We have a new home and meeting day!

It will be 3rd Monday of the month.  So this month is Monday the 15th.
The new location is West Side Improvement Club in Bremerton (4109 W E St, Bremerton, WA 98312).  It is about 5 miles away from the old location.

For this month’s meeting, we plan to set up all the lathes (including the new Jet 1640) and turn tops.  This will be our first use/setup in the new location, and we need to get as many folks as we can to make sure all the kink’s are worked out. Come and hang out, turn some tops and enjoy the company of other woodturners.   By the way, there will be cake!

Take the Loxie Eagans Blvd exit on WA3.  Head East, then go South (right) on National.  Then West on “E” street (right).
There is parking in a large lot, with handicap parking on the same level as the improvement club.   (Here is the google maps link: West Side Improvement Club)

Hope to see everyone there!

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David Ellsworth Sawbuck Plans

If you participated in the Jan. 25 online David Ellsworth demonstration for the Strait Turners you would have seen him refer to his home-made sawbuck.

Here is a link to the plans for the sawbuck that David showed as part of his demonstration. Lumber prices being what they are, you may want to see if you have some scraps that can help make up some of the pieces.


Our Organization

Our chapter of the American Association of Woodturners comprises more than 150 members of all skill levels and serves mainly woodturners who live in 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.

In addition, the club has six lathes that allow us to offer woodturning classes once a month throughout the year and several times a month during the summer. The subjects of these classes are determined by member interests and your feedback. They have been extremely popular; nearly all have been filled within a day or two of being announced.

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.