NWWT Event Calendar

Events in orange have been recorded. Click on the event for the link to the recording.

Upcoming events

    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 20 Jan 2024
    • 23 sessions
    • On-Line


    Saturday Morning

    Third Saturday of Month - 9:00am - 10:00am

    Topic: Turning Talk

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81062110931?pwd=ZmhFcThTZXdQVHpUZEtJZUJKVUl4Zz09 

    Meeting ID: 810 6211 0931
    Passcode: 507105

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    I highly encourage members to submit questions by email before the meeting.

    • What - Ask your wood turning questions, and we will try our best to provide answers or suggestions. As with any topic, there generally is no one right answer and often multiple ways to accomplish the same outcome. We will give you our opinions and you can decide for yourself.

    • Who - From beginners to experienced. If you are just getting into turning, don’t worry about simple/basic questions – we like easy ones. 

    • Email - You can email questions ahead of time, and we will answer when you call in. Just reply to this email.

    • Design Questions – Be prepared to show your work in progress if you have questions about the design, fixing a problem, etc.

    • Give Back – Not only can you ask us questions; we are also interested in new methods of doing things that you may have tried. This could include the use of a tool in a new way, combination of methods, homemade jigs, etc. Good ideas may find their way into the newsletter.


    DETAILS


    • Is ZOOM Safe? - Yes. Check here for Zoom Recommendations
      For Participants

    • Timing - We will be on the call for the whole hour. Call in 5 minutes before the hour so we can start on time. 

    • Recordings - I will post a recording of the meeting on the website.


    • 07 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Remote Zoom meeting & MAC

    July 7, 2022 Meeting
    7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Hybrid Meeting - live at the MAC and on Zoom
    Zoom Link


    Rick Rich - Bon-Bon Dish


    Rick returns to NWWT for another demo.  He will make a 3-piece bon-bon dish.  It is made with a base, a column, and a bowl using both spindle and faceplate turning techniques. 

    The idea came from a 1937 book by William Klenke titled The Art of Wood Turning.

    This project incorporates joinery, spindle and faceplate turning.   Both the base and bowl each have a mortise drilled into them on the lathe, and the column has tenons turned to fit.

      • 16 Jul 2022
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062
      • 2
      Register

      Open Shop is directed toward the new turner but all are welcome.  Bring a project you want help finishing.  Bring questions about methods, tools, designs or any other woodturning question.  There are six lathes available for use.  Bring your own tools and wood or buy wood at the shop.  

      We will have three sharpening stations to help you perfect your sharpening technique. There is no more important topic for the new turner (or the old ones for that matter) than sharpening. 

      Please register and join the waitlist if full so we know how to plan our support.  If you are on the Waitlist, you are still welcome and encouraged to come to socialize, sharpen, or talk.

      Registrants are guaranteed use of a lathe and others can use one when one becomes available.  There will always be three or more advanced turners there to help, sharpen tools, and answer any questions.

      Requirements

      • Open for NWWT members only or potential members to talk
      • Proof of COVID vaccination required
      • No charge for the session (donations for operating costs are appreciated)
      • Bring your  tools
      • Bring your  PPE (face shields, dust protection, ear protection)
      • NWWT follows the current COVID guidelines -- details HERE
      • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please stay home


      • 06 Aug 2022
      • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • David & Karen Williams' home; 6675 SW 155th Ave, Beaverton
      Register

      NWWT Annual Auction and Picnic
      August  6, Saturday

      David & Karen Williams' home; 6675 SW 155th Ave, Beaverton

      10:00 – helpers arrive for setting up and donation drop-off
      11:00 – members arrive to socialize, view donated items
      12:00 – BBQ
      1:00 – Auction

      Many thanks to David and Karen Williams who have agreed to once again, host the event.  If you can help during the auction, please let us know when you arrive and we will find a task for you.

      What is It

      This is our annual fund and fun raiser.  It is a critical event in keeping NWWT in good financial shape and provides fantastic bargains for our members.  Also, it has been some time since we have seen each other face to face so a great opportunity to renew friendships.  If you are new to turning and looking for tools or wood to turn, this is your chance to pick up a year’s worth of wood for pennies on the dollar.  We can take credit cards, checks or cash.

