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About Front Range Woodturners

We are the Denver area chapter of the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) serving woodturners throughout Colorado’s Front Range.

Our Meetings

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:15 to 9:00 PM in the basement of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. Visitors are welcome to join us at one of our meetings to see what we are all about.

Upcoming Demonstrations:

February – Jeff Wyatt – Spindle turning for Chairs

FRW member Jeff Wyatt is an accomplished woodturner and chair maker.  In this demo Jeff will demonstrate spindle turning and explain the steps required to create components needed to make Windsor chairs.  The techniques shown can be applied to any spindle oriented turning.

In August, Jeff is teaching a chair making class at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute in MI. SBWI is a specialized woodworking school which allows students to focus on building more specific skills rather than spending time on general education. 

Here’s an excerpt from AAW American Woodturner magazine, April 2021 about Jeff:

“I was exposed to woodworking at an early age. In my home, Saturday mornings were spent watching the New Yankee Workshop and This Old House.  Afterwards, my father would take me out to his workshop and  teach me woodworking and life lessons. I enjoyed it all and now miss those days. My father was a master wood carver and furniture maker. One of the projects we always talked about making together was a Windsor chair, but he passed before that could happen. During a monthly meeting of the Carolina Mountain Woodturners, I found myself staring at a beautiful fanback arm chair made by Curtis Buchanan. This ignited in me a love for spindle turning and green chair making, and I hope to share this passion with the woodturning community.”

Jeff splits his time between Tennessee and Denver. Jeff has had magazine articles published in This Old House magazine and AAW’s American Woodturner.

March – Sonny Jones – Cowboy Hats

Demonstrators scheduled for this year:

April – Stuart Batty
May – Raleigh Lockhart
June – Pat Carroll (from Ireland)
July – Carl Jacobson
Aug – Dan Swaim
Sept – TBD
Oct – TBD
Nov – Rebecca DeGroot
Dec – Holiday Party

April 2024 – Keith Gotschall

Member Benefits

  • Library – The Front Range Woodturners has an extensive collection of books, magazines, and videos available for members to check out at no cost.
  • Demonstrations – Each monthly meeting features an exciting demo given by one of our club members or a professional turner. When available we also offer a full day hands-on class with these renowned turners at a nominal cost.
  • Wood Raffle – Members can bring some of their excess wood to a meeting to be raffled off.  You can never have too much wood!
  • Group Buy – Do you want to save money?  We have vendor discounts with Internet suppliers, local suppliers, tool and steel suppliers and wood suppliers. Through our deals with these vendors our members can easily earn back the cost of membership!
  • Ladies of the Lathe – All female members of the FRW, aged 18 or older, are invited to join the Ladies of the Lathe. LOTL is intended to provide a comfortable, easy-paced, and non-threatening environment for women to learn and advance their skills in turning.
  • Mentoring – Members have access to several programs to help increase their woodturning skills. Group sessions are held monthly and one-on-one mentoring on various topics can be arranged with experienced FRW volunteers.
  • PHEOG – The Pete Holtus Educational Opportunity Grant program provides grant money to members through an application process. Applicants may request money for woodturning related classes, workshops, or symposium fees.

Special Notices

  • Wearing masks at meetings is optional.
  • Altitude Arborists have too much wood and want you to have some of it!  Order forms were at the January meeting, but this is an on-going program so don’t worry if you missed the meeting.

They have a large selection of urban woods (Maple, Elm, Cottonwood, Locust, Russian Olive, and more). If you are looking for a specific species or size let them know, prices vary based on size. They will also open up their FREE pile every Friday from 9am-4pm for offcuts.

For more info contact Hunter Townsend, 303-252-0818 or AltitudeArborist@gmail.com. www.altitudearborist.com

Upcoming Events

  • The Woodturners Worldwide Online Symposium is back!

    From February 24th-26th you can watch 40 demonstrations from worldwide turners from the comfort of your home. All demos are recorded and can be watched as many times as you want for 30 days after the symposium ends. 

    A full schedule will be available to view one month before the start of the event.

    For more info and tickets, visit: www.woodturnersworldwide.com

  • AAW 37th International Symposium
    in Louisville, Kentucky from
    June 1-4, 2023
    For more info visit www.woodturner.org


  • Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium

    After being cancelled the past 3 years due to COVID, it’s back! 

    Registration isn’t open yet, but mark your calendars for September 15-17, 2023 and plan to attend the RMWT Symposium in Loveland, CO.

Upcoming Events