First State Woodturners is a local affiliate Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).  We are organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The Chapter bylaws can be viewed here.

Our Chapter is open to woodturners of all ages and skill levels. We provide a place for area woodturners to meet regularly, show their recent work, learn new techniques, and discuss various aspects of woodturning.  The Chapter has lathes available, and experienced turners to demonstrate safe procedures and techniques.  We frequently have guest demonstrators at our monthly meetings —  including turners from other chapters, as well as turners of national and international renown.

The Chapter engages in a variety of woodturning related activities, such as contests, skill challenges, group collaborations, silent auctions, and charity events.  Members often have access to fallen trees, and other sources of wood which are shared at the monthly meetings.

The Chapter also collaborates with other clubs on the East Coast to bring national/international turning experts and demonstrators to the area.

Membership is open to everyone.  We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings to get to know us. (Our regular meetings are free and open to the public. However when we have a professional demonstrator, we usually charge a small admission fee to help defray our costs.)  

See the Membership page for more details on joining.

Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications on upcoming Chapter meetings, events, and demonstrations. We also send out a monthly Newsletter. (This is a low-volume list, and you can unsubscribe at any time.)

Photo:  Hollow vessel, by Baxter Smith

First State Woodturners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to sharing our skills and growing the craft of woodturning.  We participate in many community outreach initiatives, including the Beads of Courage program for children with serious illness, demonstrating at local events, and teaching woodturning to area high school students. Your annual dues and donations help us advance these goals.