      How Can You Help

      This is an event where we need our members to donate what they can to the auction as well as spend money for all the donations.  Below are items we suggest.

      • Turned Items – Donate one of your favorite pieces and let members bid on it.
      • Good Wood – We are looking for nice wood, wood that you would buy yourself.  Figured wood, green wood, crotch pieces, burls, etc.  All items should be sealed and ready to turn. We always appreciate quality over quantity, big and small pieces, bowl, spindle, and hollow form blanks.  Please be critical in what you pick to donate so we are not left with firewood. 
      • Tools and Jigs – Good tools and jigs are always popular so look at your inventory and see what duplicates or tools you no longer use.
      • Food – We will supply dogs, burgers, plates and some drinks.  We need members to bring salads, desserts, fruit, etc.

      New Members

      If you are new to the club or have never been to our auction, we start with a great BBQ at around noon.  We always appreciate for members to bring a dish to share – fruit, dessert, and side dishes.  We will take care of the meat.  You will have plenty of time to browse the donations and pick out your target items.

      At around 1:00, after everyone if full, rather than taking a nap we start our auction and again we will have the professional auctioneer as we have had in the past which keeps the show lively and fun.

      We hope to see you there!

      Note, in the past we have had members who could not make the auction but would like to make a contribution to the club.  If you are one of them, you can easily donate online at https://northwestwoodturners.wildapricot.org/Donate .  NWWT is a 501-c3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.


      • 01 Sep 2022
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Remote Zoom meeting & MAC

      Sept 1, 2022 Meeting
      7:00pm - 9:00pm

      Hybrid Meeting - live at the MAC and on Zoom
      Zoom Link


      TBD

      We are working on scheduling this demo and will post it ASAP

        • 24 Sep 2022
        • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
        • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
        • 6
        Register


        Bowl Turning Basics Class


        Saturday, September 24, 2022

        8:30am - 3:30pm

        Dave Wood's Shop
        24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.

        Requirements and general information

        • Proof of Vaccination is required
        • Students must be members of NWWT
        • Class will be limited to 6 students - one per lathe
        • Instructors are experienced NWWT members
        • 3 Sharpening systems will be available
        • All wood will be supplied
        • Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection)
        • Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
        • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please do not register or if you have symptoms on the day of the class, please let us know and a full refund will be sent.
        Course Objective

        The primary objective of this course is to walk beginners through making a wooden bowl. This course is targeted at people who have never turned wood, or who want to take a refresher course before advancing on to the next level of bowl turning expertise.

        Prerequisite woodturning skills:  None required, 

        Agenda

        Morning

        • Sharpening the tools required for class with help from the instruction staff.
        • Mount a green blank between centers; flatten bowl bottom surface; cut a tenon
        • Mount blank in a chuck
        Lunch Hour – Demonstrations and Q&A session during lunch

        Afternoon
        • Instruction on the basic push-cut and pull-cut techniques
        • Cut the exterior shape and interior surface, and smooth with scraper
        • Reverse the bowl and finish cut the bottom
        • Start a second bowl (time permitting) to finish at home
        • Each student will take home one bowl and one blank for practice.

        Tools you need to bring

        Note:  If you do not have any tools yet, loaner tools are available. We recommend you wait until after the class to buy tools so you know what to buy and what not to buy.

        • Bowl Gouge:  ½” or 5/8”
        • Scraper:  left-hand French curve style for inside bowl surface. A round-nose scraper is acceptable.
        • Parting tool or Skew – for touching up tenons and recesses for bowl mounting
        • 25 Sep 2022
        • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
        • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
        • 6
        Register


        Spindle Turning Basics Class


        Sunday, September 25, 2022

        9:00am - 3:00pm

        Dave Wood's Shop
        24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.

