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Are you a Turner or interested in learning to turn?

If so Louisville Area Woodturners wants you! Please fill free to call or text 502-640-6785 for more information or come to any of our meetings. We would love to have you and share our love for turning and woodworking. We have a new mentorship program to help you get started in this great hobby. You may also want to check out the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) website. It is a great place to start


Our next Meeting will be held on September 14th at the Walden Elementary Schoo; at 6:30 pm. We are privilaged to have Kevin Lucas showing us how to turn pens. Don't forget we will also be selling tickets for our regular monthly drawing. Please feel free to join us. We love to have new people.


Welcome to the Louisville Area Woodturners (LAW) website.

Our club was founded in October 1995. The primary purpose of LAW is to provide information, education, and organization to those interested in woodturning. The membership is drawn from all towns and communities surrounding Louisville, Ky area, but all woodturners are welcome to visit or join.

 We usually meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm til 8:30 pm, at Walden School. 4238 Westport Rd., Louisville, Ky 40207. Dates are subject to change to accommodate guest turners from out of town and some of these may be on Saturdays for longer professional demostrations. Most Saturday demonstrations begin at 9am.

We are affiliated with the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) which is an International non-profit organization working to advance woodturning. It has over 1,4000 members in 27 countries. Many member also belong to local chapters although membership in these chapters does not automatically make you a member of the AAW and being in the AAW does not make you a member of any chapter.

The AAW has a new branch for women. This is the "Women in Turning (WIT) and is working hard to advance both the number of women turners and their visability in shows and galleries. If you know a woman turner or one that is interested in learning please contact us. Paula McLain, Our regional representative would be happy to speak with you. You may call or text her at 502-640-6785 or email her at


Here are just a few of the AAW Specialty Programming that the AAW offers. Join now to get the full benefits.

AAW’s Young/Student Turners and Turning to the Future: Programming, information, and resources especially for teachers and students ages 10 to 25 (

AAW’s Woodturning Beyond Barriers: A program that offers techniques and adaptations to help people with disabilities and other obstacles turn safely (

Turners Without Borders: An AAW committee that delivers woodturning information and outreach services to the global woodturning world (

Professional Outreach Program (POP):  An AAW committee that fosters and promotes  high standards of professionalism in woodturning through a variety of activities (

Women in Turning (WIT): An AAW committee that brings together women who share a passion for woodturning to help further their skills and increase their participation in the field (



Mark your calendars for Next Year!

AAW's 32nd Annual International Symposium will be in Portland, Oregon June 14th - 17th at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,Portland, Oregon 97232.

The hosting hotel will be "The Doubletree by Hilton Portland.

*There is a call for demonstrators for this event going on now. The deadline to apply is August 1st so hurry if you would like this opportunity.


**************************************************               Setting up your workstaion. This publication is from the AAW and will be in several parts over the next few months.

