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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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Jimmy Clewes Demo Early-bird Price

We’ve extended the special early-bird price for Jimmy Clewes All-Day Demo tickets. Be sure to purchase tickets by January 31 to receive this special reduced price of $45! After January 31 registration will be $55.

Take one of the following actions to register:

  1. Signup and pay at the January or February meeting (third Thursday monthly). Payment is required at time of registration.
  2. Order tickets by mail. Click here to download a form to fill out and mail in. Please fill out one form for each ticket purchased, so a separate food order can be placed for each.
  3. Click here to buy tickets online.

Grandparents are Tops

Sunday Sept.13 from 1:00 to 4:00pm is the day for Grandparents are Tops at the Everett Children’s Museum! 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).

Bellingham Parks Kid’ Fest

The 26th annual Bellingham Parks Kid’ Fest at Bloedel Donovan Park, on the shore of Lake Whatcom, is being held August 1st.  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 the NWWT, there will be a petting zoo, mini golf, inflatables, Lego fun land, face painting, balloons, martial arts, play dough, crafts, prize wheel, obstacle course, bike course, kayak demos, robotics, climbing rock wall, and MORE!

NWWT 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!   NWWT will be set up in the shade at the entrance to the park from the parking lot.  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 18th, 2015. 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!

Call (3608549909) or email ( Dennis Shinn to join in the fun on a great day and for a great cause. Also, a signup sheet will be available at the next regular (June) meeting for those who plan to participate. We need a few more volunteers from the noon to 4:00 times to help round out the group.

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.

Dennis Shinn
Mt. Vernon Children’s Festival Event Chairman
NWWT Past President