        Requirements and general information

        • Proof of Vaccination is required
        • Students must be members of NWWT
        • Class will be limited to 6 students - one per lathe
        • Instructors are experienced NWWT members
        • 3 Sharpening systems will be available
        • All wood will be supplied
        • Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection)
        • Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
        • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please do not register or if you have symptoms on the day of the class, please let us know and a full refund will be sent.
        Course Objective
        The primary objective of this course is to walk beginners through making basic spindle pieces such as a candle stick, honey dipper or simple toy. This course is targeted at people who have never turned wood, or who want to take a refresher course before advancing to the next level of spindle turning expertise.
        • 6 Midi-lathes available for students plus the instructor's lathe.
        • Class binder with notes and reference materials for all

        Agenda

        Morning

        • Sharpening the tools required for class with help from the instruction staff.
        • Mount a blank on the lathe and turn to a cylinder
        • Demonstrations and practice making coves and beads

        Lunch Hour – Demonstrations and Q&A session during lunch

        Afternoon
        • Continue practicing while making a basic spindle form.
        • Pick a second simple spindle project and turn.


        • 06 Oct 2022
        • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Multnomah Art Center

        Oct 6, 2022 Meeting

        7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

        Hybrid Meeting - live at the MAC and on Zoom
        Zoom Link

        John Beechwood - Yarn Bowls

        Tentative - may change


        John makes these for a local Senior Center.  Tonight he will share his techniques and design options.

          • 15 Oct 2022
          • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
          • 6
          Register


          Bowl Turning Intermediate Class


          Saturday, October 15, 2022

          9:00am - 4:00pm

          Dave Wood's Shop
          24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.

          Requirements and general information

          • Proof of Vaccination is required
          • Students must be members of NWWT
          • Class will be limited to 6 students - one per lathe
          • Instructors are experienced NWWT members
          • 3 Sharpening systems will be available
          • All wood will be supplied
          • Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection)
          • Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
          • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please do not register or if you have symptoms on the day of the class, please let us know and a full refund will be sent.

          Course Objectives:  

          The primary objective of this course is to refine your skills in the finer details of bowl turning and advance you to the next level of expertise. You should already know how to mount and turn a bowl inside and out with reasonable efficiency. If you have not yet developed these skills, please do not register for this course. 

          Each student should complete two bowls in class, not including sanding and finish application. All wood will be supplied.

          Prerequisite Skills

          • Efficient ability to prepare and mount a bowl blank between centers and in a chuck using a tenon or a recess
          • Efficient ability to shape the outside and inside of a bowl
          • Basic sharpening skills for a bowl gouge and a scraper
          • Ability to complete a basic bowl except for sanding and applying finish

          Agenda

          Morning:

          • Tune-up/sharpen tools for the class with help from the staff.
          • Presentation on advanced design and form concepts, shape, rims, bottoms
          • Review of bowl gouge grinds: 40/40, traditional (50°), bottom (65°-75°), Ellsworth, etc
          • Mounting options: when to use a tenon or recess
          • Turn a “once-turned” bowl through the finish-cutting stage with a green blank

          Lunch Hour:  Additional Demonstrations and Q&A session during lunch

          Afternoon

          • Turn a roughed and dried bowl blank supplied (or bring your own) to the point of final scraping:
          • Learn methods for truing warped tenon or recess for re-mounting
          • Learn methods of cutting thinner wall thickness
          • Learn methods of scraping thin-walled bowls
          • Sanding and finish application if time permits

          Tools to bring

          • Bowl gouge(s) – ½” or 5/8” are good sizes. If you have several with different grinds, bring them all.
          • Bowl scraper – left hand French curve style is ideal for inside, but a round-nose also works
          • Parting tool or skew for fine-tuning tenons/recesses
          • 16 Oct 2022
          • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
          • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
          • 6
          Register

          Spindle Turning Intermediate Class


          Sunday, October 16, 2022

          8:30am - 4:00pm

          Dave Wood's Shop
          24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.

