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Program Mission:  Engage The Mind

Woodturning is an activity that involves using hand tools, wood and a machine called a lathe to produce both useful items and works of art. 

One of our club missions is to educate and involve today's youth in the wood shop experience.  Our club shop is fully equipped to provide a complete woodturning experience for your group or organization.  We start with making simple wood pens to develop familiarity with the tools and the equipment.  More advanced topics including peppermills, kitchen utensils and bowl turning become available as skills develop. 

Every youth is paired with a knowledgeable mentor who will provide hands-on experience emphasizing safety in a one-on-one educational environment.   

The experience starts with learning proper technique for using the tools in a safe manner.  The youth then proceeds to make their very own pen.  At the end of the session, each youth gets to take home what they make!

This is a great opportunity to teach your youth how to work with their hands, express their creativity and create something unique they will cherish for years to come.  Let us give your youth group or organization an experience rarely found in today's education system.  

Youth Activity Requirements and Policies

The following requirements must be met to ensure the safety for both the youth and the members who volunteer their time and experience.  

  • Each youth activity event must be scheduled and coordinated with club officers in advance.  No walk-ins will be accepted.
  • Minimum age is 11 years old at the time of the event
  • Youth must be physically and emotionally able to handle sharp tools and operate the equipment.  If there is a safety concern, we reserve the right to withdraw the youth from the event at any time.
  • There will be no charge for the event, equipment or supplies unless otherwise stated in the event description.
  • Events will always be held on a Saturday morning 9am - 12pm Eastern Time.
  • Each youth will be paired one-on-one with an experienced club member.  
  • Each youth will be allowed to take home whatever they make at an event.
  • Liability waiver must be signed by the legal parent or guardian in advance of the event.
  • The youth group, chapter or organization must be a sanctioned group from a national organization.  For example, any Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts group meets this requirement.  
  • Maximum of 5 youth per event will be maintained unless otherwise stated in the event description.
  • A minimum of one adult representative must remain present for the duration of the event.

Want More Information?

If you have more questions or would like to schedule youth opportunities with our club, just navigate to our Contact page for information on how to reach our club officers.

Chapter 120
American Association of Woodturners

3061 E Riverside Dr
Fort Myers, FL 33916

2020 Grant Recipient

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