Hands On Workshops
Dave Taylor will be leading Hands-On Sessions on the 3rd Monday of each month between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM from January to June. Enrollment is limited to TWG members in good standing.

Dave will be focussing on working safely, sharpening, effective use of tools, sound turning techniques, etc. However, these Hands-On Sessions aren't just for beginners.  If you are having difficulties mastering a tool or technique, drop by to get your questions answered and to improve your confidence. There is no charge in addition to membership dues, but you will be expected to help set up and clean up as part of the class. You are also encouraged to bring your finished pieces to the Show and Tell table at the General Meeting.

Participants must bring their own tools, safety equipment, and wood to turn.  Dates are subject to change if the College is closed for a holiday (as in February).  In poor weather, Humber announces that their facilities are closed.  Unless the College announces its activities are suspended due to weather or other circumstances, members should assume hands-on sessions are proceeding as described above.

List of items TWG members planning to attend need to bring
  1. Your membership card
  2. Your own wood
  3. Your own woodturning tools
  4. Your Personal Protective Equipment to be safety-prepared including:
  • safety glasses or face-shield,
  • dust-mask,
  • CSA approved safety work-shoes or boots,
  • turning smock, etc.

Use of shop lathes and grinder
  • No one is authorized to use any equipment in the shop other than the grinder and the lathe.  
  • For club insurance purposes, only members who are also American Association of Woodturners (AAW) members are authorized to use shop lathes & grinders on their own.
  • Non-AAW members MUST use lathe only with the supervision of a TWG & AAW member.

Lathe Safety Guidelines - Partial listing
  • Make sure that your blanks are as round as possible to avoid excessive vibration and secured properly
  • Check the lathe speed and tool rest/tailstock tension BEFORE you turn on the lathe.
  • Rotate the blank manually to make sure it's not hitting the tool rest or lathe bed
  • Make sure no one is in the direct path of the work rotation (in case the workpiece breaks or shatters, you do not want to inadvertently harm someone nearby)
  • Read the TWG Safety Guidelines 

Please see the AAW for more comprehensive safety information regarding Lathe Safety.

Other power tools woodturners often use are chainsaws, table saws, mitre saws and band saws. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers valuable advice on the safe use of these tools.