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                       Welcome to Strait Turners

                 Our woodturning group is committed to the advancement of woodturning.

     Join us for our next meeting January 30th , 9:30 AM at the Gardiner Community Center.  Martha Collins
      will be the presenter.  Martha is a nationally known artist/turner and a Sequim resident. 


      Resume/ Bio. Leaving graduate school in the early 1970's, I envied friends who had a cabinet shop.  It resonated deep with me, that at    
      the end  of the day there was something  made that did not exist before.  After a short internship as a carpenters apprentice I was able   
      to be trained by the State of Michigan as a cabinetmaker.  Title 9 had just gone through and I was the first woman in this program.  It was
      wonderful !  Two and half years of instruction, everyday from 8 to 3.  Upon graduation I was hired by the John Widdicomb Furniture
      company of Grand Rapids as a management trainee in their sample room. In 1978 I opened my own shop in Kalamazoo,  producing
      cabinets and custom furniture.  At the same time I was apprenticing in a shop where wood jewelry was made.  It was here that I learned
      about exotic woods and  how to dye maple veneer.  It was a "what if" moment when we discovered how to make the Helical Mosaic
      Chevron Bracelet.  We had taken a fletch of rosewood veneer and shifted the pieces, laminated and turned it.  Upon examination the
      maestro of the shop said "  it looks like I made my own grain"  and the other apprentice said  " What if we did this with a laminate
      material"!!   And thus it began:  this incredible journey exploring a wonderful process of laminating  different specie of wood and dyed
      veneers and then turning it on a lathe. Having attended the University of Oregon,  I knew I wanted to live in the Northwest, so in 1983 my
      family moved to Sequim to a house and  shop that I designed and built.  Here along with cabinets and furniture I produced a line of
      bracelets that I offered through galleries along the West coast.  In 1995 I was able to work for Admiral Marine in Port Townsend building
      the interiors of yachts.  It was challenging good work  and I loved it.  Since 2000 I have been back in my own shop, producing a full line
      of jewelry, bowls and tableware.  I show my work at the finest craft shows in the country, including the American Craft Exposition in 
      Glencoe IL and the Bellevue Art Museum Artfair.  I offer classes in my own studio and teach at the Port Townsend School of
      Woodworking , Pratt Art Center in Seattle and BARN on Bainbrige Island and have given many presentations to different chapters of the
      American Association of Woodturners.


    My passion is to create personal, unique, one of a kind works of art with the natural colors and grains of exotic woods and maple veneer  
   that I hand dye. Weaving wood is a 100 step process of lamination, band saw slicing, re-orienting the material, re-lamination and lathe
   turning.  What excites me are the different patterns that are created by changing the thickness of the sliced material, its orientation, and
   the use of color in the dyed veneer.  The interplay of these components is revealed and accentuated in the lathe turning.   A bracelet or a  
   2  inch Spiri 
Bowl can have up to 1200 pieces of wood in it making it appear like woven needlepoint or beadwork.



          We will be having a show and tell along with a raffle at this meeting.

          A wood auction is planned for this meeting.

     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 rear 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.

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