Time to Renew Your Membership for 2019

OPCAAW membership runs on a calendar-year basis. If you wish to remain a member in good standing for 2019 you need to pay your annual dues by the end of March.

The club encourages you to renew your membership online. You can pay using a credit card or your PayPal account.

First OPCAAW Woodturners Show Planned for Port Orchard Gallery

OPCAAW is proud to announce its first gallery based woodturning show to feature members’ work during the month of April in the Sydney Art Gallery, Port Orchard. All OPCAAW members are encouraged to enter work for the show.

Each member can submit up to three pieces for the show, which will have categories for  pen turning, spindle turning, bowls, hollow forms and segmented turnings. A $150 “Best of Show” prize will be awarded, as well as a $75 second prize and a $50 third prize. Judging will be done by someone unaffiliated with the club. There is a $5 entry fee for each piece; OPCAAW will subsidize the first entry fee for each member. So the cost for three entries is $10.

The show will run from April 2 through April 24, with a “Meet the Turners” reception on Sunday, April 14. Entries can be marked “not for sale” or can be offered for sale to the public. The Sydney Gallery will charge a 33 percent commission on items sold.

Members should submit their entries at the March 27 OPCAAW meeting. Entries will be returned at the April 24 meeting.

Sign Up for Regional Turning Opportunities

Registration is now open for two major turning educational opportunities this coming March in the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon Woodturning Symposium will take place March 15-17 at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, OR. A week later, the Northwest Washington Woodturners host a day long demonstration by noted wood turner Mike Mahoney, March 23 in Anacortes, WA.

The three day event in Oregon features demonstrations by such wood turners as Richard Raffan, Glenn Lucas, Michael Hosulak, Sam Angelo and our own Dave Schweitzer. Registration for the symposium, the banquet and all lunches is $245 ($295 after Feb. 15).

The Mike Mahoney Demo will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the First Baptist Church in Anacortes. Mahoney will share his knowledge and techniques for bowl turning, bowl coring, hollow forms, platter turning and tool design and grinding. Cost of the demo is $45 ($55 after Feb. 21. Registration includes a deli lunch, snacks and drinks. Download the registration form and send in your payment by mail.

Our organization

Our chapter of the American Association of Woodturners comprises more than 120 members of all skill levels from Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson and Clallam counties in Washington State.

Our more experienced members place a high priority on helping novice turners in a variety of ways including an official mentoring program, casual advice, and hands-on workshops.

Top regional turners such as Molly Winton, Stephen Hatcher, Art Liestman and Don McIvor and accomplished club members such as Tones Briggs, Norm Hix, Dan Marler and Brad Stave have conducted demonstrations at club meetings in the past few years.

The purpose of OPCAAW, as stated in our bylaws, is to:

  • Promote the art and craft of woodturning in our community
  • Conduct regular membership meetings with suitable programs, activities and demonstrations related to the woodturning craft
  • Engage in other activities such as turning instruction or cooperative acquisition and use of the materials and tools for woodturning, and
  • Maintain a lending library for members.