Who we are:

The Arizona Woodturners Association (AWA) is a proud chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, located in Phoenix, Arizona. We are dedicated to training, preserving and inspiring the art of woodturning. We encourage each of our members also to join the American Association of Woodturners.

Our purpose is to provide a forum whereby members can gather to promote safe turning practices, exchange ideas, share techniques/information/experiences, teach, learn and provide inspiration.  Membership in AWA is open to any and all interested in woodturning!

Learn to turn:

If you ever thought about trying woodturning, we encourage you to join the AWA (or your local chapter).  It is generally agreed this is the best way to start this new fascination. It is also highly recommended to join the American Association of Woodturners. Be warned, wood turning it is very addicting. Whether you want to learn woodturning for relaxation or want to make a gallery piece, start with your local woodturning organization and sign up. The information you can gather there is second to none. Let the chips fly!

Please take the time to browse our website.  Our website includes (but not limited to) pictures of turnings, information on where and when we meet, projects, tips & techniqueswood turning links, members only info and businesses who support AWA!

About us…

Our association meets the third Saturday of each month at the Pyle Center in Tempe. The meetings are from 12:00pm to 3:30pm unless otherwise noted on our Meetings page. The address for the Pyle Center is:  655 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona 85282. Our meetings start off with an overview and update from the President and the Vice President (about 20 minutes), which are followed by a wood-turning demonstration.

Our Volunteer Board includes a wide range of woodturners – some over 30 years – some new!  The organization is all about volunteers working together for the good of expanding the word and knowledge of woodturning!

We have been very fortunate to have many well-recognized turners doing demonstrations for us and we have some members who are known throughout the world as must-see demonstrators.

Some past well known demonstrators include:

Kelly Dunn
John Lucas
Jimmy Clewes
joHannes Michelsen
Keith Tompkins,
Mark St. Leger
Bonnie Klein
David Ellsworth
Keith Gotschall
Chris Pytlik
Clay Foster/Jennifer Shirley
Stuart Batty
Molly Winton
Bill Grumbine
John Magill
Mike Mahoney

(Here are some past flyers)

You are always welcome to contact us with any questions you may have and/or send us information that you think may be of interest to the members of our organization.