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 April Meeting, Sally Ault Turned Jewelry
Sally explained and demonstrated turning jewelry components such as rings, donuts and beads. These components can be made from small pieces of dry wood such as burl, figured woods, etc. She explained the process of assembling the pieces into fashionable jewelry. She surprised us by making different size collets from plumbing fittings that she uses to finish the back of the rings and donuts. But her biggest surprise was the use of a third hand bamboo skewer, ask a member who attended to explain or look at the bottom left picture below. Click here for a copy of her handout.
March Show and Tell (No April show and tell)
Bring items to show and tell and you too can get your picture on the website.
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
This is the perfect turning season… not to cold and not yet too hot.
So enjoy our “sport”!
We had Sally Ault at our last evening meeting, a pro demonstrator
from San Diego. The turnout set a record, thanks in part to the
spouses who attended to make sure their other half produced some
jewelry for them. Feedback so far has been that it was wonderful to
see something different being made. click here to continue
Next Meeting: Wednesday April 27, 2016
6:30 at the Nevada City Elks Club
Co-President Dave Nelson will explain and demonstrate off center turning.
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
Featuring: Thread Chasing
Lyle Jamison demonstrates laying out a heart shaped natural edge bowl which will be larger that the log it came from.
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.