Welcome to CVWG

A Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners

 ” When a man works with his hands he is a laborer.   When he works with his hands and his mind he is a craftsman.   But when he works with his hands, his mind and his heart he is an artist”    –  Author unknown    “quoted in print by  Louis Nizer in 1948″ 

We will continue to hold meetings on the first Wednesday
of each month.  If you are NOT VACCINATED please wear a mask! 

We are a group of enthusiastic men and women from all walks of life, ages, and skill levels who come together to learn, educate, and advance the craft of turning wood into an item of beauty. Our membership covers all of West Central Wisconsin from Washburn County in the North to Jackson County in the South. From St. Croix County in the West to Clark County in the East and all points in between.

We endeavor to:
  •  Promote knowledge and skills with presentations by outside professionals as well as members.
  • Encourage members to bring their projects and experiences to meetings for the benefit of all. 
  • Provide a forum for information regarding access to woodturning knowledge, materials, and tools.

Whether you are new or an experienced turner, CVWG is for anyone interested in woodturning who want to get together with like minded people.  If you fit this criteria, you are cordially invited to attend our meetings and become a part of this group. Anyone seeking more information can check our page  About CVWG   print our new  Tri-Fold Brochure  or contact us via the email address on the  bottom of each page.

Also why don’t you check out the  Updated Photos  of our Club House / Shop

Check out “Wanted & For Sale” items on Member Page

(From November Newsletter)

I hope that when you receive this you are enjoying Thanksgiving or deer hunting. Its good to see attendance coming back after Covid We had a great demo from Barry Grill last month on Christmas tree bird house ornaments. I went home and made a few for Christmas presents for my kids. I took a picture of one of mine that I’ll include. He also threw in a tip to use the speed control on the lathe instead of the on/off switch to save switch life. It works but I cannot remember which I turned off! 

A new member asked me for advice on which tools to buy as a beginner. My advice would be: 

1 a skew chisel about 5/8 inch round not flat2 a bowl gouge about ½ or 5/8 inch3 a parting tool

4 a 3/8 or ½ inch spindle gouge

5 a roughing gouge or a carbide square tip gouge
such a Ron Bartz makes

6 I also use scrapers but a lot of you abhor them

When I started I bought Penn states starter chisel set for $100 (2021 price) and found it a good beginner set and still use them.

If you have different ideas send them to me and I will bring it up at
the next meeting.


John Layde


~~~~ Visitors are Always Welcome ~~~~

Enter at the north side entrance of the
Eau Claire Insulation building
1125 Starr Ave. in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Meeting – December 1
Bob Eberhardt – Ornamental Christmas Trees

Social hour 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Meeting 7:00 – 8:30
NOT VACCINATED please wear a mask!

Open House – December 11
Coffee & Chips
8:00am – 12:00pm
NOT VACCINATED please wear a mask!


1st Wednesday of each month 7:00 PM

Open house:
2nd Saturday of the month 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Club dues are $25 per year.

You can join our group at the meeting
At our Treasurer/Membership contact
on the “About CVWG” Page.



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