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.
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.
Christmas Feast Dec. 11
Our annual Woodturners Christmas Feast is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Seventh Day Adventist School, where regular monthly meetings are held. Please reserve that time for an evening of socializing, good food and the holiday prize drawing. All club members and their families are welcome to attend.
The club will provide ham and turkey. Member potluck contributions are to be as follows: Members with last names beginning A-I should bring a dessert; Members with last names J-Q should bring a side dish; members with last names R-Z bring salads.
The OPCAAW Board has earmarked significant funds to purchase prizes for the member participation drawings. Members who attend monthly meetings, bring items for Show & Tell and the wood auction, participate in the President’s Challenge and who turn tops for the fair earn raffle tickets that are drawn at the Christmas Feast.
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.