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Keep Turning: June 2017
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June 2017   

My Bowl Runneth Over
In April, the Lake Superior Woodturners (LSW), a chapter of 50 turners located in Duluth, Minnesota, participated in a local two day Empty Bowl event that featured live woodturning demonstrations. Bowls were sold directly, and through silent and online auctions. The LSW has been an active participant in the event since 2002. The number of bowls and money raised has increased each year, and over the last 15 years, the group has contributed nearly $40,000 to the community. Each bowl was sold for $20 or more, with one bowl going for $1,750 in an online auction. This year, the LSW raised over $5,000 for the Northern Lakes Food Bank. Empty Bowl has become a major event in the chapter's annual planning. March is "bowl month," when the chapter collects donated work and spends much of its meeting discussing the bowl making process. Empty Bowl events are a great way to give back to the community by donating items that are a joy to make.
~ Robb Glibbery, Empty Bowl event organizer  
(Pictured above left to right are chapter members John Skarja, Robb Glibbery, Gary Johnson, and President Jon Stevenson participated in the Empty Bowl demonstrations.)
Missing in America Project
In January, the Gold Coast Woodturners, Davie, Florida, teamed up with the South Florida Woodworker's Guild (a flat wood group) to provide mahogany urns for deceased, indigent veterans through the Missing in America Project. The materials used, including wood, glue, and finish, were purchased with donations, and the makers donated their time and machines. I'm very proud to be part of this group, whose work is a tribute to woodturning. The urns are beautiful and receive many compliments. I'm not sure if this effort is replicated in other areas of the country, but I hope so. The one comment I hear often is, "It feels great to give back to those who have given so much." It's truly, a win-win all around. The video above, "Missing in America Project, by Frank Gorora (TRT 11:19), features the first memorial service in which the urns were used. Ceremonies occur approximately every three to four months.
~ Ron Hopkins, President, Gold Coast Woodturners

CBS Philly: The Center for Art in Wood (TRT: 3:03)
For decades, fans of wood art have flocked to The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. Everywhere your eye goes, there are incredible wood sculptures. Take a video peek inside! 
Cheam Streams Demo From 3,700 Miles Away
In April, members of the Cheam Woodturners Association, London, United Kingdom, and guests from five other clubs, convened at Epsom College for a remote demonstration on hollowing by Lyle Jamieson. The demonstration was streamed live from Michigan, more than 3,700 miles away. The event went well, with no audio or video dropouts during the entire two hours. Cheam believes that it is the first club in the UK to engage a demonstrator via remote, live demo. According to Cheam, it was almost as if Lyle Jamieson was in the room. They could see and hear him very clearly. Plus, Lyle could see and hear the group, and actively respond to their questions. The use of remote live demos expands the scope of the programs Cheam can offer its members and the benefits are clear. The demonstrator has a good interaction with the audience and does not have the rigors of travel, setup, and take down. What's more, major names on the international woodturning circuit can be brought in without the hassle of travel and accommodation expenses. And best of all, there's no sweeping up afterwards! One disadvantage: Cheam's regular venue has no Wi-Fi, so they had to hire a separate facility and incurred extra cost. If you'd like more information on remote live demonstrations, check out the video of Alan Zenreich's video from the AAW Symposium in Atlanta June 2016.

WIT Newsletter Women in Turning (WIT) Newsletter
The June Women in Turning (WIT) newsletter has so much great information in it that AAW has decided to share it with everyone. There is a great article by Molly Winton on turning small hollow forms, an interesting wrap-up of World Wood Day, plus some great photos of hollow forms and articles about some of the WIT members. Read about the WIT Collaboration, "Open and Shut," and check out the calendar of events for the next few months. We hope you will be inspired and pass this on to anyone you know who is interested in turning. Read and enjoy!  More WIT newsletters are in the archives. Take a look and see what we are up to!

AAW Symposium App for Mobile Devices
The app is ready for download! With the free Guidebook app for mobile devices, you can have the rotations, demonstrators, trade show exhibitors, and floor plan at your fingertips. Install the app before arriving in Kansas City to save time. View Attendee Checklist
for more details you may want to contemplate as you prepare for your trip to Kansas City.
New in the AAW Toolbox
We are excited about two new web-based learning tools launched on April 1. We encourage you to explore these educational resources and share them with your colleagues and friends.

__Discover Woodturning 
Discover Woodturning 
is an online learning experience that introduces the art and craft of woodturning to visitors. Discover Woodturning enables the general public to learn about woodturning, its origins, appeal, and how to get started.
Check out Discover Woodturning.   
__Woodturning FUNdamentals 
Woodturning FUNdamentals  
is a members-only web-based learning portal for building strong woodturning skills and essential techniques. Designed for new turners, it complements the Woodturning FUNdamentals digital publication.  
Visit Woodturning FUNdamentals online! 
Get the Most from Your AAW Membership
AAW has recently introduced several new resources, including Discover Woodturning, Woodturning FUNdamentals Online, Video Source, and EXPLORE! You'll want to review our summary of member benefits to make sure you're utilizing of all the resources available. Click here for a summary of member benefits.
Member Benefits
Locate Articles, Projects, Tips, and More

Investigate the most extensive online woodturning library in the world, quickly and easily. Whether it's to solve a problem, research a new technique, or start a new woodturning project, you can get exactly the information you seek using EXPLORE! Nearly everything you want to know about woodturning is now at your fingertips and searchable in only a few mouse clicks. Click here to embark on your journey.

American Woodturner 
Delve into the June 2017 issue of American Woodturner, which includes a skill-building project, "A Closer Look at Shear-Scraping," by Mike Mahoney. What's more,"Turning a Mistake into an Opportunity," by Bob Patros, might come in handy from time to time to save your work from the fire pit. Click here to view the current issue online.
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