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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   

Square Bowls - Neal DeVore 


Neal gave a very informative demo.  Even though the meeting was titled "Square Bowls" the starting blank can be any shape.  Neal started the bowl on a screw center and shaped the back/bottom of the bowl.  The objective is to get a gentle curve and have the wings about 3/8" wide at the bowl ends.   The bowl is then reversed into a chuck with the tenon that was turned when the bowl was on the screw chuck.  The next step is to make shearing pull cuts to shape the wings to match the curve on the bowl back, the wings should end up being around 1/4" thick.   Next  turn a bowl design to your liking in the center of the blank.   Use the link below to see the variety of bowls possible.   

Neal's Square Bowl Designs              

Show & Tell - January 2019 

Shavings Session Sept. 15

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.


Read about the exciting experience of member Cheryl Lewis as she traveled across the country and visited with other woodturners. 

U-"TURNING" MY WAY ACROSS AMERICA

Published in the Feb. 2019 American Woodturner, the journal of the American Association of Woodturners

Monthly Meeting 

February 27, 2019 6:30 pm Nevada City Elks Club

Carlos Angulo  - Natural Edge Bowl


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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:  Quick and Easy Padauk Plate

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