Southern Piedmont Woodturners (SPW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except December) - from 6:30pm to 9:00pm - at the ClearWater Artist Studios & Gallery [223 Crowell Dr. NW] Concord North Carolina.

We host a woodturning demonstration each month (except July). We welcome guests with the hope they will want to become a member.



Here is a list of upcoming events and additional information so please mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional communications.  Please put these dates on your calendar.




  • June 20th Regular Meeting
  • Please remember to bring items from your shop for our auction.  For each item that you bring in, you will be given a free raffle ticket (two ticket maximum).
  • Our Monthly Challenge project is "likeness of an animal" (bird, reptile, insect or other).  We should have an interesting selection of items to see this month.  You will receive two raffle tickets for your Monthly Challenge project.
  • Our June turner of the month is Bill Strickler.  The winner of the turner of the month item is drawn from all the raffle tickets that are purchased or provided for auction items or monthly challenge that evening.


  • July is our election meeting so we will be voting on some new officers and directors.  The President and Secretary position will be opened and there are two director positions that will be opened.  If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, print the "Board of Directors Job Description". The "BOARD MEMBER APPLICATION"  is the last section of the printout. If you are interested, please bring your completed application to the June meeting or send it to Kathy Merk, 7124 Garden Hill Drive, Huntersville, NC  28078.



  • August 15th
  • Rick Erexson will be demonstrating the Longworth Chuck.
  • Turner of the Month: John Walsh
  • Monthly Challenge: Turned box using more than one kind of wood.



  • September 19th
  • John  Walsh will demonstrate making a faux Cigar pen.  He will go through the steps of selecting the types of woods to use to simulate the cigar's tobacco leaves and simulating the cigar's ash.  He will also discuss the selection of hardware for the pen and will then demonstrate gluing the woods to made a blank.  The blank will then be cut to length and drilled to accept the hardware which will then be glued into the drilled holes.  John will then turn the blank into the cigar shape and finish it. Finally he will demonstrate how to make the wood at the tip look like realistic ashes and will affix a cigar band to complete the pen.  (See pictures attached)
  • Turner of the Month: Walt Hazelrigg
  • Monthly Challenge:  Turned bell with turned handle.



  • October 17th
  • Jack Reyome and Fred Connell will be demonstrating the Rose Engine Lathe.
  • Turner of the Month: Tony Profera
  • Monthly Challenge: Any expressionist or modernistic art turning.



  • November 21st
  • Charles Farrar will be demonstrating texturing and coloring techniques.
  • Turner of the Month: Hazen Alward
  • Monthly Challenge: Vase - any size from weed pot to large turned vessel.



  • December 19th
  • Christmas party at Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant.
  • Monthly Challenge:  Christmas Ornament

Past News Letters:

Congratulations Jack  for your AAW STALWART recognition award !!!





Members, as you are aware, our membership dues for the remainder of 2017 is due on July 1, 2017.  Since the members approved the change to our membership year last year in our by-laws, half of the annual dues or $22.50 for 2017 is due for the period July 1 through December 31, 2017.  If you also would like to pay the $45.00 dues that will be due prior to January 1, 2018 at this time, the total amount due is $67.50 which will bring your membership current through 2018.  Additional information concerning membership dues can be found under Membership tab under Chapter Information.


We have currently 80 members.


Dues are used to pay expenses including rent for the Clearwater studio.  Our five year lease that we signed in 2013 will be up on January 15, 2018.  At that time, the annual rent will increase from $3,366 to $5,890.50 and we will be moved to an annual lease.  Although this is a 75% increase, we are still at a below market rate and it is the intent of the City of Concord to always keep it that way.


You can either pay your dues at the next meeting or mail your check payable to Southern Piedmont Woodturners to our Treasurer, Cindy Boehrns at 11922 Glen Hope Drive, Charlotte, NC  28269.  Please note that to vote at our annual election in July, your membership dues must be current. If you wish to make an additional donation to the club or to the Roland Hege Scholarship Fund, please make a note of that when you send your check.





The Southern Piedmont Woodturners, Inc. is supported in part by a grant from

the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the

Cabarrus Arts Council.