Greetings from the Pikes Peak Woodturners (PPWT) club, serving the Colorado Springs, El Paso County area. Our club has been affiliated with the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) since 1988, and we are one of the oldest organizations dedicated to woodturning.

We meet the first Friday of every month, at the Bemis School of Art — upstairs classroom, 818 Pelham Place, Colorado Springs

Our meetings run from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and include a demonstration, instant gallery and raffle. Please check the Demo schedule on this website, or the current newsletter, for specific meeting details.

Our mission of the PPWT is to further the art and craft of woodturning in all its forms though education, community outreach and a shared sense of the beauty of woodturning. Our turners encourage the development of skills and techniques that help interested artists achieve their potential.

 The Presidents Challenge for this month (May) was a bit tough to come up with. Not everyone has the tools, templates burners nor for that matter the patience to complete a basket illusion bowl or platter as Doug Schneiter did for our April demo. So the challenge is to make something that is related to basket weaving. It could be an Illusion Bowl or maybe a template for marking the burn lines. If you’re a computer graphics whiz you might create segmented grid sheets for designing color patterns. Heck it could even be a handle for or a tool to be used in real basket making. Just be prepared to tell us how your item relates to basketry.