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We are the Woodturners Association of Manitoba. We meet the second Thursday (usually) of each month from September through June. We meet at the Howden Community Centre 1079 Red River Dr, Ritchot, MB. (map here)

We are a bunch of woodturning enthusiasts who meet to share ideas, challenge each other, swap wood and tools, and generally behave like kids in a candy store. Nothing excites us more than finding a new technique, tool, or chunk of exotic lumber.

We started our group in the spring of 2007. We have a healthy core of members who show up to meetings and engage in demonstrations and conversation. Come join us for woodturning and everything that goes with it.

Generally, the meeting starts at 6:30pm with an Early Bird Special, which is usually a fundamentals topic. At 7pm, we deal with whatever club business that needs to be dealt with, followed by a demonstration of a turning topic of some kind. We end each meeting with an Instant Gallery of work by our members.

Our annual membership fee is $50.

For information on joining our club, please email Gerald:
Better yet, fill out an application form and come to one of our regular meetings (see dates below and map link above) to join.

Download our colour brochure here (.98 mb pdf)

Featured Artist

Vern Crandell

"I have kind of played with wood most of my life. My dad built the kitchen cupboards in one of our houses using only a circular saw and hand tools, so I guess I got the bug from him. As an adult I started doing some scrollsaw work as a way to ease the tension of my day job. Then my wife took decorative painting lessons which was done on wood so I ended up cutting the pieces for her. When she opened her own craft shop and decided to teach painting, it meant lots of pieces for me to cut. Eventually, her shop morphed into more of a quilt shop so my shop time became more of what I wanted to do.

I bought a decent lathe to replace my Shopsmith and started doing some turning. The turning bug bit me seriously and I have continued on my journey. Since retiring, I am able to spend more time in the shop. I like to turn a little bit of everything, from spin tops to pens, bowls, hollowforms, etc. I enjoy the challenge of doing segmented work, finding the hardest part is coming up with the pattern, although there is lots of work after that, too. I find WAM to be a great bunch of people, always constructive and willing to give insight and direction."

WAM is proud to honour Vern as our featured artist. He has been a member since the beginning, and always brings creative and interesting work to show us.

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