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An affiliate chapter of the American Association of Woodturners
Monthly Newsletter
March 2021

This month's demo ...


Club Meeting – February 2021 – This month we welcome Simon Begg from Australia

March 18th @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Note you must be a paid DAW member to get the Zoom meeting link info. Go here to sign up and pay.
Simon Begg will be demonstrating German ring turning. German ring turning is called Reifendrehen in Germany. It is the technique of turning a donut shaped ring or torus, whose profile, when cut in half, displays unique shapes or figures.
Simon is a young Australian woodworker from Sydney, Australia.
While completing his cabinetmaking apprenticeship, Simon spent most of his time in his shed making pieces for customers and competitions, regularly winning awards at agricultural shows.  After a trip to Turnfest 2016, Simon realized that his hobby could be a career that is worth pursuing, so he began to chase his dream job. 2 years later he got an opportunity to teach at the Turnfest clinic and in 2019 he was one of the headline demonstrators.  Simon was also be a judge for the Australian Wood Turning Exhibition which shows how quickly he is gaining respect in the Industry.
For more about Simon, here is an interview from a local magazine.
Simon’s website:

Join the monthly club meeting using Zoom from your computer, tablet, laptop or even your mobile phone. A clickable link will be sent to club members via email.

Zoom is software that enables video meetings connected through the internet. This means you stay home in comfort and watch and interact with the demonstrator remotely. These are called “Interactive Remote Demonstrations”.  Download and print the following instruction: Instructions for connecting to a group meeting with Zoom

Thoughts from the President

Well my last newsletter message was a week out of date because of the winter storm delay. This month I should be on topic. Well the weather has warmed up and I hope all those affected have everything restored and fixed. 

We have a great demo for this week. Read about it above. As a reminder the demo is this Thursday March 18th and DAW paid members will have access. Please, if you haven't already, renew your membership.
I have done a bit of ring turning and I suggest y'all try it. Check out the website forum post for March Show & Tell to some of this months member turnings.

We have tried a couple of member classes and will try some more likely in April or May. Please check the website events for more info.

Everyone that reads this newsletter is invited to the forth Monday DAW Sawdust Session at 6:30 PM. These are Zoom meetings for members to gather, chat and share woodturning. Click the link to find out more. A Zoom meeting invite will be sent out before the event.

Stay safe, healthy, and happy.

Tod Raines

DAW Membership

We had a total of 141 dues paid in 2020. Nearly 110 families have paid their membership
dues for 2021. The membership dues are part of what makes possible having things like
having a great audio-visual system, new books, magazines & videos in the library,
lathes & support tools for open shop and classes, and bringing in guest presenters and
instructors. Also, your membership gives you discounts at our local woodworking stores
(Rockler, Woodcraft, and Wood World); these discounts will not be available to you in
2021 until you have paid your 2021 dues to print your new membership card. Also,
current membership is required to check any items out of our extensive woodturning

DAW Library
Our library has nearly 1700 different books, magazines, and videos from more than 450 authors/demonstrators on a wide variety of topics. All the library items are posted on our website by source type, e.g. DAW demos, SWAT, commercial, books, & magazines and also by title, author, and some are by date (DAW demos, SWAT & AAW videos). Since we are unable to meet at WoodWorld at this time, the library checkout has been changed. The librarians are making checkout of DAW library for DAW members (i.e. 2021 dues have been paid) using the following procedure:
  1. Lookup items from the library using the DAW website library items listings
  2. Send an email to the librarian (Mark Montgomery) using before Saturday morning, itemizing up to 6 items specifying the DAW ID, title and volume (if any), e.g. DAW1716 A Master's Course in Woodturning: Series 1, vol 1
  3. All requested items will be picked up from WoodWorld sometime Saturday morning and  the library lockbox will be checked for any returned library items.
  4. After the pickup, all requestors will be notified that their items are available for pickup from the librarian’s home near the Firewheel Mall in Garland.
Note, if you haven’t paid your dues, you must do that first before you can pickup your items. Also, if you already have items currently checked out, you must bring those with you to my home or have already dropped them off at WoodWorld.



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