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Bits and pieces of woodworking news

A Turn Toward Self-Reliance

A group of Pennsylvania woodturners is empowering an enthusiastic group of new students. The Special Athletes Outreach Program is teaching woodturning to young and middle-aged adults with physical or mental disabilities. The fledgling program intends to foster not only skill, but also a sense of pride, self-reliance, and contribution to rhc family and community. Participants learn to producc small, marketable, turned items like pens, yo-yos, and other toys. They also demonstrate their skills at Rotary Club meetings and other events.

The Special Athletes Outreach Program is a joint effort of the Wood Turning Center of Philadelphia, the Bucks Turners, and the Keystone Turners.

Turned on. Elizabeth Daft learns the fine points of woodturning from instructor Rob Malinowski.

a turning treat

Akron, Ohio was the center of the woodturning universe this past June as some 960 woodturners gathered for the 1998 American Association of Woodturners (AAW) symposium. Participants enjoyed intensive instruction, a trade show, and some good, old-fashioned fellowship. Top-notch turners from around the world shared their techniques for spindle, bowl, and box turning, surface carving, sharpening and toolmaking, and finishing.

The 12th annual symposium—the largest to date—also featured an "Instant Gallery" of over 600 pieces brought by attendees. In addition, local AAW chapters competed in a "Chapter Collaborative Challenge/' with each group cooperatively producing its own project. The Chicago Woodturners swept the awards with their reproduction of an old-fashioned, high-wheel bicycle. The 1999 symposium will be held in Tacoma, WA. For more info, contact the AAW at (612) 484-9094. —Dick Burrows

Group project This award-winning wooden bicycle was created by more than 30 Chicago woodturners.

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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