Why are there two woodturning clubs in the Buffalo area?
Originally, there was only one club in Buffalo. It grew so large that it became difficult to find a site to hold meetings. The decision was made to cap the membership at 80 and form another club for expansion beyond that number. That club, Turners 2, has grown and likewise had to set a cap on it's membership numbers. There are currently a few openings in the Turners 2 Club. Recently, two other clubs have formed in the area. The Pembroke Woodturners Guild is located in nearby Pembroke NY and the Lockport Woodturners in Lockport NY.
Isnít it pretty unfair to cap the membership (Turners 1 and Turners2 ) and prevent people from joining a club they want to belong to?
It really is a question of fairness to the current members. Eighty members is quite a large group to accommodate from a meeting site, organization, and management perspective. With membership in excess of 80, the quality of the whole operation suffers. Both clubs feel that they need caps to provide their members with a functional, enjoyable, and manageable club. If the total number of members is at the cap limit, prospective members are put on a waiting list. They are offered membership in the club based on their position on that list as soon as there is an opening available. Membership is readily available in the nearby Pembroke Woodturners Guild and Lockport Woodturners (see above).
How can I become a member of one of the Buffalo clubs?
Contact the membership chair of the club that interests you. You can find out the particulars and if there is currently a waiting list.
Is the waiting list for Turners 1 and Turners 2 and how long is it?
It varies with each club and the time of the year. Contact the membership chair of the club that interests you for the latest information.
Typically, how long of a wait is it to join one of the Buffalo clubs?
Sometimes there are spots available immediately. There are years when 5 to 10 new members are accepted. Other years, there are no new members accepted. If there is a waiting list, it is not indicative of the length of the wait for membership.
Where are the meetings held?
The meetings of the Turners 1 are held in the woodshop at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga. The meetings of the Turners 2 are held in the Hamburg Middle School in Hamburg.
How much are the dues?
The current dues requirements for the Turners 1 club are $20 per year. The dues for the Turners 2 club are $10 per year.
Am I required to join the AAW to be a member of the club?
Both Turners 1 and Turners 2 are chapters of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and we encourage our members to be individual members in the AAW, however, it is not mandatory. Individual membership in the AAW has many benefits. To learn more about the AAW or membership in the AAW, visit www.woodturner.org.
When are the meetings?
The Turners 1 meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Technology Shop at Maryvale High School. The Turners 2 meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Technology Shop at the Hamburg Middle School. On occasion, the clubs may need to change their usual meeting dates based on the availability of the room based on school schedules. If you are planning on visiting a meeting, check the Coming Events page of this website for any date or time changes.
Do the clubs meet all year round?
Turners 1 meets every month that the school is in normal session, usually September through June. There are no regular meetings in July and August except for the annual picnic in July. The Turners 2 meet all year but the summer meetings, July and August are held at an alternate location. These locations are announced well prior to the meeting.
Where do I go for answers to questions not posted here?
You are welcome to contact any of the officers of either club with additional questions. Visit the Contacts page for the email address of any of either clubs officers. Start with the appropriate officer responsible for the area you have questions about or feel free to contact the President if you are unsure who to ask.