Take a class!

When people come to Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery, they can’t help but get inspired!  Maybe you’ve yearned to learn about woodworking but weren’t sure how or where to get started?   Have you perused the Links page on our website time and again to discover books and training resources?  Maybe the time has come to take the next step…

Pratt Fine Arts Center proudly serves as a resource to artists in the community, providing access to advanced processes, tools, and quality instruction.  Pratt introduced it’s new Woodworking Program this winter. Their beautiful new Wood Studio includes nine workbenches, amazing lighting, and a layout and lineup of equipment chosen for industrial quality and advanced safety features.

As the program grows, Pratt will offer basic through advanced woodworking classes including joinery, wood carving, wood steam-bending and lamination, wood turning, 3D design, wood sculpture, furniture making and veneering.  Designed for students at all levels, Pratt’s curriculum will grow with the student base and their interests.

Several of our member artists will be sharing their knowledge at teaching events this spring.

John Thoe at Woodcraft of Seattle, March 18th 9:30-4:30 Creative Carving
Seth Rolland at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking:
April 23rd – May 4th: “Out of Square” – Introducing Curved Work
June 2nd – June 3rd: Steam Bending and Bent Laminations
Hank Holzer at Pratt. March 8th – March 29th – Joinery 1 – A Skill Building Class
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Greetings from Belltown!

The Belltown gallery is open and a wonderful success!  We are so grateful for the influx of old friends and new who are visiting to express their enthusiasm at having our beautiful woodwork in this new location.  Not only is parking much easier, but the convenience of being in an area that people travel through regularly seems to be the most common feedback.

Whether you have been in yet or not, Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery promises many reasons draw your interest in the coming months!  With ‘The Clay Edge’ opening on March 22nd, our 4th annual ‘Rising Star Furniture Makers Showcase’ debuting at the end of April, and new designs from members coming in each week – we hope the temptation is irresistible!

Currently, I am enamored with Weston Jandaka’s paintings utilizing dimensional woodwork.  Lyrical and dreamy, yet photo-realistic in execution these works captivate the mind on a journey to a forgotten dream.

As we update our website gradually over the coming months with more images of beautiful furniture, please consider sharing your feedback on items that catch your eye or types of work your would like to see more of.  The greatest aspect of being a cooperative gallery is the diversity of work from such talented craftspeople available to the community.

Sincerely,

Sharon Ricci, Gallery Director

THE CLAY EDGE

A juried exhibition of ceramic works by the artists of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, ‘The Clay Edge’ marks a natural collaboration between two Northwest organizations dedicated to the promotion of excellence of design and craftsmanship.

Part of the 46th annual National Council of Education for Ceramic Arts held in Seattle this month, Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery will showcase 25 alluring works in clay from Seattle’s top ceramic talent March 22nd to April 22nd.

***Join us for the artists’ reception Thursday March 29th from 5-8pm.***

RISING STARS ON THE HORIZON

Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery has been connecting artists to the public for over 30 years. The annual ‘Rising Star Furniture Makers Showcase’launches distinctive local furniture builders into the limelight, while providing a community of established builders from whom they can gain insight.

The jury panel, veteran members of Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery – Spencer Horn, Aaron Levine, Grady Matthews and Stewart Wurtz – select designs which exude precision craftsmanship, innovative design and exemplary creativity.    The show runs April 25th to June 25th with the opening night artists’ reception held from 5-8pm Thursday May 3rd, here at the new gallery.

FACING WEST

Weston Jandaka is a multidisciplinary visual artist who combines a deep interest in literature and history into his photorealistic paintings.  The 3-dimensional artworks lure the viewer to examine perspective – both emotionally and physically.  Weston currently lives and works in Seattle while exhibiting internationally.

*Weston’s art will be on display at Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery until April 22nd.*

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Grand Re-Opening Saturday, Feb 4th 12-5pm!

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Grand re-Opening Celebration ofNorthwest Woodworkers’ Gallery(formerly Northwest Fine Woodworking)

