Thank you Jim McCleary for demonstrating his homemade hollowing system on January 18th!



Carl Jacobson - Woodcraft Expo on January 25

Hands-on classes January 26 & 27


John Beaver - more info click here

February 15 – 9:15am to 3:00pm

All-day demo              Plus 3 hands-on classes

  • $25.00 Members
  • $35 Non-Members
  • All day demo
    • 9:15am – 3:00pm
    • Includes lunch

John says:

After spending over 25 years in Hollywood, filming television commercials, I began experimenting with a lathe I had inherited.  Before I even mastered the technique, I could see that I wanted to find a way to give the pieces a little more life.  A bowl, or a vase, or a sculpture sits on a shelf and has a form, and there’s a certain beauty in that, but I wanted to add movement and energy to that form.

I have always lived near the ocean, and was inspired to bring the motion and rhythm of the waves to a round object.  The exploration of that concept led to the “wavy” design which is still the core element of my work today.

I started by placing the design on bowls, because that’s kind of the obvious thing to make on a lathe, but as I developed new techniques I found that I could remove the restriction of the vessel and let the design stand alone as a sculptural form.

By working with round forms I found this opportunity to create designs that have no beginning or end.  Even as they sit still, you can imagine the design wrapping around the piece and coming back into view, giving rhythm to the design.   By moving the shapes around on the piece I found the energy that hopefully gives a feeling of movement to an otherwise static form.

I live in Pacific Palisades, CA  with my wife Candy, and two wonderful daughters, Lauren and Rachel.  When I’m not in the studio, I enjoy Golf, Paddle Tennis, Skiing, Cycling, Kayaking, Hiking and Bocce.


3 Hands-on classes offered:    Stay tuned for the sign-ups and more info!

Feb.16 –Round bottom Bowl & Basic Bangles

Feb 17 –Basic Wave & Protruding Bowl

Feb 18 –Basic Wave & Protruding Bowl

Limit 6 per class


President Challenges 2020

January:  Something that makes noise.

February: All-Day Demo.

March:  Mini Symposium.

April:  Shop Made Jigs.

May:  Item used in the kitchen.

June:  Project using crotch wood.

July:  Project not using wood.

August:  Mini Symposium.

September:  Platters.

October:  Beads of Courage Bowls.

November:  All-Day-Demo.

December:  Christmas Party.



What is coming in 2020?

  • January 18 – demo – Jim McCleary
  • January 25 – Woodcraft Expo – AWA Demos
  • January 26-27 Hands-on classes with Carl Jacobson
  • February 15 – all-day demo by John Beaver
    • Three all-day hands-on classes
  • March 21 – mini-symposium/swap meet
  • March 18-22 – Pinal County Fair AWA Demos
  • April 15-19 – Maricopa County Fair AWA Demo



Photo Directory - check out those that are online!

    • Remember to get your picture taken for the photo directory.  Can't remember someone's last name or their name at all?  The Members Only section includes a photo directory.
    • Get your picture taken at an upcoming meeting - so you can be included!



  • To earn money for the club use the Fry's Community Rewards Program:  visit the Frys website at: Once logged into your Fry's account, go to community rewards, click "all", search for Arizona Woodtuners Association either by name or VD448 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
  • Sign up for AMAZON SMILE - Amazon gives a percentage to the club when you sign up on Amazon Smile and designate the Arizona Woodturners Association in your account.
  • The American Association of Woodturners- check out their page.