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Join us for our next meeting April 28th, 12:30 PM at the Gardiner Community Center.  Jamie Staw is the presenter and his presentation will be "Beyond Bottle Stoppers".

Jamie Straw is a local woodturner from Bainbridge Island, WA. She's been turning for close to 4 years now, teaches at Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network and is V.P. of Training and Education for the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of AAW. She discovered the vortex of woodturning when she bought a lathe to complete a full woodworking shop at home. Enter the lathe -- exit all the other activities! It was just too much fun. 

Jamie has a long history of teaching, having taught music when in her teens, adult education, Dressage (classic, cavalry-based horse training) and now woodturning. Her emphasis is on the progressive development of skills, with concentration on smooth, efficient use of gouges, understanding how the wood cuts, and use of other tools such as negative rake scrapers to complete projects. She strongly believes in the benefits of investing in workshops with masters, and has schooled with Glenn Lucas, John Jordan and Tom Wirsing. Her teaching activities at BARN have slowed down her production of finished projects, but she enjoys turning both bowls and spindle projects, and sells annually at BARN's Show-and-Sell day in November.  She also teaches a class on Harvesting a Fallen Tree specifically oriented to woodturners.

April Presentation :  "Beyond Bottle Stoppers"

If you think that Ruth Niles' stopper mandrels are simply for turning bottle stoppers, Jamie Straw has some great news for you. There are several fun items that can be made using these high quality mandrels, and Jamie has some tips and tricks to share to help you along. In her  presentation on April 24th, she'll show several items made using the mandrel, demonstrate important gouge techniques, processes to simplify turning these projects, and the different tools she uses. She will also bring a few of Ruth's newest creations and hardware.


We will be having a show and tell along with a raffle at this meeting, A wood auction is planned for this meeting.  We will be having a silent auction at this meeting for a Jet Mini Lathe.  The JML 1014 has five fixed speeds.  This is a fundraiser for our club.  The starting bid on this item will be $150.00.  Our club accepts cash and checks only.


Our club is always looking for donated items to be used in the monthly "raffle" & "wood" for the wood auction. All of these proceeds go directly to the club to help keep our yearly  membership fees at a reasonable rate & to promote  club activities & woodturning . 

The Gardiner Community Center is located at 980  Old Gardiner Road Sequim.  The GCC is located 10 miles east of downtown Sequim on RT 101.  The easiest way to get there is take a left off of RT 101 as if you were going to Diamond Pt. Rd, stay in the center lane and take a left onto Old Gardiner Rd. Go down Old Gardiner Rd & the GCC is on the right.  Park in the upper lot and use the front entrance. Please park in the designated parking spaces only,  if all the spaces are full, please use the church parking lot next door for overflow parking.

March Meeting With Brad Stave