Serving Southeastern West Virginia

West Virginia Woodturners Association

The West Virginia Woodturners Association provides woodturners in southeastern West Virginia and western Virginia with an opportunity to meet other turners, enhance their skills, and share their skills and interests in woodturning. Send an email to to request additional information about the club and its activities.

Next Meeting - September 27

The September meeting will begin at 9:30 AM at Gerald Chandler's shop in Crawley. Plans for the meeting are summarized in this message from Harry Newman, the Club president:

"The September meet is this Saturday the 27th, and what a meeting it will be. An all day event with two demos. Both demos will feature Mark St.Ledger. The meeting starts at 9:30am with a door prize, drawings , show and tell, natural edge bowl contest judging,upcoming events and announcements, selection of the nominating committee for 2015 officers. Then the first demo with Mark St.Ledger on the proper use of the Skew followed by a hands on Skew session. (don't forget to bring your Skew)

Then we break for lunch for an hour. You are welcome to bring your own bag lunch or the BBQ trailer at Sam Black will be open , also the deli at the the shell station you pass as you come in will be open. Gloria and Mary will be making and selling Pepperoni rolls also if you don't want to leave. (the closest restaurant is 5 miles from Sam Black at the Alta Exit) After Lunch will be the second demo with Mark St.Ledger on turning lidded boxes. This will be a two hour demo. Should be done by around 4pm. You may want to show up early to get a good seat.

Don't forget to bring in your natural edge bowls for the challenge. (We will be picking three winners) you still have a few days to put the final touches on them. Lets also have a good turn out for show and tell."

Summer Picnic Highlights

Nineteen members and guests enjoyed a sunny, warm summer afternoon at the Bluestone Dam in Hinton. Chef Bob grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs and other Club members brought salads and desserts. In addition to the good food and fellowship, several members showed recent turnings that they had created.

Show and Tell

The Grillmaster

8" x 3" Crab Apple Bowl
Cliff Baker

9"x3" Spalted Maple Bowl
Cliff Baker

8"x5" Segmented Poplar Bowl
Wayne Aliff

4" Poplar Bowl and Pedastle
Wayne Aliff

4" Walnut Dish
Tim Greene

9" Spalted Maple Plate
Charlie Myers

5" Maple Bowl
Charlie Myers

5" Ash Bowl
Charlie Myers

6" Footed Maple Bowl
Charlie Myers

10" Spalted Bech Bowl
Gerald Chandler

Empty Bowls Project

AAW national meetings always include an "Empty Bowls" fundraiser to support local food lockers. This fall, WVWA Club members are invited to turn and donate one or more small bowls that will be sold at the Lewisburg Farmers Market in late October. All bowls will be sold for $40 and the entire amount will be donated to the eight Greenbrier County food lockers. Last year, the project raised over $450 and the goal this year is to raise at least $500. Bowls should be turned in at the September meeting or dropped off at the Open Book.

Lathes and Lasagna

Lathes and Lasagna sessions are temporarily suspended since Bill is in the process of moving his shop.

General Club Information

For further information about any WVWA activity, call Bill Sproul at (304) 645-5332.

Supporting Companies

We would like to thank these companies for the support they have provided to the Club during the past year. Check out their websites when you are ready to purchase products that they stock.

Craft Supplies USA is a one-stop shopping site for everything a wood turner might need or want - lathes, tools, accessories, project supplies, materials, and more.

Woodcraft offers a 10% discount at the Roanoke store to WVWA members when they show a current membership card.

by WVWA, a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners