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 August 2020 issue

A Quick Gloss Finish on the Lathe
Jay Shepard shares how he arrived at a homegrown recipe for a quickly applied “wipe-on” lacquer finish.

Turned Ribbons Demystified
Was it really turned on the lathe? Yes, and David Springett shows us how.

Gilding 101 for Woodturners: Finishing with Real Gold
Barrie Lynn Bryant uses real gold leaf to decorate his turned tondo frames. Learn more about how you can use this age-old process.

Woodturners Connecting Virtually

Woodturners have had to find new ways to stay connected and keep learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, by Betty Scarpino.


Wood as Art: A Mid-Columbia Woodturners Exhibition
A selection of standout works from an exhibition by this Washington chapter, by Jerry Johnson.

A Unique Collection: Gregarious Mushrooms
Melissa Gunther shares the story of how she “grew” her remarkable collection.

Post-Millennial Standout: Katie Stofel
While still a college student, Katie Stofel is building a woodturning business, by David M. Fry.

Ernst Gamperl: Seeing the Wood from the Trees

The story of Germany’s Ernst Gamperl and his remarkable Tree of Life project, by D Wood.






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