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Events, Videos and Articles. . . . . . page updates monthly – this is February 2022 Toolbox
|Spheres—Have a ball! Turned spheres beg to be touched, handled, and rolled. They can be an interesting way to display a collection of various woods or be combined with other turned objects to add intrigue and stir curiosity. The surface decoration options are unlimited and can transform a simple sphere into something even more fascinating. This week’s picks explore sphere turning. The spherical possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Have a ball! (Remember to sign in with your username and password to access members-only content.)|
| Topical Turnings Dick Gerard and Lauren Zenreich CollaborationTribute Sphere Donna BanfieldFaux Spalted SphereMaple Konstantin GusevChinese Ball(Five spheres inside!) |
The Sphere 2008 Invitational Exhibition of theAAW Professional Outreach Program (POP)(56-page exhibit catalog.)
The Sphere—Second Round
2017 Invitational and Juried Exhibition of theAAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP)(56-page exhibit catalog.) See more woodturned work!Many “Turnings of the Week” are selected from the AAW Forum and Maker Photo Gallery. We encourage you to inspire others by uploading and sharing your work! Want to connect with other woodturners?Sign up for the AAW Forum, a member moderated online community ideal for sharing work and ideas, and obtaining feedback from other woodturning enthusiasts. You can upload photos, converse with other woodturners, and maybe even see your work as a “Turning of the Week.” Click here to visit the AAW Forum gallery.
Articles of the WeekIn his article, “Build Your Skills and Train Your Eye by Turning a Sphere,” from the August 206 issue of American Woodturner, author Kip Christensen says turning a square chunk of wood into a ball requires practice of one of turning’s most common forms — the symmetrical curve. He explains the sphere turning process.
Click here for a direct link to the article.Eugene Lee wanted to spend more time exploring surface enhancements for spheres vs. turning them, so he built a sphere-cutting jig. In the article, “Shopbuilt Sphere-Cutting Jig,” from the October 2012 issue of American Woodturner, he tells you how. Click here for a direct link to the article. In his article, “Spherical Box,” from the Winter 2005 issue of American Woodturner, author Christian Delhon provides step-by-step instructions for turning a round, lidded box. Click here for a direct link to the article.
Videos of the WeekIn this video, Alan Stratton demonstrates how to turn a hollow sphere without using a jig. How to Turn Perfect Hollow Sphere, Alan Stratton/As Wood Turns (TRT 9:30) In this video, Jeff Hornung offers a simple way to turn a small sphere from acrylic resin using a technique taught to him by Kirk DeHeer. Making a Sphere! The Turning Shed/Jeff Hornung/The Walnut Log Studio (TRT 24:42)
Don’t miss this opportunity! The application period is open for what will be a incredible AAW show! Bridging the Gap: the Craft and Art of Turning…will premiere at the AAW Symposium in Chattanooga. This exhibition will highlight the broad spectrum of excellence in turning, from functional bowls to the decorative arts and sculpture. The application fee of $25 includes up to three submissions. The fee is waived for students in full-time programs or apprenticeships. Deadline: March 15, 2022 Check the Calls for Entry page to learn more about this and other exciting and challenging opportunities. Questions? Contact Tib Shaw, AAW curator, email@example.com Register today! Live Online EventAAW Presents: From Penturning to Pen Making with Mark Dreyer and John UnderhillSaturday, February 19, 20223:00 p.m. Eastern Time Join us for a mini-master’s program in pen making in less than two hours! Whether you’re new to pen making or a seasoned veteran of the art, Mark Dreyer and John Underhill’s inspiring session will feature something for you. Key takeaways:• Pen blank and component selection, preparation, drilling, gluing, and tips• Techniques for casting resin pen blanks, including clear and embedded object casting Check out Mark Dreyer’s explanation of what will be covered in the video below!Click here for details and registration. Live In-Person EventAAW’s Annual InternationalWoodturning SymposiumChattanooga, TNJune 23-26, 2022 Reunite and connect with other turners who share your interests. You’ll find demonstrations targeted to your skill level. Over 3½ days, you’ll have 100 compelling presentations to choose from to help you enrich your woodturning experience! This extraordinary experience will be worth the wait! Check out the roster of incredible demonstrators!(Click the image below if the slides are not advancing on their own.)