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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 August Meeting -  

Disk Vase by Arnie Lund

Arnie modified the procedure for turning a disk vase as described in the June issue of the American Woodturner by Dennis Belcher.  His goal was to eliminate the need to use a wasteblock.   Arnie's method however does require the used of shark jaws and eliminates the need for a screw chuck.  The full demonstration was videoed.  This was a first for our club.  The author was not at the meeting and can attest to the quality and usefulness of the video.  Good job Arnie and William.

Video of Disk Vase Demo

Arnie's Photos and Notes 


Show & Tell August 2018  

Shavings Session Sept. 15

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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.

Procedure for first time login and password setting.

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A Large Oak Tree Becomes Future Turning Projects

Talk  with Randy or Steve


September 26th Meeting - Turning Branches into Trees by William Swingle

6:30 pm  - Nevada City Elks Lodge

Small branches that are typically not very useful in wood turning can be made into beautiful trees, perfect for Christmas gifts or other decor. Will cover the simple basic technique and discuss design decisions including keeping live edge bark on the base.

Prior to the meeting from  5:00 pm to 6:30 there will be a Tailgate Tool Swap in the Elks Lodge parking lot.  Bring anything that is woodworking related.  More details shown in the Flyer.

  Map and Directions 

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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