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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!

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Recap of May Meeting -  

Bill Juhl  and Neal DeVore- Embellishment - Another Step

 Bill and Neal demonstrated and discussed many different techniques for embellishing, enhancing or decorating turned object.  Bill presented a slide show which described: pyrography, carving/sculpturing, texturing, inlays,  coloring and piercing.  Bill demonstrated using friction to burn lines in a turning object using a wire or small piece of formica.  He also demonstrated the use of various texturing tools and power carvers.  Bill's slide show also provided examples of pyrography tools and texturing tools.

Neal provided examples of relief carving  and piercing.  Neal uses fallen tree leaves as templets when outlining his relief patterns.  Thin even walls are a must for piercing.   In addition he described his many and varied cutters used in carving.  


Show & Tell July 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.

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


August 22 Meeting - Disk Vase by Arnie Lund

6:30 pm  - Nevada City Elks Lodge

Arnie was inspired by the June 2017 AAW article by Dennis Belcher.  He has modified the process to make it quicker and easier.  Come see his tricks and method for making this elegant vase.  


Details Here

Map and Directions 

Sharpening Session August 25th 10:30 - 1:30

At Curious Forge, 13024 Bitney Springs Rd. Bldg. #9, Nevada City, CA

Bring your: bowl gouge, spindle gouge, spindle roughing gouge, scraper and parting tool.  You will leave with sharp tools and the knowledge on how to keep them sharp.  Please register, we need a head count.

Registration and Reference Material 

Flyer with Details

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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