Join Our Club

We’re glad you’ve stopped by to visit us! This page provides an overview to prospective members who are considering joining Seattle Woodturners.

Can you tell me more about your club?

A great place to start is by reviewing who we are and what we offer. Feel free to contact us with your questions, too!

Do I have to join to attend a meeting?

No, in fact, we encourage guests and prospective members to attend a club meeting, so they can get to know us and learn about our activities.

I do not have woodturning experience, and do not own a lathe. Can I still join?

We welcome novice turners as well as professional turners. Woodturning definitely requires an up-front investment in tools/equipment, and most members acquire their tools/equipment over time. By joining the club, you’ll have the opportunity to attend sawdust sessions, and access the mentor program, which is a great way to start out and receive hands-on experience and instruction.

My job is demanding and commuting to meetings may be a challenge. Can I join even though I cannot attend many meetings?

Absolutely, and we have current members that fit your profile. In addition to monthly meetings, sawdust sessions, Hands-On Events, and wood rats events provide additional opportunities to socialize and engage with the club. We’re also developing our Website, Calendar, and Social Media presence to better-serve the membership as well.

How do I pay my dues to become a member?

Membership dues go to support our club activities. Our Treasurer is always available to accept your application and membership dues (cash or check) at meetings. You’ll be provided with a membership card and welcome packet to help get you oriented with the club.

You can also join our club electronically to pay membership dues via PayPal or Debit/Credit card. You’ll be provided with a membership card and welcome packet (either electronically or in-person at a meeting) to help get you oriented with the club.

Joining the club places you on our member email distribution list, where we regularly publish announcements, general information, and newsletters. You’ll also be invited to join our Facebook group. Feel free to contact us with your questions, too!

Do I have to complete an application?

Yes, members joining our club complete an application including their name and contact information, as well as indicating their interests and experience level with woodturning.

When I join, will I become a member of AAW?

No, when you join Seattle Woodturners, all membership dues directly support our local chapter. Many of our club members additionally support our parent organization, the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). In fact, our By-Laws require that the leadership team to be members of the  American Association of Woodturners (AAW).