Nor-Cal Woodturners

Congratulations to the Winners

We had a lot of great entries in our October President's Challenge. As you recall, the challenge was pretty easy, just turn something that has the letter "S" in it. Our member's were really creative, all were great, but the winners are: 1st Place: Rollie Bowns - a Segmented Starred Sphere on a Stand; 2nd Place: Robert Verhies- Segmented Sphere; 3rd Place: Mike Newlin - Walnut Sphere. Click on the photos above to get a closer view.  If you'd like to see all the entries check out this video.

Turning a Camper's Cup

At our October demo Dave Landers turned a Kuksa (or Guksi).  It is a Scandinavian drinking cup for outdoorsmen, traditionally carved from birch burl by its owner. In this demo, Dave shows his woodturners version of a Kuksa: a multi-axis turned cup.  To view the recording of the demo click here.


Turning Green Wood with Norm Hinman

At our September member's meeting Norm Hinman shared his many years of experience roughing out bowl blanks.  Norm has turned thousands of bowls.  He said he has about 1600 roughed out bowls drying in his shop!  Mark Mapes, Chris Smith and Don Brice video taped Norm, then Mark did a great job editing it.  After showing the video of Norm turning he answered questions live on our Zoom meeting.  Click Here to see the recording of the meeting. 

Who we are:


Nor-Cal Woodturners is dedicated to promoting the art of woodturning.  We would be happy to meet with any organization or school that would like to learn more about this age old craft. If you have any questions write to

Nor-Cal Woodturners is a non-profit organization  of woodturning enthusiasts from the greater Sacramento, California area. Our membership ranges from the novice to the seasoned woodturning professional.


Our mission is to foster an appreciation of the traditions and art of Woodturning. We do this by sharing our experiences, techniques and the turnings we produce with each other and the public.


Whether it's through our Youth Training Program, the Mentor program, club-sponsored day long turning events with nationally and internationally famous woodturners, our extensive library of books, tapes and DVDs or our monthly meetings, there is something for everyone.


The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except in November and December).


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For information about our "Women in Turning" group contact Noele DeSafey at

AAW has produced two videos so far in the Women in Turning archives, Betty Scarpino and Beth Ireland.  If you are an AAW member you can click here to see the videos.

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Nor-Cal Woodturners, Inc. is affiliated with the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).  Since 1986 the AAW has promoted woodturning through education in various forms.  There are now over 14,000 members supporting that goal.   For more information visit their website at

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