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Bellingham Kids’ Fest (Canceled for 2020)

The annual Bellingham Kids’ Fest is held on the first Saturday in August, at Civic Field, except for 2020, when it was canceled due to coronavirus concern. This is a completely FREE family event that showcases a wide variety of services and opportunities for children and their families in Whatcom County. In addition to woodturning by NWW, there will be lots of other free activities for everyone to enjoy.

NWW regularly showcases 8 or more lathes.  We normally set up around 10am. The Kids’ Fest starts at 11am and ends at 3pm.  Lunch time refreshments are provided by participating organizations for the turners.  We turn as many tops as we can, and there are typically more than twelve hundred kids and parents who attend.  For any questions, contact Ray Shields at rayshields@msn.com, or 360-671-3072. Bring as many top blanks as you can!  NWW will be set up at the west end of the field, just outside of the track.

Mount Vernon Children’s Festival (Canceled for 2020)

Mount Vernon Children’s Festival is an annual celebration for area children. It takes place on the 3rd Saturday in July. Summer will be in full swing in the Skagit Valley. Consequently, the festival will be a wonderful way to enjoy another perfect day with some really enjoyable folks.

The festival draws a variety of vendors and display booths. However, the top turning demonstration by Northwest Washington Woodturners is generally the most popular attraction! To make this happen, we need MANY club volunteers to turn tops to give to the children!

This is always a great event that also provides an opportunity for the club to promote the craft and art of wood turning. Thank you in advance for your help and involvement.

Grandparents are Tops (Canceled for 2020)

The first Sunday after Labor Day is the day for Grandparents are Tops at the Everett Children’s Museum from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. If you would like to take a hand in turning or just look, come on by! The Museum is located at 1502 Wall Street in Everett (children 12 and under FREE).

NOTE: In 2020, the Museum will be undergoing renovations in September and the staff have therefore scheduled this event for Sunday, August 23.

Ornament Plans

Hello Everyone!

As you may be aware, we have committed to decorate a tree during every even numbered year (2020, 2022, etc) for the Festival of Trees. The trees are auctioned off and the proceeds go to the Bellingham Senior Activities Center.

We will need a lot of turned ornaments to decorate a 6-ft tree. Don’t wait until the last minute — you can turn ornaments at any time of year. The more, the merrier!

To help get those creative juices going I have pulled together a list of websites that have plans for Turned Ornaments… some are very easy! You can also check out Etsy for ideas, or YouTube for tutorials….

If you have any questions, contact me (melanie@nwwwt.org) or Gary Moore (gamoore@nwwwt.org). Thanks in advance to everyone for their participation!

Melanie Mankamyer

SOURCES FOR ORNAMENT PLANS:

http://www.woodturnersresource.com/tpt/Woodturning%20Projects_Plans_Techniques/Holiday_Turning_Projects/
http://www.ghwg.ca/techniques/Eugen_Schlaak_Bird_House.PDF
http://www.ghwg.ca/techniques/Eugen_Schlaak_Angel_Making.PDF
http://www.ghwg.ca/techniques/Eugen_Schlaak_Christmas_Tree.PDF

INSPIRATION:
http://www.woodcentral.com/newforum/ornaments/

Annual Summertime Potluck Picnic! (Canceled for 2020)

There’s no scheduled meeting or presentation this month because it’s time for our Annual Summertime Potluck Picnic! Always a fun event, this will include (as usual) a tool sale and silent auction. If you have not been before, see the July newsletter for directions to get to Val & Laura Matthews’ place.

Bring your significant other, a side dish (salad, dessert, etc.), something cool to drink, and something to sit on. The club will provide the main course, soft drinks, water, paper plates, plastic ware, napkins. Lunch is normally served around 3pm.