Special Woodturning Workshops by John Jordan

OPCAAW is bringing world class wood turner John Jordan to our area March 9, 10, 11 and 12 for a demonstration and three hands-on workshops. Jordan, a Tennessee resident who has demonstrated at national AAW symposiums, is internationally known and honored for his carved hollow form vessels.

In partnership with the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), the Olympic Peninsula Woodturners is offering you a great chance to get hands-on instruction from this famous woodturner.

If you are interested in learning hollow form turning techniques and to see one of the pioneering artists in this discipline, you will have four opportunities to participate.

Friday, March 9, 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Jordan will give a demonstration on his techniques in the large meeting room at BARN on Bainbridge Island. Registration is $30. Sign up for this demonstration.

Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Jordan will conduct two hands-on workshops entitled “Hollow Form Turning and Artistry” at Ray Ewing’s shop in South Kitsap. Each workshop will be limited to 8 participants. These hands-on workshops are focused on learning and enhancing hollow form turning skills and Jordan’s methods of enhancing each piece. Cost for each workshop is $100. Contact VP for Training Jamie Straw to sign up for either day.

Monday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Jordan will conduct his final hands-on workshop in BARN’s Woodworking Studio. Limited to five participants. OPCAAW members can register at BARN’s member rate of $220 for this day-long workshop, but you must call BARN (206-842-4475, ask for Julie at ext. 221) to register at this rate.


 Bylaws Revision Proposed

The OPCAAW Board voted on Feb. 12, 2018 to propose a revision of our bylaws to the general membership of the club. The bylaws govern how the club operates. Our last bylaws revision came in 2004.

The proposed new bylaws include language that specifies the club is operated as a non-profit organization in compliance with state and federal laws governing such organizations. They also specify the duties of the club’s officers, allow the addition of up to three “at-large” members to the Board (to expand the perspectives heard at board meetings), and outline other member rights and protections. The Board realizes that most members don’t know that bylaws govern the operations of the club and most members certainly aren’t familiar with the bylaws.

However, it is in your interest to read the proposed bylaws. If you wish to compare the new bylaws with our existing bylaws, you are encouraged to read our current bylaws. If you have questions, you are encouraged to ask a Board member or to send your question to the Board. The bylaws revision will be presented at the Feb. 28 meeting and will be put to a vote of the membership at the March 28 meeting.

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.