Woodturners of the Virginias in the Shenandoah Valley

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VA Woodturners

Welcome to our website!

The Woodturners of the Virginias is a club of men and women, young and old, who enjoy and practice the age-old art and craft of turning wood.  Our members live as far away as Front Royal in the north of the Shenandoah Valley to Waynesboro in the south to the wilds of West Virginia in the west.

Our mission is to educate woodturners and the public about the methods and techniques of using the lathe to transform rough pieces of wood into both utilitarian as well as artistic shapes.

Virginia Woodturning 2012 Symposium

The Symposium was a huge success with over 300 attendees.  Visit the VWI website for more information about the symposium and to see some wonderful pictures.

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A Second Life for the Jackson Prayer Tree

     A tree that was present at the encampment of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s army near Middle River in June 1862 has succumbed to disease and time. The towering white oak that was known locally as Jackson’s Prayer Tree toppled to the ground overnight May 27, said Donna Miller, daughter of the owner of the property in northern Augusta County where the tree was located.

Jackson's army had just completed a string of five military victories, including the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic, in roughly a month that spring.  According to the diary of Jackson's mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss, the general attended a religious gathering on June 15 during the encampment.  A local legend sprouted that Jackson attended the prayer meeting under the tree, leading to its moniker.

     Read more about the Jackson Prayer Tree and WoVA's plans to give the tree a second life by clicking HERE.

  WoVA and CVW members can obtain Prayer Tree forms by clicking HERE.

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