Hello woodturners, it has been a very busy couple of months as I have continued to travel the west and took a trip to the Carolinas. I attended the AAW Symposium in Raleigh, NC and took my 13 year old daughter with me. I was able to attend with the generous funding of an EOG Grant from the AAW. As I may have mentioned previously there are grants available from the AAW and the GWG for professional and educational purposes. While at the symposium I was able to meet Kathleen Duncan, the AAW secretary and EOG grants chairperson. I thanked her for the grant and hopefully put a face to the name on an application. She told me they had tons of applications, limited funds and it was difficult to choose awardees. They have money that is earmarked for this purpose and they want to use it and give it to as many people as possible. It's a Wonderful opportunity and I encourage everyone in need to take advantage. I really enjoyed taking my daughter to the event. She did five 1 1/2 hour sessions of woodturning, and of the many volunteers she told me that her favorite teacher was a blind woman named Andi Sullivan. She said she was kind and patient and really took the time to make my daughter feel comfortable and left her feeling fairly confident. We are grateful to Miss Sullivan and the other volunteers that made the event possible. It was a lot of fun to see the young people involved and excited about woodturning. In addition to all that, she won a lathe package from the youth program that we drug home on the airplane. She's quite excited however; I have no idea where I will fit it in my shop.
I feel inspired and energized to try the new things I learned at the symposium. I’m also excited to play with the new toys I bought at the tradeshow… I am off to do just that!
Continue to learn and be inspired, but most of all – Enjoy!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AAW
(Excerpt) AAW policy initiative on fractal burning (also known as "Lichtenberg Burning"), which advocates safety and helps to protect lives.
The AAW has always been a faithful advocate for woodturning safety. Recently, the subject of fractal burning has been in the news because of another tragic death. The AAW Safety Committee has studied the issue and concluded there may be a distinct influencing benefit in adopting a policy against the use of Fractal Burning and publicizing it immediately to chapters and members. As a result, it was recommended that the AAW Board adopt a new policy against the practice, which was unanimously approved on May 17, 2017. The new policy is as follows:
It is the policy of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) that the process known as Fractal Burning is prohibited from being used in any AAW-sponsored events, including regional and national symposia, and that AAW-chartered chapters are strongly urged to refrain from demonstrating or featuring the process in chapter events. Further, the process of Fractal Burning shall not be featured in any written or online AAW publication, except for within articles that warn against its use. AAW publications will not accept advertisements for any products or supplies directly related to the process.
Additionally, the Safety Committee recommended that an article be published in the August 2017 issue of American Woodturner to highlight the dangers of the practice and publicize the new AAW policy.
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