The Bull City Woodshop is a non-profit, youth-centered program that guides individual development, fosters community connection, and cultivates creativity through woodworking.
We offer after school programs for students, day-time classes for alternative school students, and evening and weekend classes for adults to teach woodworking.
We are currently looking for woodturning volunteers in two specific opportunities:
1) Weekly: Our student program consists of multiple levels of hands-on learning and accomplishment. We would like to include a woodturned project in each level, but in order to accommodate this, we need a woodturner available for each class. Our class schedule is Mondays and Thursdays 1-3pm and Mondays-Thursdays 4:30-6:30 pm. We currently run 3 semesters per year: Jan-May, June-Aug, Sep-Dec. This commitment would be once per week for appx 2.5 hours. Our January semester starts on January 22nd.
2) We are piloting a program in partnership with Havenhouse in Raleigh. We would like to offer community service hours to teens who need to accomplish these hours. They can learn the skill of woodturning and then donate the items they make in order to qualify their time as community service. This would be a once a month commitment for appx 4-5 hours on a Saturday.
Part of the learning process for every turner is to be exposed to all the questions and answers other turners have already experienced. Because when you are first starting out you might not even know what questions to ask, you just are eager to get started and see the chips fly!
Here are some of the questions that might emerge:
· What lathe and tools do I need as a beginner?
· How do I sharpen tools and how often?
· If I don't have a lathe, can I rent one?
· What wood should I start out using?
· What speed should I turn at?
· Are there any safety concerns I need to be aware of?
· Are there woodturning classes available?
· Is there someone who can guide me on this journey?
......and the list grows as your adventure begins with woodturning. It is for these reasons that WGNC has created the "Emerging Turner" section of our website.
To explore the “Emerging Turner” sections just select any of the eight menu items found in the “Emerging Turner Resources” menu.
As a starting point, we suggest you take a look at “New Member Resources”. This page gives you an overview of all the sections and links to each section. To review, click here.
Breakout Sessions are Back
WGNC is happy to announce the return of Breakout Sessions. To enhance the value of these sessions to members, we have established a coordinator to help identify topics, hosts and schedules that are aligned with the interests of members.
As Session details are confirmed, the information will be posted on this web page so that a member can look at available subjects and associated details, and then when a topic of interest is found, simply click on the button to sign up.
Breakout sessions are generally free of charge and are offered on a first come first serve basis. Scheduled sessions will be created as Events and will show up on the Home Page in the "A Look Ahead" table, on the "Events Calendar" and on the "Breakout Session" selection under the "Resources" menu .
To learn more about:
- How to join a breakout session
- How to Host a breakout session
- Review the Breakout Session Schedule
Need Wood? WGNC has the Wood!
Spring is near and once again, WGNC is happy to announce the accumulation of quality turning blanks at significant savings. As a member, this inventory will be available to you for purchase on Saturday March 23rd. The inventory consists of 3", 4" and 6" spindle stock, roughed out bowls and bowl and platter blanks in a variety of wood species. All turning stock is currently stored at our storage unit in Raleigh.
Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 3 PM
WGNC Storage Unit at Ample Storage, 5212 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC
To choose your time period now, click here