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. There are currently openings in both clubs so you can join any time. Feel free to visit either club to see if it's a good fot for you before joining! 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.
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 both clubs are $20 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 7:00 pm in the Technology Shop at Maryvale High School. The Turners 2 meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 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.
Can I visit to see if one of the clubs is right for me?
Certainly! You would be welcome to visit either club any time.
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.