Turners Anonymous??? That’s right! We share an addiction to the joy that we find in the shaping of a rough piece of wood into a finished using a lathe. We think that if you haven’t tried it, you should. To paraphrase an old potato chip commercial: “I bet you can’t turn just once!” And, if you want to find out a little bit about wood turning, there is no better place than your local turning club!!!
Turners Anonymous is a Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Our local chapter is run by an elected board of directors and currently boasts nearly 100 members who enjoy woodturning. Some members are professionals who exhibit in national shows and teach wood turning, while other members simply enjoy the occasional turning of a salad bowl or tool handle in their home workshop. A few members have never even tried turning, or haven’t done so since a rather traumatic experience in Jr. High School woodshop. Some members haven’t been to Junior High yet, and other members can’t remember Junior High because it was so long ago for them (fortunately most of them don’t use the internet and won’t see this). But all are delighted to advise, assist or just gab about woodturning.
- To promote and encourage woodturning as an artform
- To sponsor workshops and seminars in woodturning
- To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques and inspiration
- To provide a network for exchanging sources of tools, materials and supplies
- To encourage others to take up woodturning
- To have fun and enjoy!