West Michigan Woodturners is an association of woodturners of all skill levels from beginners to advanced turners. The club is focused on education and advancing the art and science of turning all forms on lathes. We periodically offer an introductory class for beginning turners. At the monthly meetings demonstrations by either club members or invited speakers allow for turners of all levels to advance their skills. Please browse our site to see what we are doing and contact us if you have any question
Our program for our 10 a.m. August 14th, 2021 meeting will be “This is Spalting & This is How You Do It, An Introduction” presented by Dr. Seri Robinson of Oregon State University, an expert on the spalting of wood. Seri is also an avid woodturner. She is well known in the woodturning community for here ability to combine the scientific and the world of art into easy to understand terms. We are honored to have her as a guest speaker and think you will find this program very interesting and rewarding.
The Zoom link to the meeting will be emailed to all members about 9:30AM so you can sign into the meeting early and chat with some of the other members before the 10AM start of the meeting. Be sure to bring your show and tell to share with everyone. “See” you Saturday August 14th, 2021 at 10AM!
Dr. Seri C. Robinson
Principal Investigator/Associate Professor
I’m an associate professor of wood anatomy at Oregon State University and work within the field of art science as a bio artist. I’m invested in maintaining a balance in my work, striving to not be ‘just’ an artist or ‘just’ a scientist, but to blur the line between the two disciplines. Neither science nor art can exist without the other, and the intersection of the two disciplines–the substantial Venn diagram overlap, is critical for excellence in either field.
Intersections, in particular, fascinate me, and spalted woodturning is the perfect medium to explore both internal and external intersections. The intersection of science and art. The intersection of old and new methodology–from historic spalted intarsia and marquetry work in the 1400s in Europe to modern spalting methods today that use extraction methods and pipettes. The intersections of form and self–the duality of being an intersex person–the understanding of biological sex in its most primitive form and the communication of those concepts in turned and reversed curves. And underlying it all, the intersection of how humans perceive fungi–both reviled/feared and celebrated as a food source. Spalted wood offers endless opportunities to explore and expose intersections both historic, modern, personal, and external.