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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 60 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 2017 Meeting - Terry and Deb Heart - Embellishment


Terry brought along several of his embellished turnings as examples of his work.  He uses a  mixture of steel wool and vinegar to blacken areas that he has embellished.  He also uses MOLOTOW (see his flip charts below for references) refillable pens to apply his blackening solution as well as colored dyes he uses.  He used a Sorby texturing tool to create a leather like appearance to which he applied his blackening solution. 

He also uses pyrography  to add details and designs to his work.  He prefers the Graeme  Priddle burner and described how to make brands using 18 gauge nichrome wire.  After a few examples of branding, Christina foe-filled his request for a volunteer to actually embellish the rim of a bowl.  He was correct, a very acceptable design can be achieved  in ones first attempt at pyrography.  

It was a well received demonstration with lots of questions and much information presented. Much of the information was shown on his  flip charts which can be viewed by clicking the image below.  

    Click on image to view flip charts from demo.    

Show and Tell May 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.

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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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Annual Club Picnic

Summer Picnic, BBQ & Potluck Wednesday June 28

 4:30 til Dark, Condon Park, 660 Minnie St.,  Grass Valley (Map)

Remember last year's ring toss, this year it is Bocce
Register Here: We need a head count.
Our annual club picnic will again be at Condon Park in Grass Valley.   The club will provide bbq meats, and members are asked to bring one or two dishes to share (salad, appetizer, side dish, dessert).   Plates, utensils, Ice tea and water provided -- other beverages BYO..  

Nevada County Fair, August 9-13

 Where you can turn with others and promote the club 

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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.

Video of the Month

Spindle Turning Scales and Chords by Kip Christensen

Kip demonstrates basic spindle turning techniques and use of the the spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge and skew to make these cuts.  His premise is that repetition of the basic cuts build muscle memory, just as practicing scales and chords in music builds muscle memory.   For example instead of turning a single bead, made several right hand bead cuts then several left hand bead cuts.   For more information read the article by Kip in the February 2017 American Woodturner  titled " The Scales and Chords of Spindle Turning" 


Safe Lathe Speeds
A Craft Supplies video that does and excellent job of defining safe lathe speeds.  

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