Category Archives: Events

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.

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.

Jimmy Clewes

Clewes Demo Poster
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Coming March 19, 2016, 9am to 4pm
Northwest Washington Woodturners 7th annual All Day Demo will feature Jimmy Clewes. Originally hailing from England, Jimmy now calls Las Vegas, Nevada home. He learned his craft in his homeland and is a Registered Professional Woodturner, a distinction only available to woodturners in England who offer a professional service to the public, and whose work, prior to admission, has been approved by competent assessors as being of good quality and meeting the standards of The Worshipful Company of Turners of London. Jimmy demonstrates and teaches woodturning worldwide. Now we too can enjoy a day of learning with Jimmy as he shares his signature works, designs and techniques. Jimmy will be emphasizing design and form as well as technique plus demonstrating his approach to color and surface embellishment. His demos are fast paced and lively……full of energy and FUN!!! Be sure to be present on March 19!

Register early and save! Through January 21 registration is $45. After January 21 registration is $55. Registration deadline is March 17. Registration fee includes a delicious deli lunch, snacks and beverages. Location: Anacortes First Baptist Church, Anacortes, WA. See the poster more information, or email Donna Holmquist at

Take one of the following actions to register:

  1. Signup and pay at the March 17th meeting at Hillcrest Lodge in Mount Vernon. Payment is required at time of registration.
  2. Click here to buy tickets online.

In addition to the demo, there are also two classes being taught by Jimmy.

  • Scorched Ash BowlFriday, March 18, 2016 9 AM – 4 PM
    SOLD OUT Contact to be placed on the wait list.
    From start to finish learn and refine the many techniques and design components that go into this bowl. You’ll learn how to successfully create a continuous curve, a fitted maple lid with a slight turned over rim, scorching and texturing the bowl to emphasize the grain, coloring the lid, creating a simple handle to compliment the simple curve of the bowl all taught with techniques successfully used by Jimmy and accessible to woodturners of any experience level.
  • African Drum-style Box with Argentium InlaySunday, March 20, 2016 9 AM – 4 PM
    Learn a tried and trusted method for fitting a box lid, along with successfully creating a continuous curve, inlaying argentium (sterling silver) into an ebony box lid, hollowing end grain, and considering the aesthetics and design of the box’s shape and form. Woodturners from beginners to advanced are welcome in this class.

Click here to register for classes online.

For further information on Jimmy Clewes:

Woodfest 2015

Woodfest is an annual celebration of woodworking and student achievements. This year it will be occurring from April 11 & 12, 2015. It is at the beginning of Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and is a sanctioned event of the Tulip Festival. Consequently, Woodfest is a wonderful way to begin enjoying the many activities scheduled throughout Skagit County.

Woodfest aims to draw a variety of vendors and display booths from chainsaw carvers, wood turners, traditional carvers, wood crafters, artisans, high school woodworking exhibits, and educational exhibits.

Woodfest also invites schools from around Skagit Valley to bring their woodworking crafts for the Student Competition as well as Alumni to show off previous work.

In addition to all the wonderful wood-related vendors, visitors may also tour the many carvings and murals in downtown Sedro-Woolley, enjoy and bid on items at the silent auction, and drink espressos and Italian sodas as well as eat food and candy from Sedro-Woolley High School Associated Student Body Concessions.

Northwest Washington Woodturners has had a long standing partnership with Woodfest through contributing to the silent auction, display and sales of our work, and live wood turning demonstrations. This year we are once again helping to promote wood shop programs in our area schools. We will have several of our mini lathes set up for club member use along with the large Robust lathe (if you have something more ambitious to work on). Two display/sales tables will be available; one will be for donations of members’ work with the proceeds going to our Educational Outreach program managed by George Way. The other table will be available for sale or display of your work.

This year due to a scheduling conflict the event will be held in the Cascade Middle School gym rather than at Sedro-Woolley high school. Cascade is located on SR9 about a long block from the junction of SR 9 and 20 on the east side of Sedro-Woolley.

A signup sheet will be available at the next regular (February) meeting for those who plan to participate. This is always a great event providing an opportunity for the club to promote the craft and art of wood turning. Thank you in advance for your help and involvement.

Dennis Shinn
Woodfest Event Chairman
NWWT Past President

April 11 & 12, 2015
Cascade Middle School
905 Mcgarigle Rd
Sedro-Woolley, WA

Michael Hosaluk

Hosaluk Demo Poster
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Take one of the following actions to register:

  1. Signup and pay at the October, November, January or February meeting (third Thursday monthly). Payment is required at time of registration.
  2. Send your signup request and check to:
    Greg Anderson
    23607 Hidden Valley Road
    Granite Falls, WA 98252
  3. Click here to buy tickets online.

For further information on Michael Hosaluk:
Emma 2010 article