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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 Carl Jacobson All Day Demonstration

Basket Illusions 

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 Recap of October Meeting

Phil Bauer - Inside Out Turnings


Phil explained the details and procedures for the making an inside out turning.  Basically one starts with four 1 inch square  blanks that are glued together with newspaper between the joints.  With the glued blank between centers a pleasing shape is turned, taking care not to make is smaller than 1" in  diameter.  This shape will be the inside of the finished turning.  Now the four starting blanks are separated at the paper joints, rotated 180 degrees and glued together (no paper joint this time).  Now the final outside shape is turned.  Phil provided a handout of the process which can be accessed by clicking here.  

Show and Tell October 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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No November 2017 Meeting


There Is a Christmas Holiday Party for club members and guests on December 13, 5:30 to 9:30 at the Nevada City Elks Club



Upcoming events

Good Skill Building Videos

Eccentric Christmas Tree Ornament 
From "Mike Pence Woodturning"

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 Shy Halloween Ghost
from "As Wood Turns"

Walnut Crotch Plate
from Lyle Jamieson

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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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