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Woodturning Videos Plus November Update

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“Your Time To Turn” – A New Woodturning Symposium
for the Visually and Physically Disabled

Many of you know that I’m the Founding President of the Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc., an AAW affiliated member chapter and a Texas non-profit educational corporation (our 1023 application for 501(c)3 status is pending), located in The Woodlands, Texas - just north of Houston. I’m in the early stages of planning a new hands-on woodturning symposium for visually and physically disabled individuals.

Through the years, I have received numerous emails from individuals who are blind and want to learn more about woodturning. Few educational centers will allow them to join a woodturning class because they are blind. Some of these individuals have built their own outdoor decks, build beautiful furniture, frame their own houses, rebuild cars, complete their own plumbing repairs and are accomplished woodturners now, yet they are sometimes prevented from learning how to turn, or learning more about woodturning because of someone’s limited perception of what a blind person can do.

“Your Time To Turn” will be the first woodturning symposium of its kind (as far as I know) that will be specifically designed for the blind, as well as those with physical impairments such as an inability to stand for long periods, those without/who have a lost an arm/hand, or lost one or both of their legs. Instead of a traditional symposium where you watch a demonstrator, Your Time To Turn will be a hands-on symposium, where qualified instructors will be present to help guide attendees through the skill building exercises.

My hope is that we can get some corporate sponsorship that will allow us to award grants to help defray the travel and expense costs for some of the attendees who are unemployed, as well as award a mini-lathe setup (lathe, some tools, face shield, chuck etc) for some of the attendees, so they can return home and build upon the skills they gained at the symposium.

Woodturning should be accessible to anyone who has a desire to learn! The necessary skills can be adapted to accommodate many different types of disabilities, including paraplegics (witness Oneway’s new 1236SD Sit Down Lathe that features a pivoting bedway, so you can use it whilst seated in a chair, or a wheel chair), are without a limb or for those who are blind, as well as many other types of disabilities.

You Can Help: I would appreciate your thoughts on our symposium and how we might structure the symposium so the attendees receive the best learning experience possible. If you know of a blind woodturner, or another woodturner with physical disabilities who is a woodturner, please let me know. I would also like to start a list of individuals who might be interested in attending (with or without any woodturning experience), or those who would like to volunteer as an instructor, video camera/digital camera operator, or as a demonstrator’s assistant at the symposium.

Our clubs 501(c)3 tax exemption application is pending with the IRS and should be received in a couple of months, well before the symposium starts (tentatively planned for the latter part of 2010). Once our tax exemption is received, contributions to the Lone Star Woodturners Association can be earmarked for this symposium and will be tax deductible to the donor, according to applicable IRS guidelines.

If you have coordinated, or helped to coordinate a woodturning symposium, or a hands-on teaching symposium before, I would appreciate any help or assistance you can offer. If you have a symposium procedures manual, or a “Do Not Forget This Equipment List” for woodturning symposiums, please email me a copy. If you know of any companies who might want to help support this unique learning experience for the disabled with financial donations, or with donations of tools or equipment, please let me know.

Thanks for your comments and for helping me to assist people with visual and physical disabilities to learn more about the art and craft of woodturning.

Steve Russell
LSWA President
“Your Time To Turn” – A Woodturning Symposium for the Visually and Physically Disabled

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Hot Tip of the Month:
Diamond Dressers and Honing Tools

Learn about different types of diamond dressers and honing tools that are commonly used in a woodturner's studio. To view the full article, click the link below.

Diamond Dressers and Honing Tools

Turning Tip of the Month
Ball Bearing Live Centres

Learn about various types of live centres used with woodturning lathes, including ball bearing, dead, and multi-tip. To view the full article, click the link below.

Ball Bearing Live Centres

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

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Steve

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