Events

Upcoming events

    • 01 Feb 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Multnomah Art Center - Auditorium

     NWWT is very fortunate to host Ashley Harwood from Charleston, SC this month.  Ashley is recognized as a premier bowl turner and teacher. 

    Ashley Harwood currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she creates her work and teaches at her personal studio. She has demonstrated in a number of professional venues throughout the US and abroad, as far away as Australia. Her teaching focuses on fine spindle turning and the Push Cut method of bowl turning along with the 40/40 grind on a bowl gouge. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a focus in sculpture and installation, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her background in glassblowing. Ashley focuses on works that are completed entirely on the lathe, without carving, texturing, or burning.  She uses simple, classic forms along with distinctive design elements that result in an approachable body of work with a high level of craftsmanship. Primarily, she makes utilitarian bowls, ornaments, and jewelry.  Her teaching has a strong focus on tool control and sharpening.

    Ashley has studied with Stuart Batty and our own local premier bowl turner, Dale Larson.  

    Here is what Dale has to say about Ashley:  

    I have one of Ashley Harwood's bowls in my collection.  It is beautiful.  I think it is important to be exposed to different ways of turning.  I learned a little from Richard Raffan, Ray Keys, John Jordan, Mike Mahoney and many others.  Then I developed my own style and ways that work for me.   Ashley offers an approach to woodturning that is unique.  She understands wood grain and how to use the tools.  She uses tools and tool grinds that work for her.  She is a good teacher.  You will be able to pick up some pointers and methods that will make your life easier in the shop.

    She will present a custom program for us at the Club meeting, then will teach an all day hands on class the next day, Friday, and an all day demo on the following Saturday.  See separate event postings for details of those events.  

     
    • 02 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center - Cottage 5
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    Bowl Turning Skills

    Date:  February 2nd, Friday
    Location:  Cottage 5, Multnomah Arts Center
    Time:  9am-4pm
    Cost:  $150 (includes materials)


    Instructor:  Ashley Harwood


    Description:  Join Ashley as she offers a solid one day course in bowl turning methods.  This class is primarily about technique...technique that produces repeatable results. The aim is to build skills rather than create a masterpiece.  This is a hands on experience with Ashley demonstrating, then you doing it and her giving you corrective instruction.  A number of NWWT members have taken her class over the years and vouch for her teaching skills.  Ashley will focus on sharpening, cutting a tenon properly to mount the wood blank on a chuck, roughing the piece and doing the finish cuts.  She will address the Seven Fundamentals of the "Perfect Cut": lathe speed, body stance, tool rest placement, chucking, sharpening, grain orientation, and technique.

    Finally, she will teach you how to jam chuck a bowl for the reverse turning. Through improving technique, the quality of the cut can become nearly flawless, requiring minimal sanding, and the turning experience is more enjoyable. Advanced and beginner woodturners can benefit from honing their techniques to achieve a better cut! Be prepared to make a lot of shavings!

    Here is what our local bowl turning guru, Dale Larson, recently told me about Ashley:

    I have one of Ashley Harwood's bowls in my collection.  It is beautiful.  I think it is important to be exposed to different ways of turning.  I learned a little from Richard Raffan, Ray Keys, John Jordan, Mike Mahoney and many others.  Then I developed my own style and ways that work for me.   Ashley offers an approach to woodturning that is unique.  She understands wood grain and how to use the tools.  She uses tools and tool grinds that work for her.  She is a good teacher.  You will be able to pick up some pointers and methods that will make your life easier in the shop.    

    Several other Club members have taken from Ashley on her previous visits and all, including myself, recommend her instruction.

    For those who sign up, more information will be provided to prepare you for this class regarding wood to bring, tools needed and other information.  

    Important

    • Bring your safety equipment - eye protection, dust protection and ear protection.
    • Bring your turning tools labeled with your name on them.
    • There will be a mid day lunch break.


    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center - Classroom 7
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    Turning Skills and Design

    Date:  February 3rd, Saturday
    Location:  Cottage 5, Multnomah Arts Center
    Time:  9am-4pm
    Cost:  $40


    Instructor:  Ashley Harwood


    Description:  Ashley will continue her demonstration work from the Thursday night Club meeting by talking about the tools that she uses - how they are sharpened and what their benefits are. This theme will continue throughout the demo; she encourages questions on this topic, too! She will cover all of the fundamental cuts in spindle turning before showing how I make one of the finials on my sea urchin ornaments. Next, I will show how I use these same cuts on a bowl, with a tall-shaped push cut bowl. By using the same cuts that we use in spindle turning, I can create a flowing shape with a finish straight off of the gouge that is ready for 150 to 180 grit sandpaper. If time permits, I will also show how to turn a few simple shaped beads for jewelry as well as some assembly techniques.

    Ashley will talk about how she can get different grain patterns in her bowls depending on how she cuts the wood out of the tree. She will touch on the drying process she uses in Charleston, SC, her hometown. Lastly, she will talk about the aesthetic side of turning, i.e. how do you create a pleasing form and how to add simple turned design elements to your bowls and other work that can help it to stand out. 

     Several other Club members have taken from Ashley on her previous visits and all, including myself, recommend her instruction.  This all day event will be a comprehensive overview that will complement her Club demo and all day class.  This will be your opportunity for a close up look at what she does and how she does it.  

    Note:  there will be a mid day lunch break.  Local restaurants and a Starbucks are close by.


    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    Past President and Board Member Mike Meredith will show his method for turning a pepper mill or grinder.  Mike has demonstrated here in Oregon and traveled to Washington and other western states.  You may know him from Dr's Woodshop fame, his finishing products.  For mills Mike uses the CrushGrind mechanism to create this very popular wood turned item.  It takes a planned sequence of steps to shape the outside and drill out the inside.  He will go over the steps and the tools required.  If you haven't tried making a mill before, don't miss this meeting!