• Part 1: Space planning, lighting, electrical and provision for dust collection

WOODTURNING SHOP   Part 1: Choosing a Location
For the new woodturner, the motivation to “get turning” with your own lathe in your own shop or studio is exciting - as it should be. This situation does not lend itself to deliberate planning in the design and set-up of a woodturning work station, but don’t resist the urge to set up the machine and make some shavings. You may already have experience in knowing how much fun woodturning can be, and getting some lathe time right away with a new machine is always special. Even if you only have your machine set up temporarily, take some time to enjoy getting to know your lathe and how it works. Do this safely, and if you need advice, get it. Doing some woodturning on your new lathe is a great way to get a feel for how much space might be needed around the lathe for your body size. It also might give you some reference about where your lathe tools and accessories might best be located for your turning style. One point to emphasize here is that you will eventually be creating a woodturning workstation that is designed around YOU, and more specifically, how you relate to the lathe and all of the supporting tools, equipment, and supplies. Setting up a temporary woodturning location will enable you to pay special attention to any arrangements of tools, sanding and finishing supplies, or other 
turning accessories that might cause you to slow down or stop your operation, or identify those things that make you feel uncomfortable, whether physically or psychologically (i.e., Are you doing everything safely? Does it feel OK to do this technique? Are you experiencing body pain or muscle strain after a turning session?) These are areas of concern that need to be addressed when developing the design of your permanent woodturning workstation. You’ll get to know what is needed for your own workstation while gaining some useful experience.
Whether you are a new woodturner, or one with considerable experience, it is always useful to periodically evaluate the safety and efficiency of your woodturning station to be sure you are maintaining a healthful, safe, and enjoyable work environment. I will review some of the aspects of setting up and maintaining a woodturning station that should be considered as you evaluate and design your own personal turning space.  
Are you doing everything safely? Does it feel OK to do this technique? Are you experiencing body pain or muscle strain after a turning session?
 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS The available space – Once the time has come to determine where your lathe will reside long-term, some initial planning will go a long way in making sure your woodturning station is set up as safely and efficiently as the resources will allow. A bit of planning for the future growth at your woodturning station’s location will pay off in creating a more pleasant and efficient place in the future where you undoubtedly will be spending long hours of enjoyable time turning wood. Your space restrictions may dictate that your turning station may need to be located in a garage, basement, or other shared-use space. Some will have a dedicated space in a large room, out- building, or other location – each space will be unique. General aspects of the space chosen should include ease of access through doors (you’ll be bringing in wood blanks, hauling out shavings, etc.), space available for support tools (band saw, drill press, dust collector, etc., and if you’re planning to do segmented woodturning, a table saw and/or miter saw, clamps, and benches), and sufficient space for storage of turning stock, drying roughed pieces, and possibly an area for finishing. A bit of uncommitted elbow-room would also be desirable, and given the fact that eventually you’ll probably be inviting woodturning friends over, the extra space is always welcome. Other important things to think about are having sufficient lighting, electrical service and climate control. For those in regions where winter means cold or very cold, or summer means hot or 
very hot, considerations of how to deal with heating and cooling of the workspace environment are very important, particularly if you intend to enjoy woodturning at all times of the year. There are a number of books available on the process of setting up a woodworking shop, and with some additional considerations for specializing the design for the lathe and supporting equipment with woodturning as the main focus of the operations, many of these same principles will apply to setting up a safe and efficient woodturning shop/studio. 
Room for the Lathe and Operating Space Around It – When choosing the location for the placement of your lathe, you will need to plan for much more space than just the footprint of the machine itself. Obviously, there will need to be space allocated for the operator of the lathe, which is typically a minimum of two to three feet deep along the length of the lathe bed. Depending on the
 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS design of your lathe, access to the headstock and tailstock ends may be important. For lathes with sliding headstocks, or short-bed bowl lathes, having extra room at the tailstock end will improve access to the piece during hollowing operations from the end of the lathe. Most turners would also consider the placement of a grinder (or other sharpening tools) close to the lathe as essential for quick, convenient sharpening operations, which are a standard part of woodturning. In addition to wise placement of sharpening equipment, it is important to define a location (or locations) where one’s frequently-used turning tools are stored. Placement of tool racks in ergonomically compatible places adjacent to the operator’s position improves efficiency. One should also ensure that the racks are stable, easy to use, and do not pose a safety hazard for the turner. The presence of items on the floor that might pose a tripping hazard (wires, air hoses, turning blanks, etc.) must be avoided, including any form of antifatigue floor matting that is used at the operator’s location. The positioning of the lathe within the room can be influenced by the availability of electrical outlets, dust collection requirements, and other physical aspects of the space. Whether the lathe is set up parallel to a wall,
