Join the Tennessee Association of Woodturners!

The Tennessee Association of Woodturners is one of the founding chapters of the American Association of Woodturners.  We welcome all those who are interested in learning more about the art and craft of woodturning.  Want to learn how to turn on a wood lathe?  Interest in helping others?  Membership in the TAW includes a variety of resources and exposure to all skill levels.  In addition to the monthly meetings we host a monthly Saturday Turn In where members can come to increase their skills and learn from experienced instructors.  Members have access to a large print and media library and may borrow materials for up to 60 days at a time.  In addition the TAW hosts an annual Woodturning Symposium bringing in some of the top woodturning talent in the world.  Ready to join one of the oldest and largest woodturning chapters in the United States?  Click on the blue Renew of Join button below to join and pay by credit card, check or cash.  Check and cash payments can either be mailed to the TAW at Tennessee Association of Woodturners P.O. Box 158296 Nashville, TN 37215 or brought to the next TAW meeting.

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.

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 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 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.

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