Gwinnett Woodworkers Association

Gwinnett Woodworkers Association

The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association (GWA) (website) meets every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM at Peachtree Woodworking Supply - 6684 Jimmy Carter Blvd,, Norcross, GA 30071.  Guests are welcome.  See the website for meeting topics, contact information and to join online.

The GWA woodturning special interest group meets on the second Thursday of each month.  The woodturning group also meets at Peachtree Woodworking Supply.  The GWA scroll saw special interest group meets on the first Monday of each month also at Peachtree Woodworking Supply.

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GWA - Woodturners SIG

GWA - Woodturners SIG

The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association is Chapter 192 of the American Association of Woodturners.  The GWA's Turners Special Interest Group (SIG) meets on the second Thursday of each month in Norcross at Peachtree Woodworking Supply.  Meeting topics and information can be found on the GWA's website ( on the Woodturning Calendar.  Turning meetings begin at 7:00 PM and end at or before 9:00 PM.

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GWA - Scroll Saw SIG

GWA - Scroll Saw SIG

The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association's Scroll Saw Special Interest Group (SIG) meets on the first Monday of each month in Chamblee at George North's shop.  Information about class topics is published on the GWA website ( on the Scroll Sawing Calendar.  Meetings run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

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Intarsia raccoonIf you visit or are a member of the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association chances are high you know about Intarsia.  judygalerobertsWith the largest contingent of scroll saw aficionados in Georgia there are always plenty of examples of great intarsia work on display.  The recent, March 6, 2010, class by Judy Gale Roberts offered members and guests a rare view of arguably the finest intarsia work found anywhere.  Judy Gale Roberts lives and works in Seymour, TN which is between Knoxville and Sevierville.  In her first ever class in front of a woodworking group Judy shared her techniques, perspectives and passion for intarsia.

During the GWA Saturday morning class Judy introduced herself and educated approximately 65 attendees on the history and intricacies of intarsia. In a five hour extended class she demonstrated specific techniques for making her Raccoon in a Tree piece from pattern preparation through finishing.  As with many masters, Judy makes intarsia look easy and simple.  intarsia-patternIt is no wonder that she fills regular classes in her shop in Seymour and that she has such a huge following.  She is an excellent presenter and master woodworker.  The GWA Scroll Saw SIG has twice visited her shop and each time have returned with boundless stories of her work and exploding interest in all things intarsia.  No class is long enough to present or absorb the magnitude and grandeur of Judy Gale Roberts' lifetime of work.


Find out for yourself.  Contact or visit Judy Gale Roberts.

Roberts Studio
2620 Heather Rd
Seymour, TN 37685
800 316-9010
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Visit the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association website for more pictures of the Judy Gale Roberts Intarsia Class.

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The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association has moved to Peachtree Woodworking Supply effective December 19, 2009. All Saturday meetings and second Thursday Turners group meetings will now be held at Peachtree Woodworking in Norcross.

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Chuck Roberts has apparently been making wood boxes for quite a while.  I'd heard of him through a mutual friend - Jane Burke (Green Tree Creations - Marquetry) - but, until today had never seen his work.  Today Chuck was demonstrating his techniques for making non-linear coopered boxes.  What's non-linear mean in this context?  Well, a coopered circle would end up something like a barrel.  Non-linear in this context means curves with a continually varying radius.  That could be an oval, a hyperbola or any similar shape with a varying radius bend.

gwa20091024-107-smChuck is a good demonstrator, for an electrical engineer that is.  I can say that because it takes one to know one.  His techniques were clearly explained and demonstrated.  Safety concerns in using the table saw were strongly expressed.  The steps from design through glue-up were easy to follow.  And, I found his discussion and answers informative and interesting.  The larger-than-normal GWA crowd seems to really enjoy Chuck's demonstration and we were all very interested in the array of challenging example pieces that he presented.

I would definitely recommend Chuck as a demonstrator for woodworking groups interested in coopering, box making, finding new woodworking challenges, and those just looking for an excellent demonstration by an obvious woodworking professional.

A number of examples of Chuck's work are shown on his website at

Definitely another great GWA class, thanks to Steve Mellott.

by Paul Proffitt

The Woodturning Special Interest Group of the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association is also Chapter 192 of the American Woodturners Association.  Our 2009 GWA Turners Newsletters  are available for download here.  To access them, click on the GWA Woodturning SIG Newsletter link.

  Saturday I was privileged to host my first GWA meeting. On the agenda was the annual
  2 x 4 contest. Inspired by our recent trip to Michael Gilmartin's studio, this year's contest
  winner, George North, created a sculpted piece using sections of a 2 x 4 instead of the fir
  plywood Michael uses. George cut the wood into small sections creatively using the end
  grain of the pine to mimic the plywood layers used in Michael's work. He then sculpted
  the glued sections into a flowing spiral with a solid base and top.
  Not only did George win this year's 2 x 4 contest, he was also a big winner at the Georgia
  National Fair last week. His Sailing Ship was awarded First Place and an Award of Excellence.
  The accolades did not end there. His Segmented Georgia Bulldog was also awarded First Place.
  In addition, his Boxer garnered yet another "First Place". Think George was done?
  No way! His Intarsia Gecko was awarded a Second Place. 2009 has been another very good
  year for 81 year old George.  Earlier this year George wrote the feature story in one of the
  national scroll saw magazines. As George always says "You're never too old to have fun."
  George wasn't our only member to win at the Georgia National Fair. Jack Morse was awarded
  First Place for his hollow form turning. Tommy Roland received First Place in functional
  turning for his gorgeous segmented Christmas ornaments. Butch Davis won Third
  Place in the Segmented Vessel turning category. Retired pastor Wayne Martin was awarded
  Third Place for his Bovine String Quartet animated whirligig. Rounding out the members
  receiving awards at the fair was David Ingmire's "Honorable Mention" in a very tough category
  for his Jatoba Plate with Rope Border.
  Ralph Thorne - Vice President

October 3rd ws the 2009 Gwinnett Woodworkers Association annual business meeting and election of officers.  The following officers were elected to the board for 2009-2010:

President - Gerald Jones (returning)

Vice President - Ralph Thorne, Jr.

Secretary - Gary Dean (returning)

Treasurer - Wayne Martin (returning)

Steve Mellott retired from the board of directors after a stellar year as vice presdent and program chairman.  Scheduling and managing nearly 50 classes a year is a large task and Steve did a fantastic job.

After the short business meeting Steve Mellott shared a great list of woodworking related websites.  His list of websites has been incorporated into the GWA Links pages (

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Club Meetings

Wed Jun 19 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Atlanta Woodturners Guild
Thu Jun 20 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Georgia Assoc of Woodturners
Sat Jun 22 @ 8:00AM - 09:30AM
Gwinnett Woodworkers Association
Mon Jun 24 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Classic City Woodturners
Mon Jun 24 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Blue Ridge Carvers
Mon Jun 24 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Flint River Wood Carvers
Wed Jun 26 @12:01AM -
Low Country Turners
Thu Jun 27 @ 1:30PM - 04:00PM
Tucker Chippers

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