A 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to education of members and the community
Welcome to Gold Country Woodturners
We are a group of woodturners who live in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills concentrated around Grass Valley and Nevada City, California. We share our work, methods, new ideas, and demonstrate tools and techniques with each other and in our community. Between meetings we are available to help each other, gather wood, and search out learning and teaching opportunities. We are an active chapter of the American Association of Woodturners with approximately 45 members.
Through the year, we schedule several hands-on workshops on various topics and work to help our members achieve their woodturning goals.
Our general meetings focus on education, sharing our woodworking journey and fun. To keep the business stuff to a minimum at general meetings we have a monthly board of directors meeting that handles most of our business stuff and, and all members are invited to attend. Schedule for that is on the Meetings and Events Calendar
We welcome new members of all skill levels, and visitors who want to explore becoming a woodturner. GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO ALL MEETINGS!
Want to know more about woodturning? See HERE
Recap of Pat Johnson Demo & Workshop and May Meeting (Dave Nelson off axis turning)
Pat Johnson, a professional woodturner from Australia, gave an all day demonstration where he turned a two-part hollow form, a decorative platter, and a bush nut box. The first step for the two-part hollow form consisted of turning a hollow form with a relatively large opening of about 1 1/4 inches. Pat then turned an insert of contrasting wood with an opening of about 3/8 inches that was inserted in the large opening of the hollow form. This technique is very useful for first time hollow form turners as it allows for easier hollowing through a large opening. The decorative platter required many turning steps (beads, coves, carving and turning buttons). Holes were drilled into the platter and the buttons inserted proud of the platter. The capper was the bush nut box, a depiction of a fire in the bush as interpreted by Pat. Impossible to adequately describe how it was turned, so just admire the picture below.
Participants in the all-day workshop turned pedestal platters and Pat demonstrated his three legged bowl and sanding of the feet on the lathe with 3 1/2 sanding mandrel held between centers on the lathe. Here are the handouts for the workshop: Pedestal Platter Three Leg Bowl
For the May meeting, Dave Nelson described three methods of producing off center turnings. He described how to make an oval tool handle, a button or pendent with off-center decorations and a off center bottle stopper.
May Show and Tell
Bring items to show and tell and you too can get your picture on the website.
Only show (no tell) for May)
INTERESTED IN JOINING? Careful there, it's a slippery slope -- you could end up as addicted as some of our members. Then again maybe it's a calling! Only way to sort it out is to check us out. Try our Membership page for everything you'd ever like to know!
A Message from Club Co-President - Karl Miller
Summer is almost upon us and the days are longer, and yes many of us take time to travel and go on vacation. But these longer days also give us opportunity to relax and be creative with our turning. Like so many I give a lot of reasons for not turning… I need to clean up my shop… click here to continue
Next Meeting: Wednesday June 22, 2016
Picnic, BBQ & Potluck
See details below
A reminder: The Elks Club serves a single entree meal for under $10 starting at 5:00. They also have a full service bar.
Future Meetings and Events
Summer Picnic, BBQ & Potluck
Wednesday June 22
4:30 til Dark, Condon Park, 660 Minie St. Grass Valley
Our annual club picnic will again be at Condon Park in Grass Valley. The club will provide bbq meats, and members are asked to bring one or two dishes to share (salad, appetizer, side dish, dessert). Plates, utensils, Ice tea and water provided -- other beverages BYO..
A ring toss competition will be the main event this year ... the wooden ring must be lathe- turned by a gold country member to compete. GREAT PRIZES! Details on the flyer
Videos of the Month
Following on the theme of offset turning presented by Dave at the last meeting, below is a video by Alan Stratton turning an offset necklace pendent. You may want to subscribe to Allan's YouTube channel, he has a wide range of projects for all skill levels.
In addition, take a look at some of the hundreds of other videos on the Woodturning Videos site. They cover not only projects by category, but skills, techniques, tool use, design, sharpening, etc. Spending time on these videos and then practicing is a great way to build satisfying turning skills. Thanks Jerry Hall for providing this service.
Guide to a Startup Woodturners Shop for Under $1,000.
Jerry Hall initiated this guide a few years, as of Jan. 2015 it is up to date and Jerry will continue to keep it up to date. Available here and the Turning Reference/Techniques page.
Also available is a Turners Reference Guide which describes basic tool, their use and sharping guidelines and lots of other turning tidbits.