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Keep Turning: April 2019
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APRIL 2019

 Holly and Walnut with Pyrography
10" tall


In his article,"Learn to Turn, Turn to Learn - Hollowing a Simple Form" from the November 2018 issue of Woodturning FUNdamentals, Walt Wager offers learners step-by-step instructions for turning a small hollow form. In his article, "Hollow & Thin," from the Fall 2006 issue of American Woodturner, Brian McEvoy explains how to turn a striking two-piece hollow form, with thin walls and smooth inside, using no special hollowing tools!
In his article, "Transform Your Tape Measure," from the Summer 2009 issue of American Woodturner, John Giem reveals how small pieces of beautiful wood can be used to spruce up an ordinary tape measure.


"How to Decide What Grit Sandpaper to Use on Your Turnings," by Michael Gibson (TRT 4:03)


World Wood Day is a cultural event that takes place each year in conjunction with the vernal equinox. Its purpose is to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and raise awareness about the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. Learn more about World Wood Day.  
World Wood Day 2019, took place in Austria, March 19-23. The theme of the event was "Change" to emphasize the need to make changes for an eco-friendly and sustainable future. World Wood Day programs included an academic symposium, live music and concerts, design projects, a tree-planting ceremony, and public activities such as wood crafts and folk art workshops for all ages.Click here to see a short video (TRT 3:14) of event highlights. 

"...World Wood Day 2018 ...brought people together from different countries to celebrate life and everything good about wood. The sixteen-day celebration had events in both Cambodia and Laos...Every night at dinner we were able to meet other wood enthusiasts from faraway places and gain insights into their lives. Some were woodworkers or musicians, while others were wood technology experts or teachers. We all had one thing in common-the love of wood and the love of life." ~Theo Haralampou, Australia
Photo above: Pictured are woodturners Li Xuemin (China), Hassan El Farissi (Morocco), Jingyong SU (China), Andy Chen (U.S.A.), Mike Hou, Director of IWCS, Jean-François Escoulen (France), Eli Avisera (Israel), and Theo Haralampou (Australia).


Fourteen-year-old Alex Ross, Buford, Georgia, provided a safety talk about Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and demonstrated penturning to a group of five fellow homeschool students in Atlanta for Agri Science Day.
Kenny Churchill, Chugiak, Alaska, shows off a first-place ribbon he won at a local show for a turned wooden fencing sword. He's recently shifted his focus to turned jewelry items, which he says are selling well. Kenny was just seven when he did his first demo at the Alaska Woodturning Symposium. 



Members of the Bay Lake Woodturners Club (BLWC) , Green Bay, Wisconsin, teamed up with nonprofit, Health Education Africa Resource Team (HEART)  to inspire a group of young adults in the Gusii Highlands region of Kenya to create a business opportunity by introducing them to woodturning. Gusii is estimated to have a 70% unemployment rate. Introducing this group to woodturning, along with the training and tools to turn local resources into useful, in-demand products, has directly improved the lives of local families. In December 2017, a HEART team led by BLWC President Kelly Bresnahan, member Ric Van Sistine, and his son Matt Van Sistine brought a pedal-powered lathe, tools, and supplies to the rural area. In May 2018, Kelly and Matt returned to Kenya to introduce a powered lathe and assist with refining the students' woodturning skills. The team formed the Gusii Woodturners Association (GWA) and chose the slogan "Ekiya Mono," which means "best quality" in the local Kisii tribal language. GWA is committed to producing high quality, unique products, and sharing what they've learned to grow their community's economy. Learn more about GWA.



The Dallas Area Woodturners (DAW), Dallas, Texas, donated a record 124 boxes to Beads of Courage (BOC) last year. The boxes were given to seriously ill children in local hospitals to hold their collection of beads that symbolize courage for each milestone along their treatment path. DAW's involvement with BOC began in 2009 when seven members donated fifteen boxes. Their support has grown steadily since to a total of 550 boxes from forty-four members.  
Pictured above are members of the DAW visiting the Children's Medical Center to donate Beads of Courage boxes.  



