American Woodturner

The award-winning American Woodturner journal is a premier benefit of membership in the AAW. Published bimonthly, it offers inspiration, education, information, and organization to members of the woodturning community and those who aspire to turn wood. The publication serves amateur and professional woodturners, broadly ranging in age, skill level, and interests, and seeks to attract more youth and women members. Its content encompasses all woodturning-related information, and includes instructional material, feature stories, process articles, artist retrospectives, and profiles of innovative turners.

Features Inside the April 2021 issue

  • Make a Steam Punk Pen - Learn to cast almost anything in a pen blank and go from pen turning to pen making, by Mark Dreyer.

  • An Accurate Bowl-Depth Gauge - Have you hollowed that bowl deep enough? Michael Pinto shows how to know for sure.

  • Turn a Wooden Tea Strainer - Make this functional kitchen item—and the perfect cup of tea, by Beth Ireland.

  • Harvest Table Commission With Split-Turned Legs - Stephen Hogbin shares professional insights while describing a special woodworking commission.

  • Embedding Objects in a Porthole Bowl - Special items grace the rim of a bowl or hollow form, by Cody Walker.



  • Make a Tumbling Bowl - Peter M. Smith shares the secret to creating an M.C. Escher-like optical illusion in wood.

  • The Art of Repurposing: Inspiration from a Chapter Challenge - Jerry Johnson shares examples of how unexpected items found their way to the materials list.

  • Breaking Boundaries and Removing Limitations: The 2020 Virtual WIT eXchange - Women in Turning’s 2020 collaborative event went virtual but was no less inspiring, by Marie Anderson and Linda Ferber.

  • Of Water and Wood: The Inspired Work of Mike Lee - The ocean-inspired work of Hawaiian wood artist Mike Lee, by Sharon Doughtie.








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