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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 January Meeting - Steve Danner Coloring


Steves very informative meeting detailed his approach to coloring turned pieces.  His basic premise and approach is to  get out there and experiment with coloring.  These are the techniques he has developed.  He uses alcohol based dyes such as the Artisan dyes from Craft Supplies.  His basic process is to sand the work surface to 400- 600 and then apply a sanding sealer, this limits dye penetration and bleeding.  He then uses a wadded up paper towel to blot various colors on the surface, choosing colors that appeals to him.  He typically returns the piece to the lathe and cuts away any area that was inadvertently colored or to cut the bowl area. He then uses a spray lacquer/sanding sealer to finish the piece.  One variation is to place the piece back on  the lathe after coloring and with the lathe at a slow speed, spray the surface with lacquer.  This allow the colors to run and flow in a radial direction.  


Show & Tell January 2018  

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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.

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

As 2017 comes to a close I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year. It has been my privilege to serve as your Co-President along with the very capable David Nelson for the past two years. We could not have done nor accomplished near what we have without the help of all of you. 

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February 28, 2018 Meeting 

6:30 pm Nevada City Elks Club

Jim Cochrun - Pens and Pen Finishing

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The Elks Club will be serving a fixed price dinner starting at 5:00 for around $10 and the bar will be open.

Empty Bowls - Message from Randy Panos

Just a reminder that this years Empty Bowl fundraiser has a shorter time frame as the Hospitality House wants all the bowls in on March 10-11th. So please bring your turned bowls for this worth while project to the Feb 28th meeting. Steve can then get them over to Hospitality House and meet the March deadline. If you can not get them to our meeting, you will then have to make arrangements directly with Steve for the exchange.

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John Jordan - Carved Hollow Forms

All Day Demonstration.

April 21, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Elks Club

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Upcoming events

Good Skill Building Videos

Spindle Tools for Woodturning

 Cutting and Sharpening by Sam Angelo

This is an excellent video showing is great detail the proper way to make cuts with spindle tools. It’s the best video I’ve seen and I highly recommend looking at it.  The draw back is that it is long (55 minutes), but one can take it one bite at a time.  The first  3.5 minutes show the spindle roughing gouge, starting at 3.5 minutes the spindle gouge, detail  gouge and vortex tools are described, starting at 24 minutes parting tools are shown, and at 32 minutes the skew is shown, finally at 46 minutes Sam describes sharpening the spindle tools.


A Stylized Bowl Form
from "As Wood Turns"

Cooking Spatula
by Brendan Stemp

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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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