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    A New Woodturning Assoc. in the works CWA

    Just saw this posted on WoodNet.....Conventional Woodturner's Assoc. (CWA) looks interesting and different than AAW. As a disclaimer I'm not a member of the CWA or AAW...but I do see merit for each association.

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    I've been participating on the CWA forum for months, so I'm familiar with some of the discussions that have gone on about starting the new organization.

    Personally, I find their "no burning, carving, segmenting, coloring, etc." approach to be too limiting. Not my cup o' tea, but it very well may be just what some others are looking for. I realize CWA was founded as an answer to AAW, which more and more seems to be celebrating pieces that have only spent a few minutes on the lathe before being burned, carved, segmented, or colored. Still, I sometimes want to do more than JUST turn my pieces, and don't want to limit my potential because of some club's bylaws.

    It's an interesting concept, but in my opinion CWA is well on its way to becoming as elitist as the AAW group they're trying to get away from. It's another clique that seems to look disparagingly at those who don't think the same as they do. That all said, if traditional unadorned woodturning is your thing, CWA may be a good match for you. It just isn't for me.
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    Vaughn, I agree their guidelines are limiting...seems to be the reason for starting the assoc....The weird thing about it is, I just clicked on the Forum link on the CWA website and it took me to WOW??? I'd say many if not most of the pics on that site are not "conventional" at all and "unconventional" pieces are highly praised on WOW (and rightfully so IMO).
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    OK, forgive my naivete (sp?), but why would they want to make another turning association from the AAW?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Vaughn, I agree their guidelines are limiting...seems to be the reason for starting the assoc....The weird thing about it is, I just clicked on the Forum link on the CWA website and it took me to WOW??? I'd say many if not most of the pics on that site are not "conventional" at all and "unconventional" pieces are highly praised on WOW (and rightfully so IMO).
    Jeff, look again. It's not WOW, it just uses the same MyFamily site, so it looks the same. And unless you have an account established on the CWA forum, I don't think you can get in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Jeff, look again. It's not WOW, it just uses the same MyFamily site, so it looks the same. And unless you have an account established on the CWA forum, I don't think you can get in.
    I see...I didn't know MyFamily was software like vBulletin. WOW was the only myfamily site I've ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    OK, forgive my naivete (sp?), but why would they want to make another turning association from the AAW?
    For quite a while there has been discontent among a number of AAW members who felt that traditional woodturning was being ignored by AAW, and that the avant-garde pieces were getting too much attention. CWA is their attempt at promoting the traditional side of turning.

    Problem is (as I see it), is the terms "conventional" or "traditional" leave a lot of room for interpretation -- sorta like "family friendly" -- and I'm not sure I agree with their current interpretation. For example, segmented turning is not allowed, yet segmented turning has been going on since at least the beginning of the last century. Things like carving and coloring of turned pieces have also been done for centuries. Not sure why they're not considered "traditional".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    I see...I didn't know MyFamily was software like vBulletin. WOW was the only myfamily site I've ever seen.
    MyFamily isn't really software per se, it's more like a big site that hosts lots of small forums. It was never intended for things like a woodturning forum. Like the name implies, it is intended as a place where a family can set up a site, accessible to family members only, to share things like photos, recipes, news, and other family-related info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I've been participating on the CWA forum for months, so I'm familiar with some of the discussions that have gone on about starting the new organization.

    Personally, I find their "no burning, carving, segmenting, coloring, etc." approach to be too limiting. Not my cup o' tea, but it very well may be just what some others are looking for. I realize CWA was founded as an answer to AAW, which more and more seems to be celebrating pieces that have only spent a few minutes on the lathe before being burned, carved, segmented, or colored. Still, I sometimes want to do more than JUST turn my pieces, and don't want to limit my potential because of some club's bylaws.

    It's an interesting concept, but in my opinion CWA is well on its way to becoming as elitist as the AAW group they're trying to get away from. It's another clique that seems to look disparagingly at those who don't think the same as they do. That all said, if traditional unadorned woodturning is your thing, CWA may be a good match for you. It just isn't for me.
    There was also a thread going on that if they thought you where a trouble maker they wouldn't let you join. I suggested that they at least give a person a chance, but it went unanswered. To high flutin' for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Sardo View Post
    There was also a thread going on that if they thought you where a trouble maker they wouldn't let you join. I suggested that they at least give a person a chance, but it went unanswered. To high flutin' for me.
    I know there have been a few guys kicked out for raising questions about the bylaws, even though the questions were polite and well-reasoned. I do understand the issues involved with running a forum (and I know you do too, Ron), but I didn't agree with how they decided to run theirs.
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