2111 First Avenue at Lenora, Seattle WA 98121
You are invited to the Grand re-Opening Celebration of Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery!  The many capable hands of our members and staff worked through rain, sleet, snow and the dead of night (no kidding!) to relocate the cooperative in a truly beautiful new gallery space.  Please join us Saturday Feb. 4th from 12-5pm for the unveiling in Belltown!
Our website is also going through a gradual transformation, with many new images to be added over the coming weeks and months.  Please check outnwwoodgallery.com and let us know what you would love to see as features for the future.
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2012 Events Schedule
The Clay Edge
March 22nd -April 22nd 2012, artist reception March 29th, 2012 5-9pm
A juried exhibition of ceramic works by the artists of Northwest Designer Craftsmen.  The Clay Edge marks the natural collaboration between two Northwest organizations dedicated to the promotion of excellence of design and craftsmanship in the studio arts.  This show is part of the 2012 NCECA conference taking place in Seattle from March 25th – 31st 2012
4th Annual Rising Star Furniture Makers
April 24th – June 25th 2012
A juried show of new studio furniture designs from the next generation of talented wood furniture artists.  “Rising Stars” launches distinctive local furniture makers into the limelight while providing a community of veteran builders from whom they can gain insight.
Annual Member Showcase
July 2nd – September 30th 2012
Northwest Woodworkers’ Gallery has been connecting artists to the public for over 30 years.  The “2012 Annual Member Showcase” features new designs from the coop members – those who founded the organization back in 1980, many who have been key contributors for several years as well as a pool of new members who have joined the coop this past year.
2012 Box and Container Show
November 1st – December 31st 2012
Our most popular event of the year, “The Box Show” is open to amateur and professional artists from around the country.  The body of submissions debut to the public in the first week of November with gallery visitors voting for their favorite throughout the entire month.  In early December the jury panel announces their selections and the coveted People’s Choice Award.  Designs that are stunning, clever, light-hearted and of course beautifully crafted always top the list.


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True “Luminessence” by Sharon Ricci

My role as gallery director at Northwest Fine Woodwork puts me in the very fortunate position of getting to know clever, kind and inspired individuals fulfilled by the work they have chosen along their life path. Earlier this year I spent a day with Stephen White, the maker of the stunning light sculptures that adorn the Northwest Fine Woodworking gallery interior. Stephen has been involved with our gallery for many years but his personal story leading to a lifetime as a working artist only became clear to me while hanging this year’s Bright Ideas show. I am pleased to share some highlights from my time with Stephen here.

Luminessence – the essence of light encapsulated in the designing and building of original handcrafted light sculptures began for Stephen over 45 years ago. A degree in architecture from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh lead him in the direction of a professional “artistic” career, but a four year tour of duty in the Air Force put a temporary stop to that journey. What seemed to be an unfortunate delay on one hand became a fortuitous promise on another, for it was during this time of service that his desire for creative expression opened to designing in another medium.

Stephen White recalls “The old adage, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ is an appropriate description of how this creative path opened for me. It was basically the need for a lighting fixture for my home near the base where I was stationed near Nashville, Tenn. that led me to create my first work in this medium.” The materials he began with were paper and wood and now, years later, with a few refinements in technique and many explorations in design form, the materials are still paper and wood. “The essence of that first piece is still evident in my work today.”

Looking back on his career as a working artist he says “I have had the good fortune to live and work as an artist since I was 25. Now at 72, as I look back over those many years, I am thrilled to see the length and depth of my artistic journey. All told, I have created somewhere in the neighborhood of 2000 light sculptures that have been installed around the world in homes, galleries and pubic buildings.”

What does he site as his inspiration? Essentially, Nature herself. “Along my path I have lived in many diverse landscapes. From middle Tennessee to Arctic Alaska, north shore Oahu to northern and southern California, northern Germany to southern Italy and now in the Pacific Northwest, each one has impacted me and influences my artistic vision. That and the materials being natural have lead me into a world of art where most of the forms I create have an organic appearance to them. Then, too, in some of my work there is a hint of the architectural background I gained during my college years.”

Stephen White admits that often by letting the wood speak for itself, he finds what he sees as the natural way to put one and two-dimensional materials together to make beautiful three-dimensional forms that will emanate the light they contain. “Finding new ways to put these same simple materials together is my joy and has lead me down numerous and varied avenues in my quest for beauty.”

For more information on the Stephen’s works currently available at Northwest Fine woodworking or to inquire about custom projects, email contact@nwfinewoodworking.com

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Fabulous Wood Items for the Kitchen and Table

A. Large Cutting Board made from many different woods $50.
B. One-of-a-Kind Salad Bowl with matching salad servers $195.
C. Folding Salad Servers by in cherry wood. $33.
D. Set of four checkered wood coasters with holder $44.
(Set of six for $48.)
E. Cocobolo wine bottle stopper with stainless steel tip $26.
F. Hand Carved Coffee Scoop $32.
G. All Purpose Hand Carved Scoop $28.
H. Tea Caddy Box in cocobolo $180.
I. Checkered Trivets in multiple woods $9. each.
J. Lazy Spoon in cherry $26.
K. Natural bark covered Alder Vase $38.
L. Turned Zebrawood Bottle Stopper $10.

Some reasons why they are fabulous:

Great for grown up stocking stuffers, these smaller items are not only functional but beautiful. Wouldn’t coffee taste better made with a hand carved scoop? And what would be more elegant than to top your favorite wine at Holiday dinner than a hand turned decorative stopper?