perpendicular to a wall, or at some intermediate angle adjacent to a wall is a matter of personal preference, as is the placement of the lathe away from a wall. Left-handed woodturners with reversing lathes may wish to set up their machine with more space at the back of the lathe to accomplish more efficient turning (in reverse) to accommodate the lefty perspective. This is an example of adapting the work station to you, and not you having to adapt to the lathe. The turner can experiment with the positioning of the lathe and other supporting items to maximize the safety, comfort, and efficiency of the turning operation – such experimentation and modification should be encouraged as new techniques are learned, or as new equipment dictates.
Lighting, Electrical, and Other Considerations – When developing plans to set up your turning station, keep in mind that additional, concentrated, and adjustable lighting at the operator’s position is a significant improvement beyond having adequate ambient room lighting. Many turners value the extra light provided by various forms of task lighting which can serve to more 
Placement of tool racks in ergonomically compatible places adjacent to the operator’s position improves efficiency...
 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS intensely illuminate the “field of action” - where the turning operation actually takes place on the lathe. Whether this task lighting is delivered by some form of flexible arm light, track lighting, or other specialty fixture, this light source should be fairly bright and adjustable to accommodat e different needs of the turner, including the ability to illuminate turned forms of different sizes and shapes. It is often helpful to have more than one form of task lighting for additional specialized woodturning operations – for example, a readilypositionable light to assist with hollowing operations. As the turner gains experience and turning methods change and develop, requirements will change for new forms of lighting, so some flexibility in positioning of extra electrical outlets should be considered near the woodturning station to accommodate future requirements. These extra outlets will also come in handy when other electricity-requiring tools, such as sanders/drills, routers, carving tools, vacuum pumps, etc. are used while pieces are still mounted on the lathe. The service needed to supply power to the lathe will necessarily be tailored to the electrical requirements of the machine in question – be sure that the proper voltage and current (amperage) ratings are met with suitably sized service wire gauge, and a
properly-rated over-current device (circuit breaker) is used in the supply panel. If adding electrical circuits for use at the lathe, those that supply power to the ambient room lighting should be on a different branch circuit than that used to supply current to the lathe, or to other accessories (e.g., grinder) if possible. The room should not go dark as a result of a circuit tripped by a machine or accessory. Many turners, particularly those that do any kind of hollowing, also feel that having compressed air available at the lathe is a necessity. While not essential, it would be prudent to plan to add this utility to the woodturning station design as a future addition if desired. 
Provisions for Dust Collection and Floor Clean-up – A very important consideration of any location that you select for your woodturning station is making provisions for installing some form of dust collection. Whether the actual dust collector unit is located right next to the operating position, or if it is located some distance from the lathe and connected by an efficient ductwork system, every woodturning workstation should be equipped with a
…light source should be fairly bright and adjustable to accommodate different needs of the turner.
 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS method of removing the fine dust created during sanding operations. Given the nature of the spinning wooden workpiece and its ability to throw fine dust into the air around the operator, having efficient wood dust extraction should be considered a high priority, mandatory installation for every turner. Remember that it is air flow volume that is the critical feature when selecting a dust collection system, and that capturing the dust at the source as it is created is most desirable. The idea is to capture the airborne dust with a machine before your lungs get filled with it – this is the most important thing you can do for longterm respiratory health if you plan on turning for any length of time. Your turning space should also have floor surfaces which are not only safe to stand and work on, but also are easy to sweep and keep clean. Periodic cleaning of accumulated shavings is highly desirable, if not required for fire safety, and from different woodturners you will receive a range of responses about what “periodic” means. The area surrounding the lathe should be planned so that it can be cleaned easily, which means that shavings and chip removal is more likely to actually be done on a regular basis. 
Other Resources You Can Use – When reviewing the possibilities of where you will set up your woodturning workstation, it is a great idea to visit other turners’ shops or studios and see how they have set up their lathe and supporting items. Have a look at their lighting arrangements, where and how they store their turning tools, chucks, faceplates, and other accessory items. Where do they prepare their turning blanks? Do they have adequate dust collection? Don’t be afraid to ask them what they really like about their set-up, and what they do not like about it - particularly what they would do differently. Invite a woodturning friend or two over, let them see the space you’re planning, and get some additional opinions from those who have been down the same road before; nothing beats experience. You can also make use of the broad and deep collective experience available through Internet discussion groups, such as on the AAW’s Member Forums or the Woodcentral Turning Messageboard. Don’t be shy about asking questions about setting up your work station – there are many experienced turners eager to help that are only a few mouse-clicks away.
Once you have chosen a location for your turning station, the next step is to design the work space to match your body, to the techniques you intend to use, to the kinds of tools you have (or plan to have), and to arrange them for maximum safety, efficiency, and enjoyment.


