MCW April '16 demos at Washington ArtWorks Festival
Apr 7, 2016Public
Photo: Washington ArtWorks is a Visual Arts Center with over 70 working studios, galleries, and classes, that is co-located with the Washington School of Photography.  They have public receptions on the First Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m.
Photo: Twice a year, they also have a Festival of the Arts with an Open Studio Weekend with food, music, and lots of activities for all ages.  MCW was invited to participate in the Spring event by putting on a continuous series of woodturning demonstrations throughout the two-day event.
Photo: Did I mention the School of Photography?  Here, Jack Enders takes advantage of the offer of a free portrait.
Photo: Thirteen MCW volunteers brought our traveling turning show to WAW where we demonstrated for a total of nine hours over the two days.  Thanks to Gary Guenther for coordination and to Jeff Tate and Clif Poodry for transporting the lathe and other equipment and materials from the Woodworkers Club to WAW.  Photo credits for this album go to Emily Koo and courtesy of Washington ArtWorks.
Photo: Clif (left) and Jeff also set up a table full of turning samples to give the members of the public an idea of the diversity of the kinds of things we do.  Eliot Feldman (right), who looks on, is a member of both MCW and WAW (where he has a studio), a fact that led to our initial contact, which has been beneficial to both organizations.  We thank WAW for setting us up in one of their lovely gallery spaces -- the same one that we exhibited in last August.
Photo: Our traveling collection of samples has some pieces that caught the eye of the WAW roving photographer and led her to take some close-up shots.
Photo: There's nothing quite as soothing to the soul as the shape of a natural-edge bowl, particularly one with such a nice contrast between heartwood and sapwood.
Photo: After Clif's demo, Carl Powell took over lathe duties.  Our demonstrations are a great hit with families.  John Laffan, next in line, looks on.
Photo: And here's John at the lathe...
Photo: ...but he's not alone!  The crowd has grown.
Photo: Eliot Feldman is next in line, and John shows him some details about how this lathe works.
Photo: Have you ever wondered why Eliot's email address is "ElliotandMax"?  Well wonder no more -- this is Max!  The obvious question is valid.  ;-)
Photo: Eliot's coterie  has taken on a slightly different demographic.  It's nice to see how woodturning appeals to all age groups.
Photo: Eliot shows a Celtic knot box as an example of something he has made previously.
Photo: In these well-attended public demos, it can be hard to find time to actually turn because it takes a lot to answer all the questions.  Eliot, here hard at work at the lathe, does have safety glasses on.
Photo: After Eliot, Richard Webster took over for Saturday's last rotation of the first day.
Photo: It's Sunday noon, and we're back at it; the crowds have already gathered around the lathe in the welcoming Gallery.
Photo: Clif Poodry was kind enough to lend his chuck for the day.  Our first demonstrator is Mike Colella.
Photo: Here's the samples table again, but do you notice something different?...
Photo: Yeah!  Magic wands -- one of Mike's specialties.  He brought a few of his turned variety to show.
Photo: Mike has an interested audience member...
Photo: She brought a precious but wobbly spin top and asked Mike if he could fix it.
Photo: Mike obliged by truing it up and making a real spinner out of it.  The lady was very pleased.
Photo: There's something cool about turning in an art gallery.  Is woodturning a craft or an art?  Yes.