IAP - 2019 AAW Symposium Involvement

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mark james

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Hi Folks. IAP had four areas of involvement in this years AAW International Symposium, Raleigh, NC - 2019 (Finishing up tomorrow).:

1. The IAP Collection was in full display at a special table in the Instant Gallery.
2. Pens were included in the "Instant Display" area from IAP members.
2. Individual members were attendees. (Not a complete list, but those I saw: Jim Swank, Michael Hughes, Mark Dreyer, Toni Ransfield, Ed Street, Bill Machin).
3. IAP Volunteers/Demonstrators/Vendor Booths: Toni Ransfield, Michael Hughes, Mark James, Dick Sing (Apologies to any I missed).

I had the opportunity to chat with/see demos from: Dick Sing, Kurt Hertzog, Carl Jacobson, Kent Nelson (Kallenshaan Woods), Linda Ferber (AAW Program Director), Ron Campbell, Al Miotke, Mike Mahonony, David Ellsworth, Kip Christensen. (Yes, there are others I missed, but are noteworthy).

I (Mark) was personally involved with 5 sessions assisting with the Woodturning programs for the Visually Impaired (Lighthouse for the Blind), and the youth sessions.

Note: In the last 4 pictures below - I kept suggesting to the young girl to have a more even/slightly beveled profile (a key chain - about 2" long). She ignored me. I kept suggesting, she kept ignoring. Finally she said: "This is for my Grandpa, I want it to look like a ... bottle." AHA! OK, Now I get it. She had an awesome profile, she knew what she wanted, and I stood down! In the end, I couldn't have done a better job.

Her Grandfather was there (also as a new woodturner) and he could have not been more pleased.

Some pictures to follow.

A great weekend for the Visually Impaired woodturning programs as well as the youth session, and IAP assisted with each of them. (WE DUN GOOD!)

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Charlie_W

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Mark, Thanks for sharing the info and the pics. Your Turner did very well for a first time at the lathe.
A few years ago, I assisted with the visually impaired turning at the Pittsburgh AAW Symposium. It was a learning experience for me as well as for my new turner.
 

mark james

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Thanks Mark! I'll bet you are having a great time!
Yes, It has been a fun and educational few days. I saved some money by staying a few miles away, and spent that money on tools I now need to figure our how to use (Ruth Niles Offset Jig. I want to make some inlays on bird house stands that Dick Sing demo'ed). :)
 

mark james

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Mark, Thanks for sharing the info and the pics. Your Turner did very well for a first time at the lathe.
A few years ago, I assisted with the visually impaired turning at the Pittsburgh AAW Symposium. It was a learning experience for me as well as for my new turner.
Yes! Teaching is a chore in any circumstance. Teaching someone with a "challenge" is especially difficult. And teaching someone with a challenge that you/I have not experienced is ... humbling. They do not have that "challenge" just at the lathe, they have it at home, getting to work, later that day at a restaurant, and then back at home. Humbling, admiration, and feelings of perspective for my minor aches and pains come into my mind. They were grateful for my assistance; I was grateful for what they taught me about handling what life gives us. So who learned more???
 

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Love it brother!!
Next year's Symposium will be in Louisville - June 4-11. 👍 Not sure what life will present, but it's on my calendar. I suspect I will be a volunteer again with the youth sessions and the Visually Impaired sessions.

I took in a few good sessions, and enjoyed being helpful. I did learn... Many bowl turners have no idea of how to turn a pen; and I shouldn't try to show a newbie how to use a bowl gouge with a bowl turner at my elbow! :eek:
 

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Yes! Teaching is a chore in any circumstance. Teaching someone with a "challenge" is especially difficult. And teaching someone with a challenge that you/I have not experienced is ... humbling. They do not have that "challenge" just at the lathe, they have it at home, getting to work, later that day at a restaurant, and then back at home. Humbling, admiration, and feelings of perspective for my minor aches and pains come into my mind. They were grateful for my assistance; I was grateful for what they taught me about handling what life gives us. So who learned more???
Well said Mark.
 
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