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 - October 24

Do you need wood or have wood that you don't need? Are there tools you would like to get or that you don't use any more? If you answered "yes", then come to the Club's semi-annual Wood and Tool Auction begining at 9:30 AM on October 24 at The Fort in Lewisburg. Mike Cope will demonstrate how he turns a bowl with square wings. He will also show different ways to lay out a bowl in a crotch and give some suggestions on how to deal with torn grain.

September Meeting Highlights

Eighteen members and one guest attended the Club's September meeting. Harry appointed Bob Nickell and Gerald Chandler to the 2016 Nominating Committee and ask them to present a slate of officers for 2016 at the October Club meeting. Officers for 2016 will be elcted at the November 21 meeting.

Show and Tell

Anna Stables turned these pens using the Wall Street and Slimline pen kits.

Bob Nickell turned this pen and pencil set using a dyed wood.

Tim Greene created this very attractive shaving set.

Bob Nickell has been experimenting with marbled paint paint on these Christmas ornaments.

Harry Newman created this angel and pair of snow people.

Bill Sproul used sanding sealer to stabilize some soft spalted maple and turn this 12" bowl.

Harry Newman used padauk for this 10" offset turning.

Wayne Aliff turned this segmented cannister from maple and walnut.

Bill Sproul turned four different style of bowls from a curly maple plank.

This is the fifth style of bowl Bill turned from the plank.

Nelson Dew turned this 6" bowl from apple wood.


Since the Club is often invited to provide public demonstrations at various fairs and festivals throughout the year, the demonstrations should focus on items that can be turned quickly. Harry Newman turned several tops, snow people, and offset turnings as examples of what can be demonstrated. These examples might encourage other members to help with public demonstrations. Bob Nickell has been experimenting with marbled painting and showed the process for decorating turnings.

This is what you see when turning off center.

Hand sanding is necessary because there's not much wood holding adjacent elements together.

Snow woman, snow man, padauk tops, off center truning.

Marbleing paint and a container of water is all that is needed.

Add several drops of various colors on the water and swirl gently to create a pattern.

Dip the object gently and blot the remaining paint with a paper towel before removing it.

Best results are often obtained with objects that are painted white

Marbeling is very effective on this offset turning.

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