West Tennessee Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, or AAW. Our purpose is to provide educational and social support to woodturners and others interested in wood as either a craft or an art.
We normally meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Jackson State Community College, Jackson Campus. We meet on the ground floor of the McWherter Center shown on this map as Building 12 in room 138-B. Our official starting time is 9:30 a.m., but most folks arrive earlier for some extra social time and coffee and doughnuts. Our meetings consist of a program that relates to various aspects of woodturning. The program may consist of a lecture, a hands-on demonstration, or both. Always check our calendar and other notifications for exceptions to the normal meeting arrangements
Additionally, we are active in numerous local art and craft events throughout the area including the Jackson International Food Festival, local fairs and community festivals. We also conduct some adult continuing education classes at Jackson State Community College.
This club was founded in 2009 in Jackson Tennessee by a small group of woodturners from the area, most of whom are still active in the club. There are currently over forty active members. The skill level ranges from beginner to advanced turners so you'll fit right in.
On the AAW website woodturning is defined as a unique form of woodworking that dates back to ancient Egypt. Woodturning is done on a wood lathe, a machine that holds and spins wood securely while it is shaped with sharp carving tools. Historically, woodturning has been used to create functional objects like chair legs, candlesticks, and bowls. Today, lathe-turned work is also understood as an art form and vehicle for individual enrichment, creativity, and self-expression. It can be found in galleries and museums around the world. Pieces may be functional, ornamental, or even sculptural. With a modest learning curve, woodturning engages people from age 8 to 108, and the skills acquired last a lifetime.