          Requirements and general information

          • Proof of Vaccination is required
          • Students must be members of NWWT
          • Class will be limited to 6 students - one per lathe
          • Instructors are experienced NWWT members
          • 3 Sharpening systems will be available
          • All wood will be supplied
          • Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection)
          • Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
          • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please do not register or if you have symptoms on the day of the class, please let us know and a full refund will be sent.
          Course Objective
          The primary objective of this course is to teach additional spindle turning skills, beyond the basic skills, for use across a wide range of spindle forms.  Each student will cut 2 to 3 spindle projects during the day.

          Prerequisite Skills:  If you have not developed the skills described below, please do not register for this course.

          • Students coming to this class need to already have the skill to efficiently use a rouging gouge, spindle gouge, and parting tool.
          • Students coming to this class need to already have the skills to efficiently cut beads and coves.

          Agenda

          Morning

          • Sharpen all tools used for the class with help from instruction staff.
          • Introduction to the Skew chisel
          • Students cut beads and coves using a spindle gouge
          • Students complete one simple spindle project

           Noon Hour – Additional demonstrations and Q&A session during lunch

          Afternoon

          • Students select and turn one or two spindle projects from available examples: mallet, dibble, bolero toy, candlestick, etc. Or, use your own idea as long as it is doable in an hour.
          • The final two hours are devoted to integrating each participant’s skill set by completing a project(s) suited to the participant’s skill level and interests. Possible projects include a bud vase, tool handles, a decorative finial, legs for stools and benches, all of which make good departure points for learning other skills and making other projects.

          Tools you need to bring

          • Spindle Roughing Gouge 1” or larger is ideal.  ¾” is ok.
          • Spindle gouge:  ½” or 3/8”.  Bring both if you have them
          • Parting tool: 1/8” diamond profile is very versatile, but thin kerf (1/16”) is also very useful.
          • Skew: 1” or larger

          • 29 Oct 2022
          • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
          • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
          • 6
          Register


          Sharpening Class


          Saturday, October 29, 2022

          9:00am - 3:00pm

          Dave Wood's Shop
          24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.

          Requirements and general information

          • Proof of Vaccination is required
          • Students must be members of NWWT
          • Class will be limited to 6 students - one per lathe
          • Instructors are experienced NWWT members
          • 3 Sharpening systems will be available
          • All wood will be supplied
          • Students bring their own PPE (face shields, dust protection)
          • Coffee and snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch
          • If you have any COVID related symptoms, please do not register or if you have symptoms on the day of the class, please let us know and a full refund will be sent.

          Course Objective:  

          The objective of this 6-hour class is to go home with all your tools sharp and understanding how to replicate it at home.

          • 3 fully equipped sharpening stations are available
          • Comprehensive sharpening document HERE

          Class Agenda:

          • The advantages and disadvantages of different tool steels
          • Overview of the common methods of sharpening: grinders, wheels, jigs
          • Explain sharpening bowl gouges, spindle gouges, parting tools, and skews
          • Explain scraper sharpening techniques
          • Sharpening time - Sharpen your tools with help from instructors
          • 03 Nov 2022
          • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
          • Remote Zoom meeting & MAC

          November 3, 2022 Meeting
          7:00pm - 9:00pm

          Hybrid Meeting - live at the MAC and on Zoom
          Zoom Link


          Jimmie Allen - D-Way Tools


          Jimmie Allen aka “The Boxmaster> will be our in person demonstrator at our November meeting. Jimmie will be showing us his unique way of doing boxes and introducing us to the negative rake scraper.

          D-Way tools will be available for sale at the meeting.

            • 01 Dec 2022
            • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

            December 1, 2022 Meeting

            NO MEETING - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!


