Fall registration for woodturning classes is now open at Mt Diablo Woodturning Center:  class list

The Bay Area Woodturners Association (BAWA) is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Our purpose is to provide a meeting place for local wood turners to share ideas, techniques and to educate the general public regarding the art of wood turning.

Thought about WOODTURNING? 

Here are a few videos that show how woodturning tools are used.  There are also beginning classes at the bottom of the list, Woodturning 101 and Woodturning 150.  Face to face classes are offered at Pleasant Hill Adult School, find info under classes in the heading at the top of this page.  To learn more, join the Bay Area Woodturners Association.
CLick on a lesson and watch the video.

     If you’re are a member of the Bay Area Woodturners Association you have access to all woodturning videos on this website under the members only section.  Member videos start prior to  2016 covering presentations from professional turners, club members, Sawdust Sessions, we also have three pages of vendor lists by product with access to their websites, 70 training videos from Jim Rodgers.  We currently have over 150 videos on woodturning, and that number grows weekly.

  There is also a new gallery section (that is under construction) with photos from member Show and Tell andThe President's Challenge. The history on this page will go back 6  months.

    We are also exploring more new content for members only; your suggestions are welcome.

Happy Turning


Program Schedule for 2021

Sawdust sessions will be added throughout the year, they are short training sessions on requested subjects, they will be held on Thursdays.  


The Beads of Courage Program Outline and Requirements are just below in a PDF file, just click on the file to see it:

BOC Program Outline PDF 2.pdf

Pictures of BOC Bowls

Below are three videos that show one way to make a Beads of Courage Box:

Monthly meetings:
Mt Diablo Adult Education Center
Room 108 
1 Santa Barbara Rd 
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


During the Covid 19 Pandemic, all meetings are being held on Zoom until further notice.  All members will receive invites electronically.  Please reference the Program Schedule for 2021 in the center of this page.


Annual Dues: $60 Due January

Click here to pay online:



Check out our new BAWA Instagram page.

Below is the URL, just click on it.



Please send pictures of items you would like to show on Instagram to Rick Dietrich at ""

Make sure you state they are for Instagram

Thinking about taking a course in Woodturning, below are two offerings through MDAE

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