The AAW has more than 350 chapters worldwide, where woodturners gather to improve their woodturning skills. There are many reasons for forming an AAW chapter in your area ...
- Share woodturning skills between individuals.
- Community promotion of the woodturning craft.
- Combine resources for volume purchases.
- Creating a lending library for the group.
- Organizing presentations by well known turners.
- Organizing combined exhibitions of your work.
- Promotion of the art and craft of woodturning in your area.
- Many other benefits.
Find a Local Chapter
Local AAW chapters are independent groups of woodturning enthusiasts who come together to learn more about the craft and enjoy fellowship with other turners. AAW local chapters are located in the USA and in several other countries. Find a chapter near you.
Star Chapter Recognition
Learn about the AAW Star Chapters recognition program and a list of local chapters that have achieved 100% AAW membership.
New Local AAW Chapters
Congratulations to all of you who now have local-chapter support near where you live! For more information about local chapters, including starting a local chapter, please contact the Chairman of the Chapters Committee.
New Chapters Started in 2013
North Valley Woodturners - Durham CA
PEI Wood Turners Guild - Charlottetown PE Canada
Worland Wyoming Woodturners - Worland WY
The Southwest Washington Woodturners - Ridgefield WA
Foothills Woodturners - Colfax CA
Lighthouse for the Blind Tampa - Tampa FL
Northwest Georgia Woodturners - Rome GA
New Chapters Started in 2012
Big Apple Woodturners - New York NY
Southside Woodturners Guild - Martinsville VA
Taiwan Assoc of Woodturners - Taipei Taiwan
Nova Woodturners Guild - Wolfville NS Canada
Enchanted Woodturners - Santa Fe NM
Chapter Best Practices
No need to re-invent the wheel on starting or running an AAW local chapter. Dial in here to view dozens of helpful how-to's written by those who have been there.
Starting a Chapter
Click here for information and recommendations on starting your own local chapter of the AAW.
Changes to Chapter Information
Chapter designated points of contact, usually the chapter President, are able to update their chapter's information online through the AAW members only area. If you have any questions on how to update or change chapter info, please contact the AAW office.
Recognizing Chapter Contributors
The Quiet Stalwarts - View our current list of those who routinely go beyond the call and have been chosen by their local chapters for special recognition. If you have one or two members like that, let us know (one or two nominations annually) by having your Chapter President (or designee) fill out the online form.
Click here for suggestions on how to ensure that your club's demonstrations are effective, useful, and entertaining.
Local Chapter Info
AAW has created the Chapters Forum to assist chapters in their communications with each other. Chapter Board members, website administrators, newsletter editors, and other chapter representatives can discuss issues and experiences that affect their chapters.
While anyone can post to the Chapter Forum, we suggest the chapter President, webmaster and newsletter editor monitor the forum for new information and postings of interest.
Local Chapter Annual Competitions
Each year, AAW local Chapters compete for recognition - for the best Chapter Newsletter and Website.
Chapter Collaborative Challenge
Each year, the AAW encourages all chapters to participate in the National Symposium's Chapter Collaborative Challenge. Information about this annual event may be found in the American Woodturner journal, usually the October issue.
AAW Critique/Evaluation Form
This is the evaluation form that was originally referenced in the spring 2004 American Woodturner. One way to improve your woodturning skills, is to encourage a critique or evaluation of your current work. The AAW Evaluation Form will guide you through a constructive review process.