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Thread: Woodturning Symposium for the Blind or Disabled

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    Woodturning Symposium for the Blind or Disabled

    As the Founding President of the Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc., I’m proud to announce that I’m planning a new hands-on woodturning symposium for visually and physically disabled individuals in November, 2010 in The Woodlands, Texas area. (Details are still being finalized as to exact date and location).

    Through the years, I have received numerous emails from individuals who are blind and want to learn more about woodturning. Few educational centers will allow them to join a woodturning class because they are blind. Some of these individuals have built their own outdoor decks, build beautiful furniture, frame their own houses, rebuild cars, rewire their houses, complete their own plumbing repairs and are accomplished woodturners now, yet they are sometimes prevented from learning how to turn, or learning more about woodturning because of a limited perception of what a blind person can do.

    Your Time To Turn will be the first woodturning symposium of its kind that will be specifically designed for the blind, as well as those with physical impairments such as an inability to stand for long periods, those who have a lost an arm or hand, or lost one or both of their legs. Instead of a traditional woodturning symposium where you watch a demonstrator, Your Time To Turn will be a hands-on symposium, where qualified instructors will be present to help guide attendees through the skill building exercises.

    Woodturning should be accessible to anyone who has a desire to learn! The necessary skills can be adapted to accommodate many different types of disabilities including paraplegics (witness Oneway’s new 1236SD Sit Down Lathe that features a pivoting bedway, so you can use it whilst seated in a chair, or a wheelchair), those who are without a limb, or for those who are blind, as well as many other types of disabilities.

    You Can Help: If you know of a blind woodturner, or another woodturner with physical disabilities who is a woodturner, please email me. I would also like to start a list of individuals who might be interested in attending (with or without any woodturning experience), or those who would like to volunteer as an instructor, video camera/digital camera operator, or as a demonstrator’s assistant at the symposium.

    If you have coordinated, or helped to coordinate a woodturning symposium, or a hands-on teaching symposium before, I would appreciate any assistance you can offer. If you know of any companies who might want to help support this unique learning experience for the disabled with financial donations, or with donations of tools or equipment, please let me know.

    Thanks for helping me to assist people with visual and physical disabilities to achieve their goal of learning the art and craft of woodturning.

    Steve Russell
    LSWA, Inc. President
    A Texas Non-Profit Educational Corporation
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    Steve Russell
    Eurowood Werks Studio
    Professional Studio Woodturner

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    Good For you Steve a very respectful thing to do.
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    Steve, That is a very respectful thing to do. Would love to see some pics of their work.
    Darren

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    Steve, I saw your post on AAW and meant to link to it here as well...glad you posted it here.
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    A noble undertaking.
    But, I cannot fathom a blind person woodturning safely. Somewhat vision impaired maybe, but not totally blind.
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    There is Dennis.
    http://blindwoodturner.com/

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    Yes, a great thing to do. I'm sure it will be very rewarding.
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    Thanks so much...

    Thanks so much for all of the kind words of support for this symposium. Hopefully this symposium will go a long way towards highlighting what blind and disabled people can achieve, if someone will just give them a chance and the opportunity to learn. My best wishes to all of you for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

    Steve Russell
    President
    Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc
    A Texas Non-Profit Educational Corporation
    "Your Time To Turn" - Symposium Coordinator

    http://www.lonestarwoodturners.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    A noble undertaking.
    But, I cannot fathom a blind person woodturning safely. Somewhat vision impaired maybe, but not totally blind.
    We have a blind turner in our club and watching him turn is a revelation. He works by feel and sound. He has a rest with holes along it and posts in the holes guide him. He uses a limited number of tiools, mainly gouges and produces bowls up to 12" and platters. Apparently it is scary going to his workshop as he never bothers to put the light on and you go in to the sound of someone using the lathe in the dark. The quality of his work is amazing. Safety wise he tends to turn slower than most of us perhaps would and has got a lot of common sense, if he's doing something for the first time he will get a sighted turner to set up for him

    pete

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    Thanks for your post Pete...

    Hello Pete,

    Thanks for letting me know about the blind woodturner in your club. If possible, I would like to contact him and let him know about our symposium to see if he would like to demonstrate, or help us to structure the hands-on learning sessions for the blind attendees.

    Would you please copy my information post about the symposium and forward it to him, or if you prefer and it's ok with him, email me his contact details. Thanks so much for your help and assistance!

    Steve Russell
    President
    Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc
    A Texas Non-Profit Educational Corporation
    "Your Time To Turn" - Symposium Coordinator

    http://www.lonestarwoodturners.com

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