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Monthly Meeting FAQ

The Seattle Woodturners club fosters an inclusive space for any person interested in woodturning. We hope to encourage new generations of turners who will carry the craft forward into the future. Our members encompass a range of ages and skill levels, from budding hobbyists to professional woodturners and teachers. Several of our members have been turning since their youth and have a wealth of experience to share; others are new woodturners who will carry on the techniques of the trade and develop the next innovations. We hope that our club will provide many opportunities for collaborative learning and an open forum for developing community.

If you are interested in learning more about our club and its activities, we welcome guests and prospective members to attend one of our monthly meetings. It’s a great way to get to know us and to learn more about our offerings. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.

When and where do you meet?

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, typically from 6 - 9 PM at VFW Redmond (4330 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA) and/or via Zoom. Visit our Event Calendar for more details.


Can I attend a monthly meeting even if I am not a member?

Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend a club meeting to learn more about our club and activities. Please join us in person at VFW Redmond or contact us to request a monthly meeting Zoom link.


What is your meeting format?

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Social time
6:30 - 7:00 PM: Announcements; Introductions; Welcome new members and guests; Show and Tell
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Woodturning demonstration (Part I)
8:00 - 8:15 PM: Wood raffle; Refreshment break
8:15 - 9:00 PM: Woodturning demonstration (Part II)

What equipment is used?

During in-person events, the club’s equipment is transported by trailer to the meeting venue. The club's program director coordinates use of the club’s lathes, grinders, lighting, A/V, and miscellaneous equipment to support all demonstrations. Demonstrators will typically bring one or more of their own tools, supplies, and a portfolio of slides/pictures.

What is Show and Tell like?

Members are encouraged to share a newly-turned piece at meetings. It’s an opportunity to both showcase member work and to receive feedback from others. Pieces are photographed by our club photographer and may be published in our newsletter and/or on the club’s gallery page.

Are refreshments available at events?

Yes. Optional donations are accepted for refreshments, with all proceeds going to support club activities. Refreshments include coffee, tea, sparkling water, and an assortment of snacks and treats.


Do you sell any woodturning materials?

In addition to opportunities to win wood in the Wood Raffle, wood sealer is sold by the club's treasurer to members for $22/gallon. All proceeds go to support our club activities. Watch out for our annual Tool Swap for opportunities to barter with other members too!

*Member discounts available at KlingsporRockler, and Crosscut.


Do you wear name tags at in-person meetings?

We do! We find it’s a great way to get to know each other. You’ll see a name tag table with tags available for members to wear.

I really liked your meeting. How do I join your club?

Prospective members can join our club onlineMembership dues are $40 per year and are used to support our club activities. If you have questions or would prefer to pay dues by check via US Postal Service, please contact our treasurer via email or at a meeting.
*For payment by check, make payable to: Seattle Chapter AAW


I need accommodations for the meeting.

Please contact us if you require any additional audio, visual, or seating accommodation for the meeting.