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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 75 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 all members are invited to attend.  See  Club Events  for meeting schedule.
 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 - Mike Mahoney via video conferencing.

 This meeting our club did something different when Mike Mahoney performed several demos through the use of video conferencing and the internet. Mike started with an overview of the Oak tree and how to cut quarter slices used for platter blanks. He went over the orientation of the cut to insure the best look using the grain, ray cells, sapwood, etc. Mike then went on to rough turn a platter using bowl gouge and scraper in his signature style.

Mike then showed us how to turn a “drinking cup” from a piece of 4” thick square stock. First by hollowing out the interior of the cup then using a band-saw cutting the outline of the exterior portion of the cup. Finally using power carvers and files, he fashioned the final shape of this cup that he uses on all his hikes.

The last demo was his design of a pepper mill that only need to be filled once a year. His design is a different approach from the normal pepper mill with the bottom portion larger than normal which one has to use hollowing techniques to achieve. The top having a larger shape that can be grip using your entire had. He then custom fit the pepper mill mechanism by sawing off the shaft to fit the length of the mill.


Show & Tell April 2018  

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Guide to a Startup Woodturners Shop for Under $1,000.

Jerry Hall initiated this guide a few years, as of Nov. 2017 it is up to date and Jerry will continue to keep it up to date.  

Also available is a Turners Reference Guide which describes basic tool,  their use and sharping guidelines and lots of other turning tidbits.

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May 23, 2018 Meeting 

6:30 pm Nevada City Elks Club

Bill Juhl - Embellishment - Another Step

A broad range of embellishment techniques and processes will be discussed and demonstrated.  Specifics will include Texturing, Carving, Banding, Ebonizing, & Pyrography.  Additionally Bill will cover using inlays to deal with faults either by concealing them or turning them into a feature.


 Day in the Shop with Bill Juhl 

May 26, 8:30- 4:30

 Limited to four

Details and Sign Up

Annual Club Picnic  June 27 

Condon Park, Grass Valley (Map)

Yes, this popular event will be held again.  Come join the fun.  No charge but please register so we have a head count. 


Nevada County Fair August 8 - 12

A great opportunity for new turners.

Details  and Sign Up Here   

  Current Roster Here

Upcoming events

Good Skill Building Videos

Woodturning Goblet With Captive Ring

from As Wood Turns

Cooking Spatula
by Brendan Stemp

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Gold Country Woodturners is an affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners 

This international organization provides many benefits including:  Six journals a year, Six woodturning fundamentals downloads a year, A yearly national symposium, and online access to all past journal issues.

A  501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to education of members and the community

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