Friday, May 23, 2014

FS2014 - 50% Discount on Day Passes for Locals

Furniture Society Conference - FS 2014 (June 19-21, 2014)

The Conference, which starts June 19,2014, is a full three day event at Fort Worden. The 3-Day pass is great value giving you access to all the events and includes all meals (even the Saturday Banquet!).

We encourage locals (woodworkers, furniture makers, furniture enthusiasts or the just plain curious) to join us at the conference. Meet the Society's members; check out the events, presentations, and galleries. See all the great reasons to join the Furniture Society.

We're delighted to offer you a 50% discount on one-day passes for the Conference. Use the discount code Local50 when you register.

Be quick: this offer expires on June 1, 2014

Please note: a day pass does not include food, you will need to bring a lunch or buy lunch at the Commons.

Whats Happening at the Conference:

The Conference has three presentation tracks, six on-going events - including digital and very traditional methods of work, on-site galleries, pre-conference tours, bandsaw mill demonstrations and more. (Click on the links on the left hand side of page for more information). Conference Event Grid (opens a .PDF file).

At the popular Slide Wars event, conference attendees attendees can get their minute of fame as images of their work are shown on screen in the Wheeler Theatre.

The Member's Gallery and Faculty Selects exhibitions will be open to the public in the Chapel to Fort Worden (right by the entrance to the Park). Several of Michael Cooper's stunning chairs will be on display in the Chapel too.

The Northwest Woodworker's Gallery, where Pike Place Market meets Belltown in Seattle, is presenting "Sense of Place" - an exhibition of Pacific North West Furniture Society Members' work during June.

Explore Digital Design and Fabrication in a pre-conference work shop with Randy Johnson of Shopbot (now full).

Whether you are professional maker, aspiring furniture maker or educator this conference is sure to inspire as you learn, mingle, and make connections.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Northwest Woodworkers Gallery jurying new makers

Here's an opportunity to get your work shown, and maybe sold, at the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle.

There's a jury process and members of the cooperative are both welcoming and fair. They'll accept good pieces or give you great feedback on what you need to to to meet their standards - a great learning process and possibly your road to a first sale in a gallery.

You'll need to apply by November 22nd.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Lathes! Thank you AAW!

Shrieking in the title may seem a little excessive but we are deeply thankful to the American Association of Woodturners for a second Education Opportunities Grant. 

We've used both grants to invest in buying lathes and we've just added three more lathes. Two 10" and one 12" mini lathes. We now have seven lathes. We've been given some big architectural turning lathes too but we're waiting for a larger facility before we bring those on-line.

The new lathes will be christened in Bonnie Klein's woodturning classes this fall. Bonnie is with us for seven days, teaching her signature topics (spindle turning and lidded boxes) in the Intermediate Turning class (September 10-14, 2012) . This is the first non-beginner's class Bonnie has taught at the School and we're looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some new faces.

Bonnie will also be teaching her Beginning Bowl Turning on September 15-16, 2012 - a fabulous class to get started in turning. No experience necessary - just enthusiasm.

Rafter Tail Table with Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart is teaching his new Rafter Tail Table class at the School this week (6/25-6/29, 2012). Most of the students are making a couple of tables and will have the templates to make more when the go home at the end of the week.

Everyone seems to be really enjoying themselves. Darrell's excellent preparation of stock and thoughtfully designed jigs makes the setup and running of this class straightforward. The progress is impressive.

If you are in Port Townsend this week feel free to stop by and say hello to Darrell and the class. If you're not able to make it here - enjoy the slideshow. We're adding more pictures each day.

On Friday, as with all our weeklong classes, we hold a potluck lunch at noon. It's open to everyone - feel free to come along. Salads from the Coop or bread from Pane D'Amore are always welcome. Home cooking scores big brownie points!

Late update: we're going to the Banana leaf downtown instead of doing the potluck at the School. Join us there.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Introduction to Mask Carving - June 2012 with Steve Brown

Mitch and Mike left a little early and missed being in the Class photo.

Small class size is a mixed blessing but what a gift for the students in this class! Everyone got a lot of personal tuition from Steve and made significant progress - Steve was very impressed.

Watching Steve carve is a real joy - an amazing combination of delicacy, precision and power. I stopped by several times during each course and the evolution and refinement of each design was clear at each step and the increased confidence with the tools. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished masks.

We're running a longer version of this class in August - you should be able to complete the carving and decorate the mask in that class. It'll be exciting to see the refinement and clear definition of the form lines in those masks. There is still space in the class.

Short slide show of the class - Images by Chris Artman and Tim Lawson: