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Beginning August 12, 2017 West Tennessee Woodturners will be meeting in a different building at Jackson State Community College.  Our meetings will be in the McWherter Center (Building 12), Room 138-B.  The McWherter Center is at the Northwest corner of the campus.  It can be seen from the intersection of North Parkway and F. E. Wright Drive. 

Click HERE for a campus map showing all buildings and parking lots.  The closest parking lot is at the south side of the building.  You should be able to gain access through the double glass doors near the Southeast corner of the building.  If not, you can just look for a cluster of trucks and cars that might belong to a bunch of woodturners.  Jerry Dawson's antique peanut truck is a good clue.  Don't give up.  Bang on nearby doors until one opens.

Jerry Dawson, Bill Wyche, Billy Joe Hill, Ronnie Goff and Chuck Jones met with the folks at JSCC today to look at the facility.  We believe it will work fine and in many ways it is more convenient than where we have been meeting.  We have already moved all WTW paraphernalia to the new room.

For any newcomers that may be visiting for the first time the campus address is 2046 North Parkway, Jackson Tennessee 38301.  When I do an internet search it shows the campus on the North side of North Parkway.  It's not.  It's on the south side.

Dear Fellow Woodturner:

The AAW has a strategic plan, called Vision 2020, which is focused on improving the AAW's services, programs, and resources.

An important first step in this process is to learn about the people involved in woodturning –you. More specifically, we'd like to ask you to complete an online survey to help us understand why you turn, how you develop your woodturning skills, and how you view your chapter and the AAW.

Important Notes

  • The survey will be open until November 14, but we encourage you to complete it as soon as possible.

  • No personal information will be collected or used as part of the survey process.

  • If you complete the survey, you will have an opportunity to download AAW’s “Turners for Tops” booklet free in appreciation of your time. A link to the digital booklet will be available on the final “Thank you” screen immediately following your survey submission.

Take the online survey here:

Thank you so much for helping us to improve how your chapter and the AAW serve you.


Linda Ferber, AAW Vision2020 Recruit New Members Project Team Lead

Molly Winton, Team Volunteer

Leigh Sherman, Team Volunteer

KC Kendall, Team Volunteer

Al Hockenbery, Team Volunteer


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JIFA Festival

The West Tennessee Woodturners booth at the Jackson International Food & Arts Festival was a very active site this year.  In addition to live turning demonstrations the club provided a large array of turned pieces for display and for sale.  Proceeds from the sales totaled over $1500, all of which will be donated to the local Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.   The value of the unsold merchandise is estimated to be worth $850 to $1000.  These items will also be given to the hospital for future fundraisers.  In all seventy-five wood turned items were donated by club members, not including the spinning tops.

Ronnie Goff observed "What I found astounding is how fascinated the children were with the old fashioned spinning tops!  They were mesmerized by them!  Often dragging their mommas back to our tent to donate some change so they could have a top.  While we take it for granted, some of these kids have never seen or heard of simple toys."

I can't say enough about how proud I am of our club and how they pitched in to make this a success. This really speaks well for the club and has gained us a lot of respect in the community.

Thanks to all of you who participated.


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Photography by Jerry Dawson

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