That massive summer arts event in Cary is once again upon us, and WGNC needs your help to staff our booth for almost two full days, Aug. 26 & 27.

The event, Cary Lazy Daze, is again slated for all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with hundreds of artisans and vendors with booths lining the street of downtown Cary.

WGNC will be there with a double tent and a mini lathe running constant live demos and showing off our members' works. If you would like to participate, we are looking to fill 16 two-hour shifts for demonstrators and greeters, not to mention help with setting up and breaking down our display. Please check out the openings and register to volunteer your time here.

As the new year begins we are looking for volunteers to host Breakout Sessions. Hosting a Breakout is a great way to spend a few hours or a whole day and to help support our club.

The host chooses the topic, day and time, so if you have a particular technique, turning interest or would like to just host an open turning session with other turners for a few hours it would be much appreciated. Hosting is open to all skill levels so don't be shy about volunteering. Some topics to consider are, spindle & bowl turning, proper tool technique, shop safety, wood selection, finishing/embellishing, sanding, design, pens, boxes, shop lighting ,dust collection and the list goes on and on.

Please help to fill empty bowls with hope for the Durham community by contributing to the annual Empty Bowls to Benefit Urban Ministries of Durham.

The March 3 benefit is the signature event for the downtown non-profit agency that provides emergency food, clothing and shelter to our neighbors in need and helps those who are homeless secure a home.

Attendees at at the Durham Convention Center get to sample soups from some of Durham’s finest restaurants, but that is only half the story. Local artists and artisans donate their talents to create hand-crafted bowls for attendees to select and take home.

This is where the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina can help. Providing over 800 hand crafted bowls is a tremendous challenge and the event organizers have reached out to WGNC to help by providing bowls for the event.

The board is working to provide better long-term planning for the monthly gatherings, lining up demonstrators well in advance so you can plan ahead to attend as much as possible.

For the rest of 2016, we have the following scheduled:

  • Nov. 10: Bob Reuss, TBD
  • Dec. 8: Holiday party

The schedule is subject to change, but planning is critical to coordinating these sessions.

As a non-profit, WGNC is totally dependent on membership volunteers to organize and run the meetings and general club endeavors. Do you have a particular skill or just a willingness to help us in the coming year?

The board of directors handles most functions, but we are few and for most positions there is no backup.

We have an immediate need for a primary videographer to fill in for Norm Cloutier, who has taken on the role of president for 2016. If you attend most meetings and have any experience behind the camera, or just a willingness to learn, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to us about the role at the next meeting.

Bob Reuss has moved back to his role as treasurer and Dan Roscigno has stepped up to manage membership as well as produce the monthly newsletter.

Chris Boerner remains as VP with Steve Criscenzo joining the board to help with finding and organizing demonstrators. They are making a serious effort this year to lock-in demonstrators months in advance so you will know who and what to expect long before the meeting week.

Lyn and Bob Aumock continue their excellent work in running the club library and organizing break-out sessions, respectively.