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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

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.

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

Trent Bosch All Day Demo

Bosch Demo Poster
(Click image to view full sized poster)

Coming March 25, 2017, 9am to 4pm
Northwest Washington Woodturners 8th annual All Day Demo will feature Trent Bosch.

Enjoy a full day exploring Trent’s techniques refined over 20+ years as a professional wood artist.

  • Revelations in hollowing
  • Vessels & Surfaces
  • Decorative Utility Bowls
  • Sculpting wood beyond the lathe
  • Plus MUCH more & time for your questions

Register early and save! Through January 31 registration is $45. After January 31 registration is $55. Registration fee includes a delicious deli lunch, snacks and beverages.

Location: Anacortes First Baptist Church, 2717 J Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.

See the poster more information, or email

Take one of the following actions to register:

  1. Signup and pay in person at the monthly club meeting at Hillcrest Lodge in Mount Vernon. Payment is required at time of registration.
  2. Click here to buy tickets online.
  3. Download, print, and mail the registration form along with payment.

For further information on Trent Bosch and see more of his work:

Refining Your Techniques with Ashley Harwood

Take your turning to a new level!

Come focus on learning to replicate cuts to create the shapes you want every time.

Turners of any level of experience from beginner to advanced are warmly welcomed to relax, learn, and have fun making shavings. Ashley will work with you at your turning level.

Note: Class prices have been reduced.

Ashley is a well-known professional woodturner who has presented nationally (at AAW Symposiums) and internationally with exhibits in galleries and museums. She apprenticed with Stuart Batty for two years after completing a BFA in sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University.

After restoring an industrial lathe, Ashley began a thriving production business that spans delicate jewelry to large bowls. Read more about her in this article and see her website.

No experience necessary for either class.

  • Spindle Turning and Push-Cut Bowl Turning
    May 21 and 22, 2016 from 9 AM – 4 PM $175
    Refine your techniques for both spindle and bowl turning. Spindle turning is the foundation of woodturning, transferring to all forms of turning. One day is devoted to refining your cuts for each type of turning, including how to use wood grain, lathe speed, chucking, tool and rest placement, sharpening, and stance to your advantage when producing and replicating cuts to shape your work.
    Read the complete class description and register online.
  • Push-Cut Bowl Turning
    May 20, 2016 from 9 AM – 4 PM $85
    Refine your techniques for bowl turning and learn to make a perfect cut without torn grain, as well as how to use wood grain, lathe speed, tool and rest lacement, chucking, sharpening, and stance to your advantage.
    Read the complete class description and register online.

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