Brian Simmons is a member of the American Association of Woodturners which has its headquarters at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. My wife and I recently had a chance to stay at the historic Saint Paul Hotel which is right across the street from the Landmark Center. There is almost always a show at the AAW Gallery, so we made a point of visiting while we were there.
There are currently two shows, featuring woodturning artists work from around the country on display at the Gallery. "Turning Twenty: Still Evolving" focuses on the emergence of woodturing as contemporary art over the last 20 years. And "Step Up To the Plate," features the work of 42 turning artists based on such diverse themes as baseball, civil rights, courage, and marriage. Each show is on display until December 15th in St. Paul. If you’re in the Twin Cities and you have time, I highly recommend stopping by to see the beautiful work on display.
Otherwise, you’ll hopefully be able to make it to Brian’s seminar at the Woodsmith Store this evening. The seminar is a repeat of a crowd favorite "Bowl Turning: From Log to Bowl in Under an Hour," put on by Brian last winter.
Our two Bloggers Specials downloads both come from ShopNotes magazine:
Bowl Gouge Basics is from ShopNotes issue #53, and
7 Must-Have Turning Tools is from ShopNotes issue #73.
I’ll see you there. – Joel