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New Member For Sale Section

A new For Sale Section for Members is now available on the website.  You must login to see the menu item under the MWA Chapter Menu. Login then click here.

 Members are encouraged to add items for sale.

Turn a Plate

Turn a plate

Always wanted to turn something out of a board? Here is your chance. A new class will be taught by Wally Jacobsen, former woodshop instructor at Roseville High School. Walnut Plate

Bring the following SHARP tools to the class and learn how to use them properly. If you are not sure if you have sharp tools, they have probably been dull for a long time. Sign up for our sharpening class first so that this class can concentrate on lathe work: The next sharpening class will be offered on March 26.

  • Bowl gouge(s)
  • Round Scraper
  • 1" 8 TPI faceplate (to fit Jet or Delta mini lathes) if you want to be able to bring your project home to finish it
  • Safety glasses and face mask
  • Blanks will be provided for you

The class will meet at the Maplewood Rockler store on Thursday, March 20, 7-9 PM.
Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

For reservations or questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


AAW Dues Increase for 2014

Dear Neil,


Because you are an AAW chapter president, I am writing to notify you about a forthcoming member communication regarding an increase in dues for new registrations and renewals effective April 1, 2014. If members renew before April 1, their dues will remain at the 2013 membership rates.


The increase will be $2 annually for all individual, business and international AAW membership levels at renewal. Not included in the rate increase are youth, supporting, benefactor and patron membership levels.


It has been two years since the last membership dues increase. The decision to increase member dues is always extremely difficult. Action is only taken after exhaustive consideration of addressing higher operating expenses while continuing to make strategic investments so that AAW can sustain and improve membership service levels.


The AAW organization will benefit from the increase in ways that we expect will transfer into value-added services for our members. The additional funding will help AAW develop our new educational resources, as well as allow us to address the upgrades needed in our critical technology including the Member Forum, AAW website, and our member relations system. Additionally, the increased funding will help us build brand recognition, visibility and interest for AAW, as well as the art and craft of woodturning, through marketing and communications initiatives executed by new staff.


AAW's strength is dependent on our sustained relationship with all of our members and our chapters. On behalf of the AAW, I thank you for your leadership, commitment and support of advancing the art and craft of woodturning. We look forward to continuing to serve and support you and your chapter though expanded opportunities for education, information, and connections to the woodturning community.


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  

Yours respectfully,




Phil McDonald




Executive Director





German Woodturner's Christmas Tree Ornament

MWA Woodturners,
Check out this German woodturner's Christmas tree ornament enhancement technique:

Click here: YouTube

Steady hands, very creative and skillful! Thought you would enjoy the video. (I particularly liked the way he so efficiently used his (homemade?)skew like tool in the beginning, to make the tapered end piece.)

Lee Tourtelotte

Wood Sealer

The chapter has purchased some Anchorseal Wood Sealer in bulk and can be purchased by the gallon for our members at our monthly meetings or you can contact these people listed below. For information on Anchorseal click here:

Neil Robinette, Brooklyn Park  -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim Jacobs, Hastings  -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bob Jensen,  Fridley  -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reed Jacobs, Bloomington  -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Mages,  Minnetonka  -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rick Auge, Shoreview  -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't let your wood look like this

Cracked Wood

Maire's Boat Building

For all of you who have been following Maire's journey I am excited to let you know that Maire's boat building is complete and on its way from Minneapolis to my office.

Carpenter George Wurtzel (a member of MWA) who all of you remember is totally blind and his friend Mickey had just recently finished building and test sailing the 3.5 ft vessel that will hold Maire's ashes for her long journey from Lake Michigan to the eastern seaboard ocean this summer.

Here is a short photo slideshow of Maire's boat being built. The music is Michigan's own Jill Jack who Maire towards the end of her life had a chance to meet an befriend. Slideshow

Stay tuned for the completion of Maire's story and her journey this summer.


NOTES from the November 2013 Chapter Meeting

New Board Members were elected at this meeting.

Tom Peter - Vice President
Janese Evans - Secretary
Lee Tourtelotte - Member at Large
Todd Williams - Memeber at Large
Paul Laes - new board position - Membership Director

The board will have 11 members. 


Bob Jensen demoed how to turn spheres including how to turn golf balls and billard balls.

These are makeup brushes that Bob created for

Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage is an organization dedicated to help children coping with cancer and serious illnesses, their families, and hospital staff by helping them record, tell, and own their stories of courage. Children receive a different bead to represent each procedure or treatment experience they go through while receiving treatment for a chronic/ life threatening illness. For example: A red bead for each blood transfusion; a yellow bead for every night they stay over at the hospital; a star for surgery; white for chemotherapy. Their collection of beads becomes a tangible journal of their journey. Each child collects hundreds of beads.

Wood turned bowls or boxes made by artists will be given to local children to keep their beads in and be a daily reminder that someone they may not know is sending them well wishes.

Fabric artists and quilters can also contribute by making cloth bags for the kids in Beads of Courage. All of this information is on the Beads of Courage website under the "artist" category.

CBS MORNING NEWS did a segment on Beads of Courage, you can see it here:

The MWA AAW chapter would like to compete against the Arizona chapter of the AAW to make wooden boxes for this wonderful organization.

Guideline specifics for woodturners:

In order to hold the beads, turned boxes for the Beads of Courage program need to be about 6 inches in diameter (5 inches minimum), rectangular lidded boxes about 4x6x4 inches. If possible, have Beads of Courage engraved or burned in the lid. Make sure the lids are easily removable. Also, finials should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate. Each donating artist will receive a certificate of gratitude from Beads of Courage.


Thank you for your support, your efforts and generosity will bring smiles to the faces of kids that need a little extra courage!


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