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December 5: Holiday Showcase

Monday, December 5 is when we'll hold our Holiday Showcase – the friendly annual woodturning exhibit and competition that displays the great creations our members have produced during 2016. This event is open to members' family guests and friends so they too can appreciate what we do on the first Monday of each month. The Showcase is an opportunity to admire, learn, and share our love of turning. Hope to see you there!

In 2015, the Best in Show award went to Ross Robertson for the beautiful bowl that he turned from spalted maple, which he subsequently carved, dyed and finished.
Holiday Showcase ABCs
The purpose of the Showcase is to show admiration and appreciation through a friendly and informal competition.
  1. Only TWG members in good standing are eligible to enter.
  2. A member may enter one item in each of the four categories.
  3. The four categories are Bowls & Platters, Boxes & Hollow Forms, Spindles and Pens.
  4. To enter, print the Showcase Entry Form. Fill out a form for each item you are entering. Present your entry and completed form at the Registration Table before 7:30 PM on December 5.
  5. Only TWG members will be eligible to vote for the entries of their choice. All members in attendance on December 5 will receive four colour coded tickets – a colour for each category. Members vote by depositing a ticket into the cup next to their preferred item. For more information, refer to the Holiday Showcase Instructions.
Tips for judging: when you look at the work presented in each category, you may want to consider the following aspects.
  • Good form and overall design: is the shape pleasing?
  • Creativity: does the work break new ground in turning?
  • Complexity: does the work involve many parts or interconnected components?
  • Labor and skill: does the piece show evidence of good turning technique, or were additional work (such as carving) required to finish the piece?
  • Finish: does the finish enhance the piece and is the finish well executed?
At the end of the evening, the voting tickets will be tallied. Based on number of votes (tickets) cast, ribbons will be awarded for First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention in each of the four categories. In addition, there will be a Best in Show Award. This year's Best in Show award will be judged by Ross Robertson, winner of last year's Best in Show.
Couldn't be at latest events?
If you couldn't be with us on November 7, you missed Steve Mushinski's demonstration of techniques and tools he uses in making rectangular bowls. The Show & Tell table that evening included some remarkable pieces by our members. 

November 20 Malcolm Zander All-day Workshop: Malcolm demonstrated thin-wall turning, both cross-grain and end-grain. He offered a great presentation on form and design (see his notes), and showed the techniques he applies in turning thin walls from dry wood and talked about the tools and techniques he uses for piercing.

To see images and resource material from the November 7 meeting and from the November 20 All-day Workshop, go to the Gallery and Past Events page on the website.
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