Sorry I missed you last month and probably just about missed you this month! I've been away on vacation and traveling around the state of Utah. I have had little to no connectivity throughout my travels and find that I'm probably the better for it! Our time has been awesome and filled with beauty, nature and family fun. One of my favorite things has been all of the beautiful colors and textures in nature. I've taken so many pictures of grooves in rocks, petroglyphs, hieroglyphs and natural patterns in wood and other substances. I have found it most inspiring and it is giving me many ideas to add to my sketch book for embellishments and things to turn in the future. Looking at the works of native peoples and even craftsman that are local to the different areas we've passed through in galleries and bazaars have been inspiring. Now, I just can't wait to get home and start turning and applying the ideas I have come up with. I hope that you too can find inspiration in what is around you and use it too stretch and grow in your craft.
Until then have a safe summer and keep on creating beautiful things!
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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