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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 January Meeting

Bill Juhl - Finishes

The meeting video says it all.

2019 Christmas Party 

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 

February 26, 2020  6:30  Nevada City Elk Club

Cheryl Lewis - Ancient Painting Technique

Come to February’s meeting to see Cheryl Lewis demonstrate something you’ve probably never seen before. Curious? Great! She says it’s a fun surprise and she’ll unveil a technique sure to get friends talking about your latest woodturning project. 

More Details 

Map and Directions

Empty Bowls


Great start

As of the 1/22 Meeting:   50 Bowls

Now that you have finished all your holiday gifts it is time to start turn bowls for our once a year Empty Bowl project for our local homeless shelter.  We have set a goal of 75 bowls.  Hospitality House would like 6 to 8 inch functional bowls, but they will gladly accept artistic bowls for their auction.

We have only 2 more meetings (Jan. 22 and Feb. 26) to turn in bowls, so turn, turn, turn!  Last year we provided over 100 bowls, I think we could do better this year if we go for it.  Local restaurants provide the soup, we along with ceramic potters provide the bowls.

Last year Empty Bowls raised $35,000 for Hospitality House.  This is an important outreach and service to our community! 

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

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

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