Q: When is the Hands-On Woodturning Retreat?
A: In 2019 it is on Friday October 18th and Saturday October 19th.

Q: Is there anything happening on Thursday the 17th?
A: Yes. We are spending the day setting up for the event. We are trying to plan out a Thursday (Oct 17th) Meet & Greet from 5 pm to 7 pm after the setup. More information to follow.

Q: Where is the Hands-On Woodturning Retreat being held?
A: Our Hands-On Woodturning Retreat will be at Northlake College West Campus. 1401 West Royal Lane, Irving Texas, 75261.

Q: Is there parking available?
A: Yes. Attendee parking is across the street to the south of the facility.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: It will cost $150.00 per person to attend. The fee covers our costs for operating the event and the lunches that we are serving.

Q: How can I save money on the registration cost?
A: If we can borrow your mini or midi lathe for the weekend then we will reimburse each attendee bringing a lathe for use for the weekend up to $25.00. This will be disbursed after the event has concluded.

Q: How long are the sessions/classes?
A: Most all sessions are two hours long. There are a few two-part classes, notated by “(Part 1 of 2)” in the title. These sessions have two hours of lathe work and then two hours of off lathe work to embellish the turned object. For example, the “Open form for piercing” class will create a vase type shape on the lathe in the first two hours and then the following two hours will be spent using power carving tools to add piercings to the turned object.

Q: Does the event go all day?

A: Yes. The first session starts at 8:00 am and ends at 10:00am. There is a 20-minute break and then the next session starts. Session 2 from 10:20 – 12:20, Lunch break from 12:20 - 1:00 pm, session 3 from 1:00 – 3:00, and session 4 from 3:20 – 5:20. Session 5 through 8 will take place on Saturday and follow the same timeline.

Q: What kind of woodturning classes are there?
A: There are many kinds of classes. Most are based on a project, like a bowl, hollow form, goblet, box and pepper mills plus many more. Check out the schedule for details. Most items in the schedule are hyperlinked to descriptions of the project, instructor or both.

Q: What level of skills at woodturning do I need to attend?
A: There are classes for all skill levels. If you are a beginner, then you can find classes. If you are advanced then I am sure you will learn something new. We want all how are interested to attend.

Q: How many classes will each attendee be able to attend?
A: Each attendee can register for up to four (4) classes. These classes can be from any of the eight sessions over the two days.

Q: Why are attendees only allowed four (4) classes? Why not all eight over the weekend?
A: There several reasons. 1) There are several two-part classes that would make it impossible to take more than four classes. 2) From experience we know that turning 8 hours a day is grueling and it would be doubly so in this environment with limited scheduled breaks. 3) There are several off-lathe activities to enjoy such as pyrography, power carving, airbrushing, and others. There are also vendors to visit, rose engine lathe demos, photography lessons and more. 4) We want to create a relaxing, enjoyable time for woodturners to meet fellow area woodturners, to learn and share ideas and to have fun.

Q: How many lathes will there be?
A: There will be 40 lathes. Each class will have four lathes available for attendees. The instructor will need to share a lathe if it is necessary.

Q: How many students to a class?
A: There will be four attendees to a class. Each session there will be ten classes running simultaneously. This means there will be forty lathes turning at once – that will be quite a sight!

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: There is a good list of what to bring on the website – be sure to read this list. If you are new and don’t have a lot we will provide some tooling that can be borrowed.

Q: Can I come even if I don’t pay to attend classes?
A: Yes, we will be open to the public except for the turning area and off-lathe stations. Come visit and see what we are doing, visit the vendors, see the instant gallery (we are hopeful we can organize one) and learn about the area clubs (DAW, ETW, GTW, HCW and WNTX) and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

Q: Are you providing food and drinks?
A: Yes, we are providing water (hopefully coffee as well) and probably iced tea. We will provide a sandwich buffet lunch. Lunch will be available from 11:30 – 1:00. So those that do not have a class in the session before lunch can get served early. We hope this helps relieve the lunch line between 12:20 and 1:00. There are soft drink vending machines available in the facility.

Q: How can I help?
A: So glad you asked. TRWC is a Texas nonprofit organization and is run completely on volunteer effort. Please sign up as a volunteer to help before, during and after the event. We also need to borrow lathes. If you have a mini or midi sized lathe that you are willing to let us use for the weekend event then please use the loan a lathe form found on the volunteer page of the website. We also need to borrow other tools and equipment like power carvers, pyrography (woodboring) machines, airbrushes, finishing supplies, grinders, etc. You can find this form on the same volunteer page of the website.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions?
A: For all registration questions please contact For all schedule or general event questions please contact either or