Special Announcements for Club Members


  • Next meeting and demo July 21, 2018 by John Lea

Demo by:  John Lea            

Form follows function.  Rose engine embellishment

 John is one of the founding fathers of the AWA club in 1989.  He will be bringing his Rose Engine lathe.

A rose engine differs from other lathes in many ways, but the biggest difference is that the headstock is not stationary. Instead, the headstock is hinged, allowing it to pivot back and forth, called rocking. By controlling this rocking motion with a rubber riding against a rosette—a cam-like disk—you can cut countless patterns. Another distinction is that, unlike regular turning, roseengine turning is usually done with a motor-driven fly cutter, known as a cutting frame. By hand-cranking the lathe, the turner rotates the piece slowly past the cutter. The most common cutting frame, a horizontal cutting frame, is a tool supported on some sort of slide rest, which has a fly cutter rotating in a horizontal plane. The cutter is spinning at high speeds—similar to router speeds—and taking light cuts on each pass.


  • Thank you to everyone who has signed up to setup and take down at our meetings. Jerry Witt, videographer, is the scheduler — contact him if you can help or have a conflict.  Find the list here.
  • Check out all the projects the Club is doing!
  • Your Club is a volunteer organization, check out how you can help!  Volunteer todayemail us or fill out form on Volunteer page.
  • November 17 – Kelly Dunn from Hawaii.  Lidded calabash, Norfolk Island Pine bowl, Pewas (butterfly patch)  – Also 3 days of individual classes (November 18,19, and 20th).
    • As “Departures Magazine” (the American Express Platinum Card Member’s publication) in its Holiday Issue wrote . . “It is dificult to imagine wood turnings more bewitching than the translucent treasures (Kelly) Dunn patiently crafts in Hawii, on the Big island of Hawaii.”The process begins with Norfolk pine slabs that have been allowed to “spalt” (the initial stage of decomposition that turns the wood black). The spalting lends color and character to the wood without weakening it.Kelly Dunn then turns the aged timber on the lathe to a wall thickness of about an inch, then he kiln dries it. The “blanks” are coated on one side with a wax emulsion to discourage cracking, re-worked on the lathe until they are almost eggshell-thin, and finally submerged for up to two weeks in a bath of oil and resin that Dunn himself developed. It is this final touch that yields bowls that seem to incadesce with their own inner light.Kelly turns on a custom-built lathe. He turns to a thickness of approximately 3/16ths on an inch. His lathe will turn up to a 36″ in diameter piece of wood.
  • The Phoenix Airport Museum is requesting entries for an upcoming exhibition surrounding the theme of water.  The opportunity is open to Arizona artists to have their work on display at one of the countries busiest airports between January 26, 2019 – July 28, 2019.  The museum is interested in unique interpretations of water, from conceptual meaning to using water as an element in the art making process.  Submissions are due by mail on October 19, 2018 by 5pm.   Here are the details.Phoenix Airport Museum
    Phoenix Airport Museum
    2485 East Buckeye Road
    Phoenix AZ 85034
  • It’s Elemental 2018 – Call for Entries  This is a call for entries from the Flagstaff Arts Council for the Its Elemental 2018 art exhibition.
  • Ladies — 
    Better than summer camp, the WIT EXCHANGE to be held at Arrowmont , September 5-7, will be a great opportunity to expand your creativity, turning skills, and your circle of friends. If you have considered registering, PLEASE DO SO NOW! We need 21 more registrations by July 15th to make the EXCHANGE happen! For more information and to register you can follow this link
    Just think of it, three days when you don’t need to take time to prepare meals and can work and play in small groups on a project of your design! Each day your team will work in a fun-filled and fast-paced exploration of designing and creating a piece based on randomly generated word pairs by employing a variety of techniques including, but not limited to, woodturning, pyrography, carving, and painting. We will all be sharing and learning from each other! If there is a certain tool or technique you want to use, but are not sure how to go about it, just ask. Someone will be able to help you. Evenings will be filled with discussions and slide shows. All levels of experience are welcome – even if you are a newbie. Registration includes all your meals and materials.
    Help meet our goal — register now!  Questions? Contact below:
      Your AAW WIT Committee – Kathleen Duncan (AAW Board Member  & WIT Committee Chair)