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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 September Meeting

Neal DeVore - Square Platters

Neal provided an enlightening demonstration on turning a square platter.  He starts with square planks that are typically between 1 and 1.5 inches thick, many of which can be scraps leftover from other projects but which can also be from purchased 4 quarter or 6 quarter stock.  These are typically first mounted using a screw center and pinned in place with the tail stock.  He emphasized the need for good tool control and bevel rubbing cuts while cutting mostly air during the initial phase or turning.  The back side is turned first and then the platter is remounted using a tenon.  Finally the platter is remounted using a friction drive and the tenon is remove.   After the meeting Neal remembered he forgot to finish turn the platter front, the picture above shows how he finished the front and he included a cabachon.

Click here to see the detailed procedure Neal uses for turning a square platter.  

Show and Tell September 2017

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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.  

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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Turned Musings
A Message from Club Co-President - Karl Miller

Recently the brother of a friend of mine pasted away and he was well known in the water polo community for his words of wisdom for would be polo players.  As I read his 10 words of wisdom, encouragement and motivation it got me to thinking what my 10 words of wisdom might be for all of you turners.  Well here they are:

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Monthly Meeting October 25

6:30 PM Nevada City Elks Club

Inside-out Christmas Ornaments 

Phil Bauer

Get ready for Christmas!!   Inside out turning is easy  fun and develops many turning skills.  Phil is a great teacher and turner.  After this demo go home and turn some ornaments for the Holiday Party gift exchange.    

The Elks Lodge is serving meals again; Blue plate special, meatloaf spudes, salad & vegies for $12 from 5 to 6:30 pm, bar will also be open. Reservations requested @ 530-265-4920 

Upcoming events

Good Skill Building Videos

 Multidimensional Turned Cherry Vase
from "As Wood Turns"

A Shy Halloween Ghost
from "As Wood Turns"

by Richard Dlugo
American Woodturner Aug. 2017

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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.

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