, the largest around 20 centimeters. The egg-cellent idea came from Paignton Zoo's Senior Head Keeper of Birds, Pete Smallbones (pictured), who discovered that Front of House colleagues Izzy Warren and Justin Fuller were doing woodturning as a hobby. Pete said: "We were talking and the idea of turning wooden eggs for the Bird department came up - and they really rose to the challenge." (Photo: Torquay Herald Express) Click here to read the entire article in the Torquay Herald Express.

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