West Tennessee Woodturners
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.
Meetings are normally held on the second Saturday of each month. Starting time is 9:30 a.m., but most folks arrive earlier for some extra social time and coffee and doughnuts. Meetings usually consist of a program that relates to various aspects of woodturning. The program may consist of a lecture, a demonstration, hands-on practice, or a combination of each. Always check our calendar and other notifications for exceptions to the normal meeting arrangements.
Additionally, the club is active in several art and craft events throughout the area, including the Jackson International Food Festival, local fairs, and community festivals.
The West Tennessee Woodturners club was founded in 2009 in Jackson Tennessee by a small group of local woodturners, most of whom are still active in the club. There are currently over thirty active members and skill levels range from beginner to advanced turners--so you'll fit right in!
According to AAW, 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 of all ages, and the skills acquired last a lifetime.
If you are interested in joining West Tennessee Woodturners, please click here for application and additional information.
Have questions about West Tennessee Woodturners, or interested in joining? Please reach out — we’re happy to help.
521 Airways Blvd.
Jackson, TN 38301