Chicago Woodturners Announcements


Next Meeting, Tuesday FEBRUARY 14, 2017

 Local Chapter of Penturners.or meets Saturday, February 11th

A new chapter of  that is forming. If you are a pen turner and are interested in joining this pen specific club, they will be holding their first meeting at the new Rockler Store in Boilingbrook,

139 S. Weber Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Saturday, February 11th at 9am. Mark will be doing a cast acrylic pen for the first demonstration of this new chapter.

Mark also announced that the 10th annual Midwest Penturners Gathering will be held on April 7-8, 2017 at the Comfort Inn & Suites, Wadsworth, OH if anyone is interested you can contact Mark or  for more information.


 January Past President's Challenge

Team "Roster" can be Viewed Now

The challenge will run from January 10th and end on Tuesday May 9th. It’s a rather simple challenge with a “twist”.The participants will be randomly paired with another member. The two person teams will work to create a collaborative piece. There are no specific rules other than some part of the turning must be contributed to by each person. It is not necessary to do this together. Once a concept is agreed on, one person can begin the piece then ship it to the other for completion. If it is convenient feel free to work side by side to complete the piece.

The membership will vote on the pieces at the May meeting. There will be 3 cash prizes to be divided between team members.

This will be an opportunity to share with your fellow CWT Members and expand your turning knowledge.

If there is an interest your piece could be donated to CWT. A receipt will be provided to both individuals for a tax deduction equivalent to the value of the piece. 

February Newsletter

The Newsletter is now available
Photos are Online
Photo Gallery

 Directions to Christian Liberty Academy and NORMAC

 Christian Liberty Academy           NORMAC (Hands on Classes)

Meeting Activities 

Sign-Up for Past Presidents Challenge

February Gallery Review by Darrell Rader

Demonstration by Jason Swanson

 Share your skills and knowledge with our club

The club needs you to show us your skill(s). Sign up to be a club demonstrator. Get a chance to show us a different aspect of the art of woodturning. We can use spindle turners, bowl turners, vase turners, segmented open and close, pen turners, ornamental turners, piercing, dying, coloring and carving.   As a member and demonstrator you are an important part of the club and a vital to our meetings.  

If interested contact Don McCloskey 


 Keep Your Information Current

Tools For Loan

Please go to the "Update Member Info" page and submit your correct contact information. We want to keep our records up to date so you don't miss any important notices.

Don McCloskey has organized our club tool inventory. See the Tool List if you would like to check out a tool.

 Chicago Woodturners Educational Grant Program 

2017 Grant Program is underway. Application can be downloaded.

Grant Application

 Gallery Photos

 Gallery photographs are posted online.  View them here.

 CWT Library


Robert Schultz has a complete list of all library materials available for loan. This includes DVD's, books, and magazines. See him in the library for more information.

CWT offers mentoring at 6:00 PM prior to our meeting. We also have several members that mentor at their shops 1 Saturday a month. Details are discussed at each meeting.


History of CWT

CWT members dontated more than 1600 pens to the "Pens For Troops" project. The pens were donated by 30 members and 20 sponsers.

Members also donate generously to the Empty Bowls project at Oakton College.