To provide an environment that fosters the art and craft of woodturning. Our members share techniques on turning wood, finishing wood, safe woodworking practices, proper tool and equipment use. We strive to increase awareness and appreciation of design for wood turned objects having functional or artistic objectives.
Club Bylaws may be viewed by clicking here --> Club Bylaws
Who We Are
The Tennessee Association of Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Member’s skill levels range from novice to skilled professional. Some make all or part of their living from the craft. Interests cover the entire range of woodturning. The TAW places a strong emphasis on both personal and environmental safety.
The TAW meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Clay Lady's Campus Studio B located at 1416 Lebanon Pike, Nashville TN. In addition, we meet for a hands on Turn-In work day on the Saturday following the monthly meeting, unless otherwise announced, at the woodshop located in Studio B at the Clay Lady's Campus. TAW periodically participates in local exhibitions and demonstrations as well as sponsoring an annual symposium.
Each year we announce the availability of 2 scholarships for members who are interested in attending an organized woodturning class or a one-on-one class with a recognized woodturning instructor. The scholarships are meant to help the members cover the cost of attending these classes. The one requirement that is carried by these scholarships is the recipient must present the results of their experience to the group via a lecture or a demonstration.
When the scholarship application deadline and award dates are announced, please download and print this Scholarship Application Form to enter your request for these funds. The scholarship requests are anonymously reviewed by the TAW Board and Officers and are awarded to those who have provided the most compelling case for the funding.
The scholarship application can be found in the Misc Administrivia folder on the Documents page or download the form here --> Scholarship Application
If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please click on the Donations tab.
Outreach Mission Statement
The Tennessee Association of Woodturners is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The TAW exists to foster the art and craft of woodturning. It provides educational and networking opportunities for its members via symposiums, demonstrations, and scholarships. It has also supported local organizations such as Tennessee Craft, Narrow Gate Lodge and the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home. It provides educational and networking opportunities for its members via symposiums, demonstrations, and scholarships. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the TAW is organized to provide a public benefit, which in the TAW case is to foster the art and craft of woodturning.
1. The TAW should avoid any appearance of providing a private benefit to individuals or other organizations.
2. The TAW provides educational opportunities to its members thru symposiums, demonstrations and scholarships.
3. For purposes of community outreach, etc, the TAW should not recognize a non-entity as an entity. So, if a club does not have official status with the federal and state government, we cannot make it “official”.
TAW Outreach Grants will be considered for the following:
Woodturning or woodworking related
Educational and/or community service related
Priority to youth organizations
This application may be submitted by any TAW member on behalf of the recommended organization. Applications are accepted through March 31 of each calendar year via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered at the March TAW meeting to the current TAW Secretary. Partners will be selected and supported as determined by the TAW board, subject to available outreach funds for the current year. The grant application may be found in the Misc Administrivia folder of the Documents page or download the form here --> Outreach Grant Application
The club maintains an extensive library that the members may check out for their use and education. Library contents may be viewed by clicking here --> Library Inventory