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 July 23

The June meeting was cancelled because of the flooding in Greenbrier County. the July meeting will be held on July 23 at The Fort at Montwell Park. We meet on the ground floor, below the Hill and Holler restaurant. The meeting begins at 9:30, but come early and have a cup of coffee and a donut with the other members.

Mark Soukup, a professional Windsor chair make from Gap Mills, will be our guest demonstrator. He will show how he refers to grind his skew chisels and how he uses them to turn the various spindles that are characteristic of the Windsor chair style.

After seeing the demonstration, Club members will be challenged to turn three identical spindles that include a pommel, a 4" taper, a shoulder, a bead, and a cove. The Challenge spindles should be brought to the September meeting

May 21 Highlights

Twenty three members and three guests attended the May meeting and Ron Withrow and Terry Wodder were welcomed as new members. After enjoying coffee and donuts and the door prize and raffle drawings, eight Club members displayed ten of their recent turnings during the Show and Tell period. Harry Newman finished the series of bowl turning demonstrations by showing how he uses scrapers, a technique he learned from Stewart Medeiros, a professional truner from Hawaii.

Show and Tell

Wayne Ailiff: rolling pin

Jim Meyer: kaleidescope (click for instructions)

Jerry Carter: inlayed platter

Jim Meyer: 12" bowl, laminated branch discs

Jim Meyer: 10" bowl, laminated branch discs

Charlie Myers: Walnut, pecan, twisted willow, and elm turnings

Gerald Chandler: 6" hollow form vase, cherry burl

Fonzi Fitzwater: 13" maple burl bowl

Mike Cope: 18" natural edge bowl, cherry burl

Bruce Brennaman: 6" spalted maple bowls

Harry Newman: Turning a Bowl with Scrapers

This is the final demonstration in the bowl turning series. Cliff Baker demonstrated turning with conventional bowl gouges at the February meeting and Mike Cope demonstrated the use of gouges with the Ellsworth grind at the April meeting.

Harry makes his own scrapers and long handles provide good control.

He orders steel bar stock from Lancaster Knives .

Whenever the scraper is not cutting cleanly, Harry sharpens it free-handed.

Harry always uses a faceplate and tailstock for added safety.

The outside profile has been truned to final thickness and  sanded.

Harry often uses a bead to acentuate the rim and bowl.

He turns from the rim towards the center and then makes the final cuts without the tailstock .

The bowl is ready to mount on Cole jaws so the tenon on the base can be removed.

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