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Promoting the art and craft of wood turning in the greater Cincinnati area

Program support for our Visiting Artist Series is provided by artswave
Most Meetings are held at the Northminster Presbyterian Church.
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Check Events for each event and possible alternate meeting place.
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OVWG Scholarship Applications
These are due to KC Kendall by the end of February.  Check out the instructions in the most recent newsletter or in the Documents tab of the website. 

Basic Woodturning Classes held at Woodcraft Store
There are still one or two spots available in this series of classes to teach basic woodturning. Check the session descriptions for what will be covered. Sign up for the areas you are interested in. We are confident that you will have a good time and improve you woodturning skills.
Details here: Woodturning Classes Info 


2015 AAW Symposium Volunteer Opportunities - Respond to KC by 2/28
Check out the list of volunteer opportunities for the 2015 AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA.  The list is under the Documents Tab in a folder titled 2015 AAW Symposium.  Opportunities include:  Packet Stuffing, Registration, AAW Product Sales, Video & Video Setup, Instant Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Youth Equipment & Training to teach the young people how to turn, Equipment Committee/Tool Room, Grinder Set-up/Tear Down, and Wood for the Youth and the Demonstrators. Respond to KC Kendall ( by 2/28 if you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers from the OVWG.
Beads of Courage Boxes
The contest for the June picnic will be to make a Beads of Courage Box.  This was a great success last year, with lots of very creative entries.  In the interim, we will also continue to accept Beads of Courage Boxes at any time, which David Wright will deliver to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  
The box should be 6 to 8" in diameter, 3 to 4" tall, and have an easily removable lid with a child friendly finial. The words "Beads of Courage" should appear somehow on the box, either wood burned, painted, or otherwise permanently applied.
This is part of a national program to provide seriously ill children with a box to store the beads that they are awarded when they complete any portion of treatment, testing, surgery, or other activity in the hospital.

Monthly Meeting:  March 21, 2015
Professional Turner:  Mark Sfirri
Mark Sfirri   
Mark Sfirri’s specialty is multi-axis turning.  He works without any special chucks, just between centers.  He has made candlesticks, baseball bats, human figural forms, furniture parts and many other objects using these methods for over twenty years.  He will demonstrate some of these techniques and the ideas behind them.  Mark was awarded a Distinguished Educator Award 2010 from the Renwick and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 by the Collectors of Wood Art.  He has taught full time at Bucks County Community College in the Fine Woodworking Program in Newtown, Pennsylvania since 1981.

Mark studied Furniture Design with Tage Frid in the 1970s at Rhode Island School of Deisgn and, through his interest in carving decided to pursue turning as a method to carve.  His first explorations in creative turning involved furniture parts that were turned.  He even did a little exploration in Multi-axis turning as far back as 1975 but pursued it more vigorously in the early 1990s and continues to experiment with forms generated this way.

Here is a short, four minute, Youtube video that is useful to gain some understanding of Sfirri’s work and methods:  Video .  There is also a four minute video of his process of turning a 12’ tall sculpture: Video.  

Here are a couple of articles from American Woodturner magazine about Mark that may be of interest:
EVOLUTION OF A TURNED SCULPTURE Mark Sfirri   American Woodturner December 2014
SFIRRI-FRY FINAL AAW  American Woodturner October 2014

OVWG is proud to be one of 350+ worldwide chapters of the American Association of Woodturners 
We encourage you to join this fine organization.
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
            AAW's mission is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.