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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 August meeting

  Ring Holder - Tony White


Tony provided a clear description of  the process to turn a ring holder.  He said these are welcome gifts especially for women as they like to take the rings off before putting their hands in  dishwater.   These ring holders are a great project for beginning turners requiring the use of only a spindle roughing gouge, scraper and parting tool.   The spindle to hold the ring is 1/2 inch and Tony used a sharpened 1/2 inch open end wrench to size the  spindle.   While Tony used a separate blackened insert, use your imagination and turn one out of a single piece of wood, a figured scrap would make a good looking holder.     


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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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Monthly Meeting, August 23

6:30 PM Nevada City Elks Club

Carlos  Angulo   -    Natural Edge Bowls

See Carlos demonstrate what he learned at the J C Campbell Folk School.

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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.

Videos of the Month

How to make an Ice Cream Scoop
 with Shawn Gano 


Using a Wood Worm Screw
By Mike Peace 

by Richard Dlugo
American Woodturner Aug. 2017


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