Just starting out? Need help perfecting a particular skill? CIW has a list of members who have offered to act as mentors to any member of the club.


Club Videos

How to Make Wood-turned Spinning Finger Tops Quickly


Vendors for Woodturners

Woodcraft: Parkersburg, WV

Craft Supplies USA, Provo UT

Packard Woodworks, Tryon, NC

Hartville Tool, Hartville, OH

Suffolk Machinery, Patchogue, NY: bandsaw blades to order.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Medina, MN

Woodworker’s Supply, Casper, WY

Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop, Hickory, NC: bargain boxes of sandpaper.

AZ Carbide, MI: carbide inserts and cutting tools


Channel Islands Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Founded in 1986, the AAW is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodturning. Its mission is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.

American Woodturner, the journal of the AAW, is one of the most informative and widely read woodturning publications in the world. Each issue of this bi-monthly magazine (up to 70 pages) is packed with a wide array of articles focusing on everything from basic woodturning techniques and special projects to innovative design ideas.

For more information, including membership forms, visit the AAW website at


Resources on other sites

San Diego Woodturners

Association of Woodturners of Great Britain: a great site with lots of information and photos.

Wood Certification:  a discussion on the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  Two different groups concerned with maintaining the availability of lumber in an environmentally sensitive manner.  This site keeps getting better with lots of useful information.

Free Wood Identification:  As first mentioned in our August 2006 newsletter, this link goes to the Forest Service’s Wood Anatomy Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where wood specimens can be sent for identification.  The contact information is at the lower left.

British Tree Identification: This site show wood species from the UK.

The Antelope Valley Woodturners Association:  has many resource Links

Forest Products Laboratory:  in Madison, Wisconsin was established in 1910 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, serving the public as the nation’s leading wood research institute.  They have an interesting article on Producing Spalted Wood.

Glendale Woodturners Guild: One of our neighbor groups with lots of information.

New Zealand’s  National Association of Woodturners:  Take a look at their gallery links.

Carolina Mountain Woodturners: Great site with lots of information and photos.

Woodturners of St. Louis: They have recently updated their site with lots of photos.

Arizona Woodturners Association: Check out their gallery page and also look  near the bottom of each month’s newsletter for lots of woodturning photos.

More Woodturning Magazine: is the web site for Fred Holder’s newspaper style publication devoted to woodturning.  The site has lots of information on a wide range of topics.  Fred has recently retired and the site is now edited by Dennis Daudelin  the editor of Woodturning Online.

Woodturning Online: a source for information on clubs, vendors and how to articles plus an on line forum, international in scope.