Red Oak Hollow

Woodturning, a joyful hobby making round things out of wood

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Capital Area Woodturners, Inc.

My first woodturning club, with members from Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia

The Capital Area Woodturners, Inc, which we refer to as CAW, has about 240 members, some who come from as far away as Pennsylvania and Delaware. The club meets the second Saturday of every month at the Bryant Adult Learning Center on Popkins Lane in Alexandria for a short business meeting, a Show and Tell session in which members who have brought in things they have recently made show off their work, and a woodturning demonstration of some kind. The demonstrations may be by an internationally known woodturner or by a club member. In August, we meet in a different location for our summer potluck. There is a place to set up several mini-lathes and we do a lot of woodturning, stop to eat, and then go back to the lathes until about 3pm. In December, we have our annual Woodturners Ball, another potluck. We don't do any woodturning but do have an ornament contest and a turned wood gift exchange. You can reach the web site for our club by clicking on CAW. We always welcome new folks and have a great mentoring program for those who are just getting started, need to brush up after years of absence from the craft, or would like to learn a new woodturning skill. Please join us. If you are interested in woodturning but are not in this area, check out the American Association of Woodturners and click on AAW Local Chapters to help you find a woodturning club near you.