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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

Women In Turning

Women in Turning (WIT) is the newest committee of the AAW, bringing together women worldwide who share a passion for woodturning. 

Member Cheryl Lewis is the Gold County Woodturner's liaison with the AAW.  To learn more about WIT click the logo. 

Recap of June 24, Meeting

Bill Juhl - Square Round Bowls (Squund's)

The meeting video says it all.

February 2020 Show & Tell 

Shavings Session Sept.4, 2019

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.

Monthly Meeting 

July 22, 2020  6:30 pm Zoom Meeting

Bill Juhl - Cubic Ball Salt Box

Here's the video of Bill's  spectacular and very informative ZOOM presentation Wednesday (Note: this like will not be active until July 25.)

Click here to get a PDF file of Bill's presentation.


This coming Wednesday (24th) at 6:30pm, the monthly meeting of Gold Country Woodturners will have a demonstration that will resolve this question that has plagued artisans since the discovery of the wheel.

Is it a round square bowl?   Or is it a square round bowl?

  In our second online meeting, the live demonstration will take you through the process of starting with a square of wood and developing within and on it nearly endless varieties of intriguing partially round shapes.  Some embellishment techniques will also be demonstrated.  This is a good turning project for beginners to advanced turners.  

This will be a virtual meeting hosted on Zoom.  The requirements to access Zoom are shown below.  Randy will send out the link a with meeting ID and password prior to the meeting.  

  • Access to the internet
  • One of the following devices
    • Windows PC, either laptop or desktop
    • Mac
    • Chromebook
    • Microsoft Surface
    • Tablet device that can operate a browser such as Apple iPad, Android or Amazon Fire
    • Smartphone (iPhone or Android)
  • To be seen by others in the meeting you must have a camera on the computer or a separate Webcam.   This is not necessary unless you wish to be seen or wish to show an item
  • To be able to talk or ask questions for example, you must have a microphone either built in or as an attachment.
  • In all cases you can access the meeting by using a browser and connecting to Zoom

  • Map and Directions 

Bill Juhl will be the demonstrator, and this will be coming to you live from his shop immediately following a brief club bu

The demo and meeting will be brought to you using Zoom via the internet.

Steve Danner will send a link to you the day of the meeting. … in the half hour before meeting start time click on the link and it will take you into the waiting room prior to the start of the meeting and you’ll be all set.


To participate in the meeting you ne

Empty Bowls


   And the final answer is 152 Bowls

 Congratulations turners we broke our record from past years by turning 152 bowls for the Empty Bowl Project.  Not only did we turn more bowls than previous years, but in my opinion the quality of the bowls was much higher!

   Empty Bowl is a fundraiser for Hospitality House, our homeless shelter in Grass Valley.  The event will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main Street, Grass Valley this Saturday, March 14th.  For $30/person you can further support Hospitality House by showing up for one of the three settings: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., or 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  For that price you will have a simple meal of bread and soup plus a bowl to take home.  You will have an amazing choice of wooden and ceramic bowl plus wonderful soups donated by local restaurants. 

   Thank you all for your contributions of bowls, you are an awesome bunch of tuners!

Karl Miller, Empty Bowl Coordinator 

Read article  from "TOWN TALK RD"

Beads of Courage Boxes


Consider joining  The American Association of Woodturners and receive the American Woodturner and access to all past articles and hundreds of vetted videos.

Upcoming events

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Videos of Past Club Demonstrations

The above link accesses the Club YouTube channel

  Cosmic Cloud Videos 


At the Sept meeting Neal DeVore showed a platter which he colored using iridescent colors, see links to  two YouTube videos below

Tim Yoder - Cosmic Cloud
Gary Lowe - Cosmic Cloud

Woodturning Videos 

From As Wood Turns:  Christmas  Ornament Hanger

 Amazon Smile

Send $ back to the club

  • Shop using Amazon Smile and Gold Country Woodturners will receive a donation of 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases .
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  • Start your shopping at Amazon Smile  and choose Gold Country Wood Turners as the charity you support.  Thanks!

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