In an effort to help the club better understand and serve its members, we've come up with a 10-question survey. Please take part by filling it out here.

The survey is general enough to serve any club or Woodturners in general, so it's also being distributed among various Facebook groups and AAW has expressed an interest in using it. In just two weeks more than 125 turners outside of our club have already taken the survey, enough to allow for a preliminary analysis which was shared with WGNC members at the July meeting.

Those early results can be viewed here.

We will meet as usual on Thursday, July 9th at the Crafts Center. The format will be a Pizza, pastries, soda, and movie party where we screen this featured video:

Techniques (Volume Two) from the 17th Annual AAW National Symposium (Pasadena, CA) with demos by:

  • Luke Mann: Texturizing & Ebonizing
  • Eli Avisera: Inlaid Candlesticks
  • Art Leistman: Color, Texture & Burning
  • Craig Nutt; Carving On & Off the Lathe
  • Nick Cook: Production Turning For Sale
The raffle and Instant Gallery will be included as usual.

We will also be giving away Bradford Pear blanks donated by member Gene Presson. These will distributed first-come, first served and all Gene asks is that you bring your punished pieces back in to a future gallery show and tell. The half-logs are sealed but very wet as they are from a tree that fell in his yard just a week or so ago.

North Carolina is hosting a special outdoor event to celebrate the Capitol's 175th anniversary on Saturday, June 13 and WGNC will participate.

The agenda for the day -- 11am to 4pm -- includes local music, a formal re-dedication ceremony, arts and crafts vendors, historic re-enactment groups and historic sites, children’s activities, special tours of the Capitol and – of course – birthday cake.

We will need volunteers to help staff an outdoor information table and do live demonstrations on a mini lathe the club will provide.

Further details are not yet available, but if you are willing and able to participate please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and state which shift you would be able to take on.

  • 10-11am Setup
  • 11-1pm Two shifts: Demo, greeter
  • 1-2:30pm Two shifts: Demo, greeter
  • 2:30-4:30 pm Two shifts: Demo, greeter, both help break-down

WGNC is now over twenty years old and has grown and developed into one of the larger chapters in the American Association of Woodturners. There are now eleven chapters in North Carolina. For much of that time we have been fortunate to have the facilities of the NCSU Craft Center as a place to meet and hold workshops.

Membership in the Craft Center Woodshop is available to all citizens of NC which gives you access to a safe well equipped shop and avoids the need for a large investment in equipment and space at home to pursue your passion for woodturning. For many of us,the level II fee of $74/per semester is a screaming bargain and, after 5 PM and on weekends, you can park right across the street for free, work until 10PM and eat next door at Clark Dining Hall for a very reasonable price.

Please help to fill empty bowls with hope for the Durham community by contributing to the 9th Annual Empty Bowls to Benefit Urban Ministries of Durham. Empty Bowls 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.

Last year, Empty Bowls Durham add a "Premier" ticket class where attendees who purchased a Premier ticket could choose a bowl from a special selection of wood or ceramic bowls crafted by local artists. Based on last year’s success and the positive responses from recipients of the special bowls, the Premier ticket will be repeated this year.