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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


rick orr standing at a lathe during a demonstrationRick Orr will demonstrate the making of both Rain Sticks and Fly Rod Cases at the FRW June 2022 regular meeting. Rick will review the basic steps he follows in making the many segments that go into a rain stick or a fly rod tube. It is a simple conversion to make one or the other from the process. The steps will include glue up, turning, hollowing, fitting the joints, hiding the joints as well as finishing will be covered. One of the end products (fly rod tube) was featured on the back cover of the February 2018 AMERICAN WOODTURNER magazine.


image of a multi-axis drop workPloc! Multi-Axis Drop. Laurent Niclot will demonstrate turning and turning off-center of a drop using a spindle gouge and a skew. Then carving of the top of the drop using gouges and rasps to make it thinner and have two different curves on the back and the front giving it an illusion of movement. And finally, texturing of the drop using rotary tools or woodburning. LEVEL: something for everybody.

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

  • Swap Meet: Clear your calendar for our 4th annual swap meet/garage sale on Saturday, May 21, from 9 am to noon. Additional information can be accessed in the calendar at the bottom of the page.
  • Wearing masks at meetings is now optional.
  • Don’t forget: April is Group Buy Month.

Upcoming Events

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The AAW 36th Annual International Woodturning Symposium will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 23 – 26, 2022.
Live, in-person events are back! Learn new skills from more than 100 demos and presentations, be inspired by items in the exhibition, see tools and supplies in action at the trade show, enjoy in-person camaraderie and meet or reconnect with woodturning friends from around the globe.
For more information and to register for the event, visit www.woodturner.org/Woodturner/2022Chattanooga
The Southwest Association of Woodturners (SWAT) is holding their convention August 26, 27, and 28 in Waco, Texas.

Upcoming Events