American Association of Woodturners

An American organization headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide. Established in 1986, the AAW currently has 15,000 members and a network of over 350 local chapters.

It organizes an annual International Symposium featuring top notch turners, sponsors woodturning outreach, and education activities. 

AAW's journal, American Woodturner, is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world and is free to all AAW members.

We invite you to visit the AAW website.

Getting Started In Woodturning

The book Getting Started in Woodturning, written by woodturners for woodturners and edited by John Kelsey, offers beneficial information to help learners progress into the art and craft of woodturning. It contains step-by-step instructions for 18 skill-building projects—a bowl, pepper mill, goblet, pen, doorknobs, and more.  

Topics include information from shopping for a first lathe, to safety practices, to tools and sharpening techniques. The important content is derived from the AAW’s American Woodturner journal and previous workbooks: Safety for Woodturners, Lathes and Turning Tools, Practical Woodturning Projects, and Learning at the Lathe.

Getting Started in Woodturning is now available in the AAW’s Online Store at and select woodworking retailers, independent and national chain bookstores and online booksellers.

Northwest Woodturners
PO Box 1157
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

 Northwest Woodturners is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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