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Keep Turning: October 2017
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October 2017  

You could win a lathe!
Did you know that AAW members in good standing are eligible for monthly prize drawings, including woodturning supplies, DVDs, classes, to name a few? What's more, the AAW holds an annual drawing the first week of January for a Powermatic 3520B lathe, and that winner names a local chapter to win either a JET 1642 or five JET mini-lathes, donated by Powermatic/JET. However, your AAW membership must be current as of December 31 for you to qualify.  Click here to log in and renew now. To learn more about the drawings, watch the short video below or visit our website.

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AAW is grateful to the following 2017 prize sponsors for their generosity and support: Powermatic/JET, Backgate Industries, David Ellsworth, Hunter Tool Systems, Mike Mahoney, Nick Cook Woodturner, North Dakota Symposium, Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild, Oregon Woodturning Symposium, Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT), Tennessee Association of Woodturners, Thompson Lathe Tools, Totally Turning Symposium, Trent Bosch, Turn on Chicago, and Turning Southern Style.

AAW Member Toolbox
Are you using of all the resources available through the AAW? Click here to view a summary of member benefits in the AAW Toolbox.
Learn "Hoe-To" Turn
The Seacoast Woodturners Club, Newington, NH, demonstrated woodturning at the Portsmouth Public Library "Hoe-To" event in August. They had an absolute blast despite the cool, damp, and occasionally showery weather.  In total, 8 adults and 66 kids turned and decorated spinning tops on four lathes in only four hours. The chapter is grateful to Rikon for the loan of lathes and to local sawmills for the gift of wood.  Pictured above helping the youngsters are President Tom Kovalcik, Past President Nat Robinson, Chris Foss, and Jim Forbes.

Musical Sculptures
Enjoy this video, "Musical Sculptures," a fun interview with woodturner Jerry Bennett, by Bob and Kelli Phillips of the Texas Country Reporter. (TRT 6:10)

Tool Bank Expanding

Pictured above is AAW member Tom Whalley, who was recently awarded tools from the AAW Tool Bank to begin a school woodturning class in Sun Prairie, WI.

The AAW Tool Bank was originally started at the AAW Annual Symposium in Tampa for Turners Without Borders program . The program is currently being expanded to include awards to chapters and other institutions. Watch for the AAW Tool Bank grant application to be available for your school or chapter to apply.

Grants Help Fund Woodturning Education
AAW's Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) program offers grant funding to selected applicants for woodturning education opportunities that expand and enrich the entire woodturning community. The application period for 2018 grants is open until December 31, 2017. Click here to learn more and to apply. 
Scouts Learn to Turn
Catoctin Area Turners (CAT), Leesburg, VA, received an EOG grant of a new NOVA mini/midi lathe to help support their youth turning program. In August, CAT facilitated a youth turning event for cub scouts at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, VA. Eight lathe stations were set up. Each of the 24 scouts turned an ice cream scoop in one of three shifts. After the event, Zeeshan Rasheed, CAT member and cub scout master, led a tour of the ADAMS Center. Most chapter members had never been inside a mosque and it was a highlight of the day. (Pictured above is one shift of eight happy scouts and their ice cream scoops.)
Turning Club
AAW member Janet Sutter reported that the after-school high school turning club she leads at Chester I. Lewis Academy, in Wichita, KS, is back up and running for year three. Pictured to the right is one of her volunteers explaining to students how to turn spinning tops. Janet received a 2016 EOG grant to help fund the program.

Grant Helps Fund Retreat  
(What follows is a series of selected excerpts from a story by Lou Kinsey which appeared in the September 2017 issue of the WIT newsletter.) 
Anyone who has taken a class at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts knows that its campus and programs are topnotch. Women in Turning (WIT) awarded a grant  to partially fund a 2017 turning retreat at Arrowmont. Barbara Dill was our lead demonstrator. Her passion for turning and inclusive teaching style set a standard that will be fun to maintain. She knew just what to do by letting the group direct their own weekend of learning. A huge shout-out and thank you to the 14 turners who signed up and paid money. You took a risk with this inaugural event. Your experience will surely have an impact on future events as we learn how to effectively execute the mission of WIT. With future activities, we will reach out to new turners to offer more opportunities for learning, teaching, and demonstrating. Several women gave their first demo at the retreat. It was pure delight to see our four novice turners try new techniques, some of which were also new to the experienced turners. You were inspiring and I can't thank you enough for showing up and participating. We packed so very much into our three days together! Learn more about Women in Turning

Baskets Without Weaving
There's something exhilarating about the crunch of maple leaves under your feet, and welcoming autumn with bountiful baskets of auburn-, jade-, golden-, ginger-hued harvest vegetables. To help greet the fall season, we're offering you an article and video about turning basketlike forms.

Video Source Flick of the Week
In this video, Harvey Meyer uses an assortment of tools and techniques in addition to pyrography to create faux basket platters. Basket Illusion Platter by Harvey Meyer (TRT 42:48)

EXPLORE! Staff Pick
Les Casteel explains how he studied traditional and contemporary basket-making to create his segmented basket-inspired vessels adorned with traditional basket splits, in his article, "Basket Bowls: Vessels Adorned With Traditional Basket Splits," which appeared in the February 2013 issue of American Woodturner. (Note: You must be logged in to the AAW website to access Explore! and this article.)
American Woodturner  
Immerse yourself in the October 2017 issue of American Woodturner, which includes a project within the ability of most woodturners, "Captive Rings on a Goblet Box," by Rick Rich. Additionally, Bob Rosand explains how to turn a lidded box in his article "Lidded Box à la Ed." Click here to view the current issue online.    
Turnabout - Women at the Lathe, is an invitational and juried exhibition. The online application period runs October 1 to November 15, 2017. Click here to learn more.

POP Artist Showcase: The Professional Outreach Program (POP) showcases two unrecognized wood artists who have made, or have the potential for making, significant contributions to the woodturning field. The online application period runs until December 1, 2017. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited, is the 2018 POP (Professional Outreach Program) annual exhibition, which premieres at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul, MN, then travels to the 2018 AAW Symposium in Portland, OR, where the works will be sold at auction. The online application period runs November 1, 2017, to January 1, 2018. Click here to learn more.

Dia*Log, is the 2018 AAW annual member exhibition. Two artist awards will be given during the 2018 AAW International Symposium. The online application period runs December 15, 2017, to February 15, 2018. Click here to learn more.
AAW's Newest Tools
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Woodturning FUNdamentals Online, 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!

EXPLORE! Articles, Projects, Tips, and More
Solve a problem, research a new technique, or start a new woodturning project by quickly searching the most extensive online woodturning library in the world. Click here to begin your journey.

(Photo Credit: Erika P. Rodriguez, New York Times)
Hurricane Relief
Individuals in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands were devastated by recent hurricanes and the region needs assistance. If you are interested in knowing how you can help, the following article from the New York Times lists a few of the organizations that have vowed to help in recovery efforts. However, before giving to any charity, it's important to do your research. Read/view article.

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