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.

October 22 Meeting

The next meeting will be on October 22 at The Fort at Montwell Park from 9:30 AM until noon. Come by at 9:00 and enjoy coffee and donuts while you exchange ideas with other Club members. Bring your recent turnings for Show and Tell and any excess wood or tools that you would like to donate for the semi-annual Wood and Tool Auction. This will be a good chance for you to replenish your supply of interesting wood and add to your collection of tools. After the auction, Dan Greene will talk present some interesting information about spalted wood and the spalting process and how to stablize spalted wood using a vacuum system. Bob Nickell will show how to buid an inexpensive vacuum system and use it for vacuum chucking a wood stabilization.

September 24 Meetiing Highlights

Twenty five members and one guest were at the September meeting and four new members were welcomed. There was only one entry for the spindle turning Club Challenge and 5 members submitted 9 recent turnings for Show and Tell. Cliff Baker presented a demonstration on turning a pepper mill. Club members purchased subsidized pepper mill kits for the Club Challenge and there should be 24 entries submitted at the November meeting.

Show and Tell

Timm Schleiff was the only member who took on the spindle turning Club Challenge.

Gerald Chandler turned these three rolling pins with rotating handles, a design "must" if they are to be sold.

Charlie Hall turned this 10" walnut bowl.

Anna Stables created this pen using an acryllic plastic blank.

Paula Weikle joined the Club and displayed this cherry mallet and pen turned from 2 different woods.

Michelle Craig, another new Club member, turned this mallet and pen.

Turning a Pepper Mill

Cliff Baker demonstrated the steps involved in creating a peppre mill using a commercially available grinder mechanism. Other than turning the outer profile, all the other steps involve measuring, drilling, and fitting. The only special tooling required is a Jacobs chuck for the tailstock and a 1/4" drill bit, a 1" and 1 5/8" forstner bits.

Step 5: drill a 1 5/8" recess 1/2" deep for the grinder mechanism.

Step 6: Drill a 1" hole as deep as possible in the mill base. After parting the base and top, the hole can be completed.

Step 10: Use a live center in the tailstock with a 1 5/8" plug in the grinder recess to stabilize the base and top.

Step 11: Turn the final profile for the mill and sand it before parting the top from the waste tenon in Step 18.

There are 21 steps required to create a pepper mill. Click here for the instruction sheet.

General Club Information

For further information about any WVWA activity, call Bill Sproul at (304) 497-2319.

Retail Sales

The Club has partnered with the WV Fine Artisans Gallery and seven members are displaying their turnings at the Gallery. The Gallery is located at 315 W. Washington Street in Lewisburg and features art in a variety of media ranging from quilts and paintings to jewelry and woodturnings. For more information, visit WV Fine Artisans Gallery website.

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