The Central Illinois Woodturners (CIW) has been turning wig stands for cancer survivors since 2016. The stands are then donated to and distributed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Peoria, Illinois. CIW says three things have contributed to their program's success: 1) a local company donates hardwood scraps, 2) club members enjoy participating-one member has turned 170 wig stands, and 3) non-club members decorate the stands.The CIW partnered with the senior art class of the Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois, in 2018 to decorate thirty-seven stands, and will decorate wig stands through 2019. To date, CIW has donated a total of 611 wig stands to Susan G. Komen Foundation.


The February 2019 issue of Woodturning FUNdamentals is available online. Have fun building your woodturning abilities with projects, including shop-made cup centers, rotating spheres-a multiples challenge, egg cup introduces endgrain hollowing, endgrain treasure box, napkin rings expand your skills, shop-made expansion chuck, and magic wand casts a spell. Click here to view/download the current issue.  


The April 2019 issue of American Woodturner features articles including, "The Sensational Skew, Simplified," by Jim Echter, which will help you perfect your skew skills and thoroughly understand its "finesse." Additionally, Jon Magill explains the differences between project kits and how you can make a scoop without a kit in, "A Kit is a Kit is a Kit, Right?" Last, you'll be flabbergasted and inspired by the organic forms of Alain Mailland and the creative style of Jeanne Douphrate's work, as well as the other work featured in the "Members' Gallery." Click here to view the current issue.  



Sharon Doughtie
Kailua, Hawai'i
Symposium Presentations

Embellishment, Finishing, Carving, Design: Techniques for Using Acrylic and Milk Paints - All skill levels.Attendees will learn how milk paint and acrylic paints can be used individually and together, as well as how to use various mixes and mediums to alter the color and workability of the paint. Paintbrushes and their uses, preparing surfaces for painting, and the merits and limitations milk paint and acrylic paints will also be discussed.

Boxes: Turning an Open Form Box for Embellishment- All skill levels. Attendees will learn how to make an open form box for embellishment on both the interior and exterior. Tool and wood selection, grain orientation, chucking and reverse chucking, lid fit, and shaping will also be covered.

Intimate Critique - All skill levels. An opportunity for symposium attendees to have their work critiqued by some of the most knowledgeable and respected woodturners, woodworkers, and curators in the field. Preregistration is required. Sharon will be critiquing surface embellishments.

Selling Through the Physical Marketplace: A panel of experts will discuss craft fairs, brick and mortar galleries, and when to sell through an exclusive venue.

About Sharon Doughtie
Sharon has always had an affinity for wood. She started turning in 1993 and became a full time turner in 1998. Nature, culture, connections, and communication are her inspirations. Sharon's work is represented in several major museums and in many private homes. She loves teaching and demonstrating and has traveled around the globe sharing her techniques. Visit Sharon's website.  


of a three-day immersion into the creative process. Each day will be a new opportunity to work and get to know others in small collaborative teams. You'll work in a fun-filled and fast-paced exploration of designing and creating a piece based on randomly generated word pairs using a variety of techniques including, but not limited to, woodturning, pyrography, carving, and painting. Registration is filling up quickly. Sign up today to ensure you have a spot! Learn more and/or register.

Reflections on the 2018 WIT eXchange
"...It was a pool of creative energy. It was camaraderie. It was a starting point for many new friendships and artistic collaborations. It was wonderful! I didn't want it to end and I can't wait to do it again! I had a lot of firsts at this eXchange. I tried pyrography. I tried staining. I tried power carving. I used new equipment, including a vacuum chuck, a planer and various sanders. I pushed myself creatively. I practiced patience, communication and teamwork. I challenged my perceived limitations. I accepted and learned from mistakes and obstacles, channeling them into design opportunities..." ~ Marie Anderson
Click here to read more about Marie's experience.

Photo: Pictured above is entitled, "Curving Adventure," one of the collaborations Marie worked on during the eXchange, along with Joan Busby and Laura Schindler.


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