Nor-Cal Woodturners

Making a Ring

John Burbank gave a great demonstration at our April Membership Meeting on how he creates his rings.  He said the scarry part is breaking it in half so you can glue it over the stainless steel blank.  They really come out great.  Thanks John!  


Three Demos in One

At our March Membership Meeting three of our members presented very different techniques.  Ernie Buda showed us how he made the "knuckle bone" pattern on the bottom of a platter.  We're hoping he will teach a one day class sometime in the future!  Next Mark Mapes explained how he weaves paracord across the tops of his bowls to make unique patterns.  Last but not least, Barry Stephens brought in his bandsaw cutting jig and explained how he cuts bowls to create his Wave Bowls. You can see more examples in the April Newsletter.


Who we are:


Nor-Cal Woodturners is dedicated to promoting the art of woodturning.  We would be happy to meet with any organization or school that would like to learn more about this age old craft. If you have any questions write to

Nor-Cal Woodturners is a non-profit organization  of woodturning enthusiasts from the greater Sacramento, California area. Our membership ranges from the novice to the seasoned woodturning professional.


Our mission is to foster an appreciation of the traditions and art of Woodturning. We do this by sharing our experiences, techniques and the turnings we produce with each other and the public.


Whether it's through our Youth Training Program, the Mentor program, club-sponsored day long turning events with nationally and internationally famous woodturners, our extensive library of books, tapes and DVDs or our monthly meetings, there is something for everyone.


The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except in November and December).


About starting in woodturningClick here


Nor-Cal Shavings Newsletter

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For information about our "Women in Turning" group contact Noele DeSafey at

AAW has produced two videos so far in the Women in Turning archives, Betty Scarpino and Beth Ireland.  If you are an AAW member you can click here to see the videos.

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Nor-Cal Woodturners, Inc. is affiliated with the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).  Since 1986 the AAW has promoted woodturning through education in various forms.  There are now over 14,000 members supporting that goal.   For more information visit their website at

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