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At the April 2 meeting, the invited demonstrator is artist and TWG member Tim Kennedy who will be showing us the process of building a segmented urn from start to finish.

Here's Tim's story:

I’ve been a professional woodworker for 34 years – started full-time at age 15. Began at a cabinet shop making furniture, switched over to windows and doors, then back to cabinetmaking. When I was 20-something, the woodturner at the shop retired and I insisted on taking his place. For 18 years I did spindle work making furniture components before I got a chance to try a faceplate or chuck. 

In 2010 I went on an artisan tour and met a woodturner who made segmented bowls. I was in awe. Right then and there I knew: I want to do that, I have to! There was just a slight problem: my lathe, ‘Ole Shaky,’ couldn’t handle the work. 

It took four years of saving before I could order my dream lathe, the ONEWAY 2436, in 2014. There was a six-week wait before the lathe arrived, so I filled the time buying books on segmented turning. When I came across "The Art of Segmented Woodturning" by Malcolm Tibbets I was amazed. I started gluing up feature rings. I got pretty good quickly and by the time the lathe arrived, I was much better at making them. At the 2014 AAW Symposium in San Antonio, I had a wonderful time and met lots of great people. While there I bought all of Malcolm’s DVDs. He’s a great teacher! I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in 4 years about segmenting, mostly from his book and DVD’s but also by reading many others. I now have every book Malcolm mentions in his book. 

I hope to be a full-time studio artist someday. I love this work. It’s a lot of fun and loaded with challenges. And I’m sick of making kitchens – I hate rectangles!

Tim Kennedy’s workshop studio is in Wyevale, Ontario, population 500.
Save the date!
Sunday, April 22 All-day Seminar: Glenn Lucas from Ireland

This is not to be missed! We are thrilled to have internationally acclaimed Glenn Lucas visit and demonstrate for us on his 12 stop Canadian tour. The cost for this event is included in your TWG membership. If you have not already done so, please sign up with John Buccioni so he can order sufficient food. Sign up or go hungry. ;-)
CNIB Turning Update
TWG President, Johan Guertsen, guides a blind turner at the March 22 CNIB workshop.
As many of you know, TWG is involved with providing hands-on turning instruction for the blind. Sessions are held twice monthly at the CNIB Community Hub at Yonge and St. Clair. Our volunteer members have had great success in helping the blind participants produce small projects such as pens and key-chains. The TWG program at the CNIB is unique in Canada and it's showing positive results.

"I'm finding it very rewarding working with people who have never been able to do woodworking before," says guild member Will Armstrong. "They're thrilled to have a finished, turned item to take home with them. I sense a great feeling of accomplishment among the participants."

Thanks to all who are involved with this outreach program. If any TWG member is interested in becoming a volunteer, have a chat with Allan Cooper at the next meeting.
Guild Report
Thank you to Carl Durance for his demonstration on "Dizzy Bowls." Carl has also provided notes and photos that are now available to download.

Did you know? You can access Carl's resource material as well as David Churchill's great photos of TWG meetings by going to the Gallery page on the TWG website. 
Psst! Want to know a secret? Your Guild Executive is set to announce a new format for June's Spring Showcase. Rumours say there may be new turning categories and several skill levels. Wig stands will be in a special category with prizes given to the best in class. Warmer weather is here. The sap is flowing in trees, your creative juices should be, too - get busy turning! 
32nd Annual International Symposium
Portland, Oregon. June 14-17, 2018.
For more information visit the Symposium Web page. Al Stirt will be a demonstrator at the Symposium. Watch Al Stirt turning and carving square platters in this video.
The Toronto Woodturners Guild encourages all its members to join and support the AAW.
Show & Tell Table
Sharing knowledge, ideas and techniques is what we're all about. Whether you're showing off something that turned out well or need advice 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.
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