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          - Show & Tell Table
          - April 3 Digest
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Next Meeting: Monday, May 1, 2017

Our next meeting will take place on the first Monday of May. Our demonstrator will be Andrea (Andi) Sullivan from Tampa, Florida.

"When you're disabled, your world becomes very small. Woodturning increases your world."
- Andi Sullivan

Andi coaches a blind turner at the Phoenix AAW Symposium.
Imagine going into your woodturning workshop, leaving the lights off and, in complete darkness, making something on the lathe. That is what many blind turners do – not by design, but because they have no other option.

Andi Sullivan, who is legally blind, attended the 2010 AAW Symposium in Hartford, Connecticut. Malcolm Zander noticed her in the Instant Gallery, where all the exhibits are labelled "Do not touch." Malcolm approached Andi with a piece to touch. Andi was so inspired by the bowl's smooth finish and delicate curves that she decided then and there: she wanted to learn how to turn. Despite her blindness and other physical challenges, she applied to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. After several meetings, Andi became the first blind person to be accepted to Arrowmont's woodturning program

After Arrowmont, Andi went on to establish an AAW chapter in Tampa and has been active in teaching many blind persons how to turn. In overcoming disability, Andi has learned to apply a number of ingenious techniques and practices, many of which would benefit any woodturner. Don't miss this chance to hear her story and see her in action.
Upcoming Events
  • DON'T FORGET! Sunday, April 30, 2017: Special all-day session with David Ellsworth. If you want to attend, contact Guild Treasurer John Buccioni by Wednesday April 26. John can be reached by email at
  • Monday, June 5, 2017: Kade Bolger
Help Wanted
The TWG now has almost 120 members. It's great to see how the club is growing in size, as well as level of interest and participation.

For a group of our size, good communications are vital. Starting in 2016, we went to web-based mail (using MailChimp) for our club newsletters. Among its advantages are: it ensures the newsletter looks the same on all platforms and it keeps track of the mailing list automatically.  

Unfortunately, MailChimp is not totally automated. It needs human input to paste information in the template and to push SEND when the newsletter is ready. One person on the executive does that now, but, in case of emergencies, we need a backup. If you appreciate the newsletters and have a basic understanding of using a computer, please consider volunteering to be a back-up email editor. It takes very little time, you'd be helping the club and you may learn one or two new skills by working on a web-based tool. Just speak to the TWG's webmaster, William Gerrard, at a meeting or by email to 

Thank you.

You're NOT a member of the AAW? Then this news is for you.

Starting on April 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2017, the AAW is offering a limited-time 50% dues discount exclusively for chapter members who have never before been AAW members. Here are some details:
  • TWG members can sign up for an AAW membership for $30 (US) – a 50% reduction on the regular $60 rate
  • Only chapter members who have never been AAW members are eligible for the discount
  • Each discounted one-year membership includes the printed bi-monthly American Woodturner journal (six issues)
  • The discount is an introductory offer and applies to first-year membership dues only
  • This opportunity will be available to TWG members only during the exclusive sign-up period from April 1 to June 30, 2017, at, or by calling the AAW home office at 877-595-9094 (toll free) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. CST.
Show & Tell Table
View of Show & Tell table January 9 meeting
Sharing knowledge, ideas and techniques is what we're all about. Whether you are showing off something that turned out well or need assistance on how to solve a problem, we want to see it.

Anyone who brings a piece for the Show & Tell table will receive two free tickets for the wood raffle at the end of the meeting.
Raffle Table Teaser: For the May 1 meeting, Brent Ferris will be bringing in some larger pieces of Mulberry, as well as some Apricot trunk and stump pieces. The Apricot pieces are about 10" in diameter.
Couldn't attend the last meeting?
If you couldn't attend the presentation by Jim Lorriman on April 3, go to the Gallery and Past Events page to see photos of the evening.
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