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Keep Turning: February 2019
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February 2019


Candlestick with a Half-Twist Section
Norway spruce
Height 5 ½"


"My enjoyment in working with wood is figuring out the best process to make the things I design. I think about design while I am walking on the beach, driving, or watching television, and I try to work out the design and construction process in my head before going to the sketchbook. I have a visual mind, meaning I can see things I am thinking about, or I think in pictures. Not everybody can do this and each person has to work out his or her own way of designing. For some, a sketch will help visualize the concept enough to go and make it, but for others, a sketch will look like a foreign language and a scale model or prototype might be needed."
~ Neil Scobie
From "Concept Development: Going from Idea to Finished Form," by Neil Scobie, February 2016 issue of American Woodturner

"Take the time to study form and proportion. The use of these principles can make a good piece great. It doesn't matter how much you texture and embellish. Bad form will always be bad form."
~ Troy Grimwood


In his article, "Twisted: A Collaboration of Talents," from the April 2017 issue of American Woodturner, Ed Pretty describes how he cut a spiral form for a collaboration with Pacific Northwest native artist, Steve Smith, entitled, "Twisted."

In his article, "Twisted Pepper Mill," from the Fall 2007 issue of American Woodturner, Bill Bowers explains how to make a pepper mill that offers easy grip and the novelty of a right-handed twist.
Click here to read the entire article.  


In this video, Carol shows you how to finish your turnings with a pour paint embellishment process. 


The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) is planning a tribute collaboration in memory of Ray Key, who passed away on September 14, 2018. Ray was an internationally known woodturning presence and left a large number of partially turned pieces, which his wife Liz and son Darren have agreed can be used for the collaboration. AWGB invites turners from around the world who have a connection to Ray to select one of the unfinished pieces of work, finish it in their own style, and to return it to be included in an exhibition held in July 2019. AWGB also intends to produce a book documenting all pieces and contributors. Ultimately, the pieces will be sold and the proceeds will be shared between Ray's widow Liz and the AWGB development/grant funds. The AWGB plans to use some of the funds to set up a commemorative bursary or award to honor Ray's memory.  


Michelle Holzapfel, Marlboro, Vermont, was recently recognized for her contributions to the field of wood carving with a $50,000 unrestricted 2019 fellowship from the United States Artists, a Chicago-based nonprofit. 
Pomona's Spoon, 2009 
4 x 13 x 22 inches 
Photos above by David Holzapfel
"Signatures in Wood," (a 1993 production) features Betty Scarpino, Judy Ditmer, Michelle Holzapfel (TRT 33:52) 


(01/09/2019) by Linda Faas
Barry Gray of Mesquite has been named blue ribbon winner in the Southern Utah Art Guild show, "Color of Winter," at the Red Cliff Art Gallery in St. George, Nevada. Gray competed with 44 artists and a total of 131 pieces of art in all mediums. Gray, a highly accomplished woodturner, took up the craft as a hobby in 2014. This was his first competition, and he was shocked when he was announced as the blue ribbon recipient among an elite group of artists. Read more. 



The Fuller Craft Museum recently launched a digital portal into the Museum's Permanent Collection made possible by generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation. With a few clicks, visitors can access images and information about a vast selection of objects from the collection. Capabilities include searching by artist/maker, title, media, keywords, and other data, browsing specific categories, and advanced search functions. Browse the wood category.


(01/03/2019) For the 15th year in a row, volunteer woodturners gathered at Woodcraft stores nationwide over Veterans Day weekend to make pens during the Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon. This year's event produced 17,097 one-of-a-kind wood pens which will be sent to active duty or recovering military personnel across the globe. That total is the second highest in the event's 15-year history, with the record year being 2009 with 17,228 pens. Since the first event in 2004, 175,224 pens have been crafted for the troops.Read more.


AAW partnered with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware to offer in-store turning and learning demonstrations in Rockler stores on Saturday, February 9. Experienced turners from local AAW chapters conducted demonstrations to introduce woodturning to the community.
"AAW is thrilled to collaborate with Rockler to introduce new audiences to the enjoyment of woodturning," said Phil McDonald, executive director of the AAW. "These demonstrations are an outstanding opportunity to learn more about woodturning and to meet others who are interested in the craft. As a nonprofit whose mission is education, the AAW welcomes new turners to learn and grow with us and become a part of the special community that is woodturning." Learn more.

Above is Bob Goulding, of Woodturners of St. Louis chapter, who demonstrated two ice cream scoops, two bowls, and a natural edge bowl during the five hour event.
AAW staff (left to right) Hanna Haas, Kim Rymer, and Linda Ferber, offer a "thumbs up" to the Rockler partnership and special event.


Check out the December Women in Turning (WIT) newsletter. It's loaded with compelling news, articles, and photos. You need not be a female to read it or be inspired. Marie Anderson, Sally Ault, Linda Ferber, Dawn Hernden-Charles, Beth Ireland, Robin McIntyre, Kim Rymer, Kate Swann, Kathleen Duncan, and the Women in Turning Committee all contributed to content. Read the newsletter.
Mark your calendars for September 5-7, 2019.
The WIT eXchange will be back by popular demand! Once again, we will hold the three-day eXchange at Arrowmont. More details and information to come.


The Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT) is composed of chapters from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. What's more, SWAT celebrates its 28th anniversary at its symposium, which will be held at the Waco Convention Center, August 23-25, 2019.  
The symposium will showcase seven lead demonstrators: Sam Angelo, Eli Avisera, Andy Chen, Kurt Hertzog, Carl Jacobson, Malcolm Tibbetts, and Donna Zils Banfield, as well as 18 regional demonstrators.  
Join SWAT for great woodturning demonstrations, excellent vendor booths, and an opportunity to interact with some of the world's best and friendliest woodturners. Along with demonstrations, the SWAT symposium features:
  • A spouse program with numerous classes, workshops, and field trips
  • 50 vendors displaying the latest in tools, technology, wood
  • Gallery with a large collection of Beads of Courage boxes
  • Friday night special attraction and dinneR
  • Saturday night banquet
  • Lunches are included in registration fees
  • Three-for-one raffle (three drawings) for 1) midi lathe and an Arrowmont scholarship, 2) gallery quality turnings, and, 3) tools, wood, three midi lathes and a Robust lathe.



Look forward to receiving the newest issue of Woodturning FUNdamentals later this month. Projects titles include: Shopmade cup centers, Rotating spheres-a multiples challenge, Egg cup introduces endgrain hollowing, Endgrain treasure box, Napkin rings expand your skills, Shopmade expansion chuck, and Magic wand casts a spell. Watch for it here. 


The February 2019 issue of American Woodturner includes two projects suitable for turners of all skill levels: "Turning an Earring Stand," by Kip Christensen, and "A Weighted Shopmade Mallet," by Tim Heil, as well as a variety of feature articles sure to spark your inspiration. Click here to view the current issue.  


AAW is thrilled to announce the 28 recipients of the 2019 scholarships to John C. Campbell Folk School and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Those selected were randomly drawn from a pool of 137 applications submitted by 97 different AAW chapters. These scholarships are made possible through the investment earnings in the AAW Endowment Trust Fund. We extend our grateful appreciation both to the Arrowmont and Campbell schools, and to all our chapters for their continuing partnership and financial support for woodturning education.Click here for the list of AAW scholarship recipients.


AAW is pleased to announce an open juried call for its 2019 member exhibition, Continuum. For the theme Continuum, we are asking that you create new work that reflects what you have learned and who (or what) has inspired you. Deadline March 4, 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.  


Do you have the time, energy, and ideas to help make AAW a better organization? Be a part of moving the AAW forward-run for a position on the AAW Board of Directors! Deadline for applications is May 1, 2019. Learn more about being part of the board.   


Troy Grimwood 
Taupo, Waikatoa, New Zealand
Symposium Presentations
  • Treasures: Ancient Treasure
  • Embellishment, Finishing, Carving, Design: Decorating the Treasure
  • Bowls & Platters: Roly Bowl
About Troy
"My woodturning journey is a little different than most. To be honest I probably wouldn't be woodturning if it weren't for one day back in 2008 when I had a rock climbing accident which left me paralyzed and without the use of my legs. It was during my recovery that I knew sitting around doing nothing wasn't an option. Once I had returned home and got settled, a friend's father asked if I had ever tried woodturning, so I decided to give it a go and from there I have never looked back."  ~ Troy Grimwood
Excerpt from, "Profiles," by Terry Scott, which appeared in the June 2018 issue of Creative Wood NZ.  

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