The Adventures of a Crazy Turner

$915 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 16 months
Last winter the Edmonton Woodturning Guild, that I’m a member of, put forth my name to receive a scholarship to attend the ArrowMont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was accepted and given some choices of times to attend, who to study under and what to study. This program is for 2 weeks and starts the 26rd of June and runs to July 8th.
This comes at a time when we are still struggling to regain financial footing after my husband’s transplant. Therefore, there is little room in the family budget to finance this opportunity.
It is my intention to leave home on June7/2017 and travel across country to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the American Association of Wood turners (AAW) Symposium from June 23rd to 25th. I hope to be able to meet up with and spend time with likeminded wood turners along the way and broaden my horizons on different methods, technics and designs.
The conference will bring together more than 1,500 turners from around the globe to learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning making it the largest woodturning event in the world. This event is held every year in a different city across America. This will be the 3rd time I’ve attended this event and is one of the most inspiring. These people are so eager & willing to share their knowledge. They are also some of the friendliest I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
I intend to create a special group on my Facebook page for those interested in following my Journey, where I will post daily updates and hopefully do some live streaming and recordings. This would be for safety reasons.
Wood turning has become my life’s passion since my husband and I bought that first little MasterCraft lathe from Canadian Tire in Whitecourt 4 years ago. As I travel, I will not only be promoting Wood turning in general but also Women in Turning (WIT) of which I’m the Regional Ambassador for Western Canada!
Many have already expressed an interest in hosting me and collaborating on ideas. There are so many talented Turners/Artist to learn from across the country that I can’t possibly stop at all of them nor are they on the route that I need to stay close too.
It’s my goal to raise $7000.00.
If 500 of my friends/supporters donate ONLY $15.00, I will be able to fund my WHOLE study abroad trip without accruing additional debt!
Be in the number my friend and donate $15.00 today! Let the count down begin!
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I want to apologize for the lack of posts! Internet access is not as readily available as I thought it would be in the States!
I arrived in the states from Manitoba with a storm following! I had just spent 2 days in a nasty one but the tent held up. Although a little damp! I had no problems crossing the border!
After driving all day, I made it to Grand Forks. Time to look for a campsite. EEk! None available nearby. Drive on to Fargo. GPS took me thru many turn-arounds only to find the campsite was closed and up for sale! Moving on with dark clouds overhead...Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon, MN. I have no reservations and the weekend is about to start! Darn it! But they found me a site for 2 nights. Then I have to leave. Okay, no problem. After I set up, I drove into Glyndon for supplies and happened to notice some Chainsaw Carvings for sale. I stopped in but nobody around.
The next morning, I am determined to meet the carver; I've done some chainsaw carving in the past!
I am introduce myself and it turns out to be the owner's mom. Super nice and obviously very proud of her son's artistic talent! Come meet my son! I finally meet Scott Petry, co-owner of Andy Lake Woodworks ( see below for address and info). He is young and very talented! I realized his passion for wood equals mine! I explain I am a woodturner and on my way to Kansas City, Missouri. He wants to see my work. I show him and he expresses a desire to learn and know more! I told him I was traveling with my lathe. He invites me to pitch my tent on his property for as long as I like! Any turnings I make will go to him to show my gratitude. ( He's also supplying the wood! Oak and burls) Scott suffered a major setback last month and lost a lot of his tools in a bad fire! His resilience in the face of challenges is inspiring to many who live here and he continues to receive a lot of support in his community. I have since met many great people! Thank you Kemp for all your help and wonderful company! The neighbors wife has also come by and expressed a long time desire to learn the workings of a wood-lathe!
So here I am! In Glyndon, MN! I'll likely stay until Wednesday morning.
PS: Loved his Stihl battery operated chainsaw!
Scott adds finishing touch to a fish!
Nice fish to go on a plaque!
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Arrived in Manitoba late last night! Lisa and Mike have been wonderful hosts! They have a wonderful place in the bush and the friendliest bunch of chipmunks I've ever encountered! I'll post pictures when my phone has recharged! oops
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Well, I made it to Deb's place in Saskatchewan! We spent the day yesterday playing modeling clay and its use as an embellishment on your turnings! Today we tackle etching on copper and its use as an embellishment. Deb is a wonderful hostess and great cook! Thanks Deb!
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The" Studio On Wheels" is practically packed! 4 more sleeps before I head out!
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$915 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 16 months
Created May 10, 2017
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Brian Procter
15 months ago

Best wishes on your travels, Will be looking forward to your posts.

Sue Fox
15 months ago

Be safe and have a blast!!!!!

Cindy Boehrns
15 months ago

You go girl see you in Kansas City.

Dawn Herndon-Charles
16 months ago

Go for it!

Eva Schmid
16 months ago

Good Luck!

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