    Show & Tell - Bring your items for show and tell! 

    Monthly Challenge = Bowls or other inspirations from Ashley's February visit.

    Monthly Wood Raffle - $1/ticket, 6 tickets for $5

    NWWT Store Open - Great deals on CA glue, sanding discs, AnchorSeal, and more.

       
    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    Back by popular demand is the multi-station demonstration event that was so popular 2 years ago.  Taking requests now for which techniques you'd like to see demonstrated.  Previously we had thread chasing/cutting, vacuum chucking, chucking methods, and surface embellishment methods.  

    Show & Tell - Bring your items for show and tell! 

    Monthly Challenge = Did you turn a pepper or salt mill?  Bring them in!

    Monthly Wood Raffle - $1/ticket, 6 tickets for $5

    NWWT Store Open - Great deals on CA glue, sanding discs, AnchorSeal, and more.

       
    • 03 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    Do we have a volunteer demonstrator in the Club for this topic?  Contact Mike Porter.


    Show & Tell - Bring your items for show and tell! 

    Monthly Challenge

    Monthly Wood Raffle - $1/ticket, 6 tickets for $5

    NWWT Store Open - Great deals on CA glue, sanding discs, AnchorSeal, and more.

       

Past events

04 Jan 2018 January Meeting - Annual Tool Swap
02 Nov 2017 November Meeting:Demonstrator Jerry Harris "Turning a Cowboy Hat" and Annual Elections
05 Oct 2017 October Meeting: Dan Tilden, "Exploring Natural Edge Designs"
08 Sep 2017 Making Animated Toys - All Day Demo
07 Sep 2017 September Meeting: Animated Toys by Richard Dlugo
05 Aug 2017 August Meeting: Annual Picnic and Auction
08 Jul 2017 Hands On Class: Tania Radda: Embellishing Your Turnings with Cold Bend Hardwood
06 Jul 2017 July Meeting: Tania Radda: Artful Turnings Using Cold Bend Hardwood
17 Jun 2017 Woodworker Estate Sale - Update
01 Jun 2017 June Meeting: Lloyd Johnson: The Latest Trends in Segmented Turning
13 May 2017 Making a Windsor Stool
04 May 2017 May Meeting: Miguel Hernandez: Multi-axis off-center turning
06 Apr 2017 April Meeting: Tom Wiling: Turning an egg form
02 Mar 2017 March Meeting: Rick Rich - Turning a Windsor Stool
02 Feb 2017 February Meeting: Michael Ferreira - Unique Color Finishes
22 Jan 2017 TVFD "Plug" Program and Spindle Turning Class
01 Dec 2016 December Meeting - No Meeting - Merry Christmas!
03 Nov 2016 November Meeting: Elections, Tom Willing - Chucking and Scott Trumbo Serious Toolworks
06 Oct 2016 October Meeting: Reed Gray: 3 Skills for Turning
24 Sep 2016 Turner's shop sale- Saturday, Sept 24, 2016
24 Sep 2016 Tom Wirsing - Platter Work - Hands-On Class - Saturday
23 Sep 2016 Tom Wirsing - Platter Work - All-day demo - Friday
01 Sep 2016 September Meeting: Tom Hasting-Turning Natural Edge Bowls
13 Aug 2016 Spindle Turning and Beyond w/Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler- All-day demo
12 Aug 2016 Spindle Turning and Beyond w/Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler- Hands-On Class
06 Aug 2016 NWWT Picnic & Auction
16 Jul 2016 Sharpening - Techniques, Jigs and Grinders
07 Jul 2016 July Meeting: Carl Jacobson: Three Piece Boxes
25 Jun 2016 Wally Dickerson shop sale- Saturday, June 25
02 Jun 2016 June Meeting: Phil Lapp: Hollowing Systems & Trent Bosch Visualizer System
05 May 2016 May Meeting: Steve Newberry: Turn a Ladle
07 Apr 2016 April Meeting: Terry Gerros - Twists (April 7, 2016)
03 Mar 2016 March Meeting: Rotating Demos (March 3, 2016)
20 Feb 2016 Ashley Harwood - Hands-On Class (Saturday Feb 20, 2016)
19 Feb 2016 Ashley Harwood - All-Day Demo (Friday Feb 19, 2016)
04 Feb 2016 February Meeting: Dale Larson - From Tree to Bowl (Feb 4, 2016)
07 Jan 2016 January Meeting - 1-7-16 - Annual Tool Swap
03 Dec 2015 December Meeting - No Meeting - Merry Christmas!
05 Nov 2015 November Meeting 11-5-15 - Turning a Crotch - Phil Lapp
01 Oct 2015 October Meeting 10-1-15 - Jim Hall - Ornaments
05 Sep 2015 Christian Burchard – All Day Class
04 Sep 2015 Christian Burchard – All Day Demo
03 Sep 2015 September Meeting - Christian Burchard
08 Aug 2015 NWWT Picnic & Auction
06 Aug 2015 August Meeting - Canceled - Auction Instead
11 Jul 2015 North Woods - Warehouse Sale & Open House
02 Jul 2015 July Meeting 7-2-15 - Finishing Techniques
20 Jun 2015 Guild Day at Rockler's - CANCELLED
13 Jun 2015 Wood Selection & Processing - Refine Your Skills
04 Jun 2015 June Meeting 6-4-15
22 May 2015 Portland City Fair Demonstrators Needed
02 Apr 2015 April meeting
06 Mar 2015 Oregon Woodturning Symposium - Volunteer Work
05 Mar 2015 March Meeting
28 Feb 2015 Sharpening - Refine Your Skills
05 Feb 2015 February Meeting

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