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     Members of the North Valley Wood Turners
live in the Northern Sacramento Valley; the meetings are held in Durham, a small town a few miles south of Chico. Members come from Marysville/Yuba City to the south, Mount Shasta to the north, and Lake Almanor. All members all wood working enthusiasts who have an emphasis on creating spindles, bowls, candlesticks, containers, and other useful objects on a wood lathe.

Anyone can be a member of the North Valley Turners. The skills ranges from absolute beginners through accomplished amateurs. A few members are professional or semi-professional turners. Please drop the club an email at NorthValleyWoodTurners to get on the mailing list for our monthly newsletter, or join us in Durham (view map) for a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Meetings in 2017 will take place on January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18st, June 15th, July Picnic, August 17th, September 21th, October 19th, November 16th, and the December Holiday Celebration

Next meeting Thursday February 16th in Durham at 7:00 PM


The February newsletter is available.

February Letter from the President

     Gee, we’re into February already and tomorrow is Groundhogs Day, and, Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away (as I write). My, how time flies. Hope that you all have been turning away on your Empty Bowls projects. We need all your submissions at the next meeting.

If you were not at our last meeting you missed the introduction of our new lathe. After having to wrestle the large Powermatic around at our meetings the Board decided we needed a lathe that would be easier to move about. So, after much discussion and some comparison shopping we have purchased a new Delta midi-lathe. The lathe is large enough to handle our demonstration projects and small enough to be easily moved about, not just for our meetings, but also for us to take to public demonstrations. An additional advantage in having a new smaller lathe is that it will be easier to conduct some workshops when it is coupled with similar sized lathes which some of our Directors have offered to lend for the occasion. We will have our sharpening station out and set up so that if you have any tools that need sharpening and you would like some assistance or tips with your sharpening one of our mentors will be available to answer questions and offer help.

Your Directors have been working to develop ideas for upcoming demonstrations and are putting together a schedule for future meetings. If you have any suggestions, they would be appreciated. Well, that’s it for this month. Remember, keep turning, we are fortunate to have such an enjoyable activity to keep us busy. Lynn      Keep turning.

See you at the meeting.                Lynn

Our Purpose:

This group includes individuals who are interested in or are currently engaged in creating wooden objects turned on a lathe. The group is open to all; members run the gambit from absolute beginners, through polished amateurs, and includes a few professionals. At our monthly meetings recently made objects and a demonstration of some aspect of turning is presented.

Learn how to use a lathe

Turning techniques will be demonstrated and discussed.

Share with other members

Share objects made in the preceding month, anecdotes about tool use, and ideas.

Bring a question to a meeting

Everybody needs help (at least sometimes) and those not needing help love to give advice and talk about someone else's problem. Part of the goal of North Valley Turners is to help resolve problems related to turning.

Our president at work.
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