            Past events

            11 Jun 2022 NWWT Open Shop -- Dave Wood's Shop
            04 Jun 2022 NWWT Sharpening Class - June 4
            02 Jun 2022 June 2022 Meeting - Ed Pretty - Butterfly Fixes
            21 May 2022 Bowl Turning Intermediate Class - May 21, 2022
            14 May 2022 NWWT Open Shop -- Dave Wood's Shop
            07 May 2022 Bowl Turning Basics Class - Q2-2022
            05 May 2022 May 2022 Meeting - Tom Willing - Egg Wagon
            09 Apr 2022 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            07 Apr 2022 April 2022 Meeting - Kevin Jesequel - Hollow Forms
            27 Mar 2022 Spindle Turning Intermediate Class - Q2-2022
            26 Mar 2022 Bowl Turning Intermediate Class - Q2-2022
            12 Mar 2022 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            05 Mar 2022 NWWT Sharpening Class - Q1-2022
            03 Mar 2022 March 2022 Meeting - Craig Timmerman - Torus Vase
            12 Feb 2022 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            06 Feb 2022 Spindle Turning Basics Class -Q1-2022
            05 Feb 2022 Bowl Turning Basics Class - Q1-2022
            03 Feb 2022 February 2022 Meeting - Chris Lawrence - Highrise Boxes
            22 Jan 2022 Spindle Turning Intermediate Class - Q1-2022
            15 Jan 2022 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            06 Jan 2022 January 2022 Meeting - Rick Urban - Lost Wood Art
            11 Dec 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            04 Dec 2021 Sharpening Advanced Class - Fall 2021
            02 Dec 2021 December Meeting: NO MEETING - HAPPY HOLIDAYS
            13 Nov 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            06 Nov 2021 Bowl Turning Intermediate Class - Fall 2021
            04 Nov 2021 November Meeting - Bill Karow - Embellishments
            24 Oct 2021 Spindle Turning Basics Class - Fall 2021
            23 Oct 2021 Bowl Turning Basics Class - Fall 2021
            09 Oct 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            07 Oct 2021 October Meeting - Kirk DeHeer - Demystifying Cuts and Catches
            04 Sep 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            02 Sep 2021 September Meeting - Dale Larson - Finish Turning a Bowl
            07 Aug 2021 NWWT Annual BBQ and Auction
            10 Jul 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            01 Jul 2021 July Meeting - Dale Larson - Oval Bowls, Roger Crooks - Coloring
            05 Jun 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            03 Jun 2021 June Meeting - Greg Gallegos - Podlets - Turning Thin
            22 May 2021 Bowl Turning Basics Course
            08 May 2021 NWWT Open Shop - Dave Wood's Shop
            06 May 2021 May Meeting: Roger Crooks - Square Useless Things
            01 May 2021 Sharpening Class
            17 Apr 2021 NWWT - Turning Talk - April 2021
            01 Apr 2021 April Meeting: David Ellsworth - Need We Say More
            20 Mar 2021 NWWT - Turning Talk - March 2021
            04 Mar 2021 March Meeting: Betty Simnitt - Basket Illusion Technique
            20 Feb 2021 NWWT - Turning Talk - February 2021
            04 Feb 2021 February Meeting: Michael Alguire - Intricate Hollow Forms
            16 Jan 2021 NWWT - Turning Talk - January 2021
            07 Jan 2021 January Meeting: Mike Meredith - Chainsaw Maintenance & Sharpening
            19 Dec 2020 NWWT - Turning Talk
            03 Dec 2020 December Meeting: NO MEETING - HAPPY HOLIDAYS
            21 Nov 2020 NWWT - Turning Talk
            05 Nov 2020 November Meeting: Kathleen Duncan - Piercing
            24 Oct 2020 Spindle Turning Basics Course
            17 Oct 2020 NWWT - Turning Talk
            01 Oct 2020 October Meeting: Steve Newberry - Kuska Cup
            26 Sep 2020 NWWT Store Open for Sales and Pickup
            19 Sep 2020 NWWT - Turning Talk
            06 Aug 2020 August General Meeting - Joe Fleming - Airbrushing
            02 Jul 2020 July Meeting: John Beechwood - Spiralling and Texturing
            04 Jun 2020 June Meeting: Dale Larson: Spheres Demo
            16 May 2020 NWWT - Turning Talk
            07 May 2020 May Meeting: Tom Wiling: On-Line Egg Demo
            18 Apr 2020 NWWT - Turning Talk

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