The Lancaster Area Woodturners are now in hybrid mode, meeting online and in person at Kauffman Kitchens, 250 Commerce Dr, New Holland at 7:00pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of every month.

Our weekly Coffee Hour meets on Zoom every Thursday at 10:00am Eastern for a provocative and entertaining hour of shared shop talk, humor, and woodturning education.

Our club also sponsors a monthly open shop (second Saturdays, 9-12 am), in person with no Zoom, at our meeting place above Kauffman Kitchens in New Holland PA. We’ve got four lathes with basic tools and chucks, and some bins of practice wood. You can turn, watch, or just chat. Please join us! 

You can see videos of previous Zoom Coffee Hours in the ‘Coffee Hour & Club Mtg Videos’ groups on the right side of this page.

January Member Spotlight: Barry Price (February’s Spotlight coming soon!)

Barry Price

Recently voted to the LAW Club President position, Barry has been an amateur woodworker for over 50 years, creating pieces of mission/craftsman-inspired furniture. For many of those years, a Delta mini lathe sat in his shop collecting dust, unused. In 2018, he attempted to turn a six-inch cherry bowl. The lathe, at 1/6 HP proved inadequate for the job. Barry also realized he had no clue how to use the tools, nor understand the process of making a bowl. That’s when he bought a full-sized lathe and joined the club! Barry is an inveterate tinkerer and gets special pleasure from making and explaining useful mechanical contrivances that support lathe work.

Barry has repeatedly amazed club members with his complex jigs and fixtures so incredibly well-designed and functional. He frequently modifies his jigs in response to viewer comments and questions. As an example: when he presented a spiraling jig at the December LAW meeting a member asked several questions regarding the jig’s abilities that were lacking. Since then, he spent about 60 hours revising the entire design and has successfully tested it. It will now do the things that the member inquired about (precise control of cutting depth and the ability to cut with the router perpendicular to the local surface).

Barry turns on a Jet EVS1840 and prefers bowl turning over spindle turning.

Born and raised in Schuylkill County, PA, Barry left the area after high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 to train to become a helicopter pilot. After serving a year in Vietnam as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot, followed by two years of stateside duty, he completed his active military service in 1972. After being discharged from the army Barry secured a position with a NASA apprentice program and completed a five-year apprenticeship as a wind tunnel research model maker.

Barry attended college while continuing his employment and, after eight years of part-time school, received a mechanical engineering degree. He was appointed as an aerospace engineer and continued to serve until his retirement in 2004. After retiring from NASA Barry became a physics teacher in the Hampton, VA public school system for the next two years.

Barry relocated to PA in 2006, settling in Lancaster County. He and his partner, Kathy, reside in Manheim Township.

These are some examples of Barry’s work:

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To join Lancaster Area Woodturners, download the application form at the bottom of this page.

We’re also looking into sponsoring on-line expert demonstrations with live Q/A, by nationally recognized woodturning experts and artists. If you’d like to join us – even if you are not a member of LAW – just send a note in the ‘Comments’ section of this website and we’ll send you a link to our upcoming on-line events. If you’d like to join LAW, our annual dues are $30 – a great value as we provide endless resources to help you sharpen your woodturning skills. Check out our ‘About Us’ page for the LAW membership application, click on the download button below or send us a note through the ‘Comments’ section and we’ll email you more information on joining.

Located in beautiful Lancaster County, PA, in the heart of our nation’s original Amish Country, our members range from those just beginning to explore the world of woodturning to established professionals.

We find that with changing technology and new approaches there is always something to learn. There is usually someone in the club that has tried that new technique or is ready to show a new idea. Sitting next to you is probably someone that has tried that new tool or has the old-school version in their shop.

Woodturners, you will find, are some of the most sharing craftspeople you will meet. Whether it is a piece of wood, a tool, or a technique, woodturners share their knowledge and work hard to preserve and promote the craft of woodturning.

We have members that have turned furniture pieces, architectural pieces, toys, treenware, segmented, art, utility, ornamental, and many many items just for fun. We turn on Oneway, Nova, Robust, Powermatic, Craftsman, Laguna, Jet, Stubby, and grandpa’s lathe.

Much thanks to Ben Kauffman and the team at Kauffman Kitchens for providing the meeting space for Lancaster Area Woodturners! Click on the logo above to see more about Kauffman Kitchens.

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