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why join a club?

Joining a club offers you endless opportunities to learn and grow both as a woodturner and as a person.  Our club offers a safe, friendly environment to share your interest in woodturning with others. 

There is so much to learn in the art of woodturning.  Whether your interest is pens, bowls, hollow form or other styles, a woodturning club provides the best hands-on approach to learning proper safety techniques, new turning skills or even freshen those old ones.

It's easy to feel like a few online videos can make you a woodturner.  Often those videos leave out key safety details that prevent serious injury.  Never try to learn woodturning on your own.  Never.

Quite simply, a club is the best way to learn everything you need to know about turning wood into art!

membership benefits

  • Monthly club meetings
  • Supervised open-turning sessions with club experts in our shop
  • Regular email newsletter with tips and information
  • Extensive DVD library of woodturning videos for all skill levels
  • Online event calendar of all upcoming events
  • Professional turner demonstrations and presentations
  • Notifications of other wood-turning area events 
  • Insider tips for wood sources from local contacts
  • Modern, informative website with online dues payment
  • Fellowship with others passionate about woodturning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

"How much does it cost to join?"

- We work hard to keep dues as low as possible.  Annual dues vary depending on the membership level you select.  You can find the cost of all our member levels right on our Join Us page.

"I'm new to woodturning, can I just show up to a meeting?"

- Absolutely!  We encourage prospective members to attend one of our meetings before deciding to join.  Come see who we are and get a feel for how our meetings work.  If you like what you see, one of our club officers can help you join the club right at the meeting.

"What do I need to bring to a club meeting?"

- Often members will bring a completed project for show-and-tell.  Others might bring a work-in-progress so they can get tips or suggestions on how to continue.  Feel free to bring anything you might have questions about or need suggestions on.  

"What does the open-turning session involve?"

- Open-turning sessions are the best way to learn from another woodturner.  Our club always staffs at least one trainer and one safety monitor for every session.  You are welcome to bring your own wood for turning or use a piece of wood provided at no-charge from the club wood pile.  The club shop provides all the necessary equipment including lathes, face shields, large inventory of tools and quality sharpening equipment.  We also have various chucks for bowl turning. 

Or feel free to bring your own tools and safety equipment.  We do ask you to avoid using finishing products in the club shop as the chemical fumes can cause breathing problems for other members in the room.

"Wait I have more questions!  Who can I talk to?"

- Navigate to our Club Officers page and reach out to any officer.  We're here to help!

Chapter 120
American Association of Woodturners

3061 E Riverside Dr
Fort Myers, FL 33916

2020 Grant Recipient

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