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
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 - Dave Nelson
Our January meeting featured Ed Larson demonstrating coring… how to get multiple bowls out of one block of wood. If you were there, you got to see some shavings fly.
Next month, we’ll host a guest to talk about maintaining your chain saw, and Bill Juhl will demonstrate the ‘perfect’ finial and sea urchin ornament.
If you are wondering what to turn next, keep in mind the challenge to make bowls for the Empty Bowl event for Hospitality house. click here to continue
New!!! Scholarship Program for club members:
Click here for details of the program and application forms.
Now is the Time: Your Scholarship is Waiting
Deadline for applications is the February 24th meeting.
Next Meeting: Wednesday February 24, 2016
6:30 at the Nevada City Elks Club
Kevin Brown will provide information on chain saw maintenance.
Bill Juhl will turn the perfect final to go with his sea urchin ornament.
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
Videos of the Month
Two videos on Sharpening:
John Lucas is a well known turner from Tennessee who’s video describes tips on sharpening.
An older DVD from the AAW that covers sharpening in detail as described by five well known turners. You will need to be an AAW member to view this video. Click here then login to AAW.
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.