A Proud Chapter
of the AAW
About our Members
by Phil Brown

Phil Brown will be recognized on November 6th at the Round House Theater in Bethesda, MD, with the Lifetime Impact Award for his continuing support of MCW during the 16th annual County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.  This is probably an evening event, and Phil hopes some friends will come. Details should appear soon at: creativemoco.com/
Lynda Smith-Bugge’s sculptures are exhibited in at seven-person show at The Mill at Carter Hall, 2611 Millwood Road, Milwood, VA from October 7-22, 2017.  They have an opening reception October 7th from 5-8 pm, and a closing reception October 22nd from 3-5 pm.  The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

The Woodcraft stores in Northern Virginia periodically offer woodturning classes at both the Braddock Road  store and the Leesburg store.  For a list of upcoming classes check their website. 
Classes are at Woodcraft in Springfield, VA.  See www.woodcraft.com/stores/storeclasses.aspx? id=327&page=classes 

Classes are at Woodcraft in Leesburg.  Register at the store, or by phone at (703) 737-7880, or the web site  www.woodcraft.com/stores/575/ woodcraft-of-northern-virginia/classes.aspx  


BlackRock Center for the Arts, a nonprofit arts center located in Germantown, MD, invites woodturners to submit entries for HANDCRAFTED, a turned wood exhibition juried by Fleur Bresler. The exhibition is dedicated to enhancing awareness of turned wood, and providing a venue for experienced woodturners within 100 miles of Germantown, MD to share their functional, sculptural, and creative endeavors.

DEADILNE FOR ENTRY SUBMISSION: Sunday, November 19, 2017 (11:59 PM EST)
JUROR: Fleur Bresler
NOTIFICATION REGARDING ACCEPTANCE: December 8, 2017 (email notification)
ENTRY FEE: $15 for first piece, and $10 for each additional piece (maximum of 4 pieces)
SUBMIT ENTRIES ONLINE: blackrockcenter.submittable.com/submit
(1) Open to all woodturners over age 18 living within approximately 100 miles of Germantown, MD, which includes members of Chapters of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) meeting in Annapolis, Frederick, Rosedale, and Rockville, MD; Alexandria, Leesburg, and Winchester, VA; and Chambersburg, Harrisburg, and Jacobus, PA. AAW Chapter membership is not required if living within 100 miles of Germantown, MD. Work submitted should be innovative and original in design and have been created within the past three years (November 2014 – November 2017).

(2) Work closely derivative of another turner, or work created in a workshop with the aid of an instructor is not acceptable. However, work created collaboratively with another turner is welcome. Please include all turners’ names on entry.

(3) Accepted work must be available for the entire duration of the jurying process, exhibition period, and also throughout 2018 in anticipation that the exhibition may travel to other exhibition spaces.

(4) It is expected that most work will be for sale. A limited number of pieces listed as Not For Sale (NFS) may be ac-cepted. Price On Request (POR) submissions will not be accepted. If a work is sold during the application process or after acceptance into exhibit, turner must contact BlackRock Gallery Director and work will be disqualified. However, if early sales are handled through BlackRock, work can be exhibited.

(5) If works sell during the exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts will retain 30% of the retail price. If the show travels, other exhibit locations may retain 30% or 40% from retail sales.

(6) The retail sales price listed for each entry on the online application CANNOT be revised. Work will be insured at 70% of the retail price while at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.

(7) The turner is responsible for hand delivery or shipping accepted work to BlackRock Center for the Arts, and for pickup from the final venue, and for any shipping insurance during that delivery and return. Work damaged in ship-ping or hand delivery may not be presented based on extent of deterioration.

(8) BlackRock Center for the Arts reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet the requirements. Delivered work that differs from accepted digital image submission will be disqualified. All accepted work must have identification, such as a legible signature or symbol on the base. Turner contact email provided on the online application must remain active during the submission and exhibition process. Turner is responsible for checking email for notifications regarding acceptance

To obtain a submission form go to blackrockcenter.submittable.com/submit

Don’t be shy!  Promote yourself.  Tell us about your woodturning activities in the CAW Newsletter.  Send your information by the 22nd of the previous month to Phil Brown, philfbrown@comcast.net, or call 301‑767‑9863.


Mark Supik’s workshops at 1 N. Haven Street in Baltimore include these all-day woodturning workshops from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM for $165/class, with a 20% discount for local woodturning club members. Lunch & materials are included.  To register, phone or e-mail Nancy Supik, (410) 732-8414, or nancy@marksupikco.com

The Right Start:    Learn spindle turning, having fun making bead & cove cuts to create wine  stoppers, mallets, and other useful objects on Sunday, October 15th;  Saturday, November 1th; and Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Basic Bowl Turning     uses green wood from recently downed local trees, and moves from log to bowl in one day on Sunday September 10th, Saturday, October 14th; Sunday November 12th and Saturday, December 9th.  And More Bowls on Sunday, November 15th, is a review the basics, bowl design, sharpening, natural edge bowls. 

The Next Step - ($75)  include Bowl Finishing: Sat. Nov 18th and  Lidded Boxes, Saturday, Dec. 16th.   


For details click on “Get Schooled Here” at

FYI, Mark reports that his shop made 25,000 beer taps last year for microbreweries across the country


Display of Interest 
If you are in Philadelphia, PA by April 8th, see Wood, Revisited at The Center for Art in Wood at 141 N. 3rd Street.  The ACC describes the exhibit as “Lasers, computers, and other high‑tech tools have joined handsaws and lathes in many wood artists’ studios, influencing what gets made and how it looks. This show of 27 works from the past two decades, curated by Anne Carlisle and adviser Glenn Adamson, maps some of the ways technology has altered the field.”.  At centerforartinwood.org/, click on Current Exhibit for a Google tour by skillful mouse users.

Local Marketing Opportunities

Call to Enter Local Shows

Craft School Classes

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN has an outstanding building for teaching woodturning and wood working. They offer week-long courses and have housing on campus. See www.arrowmont.org/workshops-and-classes for information and look in the wood category for turning classes at: www.arrowmont.org/workshops-and-classes/workshops?filter_order=x.dates&filter_type=type&filter=Wood

Woodturning classes are scheduled into June 2015 at the John C. Campbell Folk School are found at https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx?sub=Woodturning

They describe the Willard Baxter Woodturning Studio as: “Opened in January 2007, the woodturning studio is a woodturner's dream come true. The 2,500 square-foot space features a tiered-seating demonstration area with video monitor, and separate wood preparation, turning, and finishing areas. With mostly new equipment and tools provide the icing on the cake.”



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From AAW & Other
Exhibit of Interest

Allturnatives: FORM + SPIRIT 2015 is an exhibit of the creations by Fellows in the Windgate ITE International Residency program hosted by the Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street in Philadelphia, PA. This opens August 7, with a gallery talk from 2-4 PM on August 8. The exhibit closes September 26. View photos taken during the program, including visits to local wood collectors, at centerforartinwood.org/residency/ite-blogs/

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