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June Top Turning Sessions

June 17th, two separate 3-hour sessions on top turning:
9:00am-Noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Gerrit Van Ness’ shop in Bay View.

We’ll explore different ways to go about top making, choice of tools, safety, and whatever else you might want to know. Please try to bring some raw material and if you’d prefer to use your own tools fine, but the club has them if you don’t. Proper stock for top turning from solid blanks should be no less than 1-1/2″ square (or round if you’d prefer to pre-turn to a cylinder). Some people prefer to make their tops from dowels inserted into about 3/8″ thick x 1-1/2″ square blanks which we’ll explain how to make as well. Most peoples’ choice of tools is a 3/8″ bowl or spindle gouge.

If you’ve never turned tops before this is your golden opportunity! As has been announced, the third Sat in July the club will once again be participating in the annual Children’s Art Festival at Hillcrest Park. We’ll have all eight club mini-lathes set up to provide entertainment and tops for the kids that line up and watch in amazement as we ‘discover’ what’s inside a simple piece of wood. This is a lot of fun plus a chance to bring some joy to a lot of kids. This is a free event for the public which includes plenty of activities for the youth of our community.

If you’d like to sign up for one of the classes before the regular June meeting, please contact me directly.  My contact information is in the club roster that all members should have received via email.

Be Safe!
Dennis Shinn

Beth Ireland Classes

Beth Ireland will be giving a presentation to NWW on Thursday, May 18, 2017, titled “Turning With Your Mind”. She will also provide a class on Friday, May 19th, on “Turning Simple Offset Boxes”. It is possible that she may be able to provide an additional class that weekend, although this is TBD.

In addition, our friends to the North at the Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild will be hosting Beth Ireland for 2 days of demonstrations at Bow River Specialty Woods in Chilliwack on May 5-6. Click here if you would like more information.

Bellingham Parks Kid’s Fest

The 28th annual Bellingham Parks Kid’s Fest is being held on August 5th, 2017 at Civic Field.  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 Kid’s Fest starts at 11am and ends at 3pm.  Lunch is 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 that attend.  Contact Dave Blair at, or 360-733-3911. 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. Dave Blair will have a sign up sheet at the July meeting.

Mount Vernon’s Children’s Festival

Mount Vernon’s Children’s Festival is an annual celebration for area children. This year it will be occurring on July 15th, 2017. 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.

Trent Bosch Classes

Trent Bosch will be offering two classes:

Decorative Utility Bowls Friday, March 24, 2017 9am to 4pm

  • Turn a green bowl, and learn tips on drying techniques to minimize cracking.
  • Discuss and explore lots of different decorative techniques (carving, bleaching, burning,
  • dyeing, painting, surface texturing).
  • All experience levels welcome.

Vessels of Illusion Sunday, March 26, 2917 9am to 4pm

  • Learn the techniques to create a unique “vessel-in-a-vessel” piece.
  • Includes turning an outer hollow form, carving the vessel, turning the insert, and using wood bending to get the insert in the outer vessel.
  • Come away with solid technical information on turning, carving, wood bending, and
  • ideas on where to look for inspiration.
  • Open to everyone; basic turning experience helpful.

Classes are $125 each and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. They will take place in Bay View, WA.

To sign up for a class:

  1. Download, print, and mail the class registration form along with payment.
  2. Directions and further details will be emailed to you prior to the class.

If any questions, email them to