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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.

January Meeting Cancelled

The January meeting had to be cancelled due to a power outage in Crawley. Gerald lost power around 4AM and was not expected to be back on until the aftrnoon.

Next Meeting - February 28

The February meeting will begin at 9:30 AM at The Fort in Lewisburg. Harry Newman will demonstrate how to prepare blanks for inside-out turnings and how the blank is initially turned, split apart and reassembled, and finally turned again. Members will be challenged to create an inside-out turning and display it at the April 25 meeting. They should also show the wine goblet they were challenged to make at the November meeting.

Harry Newman and Dave Vehrs will also conduct a sharpening workshop. Several sharpening systems will be available for sharpening a variety of guges, chisels, and scrapers. Members are invited to bring their own tools and sharpen them on the different systems.

New Meeting Location

Gerald Chandler has graciously offered his shop for the Club's monthly meetings while the Club searched for a long-term location for its meetings. A new location has been identified and the Directors have voted to hold monthly meetings at The Fort (aka Fort Savannah) in Lewisburg. Meeting demonstrations can be held outdoors during good weather so they can be observed by people visiting the Farmers' Market which will be held there every Saturday.

A non-profit organiztion now owns The Fort and surrounding property and plans to develop the area to serve as a community center. The upper portion of the main building now houses a fitnes center, but it will move to a new building this spring and the restaurant will reopen. The lower section where the Club will meet serves as a youth center with after school programs and is available for occasional use by other organizations such as Boy Scouts. A timber framed barn from Maryland is being moved to the site and will house the Lewisburg Farmers' Market. This spring a biking and outdoor center will also open. There are also plans to establish a green space area, several gardens, and a community park.

Turner's Shop

A new section has been added to the website - a Club member is asked about his or her turning interests, background, lathe and preferred tools. Cliff Baker is interviewed this month and another member will be featured next month. As Cliff can confirm, a shop doesn't have to be "magazine clean" to be featured - all that is needed is a little cleaning and a lot of cropping!

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) 497-2319.

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