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The AAW has honored our web site by awarding it second prize in this year's Best Chapter Web Site competition.  Our thanks to the judges for recognizing Nutmeg's creativity and accomplishments.

If you join the American Association of Woodturners ($60/year) you receive six issues of the American Wodturner journal. And you can:

  • View more than 200 videos screened for safety and quality.

  • Receive reduced rates for demonstratons and the annual symposium.

  • Read every article from American Woodturner journal.

  • Find another AAW member.

  • Read Woodturning Fundamentals, the online quarterly just for beginners.

  • Access a wealth of information for beginners, teachers, and demonstrators.

Go to www.woodturner.org for  information and to join.



If you're an AAW member,you can access the remote demonstration calendar, a continually updated listing of online demonstrations on all aspects of woodturning. The fees for these events are reasonable—typically $10 to $12 per person. If you belong to the AAW, click here to access the calendar and sign up for demos. Not a member? What are you waiting for?! Follow the link in the box at the left to join the organization.


The Voices 16-video series invites you into intimate conversations with successful studio and production turners, as they discuss big concepts and small details. Learn about cultivating creativity, aesthetics, originality, design principles from form to finish, as well as developing the business mindset, with information about business skills, marketing, photography, and pricing.  Click on the image at the right to read more and watch the videos.

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  • Use a full face shield when ever the lath is turned on.

  • Tie back long hair, do not wear gloves, and avoid loose clothing objects that may catch on rotating parts or accessories.

  • Always check the speed of the lathe before turning it on. Use slower speeds for larger diameters or rough pieces, and higher speeds for smaller diameters and pieces that are balanced. Always start a piece at a slower speed until the work pieces is balanced. If the lathe is shaking or vibrating, lower the speed.  If the workpiece vibrates, always top the machine to check the reason.

  • Check that all locking devices on the tailstock and tool rest assembly are tight before operating the lathe. 

  • Position the tool rest close to work, almost touching the wood. Check tool rest position often and as wood is removed, turn off the lathe and re-position the rest. 

  • Rotate your workpiece by hand to make sure it clears the toolrest and bed before turning the lathe “on.” Be certain that the workpiece turns freely and is firmly mounted. . 

  • Be aware of the turners call the “red zone” or “firing zone.” This is the area directly behind and in front of the workpiece - the areas most likely for a piece to travel as it comes off the lathe. A good safety habit is to stop out of this zone when switching the lathe to the “on” position. When observing others turn stay out of the area.

  • Hold turning tools securely on the toolrest, holding the tool in a controlled and comfortable manner. Always contact the tool rest with the tool before contacting the wood.

  • It is safest to turn the lathe “off” before adjusting the toolrest or tool rest base (banjo).

  • Remove the tool rest before sanding or polishing operations.

  • Never leave the lathe running unattended. Turn the power off. Don’t leave that lathe until it comes to a complete stop.

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Founded 1989        A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners        Brookfield, Ct.