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Like many other chapters of the American Association of Woodturners, the Nutmeg Woodturners League encourages its

members to reach out to their communities and perform all manner of good works, woodturning and otherwise.

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Beads of Courage bowls

Beads of Courage provides innovative, supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, Children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage in their treatment.. Each year, Nutmeg members turn bowls  to hold the Beads of Courage, donating them to the organization at the AAW's annual symposium. For more information, click here.

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Printing face shields

From the beginning of the pandemic, Steve Prior has been making face shields for first responders on his 3D printer. He's made thousands of them, all for free. In October 2020, after a two month hiatus, he fired up the printer to make 100 new shields for Danbury High School.


Help for a member

A Nutmegger recently came down with a serious illness and had to cancel several months of woodturning classes. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the lost income. Nearly a dozen other club members responded, contributing more than $1000.

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Pens for troops

For many years, the Nutmeg Woodturners League has supported the program to turn pens to give to our troops. We schedule pen-making sessions throughout the year, with all materials free. Future turning sessions will be listed on the Upcoming Events page.

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Organ donation

After recovering from a  heart transplant, Alan Ganek began working with LiveOnNY, the organ procurement organization for the New York metro area, to help increase awareness and provide education about the importance of organ donation.  A donor made the selfless decision to say yes, which helped save Alan’s life. He hopes that his experience inspires others  to give the gift of life through donation.  Alan is happy to provide more information.  Contact him at:

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