Are you wanting to learn to turn?
We Have a  New Mentorship Program
Vince Welch has taken on a new mentorship program. As of our last meeting we have 8 members that have volunteered to mentor our members and guest woodturner from anything from Basic turning to Coloring, box making, successful sanding and finishing to bowl making,segented pieces, finials and other turning styles. We  have both men and women to assist turner. For more information please fill free to call Vince at 812-284-4661 or Paula McLain at 502-640-6785.
For those who have signed up for the mentorship program, the AAW website has an entire area that is devoted to providing both literature and videos to assist you in mentoring those new turners you work with.
Safe, effective use of a wood lathe requires study and knowledge of procedures for using this tool. Read, thoroughly understand, and follow the label warnings on the lathe and in the owner/operator’s manual. Safety guidelines from an experienced instructor, video, or book are a good source of important safety procedures. Please work safely.? Also remember even seasoned turners can have an accident. In a split second you can have a piece of wood fail or take your mind off of what you are doing. This is a combination that can be very dangerous or even fatal. remove all distractions and always wear all your safety gear. This does not guarantee there will not be an accident, but it can minimize the damaging outcome.


We will Collect ornaments for the 2017 Christmas tree for the CHILDRENS HOSPITAL any time during 2017. When you have an extra few minutes please turn a couple and bring them in to the next club meeting.  Lets try to double our numbers from 2016!


We Have been making boxes for "Beads of Courage" for ill children for several years now. There are some changes that have been made to the  regulations on these boxes.

Every child who goes through difficult medical issues wishes they had their own treasure box to place and keep their beads of courage in as they go through different medical proceedured. we are always in need of hand turned and unique boxes for these children.
In order to hold their beads these boxes need to be about 6 inches in diameter but a minimum of 5 incheswide and at least 4 inches tall. They should have "Beads of Courage" engraved or burnt into the box. The lid of the box should be easily able to be removed by a child. Any fenials should be of a size that it is not to small or frail for a child.


We still have a Library of DVD's. If you have any DVD's you would like to donate we would be happy to receive and share them. If you have one of the DVD's out please bring it back so others can enjoy it.


Coming Soon!
We will be putting in an interview of different members of L.A.W. These will include how long they have been turning, what got them started, what they like to turn, their favorite woods (or resins, etc.) pictures and any other information they would like to add about themselves. This should be a fun way to learn more about our fellow woodturners and similar interests.


* If you would be willing to do a demonstration for the club please contact one of the board members and let them know. We are always in need of demonstrators!


JOIN LOUISVILLE AREA WOODTURNERS, You can join at any Club meeting or online. More information on on the membership page of this website.  Do you need more information on the club or some of our functions?  



Below in a list of the board members. 


President: Bob Faletti- - 502-718-3280



Kathleen Deaver- 

Curtis Parker-  (treasurer emeritus)                   


Secretary and webmaster:

Paula -502-640-6785

Newsletter Editor:

Kevin Lucas- 


Audio Visual:

David L. Weller-                                                                                                   


 We are constantly working to try to better the information coming out to our members, quality of demonstrators and website information. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact one of the board members and we will be happy to address them.


Come Join US

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Louisville area woodturners (LAW)

Membership application


Our club is open to anyone interested in woodturning. We welcome all skill levels from beginner to professional. Come join our friendly club members who share a common interest in woodturning. Regular meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Walden School, 4238 Westport Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40207 Special demonstrations by professional turners are held on occassion on another evening or Saturday at 9am.

The $25 membership fee is due on October 1st of each year. New members joining after April first are prorated.

Membership dues for new members only

October 1st through March 32st - $35                April 1st through Septmeber 30th - $17.50

Members and their spouse can join for a discounted price of $50

Make all checks payable to LAW and give to any board member, bring to our next meeting or mail to our Treasurer at:

Kathleen Deaver

12610 Kirkham Road

Louisville, Kentucky 40299



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Thank you for your interest in our club. We look forward to meeting you!