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  Membership Orientation - Download the Membership Application

The only qualifications to join are an interest in turning and a willingness to help out. We are a volunteer based organization. Paying one's dues covers costs of facility, insurance, tools, supplies. We have no employees - only volunteers.

Advantages of Belonging

As a member of the GVWG you will find lots of events and activities to support your hobby. The Guild has members with a wide range of abilities and interests who are happy to share their woodturning experiences and assist you in your endeavours. At meetings, workshops teach basic skills on a wide variety of turning topics; a round table discussion offers critique and discussion on finished pieces; and the Tech Talk table gives you a chance to discuss technical issues. Monthly speakers present information on turning and related fields. We also arrange periodic seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and symposiums featuring noted turners – an economical way to learn from some of the best in the world. Finally, we take woodturning to the community in an effort to educate and raise the profile of the art and craft of woodturning.

Full Member is $45 per year and entitles the member to all the privileges discussed here.

Associate member, for those that live outside Metro Vancouver is $12 per year. This gives you email notification that the Newsletter has been posted on the web, and allows you to register for classes at the same rate, and at the same time, as regular Guild members. It does not allow you to attend meetings. It is designed primarily to allow out-of-town people to know what demonstrators are coming, and let them plan with certainty to attend classes.

Monthly Meetings begin at 6:00 PM on the 4th Thursday of each month (excluding July, August, and December), at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall (near Royal Columbian Hospital). At meetings there are several breakout sessions in the first hour followed by a main speaker. The breakout sessions include:

  • Focus on Fundamentals - Hands-on demos covering basic technical topics – aimed at beginner turners.
  • Focus On Form and Finish - Members bring finished pieces to an open-table discussion seeking comments and recommendations - a discussion about the final product.
  • Tech Talk Table - A panel of experienced turners offer help and advice on your technical questions - a “how-to” discussion.

The following are part of every meeting:

  • Library - We maintain an extensive library of turning books and videos for members to borrow.
  • Business Meeting - a short segment to update the members on the business affairs of the club.
  • President's Challenge - A challenge is set each month and those accepting it show their work at the next meeting.
  • Instant Gallery - Where members show finished pieces.

Other Guild activities and benefits include:

  • Newsletter - The club produces a wonderful newsletter that contains articles and photographs from club activities and announces upcoming events.
  • Web site - contains a wealth of information, including information about the guild, a schedule of upcoming events, an archive of all newsletters, photographs of events and turnings, useful links and articles on a variety of topics.
    • Contributions for the NL and website are heartily welcomed !
  • Guest Presenters - The Guild invites world-class wood turners to demonstrate and teach. The demonstrations are day-long events and cost $35. The classes are hands-on sessions with the presenter guiding and assisting (limited to 6 students per class). These visits provide us with the chance to learn from the very best and they benefit new and experienced turners equally.
  • Classes -  members(full & associate)may register for classes as soon as they are announced.  Your place is secured by payment of the class fee.  For Guild members, One day class fee is $145, Two day class fee is $285, Half day class fee is $85. Registration by non-members is permitted within 60 days of the class, with an extra fee of $30.
  • Special Events - We sponsor special events including public demonstrations and a regional turning Symposium that attracts people from all over the world. These activities have earned the GVWG an excellent reputation in the woodturning community.
  • Turning 101 - These are day-long, project-based classes aimed at teaching fundamental skills to beginner turners.


The GVWG is a volunteer group and is only as strong and productive as its members. To date our volunteer events have earned the GVWG a strong and vibrant reputation in the turning world. Putting in a few volunteer hours on committees, at shows, in meetings and so on can be very rewarding and is what keeps us going. There are any number of tasks that need doing, ranging from committee work to sweeping up after a demonstration. Help is always needed and is always greatly appreciated.

More detail on all of these benefits and privileges can be found by exploring the website.

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