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Keep Turning: December 2018
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December 2018
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AAW TURNING OF THE WEEK

 


AAW EXPLORE! ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
In his article, "In Support of it All: Bottoms," from the October 2011 issue of American Woodturner, Thomas Trager describes how a carefully thought-out base can contribute and complement the whole work like the icing on a cake. In addition to supporting a work, what lays underneath contributes to its presentation and offers an opportunity for surprise. The work's bottom can also provide lift and imply gesture, character, and/or elegance. Be deliberate about the bottom of your work!
 

AAW EXPLORE! BONUS ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
In his article, "Carved Feet Made Simple," from the April 2013 issue of American Woodturner, Richard Morris explains how to add carved feet to vessels, bowls, and platters.


AAW VIDEO SOURCE FLICK OF THE WEEK
In this video, Reed Gray describes how to capitalize on warping, shrinking, size, and grain direction in your bowl designs.


WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN CRAFTS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
In the last issue of Keep Turning, we featured information about The White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit, which opened at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The exhibition, which runs through March 2019, features 73 works by 78 artists. We unintentionally neglected to name acclaimed woodturners Mike Shuler, Al Stirt, and John Jordan, whose work is part of the White House Collection of American Craft. Read more about the exhibition on the American Craft Council website. Pictured are John Jordan, Hillary Clinton, and Vicki Jordan at the opening at the Clinton Library.

THE TELEGRAPH: A MAN IN A WORKSHOP IN MACON TOUCHES LIVES
(12/09/2018) By Ed Grisamore
When Neil Creter retired, he found wood. Or maybe it was the wood that found him. Whatever happened, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Woodworking has become a calling. It has brought him great joy, and he has passed that joy to others through his handiwork. Click here to read more.   
 
USDA REMINDER
Don't Move Wood Out of Areas Quarantined for Asian Longhorned Beetle
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reminds the public not to move wood out of areas quarantined for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). It is important that people follow state and federal laws, which restrict the movement of woody material, to keep the tree-killing pest from spreading outside of quarantined areas in Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York. Read more.   
 

MERRYLL SAYLAN: THIS IS YOUR LIFE
The Center for Art in Wood currently features the work of renowned wood artist Merryll Saylan in an exhibition celebrating the timeline of her career. When she began turning in the 1970s, Saylan was one of few women in the craft field. While her contemporaries gravitated toward furniture-making and the use of exotic woods, Saylan-who came from a background in modern and contemporary design-focused on surface, using wood as a blank canvas for compositions in color and texture. Her experiments with stains, pigments, texture, and auto body finishes represented a new approach in the field, with connections to abstract painting. The exhibition is open through January 19, 2019. Read more about the exhibition.



WOODTURNING FUNDAMENTALS
Strengthen your foundational woodturning skills with Woodturning FUNdamentals. In addition to articles on grain direction, woodturning tools, and sanding, the November 2018 issue of Woodturning FUNdamentals features skill-building projects: "Hollowing a Simple Form" and "Penmaking Basics and Core Equipment." Click here to view the current issue.  
AMERICAN WOODTURNER
The December 2018 issue of American Woodturner includes two projects suitable for all turners: "Turn a Birdcage Awl" and "Turn a Hawaiian Bowl," as well as a variety of feature articles sure to spark your inspiration. Click here to view the current issue.



CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM VIDEOGRAPHERS
The AAW seeks videographers for its 33rd International Symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 11-14, 2019. Applicants must have experience with video camera equipment, possess technical competence, and be able to make decisions regarding what is being turned, camera position, shooting angle, etc. The application process will be open from December 15, 2018, through January 15, 2019. Videographers are required to help set up or tear down and do six rotations to receive a free Symposium registration. Selected videographers will be notified by March 2019. Click here to apply.

APPLY FOR A 2019 AAW GRANT
Application deadline: December 31, 2018
AAW Grants are awarded on an annual basis. To be eligible, applications must be received by December 31 for grants given in the following year. Grants are available to individuals, chapters, schools, and non-profit organizations. In addition to monetary awards, up to ten mini-lathe packages are available for award. Note that all AAW grants are now consolidated and dispersed by one committee, and they all have the same deadline. Click here for more information and to apply.   

TRACES: 2019 POP EXHIBITION CALL FOR ENTRIES
Entry Period: December 1, 2018, to February 4, 2019
The Professional Outreach Program (POP) is seeking entries to its 2019 themed exhibition and auction. The show will feature original, small-scale works in the theme Traces. For more information and to apply, click here.   
QUOTE OF THE WEEK 
"Form and function are primary to design. Two other considerations play a role, especially when designing bottoms: interest or surprise and space for a signature. If all of these elements are carefully thought-out in the design stage, the bottom will naturally complement the vessel, function is ensured, interest or surprise exists, and space is available for a signature." ~ Thomas Trager
SOFA
The 2018 Sculpture Objects and Functional Art and Design Show (SOFA) was held in Chicago from November 2-4 at Navy Pier in Downtown Chicago. This is considered by many as a premier show of gallery-presented three-dimensional art from around the world. Wood art was well represented with pieces from renowned artists in several galleries, as well as an exhibition by the Collectors of Wood Art (CWA). In addition to thousands of world-class pieces on display, the Chicago Woodturners, a chapter of the AAW, was invited to introduce woodturning to the approximately 35,000 people that attended the show. During the show, 14 one-hour demonstrations were presented by established artists, emerging artists, and local Chicago talent. Thank you to all the artists who volunteered their time to advance the visibility of wood art. This year's demonstrators were: John Beaver, J. Paul Fennell, Curt Theobald, Jeanne Douphrate, Rebecca DeGroot, Derek Weidman, Marie Anderson, Kristin LeVier, Alan Miotke, Roberto Ferrer, Clint Stevens, Katie Mae Adams, David Bertaud, Jason Clark, and Andy Kuby. ~ Al Miotke, Chicago Woodturners
 
Pictured are the Collectors of Wood Art (CWA) display and Jason Clark in action at the lathe.
 

RECALL
Penn State Industries Recalls Woodworking Jaw Chuck Systems Due to Laceration Hazard 
This recall involves Penn State Industries CSCBARR5 quick-change jaw chuck systems used with woodworking lathes. The recalled jaw chuck systems are made of steel, are silver in color and measure about 3.875 inches in diameter. "PSI Woodworking Products" and product number "CSCBARR5" are printed on the side of the chuck. Read details of the recall. 
CRAFT SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS
The AAW will award twenty-eight scholarships to selected AAW chapter members to attend woodturning-related classes at Arrowmont or John C. Campbell craft schools. Chapters must provide the names of nominees, the number of chapter members, and the number of AAW members in the chapter, using the online application no later than January 7, 2019.  More information and chapter application. 

THERE'S A PLACE FOR YOU...
Save the dates July 11-14, 2019!
Experience AAW's 33rd Annual International Woodturning Symposium in Raleigh, NC. The event is for all skill levels. The demonstrations, lectures, and panel discussions will include a beginner learning track, tool-handling techniques, hollow forms, segmented turning, lidded boxes, bowls, platters, embellishment techniques, penturning, ornamental turning, spindle turning, and more. Learn more.


YOU COULD BE A WINNER!
Don't let your AAW membership lapse! Each month the AAW holds a member drawing for sponsored prizes. Here are some of the exciting prizes you might win if your membership is current:

During the first week of January 2019, AAW will hold an annual members-only drawing for a Powermatic 3520C lathe. That winner will name a chapter to receive either a JET 1642 or five JET mini-lathes.To qualify for the lathe drawing, AAW memberships must be current as of December 31, 2018!
 
 

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