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The Greater Vancouver Woodturners are a member of the American Association of Woodturners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide through education. With more than 16,000 members and over 365 chapters globally, AAW members include amateurs, hobbyists, professionals, gallery owners, collectors, tool and equipment suppliers, and others.
With the largest portfolio of woodturning-related material in the world, AAW is the go-to source for woodturners of all skill levels. A membership with the AAW can help you learn and thrive in your woodturning experience, as well as connect with others who share your passion.
Learn all about the services and resources available from the AAW.

Beads of Courage is a program for children that are coping with serious illness to RECORD, TELL, and OWN their recovery by collecting special beads that document their treatment journey. It all starts on their first day of recovery when they will receive a leather string with their name on it and a BOX to store their collection.

We artisans come into the picture by making the boxes.

How to make a box?:

Need to know basics.

Steve Fairbairn is kindly offering to GVWG mbrs. free laser engraving onto BOC boxes !

Detailed resource document!

Beads Of Courage Canada

Inspiring Story






Make a covered pipe box!

Details on the pipe box!

To contribute boxes, please fill-in a donation form and give the box(es) and form to Brian Lunt, our BOC champion!

  Organizations(within a reasonable driving or swimming distance) that may be of interest. You might also find instruction within some of these organizations.
Fraser Valley Woodturners - Abbotsford - our sibling club
Richmond Carvers - Richmond
Island Woodturners - Saanich
Sunshine Coast Wood Crafters - Sechelt
Vancouver Hack Space - Vancouver
The Urban Woodworker - Yaletown & North Vancouver
Northwest Washington Woodturners - Mt. Vernon, Washington
TWIG - The Wood Innovation Group - Vancouver
  The following organizations partner with us in several ways, providing space for demonstrations, exhibitions, classes, and also gifts - we thank them for their generosity.
KMS Tools - Coquitlam / Langley / Abbotsford
Lee Valley Tools - Vancouver
Taylor Industries, P & D - denitay1@gmail.com - 604 466-0955- Maple Ridge
Woodworker Specialties - Coquitlam
The Tetra Woodworking Shop is a fully equipped woodworking shop for students who don’t have a shop and woodworking tools of their own at home. The shop is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2:30pm and operates on a drop-in basis. The charge is $10/session and that covers the cost of materials for most of the projects. The only requirement for clients is that they have a disability. The requirements for instructors is they have patience, and woodworking experience. Please contact the very friendly: George Shipley for information.


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