Jonathan Spoons makes the best…well, spoons! The folding salad tongs fit neatly in a kitchen drawer and the lazy spoon is a best seller because it’s so darn clever! The little notch lets it sit on the edge of the pot, no sticky pudding on the counter!

I don’t know about you, but I drink a lot of tea. Not only a lot of tea but a lot of different types of teas. Maybe that’s why this would make such a great thing to have in the kitchen- a lovely tea caddy, keeping all those teas in neat little compartments.

Finally, what Holiday dinner is complete without a huge salad? Wouldn’t the in-laws be suitably impressed if you served them out of this hand turned one of a kind maple salad bowl, made from a tree salvaged in Seattle? The bonus is it comes with it’s own matching servers!

These items and other fabulous items for the home and kitchen are now available at Northwest Fine Woodworking. Stop by early for the best selection or call (206) 625-0542.

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Selecting the Perfect Jewelry Box

When facing so many choices for wood jewelry boxes out there, selecting the “perfect” box can be a daunting task, especially if you are purchasing the box as a gift for a loved one.

At Northwest Fine Woodworking, we often see shoppers standing in front of our box display with perplexed looks, struggling with the many beautiful options. Hopefully this article will shed some light on the most important things to consider when looking for a wood jewelry box.

Function: What will the box be used for? Well, jewelry seems the obvious answer, but what kind of jewelry? Earrings and rings require individual compartments; necklaces need space to keep from becoming a tangled mess

Size: Size may dictate what a box should be used for. Long narrow boxes make the perfect display container for favorite necklaces or a collection of watches. Smaller boxes with deep open spaces work well for rings, personal items, or the essential jewelry one wears every day. Large jewelry chests with sliding trays provide easy access to a variety of items for that individual who coordinates jewelry with fashion. Keep in mind, people rarely have just one box to store their entire jewelry collection. Choose a box that is slightly larger than the items you envision it containing just to be sure there is room for adding a bit more!

Cost: Size, material, interior compartments, and decorative embellishments all contribute to the cost of a hand-crafted box. For this reason, determine a range for spending and then ask to see boxes in a variety of styles that suit your budget. Expect to find a good selection of medium size jewelry box that offer storage compartments and artistic detail for under $300. For most gift recipients, a medium sized box is perfect for placing on a bedroom dresser – allowing for access and organization of items worn regularly.

For unique, small keepsake boxes that can hold a group of rings or other small treasures, expect to pay around $20 to $50.Moderate size, individual purpose boxes that don’t have a lot of compartments or drawers will range around $60 to $250. Large boxes with many trays, compartments and drawers will generally run higher than $300. Boxes that showcase many exotic woods or time consuming details, like marquetry or inlay, generally run much higher than simpler boxes of the same size.

Quality: Buying a well made jewelry box should be considered an investment. Think of it as a functional piece of furniture sitting on your shelf, table top, or dresser; storing and protecting valuable objects; cutting down on clutter; as well as adding to the decor. With proper care, quality boxes can be treasured for generations.

Design: Like furniture, wood jewelry boxes come in all sorts of shapes and designs: from sculptural pieces and Japanese tansu inspired compartmental boxes to contemporary boxes with classic lines and inlayed details. Variety is the key in finding the perfect box, and don’t forget to ask if custom options are available. Like the shape of the box but not the woods or the number of compartments?
Ask if it can be made differently to fit your needs.

Alternative uses: Don’t forget that jewelry boxes aren’t just for jewelry! Large Shaker style boxes are great for holding knitting supplies, sewing kits or a collection of photos, while small long boxes are perfect for storing remote controls and cell phones. Multi compartmental boxes can hold coin or antique fishing lure collections, while some boxes are designed specifically to hold your keys and wallet.

Decorative boxes are an elegant way to sort and store small items to create functional displays in rooms other than the bedroom. Shells, push-pins, business cards – the uses are endless. Multiple keepsake boxes can also be displayed together to hold a variety of single precious items and create a vignette that people will delight in exploring.

Northwest Fine Woodworking
 has a wide variety of boxes in stock, stop by the gallery soon for the best selection, or call (206) 625-0542.

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Pine Needle Baskets

We just got in these fabulous new baskets by local artist Luella Castelda. These beautiful pieces are created using found objects from shells and driftwood to a horseshoe, and woven using traditional techniques and materials. Luella learned basket weaving from her step mother and gradually absorbed the many influences of both Native American and Mexican cultures in her work. Each basket is a unique work of art. Luella’s evocative baskets are currently on display at Northwest Fine Woodworking.

For those with interest in the art of basketry, the Bellevue ArtMuseum will be having a show titled Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection starting in December. You can read more about this show on their website.Also worth a mention at BAM- this Friday, furniture maker (and former member of NWFW) Ken Richards will be giving a free talk about the creative process and influences of woodworkers such as Emmet Day and Sam Maloof. Click here for time and location.

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