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

Trent Bosch All Day Demo

Bosch Demo Poster
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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.

Direct questions to

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.