NWWT Event Calendar

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Upcoming events

    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 16 Dec 2023
    • 21 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.


    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062
    • 3
    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


    • 05 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Centeer
    Register

    January 5, 2023 Meeting

    Annual Tool Swap

    What is it

    This was a popular annual event before the pandemic.  Members can bring their turning items that they seldom use to sell to other members.  We will have tables set up for your use.

    How it works

    While there will be a table of donated items to the club whose revenue goes to the club, the rest of the sales are member to member.  Cash and checks are the safest way to pay although some members may be able to accept credit cards or on-line apps like Venmo

    How to participate

    Please arrive by 6:30 (or earlier) to set up your table.  Make sure all items are priced.  Also please hit the register button so we will know how many people to expect.

    Note: Just sellers need to register


      • 14 Jan 2023
      • 09 Dec 2023
      • 12 sessions
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062
      • 6
      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.

      Open Shop is free, but the rental Portable Rest Room and our coffee and doughnuts cost money.    A $20 donation would help defray expenses.

      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


      • 21 Jan 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 4
      Register


      Sharpening Class


      Saturday, January 21, 2023

      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
      • 04 Feb 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 6
      Register


      Spindle Turning Basics Class


      Saturday February 4, 2023

      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.


      • 05 Feb 2023
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 6
      Register


      Bowl Turning Basics Class


      Sunday, February 5, 2023

      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 Feb 2023
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 6
      Register

      Spindle Turning 201 - Lidded Box Class


      Saturday, February 25, 2023

      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 Objectives
      The primary objective of this class is to teach additional spindle turning skills by making a lidded box.   There are a variety of techniques learned in this class that are applicable to many other projects from candle holders to pepper grinders and even bowls.

      Depending on the skill level of the class, introduction to the skew may be presented.

      Prerequisite Skills:  If you have not developed the skills described below or are unsure, attend an open shop session and discuss it with one of the helpers before registering for this course.  Skills required are:

      • Use of a rouging gouge to round square stock.
      •  Use of a spindle gouge to make beads and coves
      •  Use of a parting tool.

      Agenda

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      • Sharpen all tools used for the class with help from the instruction staff.
      • Practice beads and coves with the spindle gouge as a warm-up exercise
      • Discussion of box designs from simple to more complex
      • A simple box will be chosen as the class project
      • Fitting the lid discussion and techniques
      • Adding some flare to the box discussion
      • The finished box can then be embellished at home.

      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
      • 26 Feb 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 6
      Register


      Bowl Turning 201 Class


      Sunday, February 26, 2023

      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 7 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.  When you look at a bowl, your eye is very discerning.  You will learn optimal bowl shapes, rim designs, and base options.  Skills learned here will help you advance to the next level of expertise. 

      Each student should complete two bowls in class, not including sanding and finish application.

      Prerequisite Skills

      If you have not yet developed the skills below or are unsure, please attend an open shop and talk with one of the helpers before registering for this course.

      • Ability to prepare and mount a bowl blank between centers and in a chuck using a tenon or a recess
      • Ability to shape the outside and inside of a bowl using a bowl gouge
      • Ability to use a scraper for finishing the inside of a bowl
      • 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
      • Discuss sanding and finishing options 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
      • 01 Apr 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 6
      Register


      Sharpening Class


      Saturday, April 1, 2023

      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
      • 15 Apr 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • 24250 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin OR 97062.
      • 6
      Register