Woodturner's Guild of Ontario

for the advancement and promotion of the craft of woodturning

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the role or purpose of the WGO?


The WGO was formed for the advancement and promotion of woodturning. We are a teaching and learning organization, actively encouraging all to join and learn the craft.

Q: Do I need to be an experienced woodturner to join?


Absolutely not! Our membership ranges from beginners to seasoned veterans and professional turners. Everyone is warmly welcomed.

Q: How much are the annual dues?


Annual dues for individuals are $60 payable at the beginning of the Guild's year (September).
    Download a membership application form (.pdf)
or sign-up on here

Q: Where do the meetings take place?



The WGO meets at Dunbarton High School:

655 Sheppard Avenue
Pickering, Ontario
L1V 1G2

Exit Hwy 401 at Whites Road (exit 394) coming from either direction, go NORTH, through the lights at Kingston Road (Highway 2), short left on Dunfair St. Meeting room is near this (South) side of the school.

We meet in the Senior Woodworking Shop, room 0209.
See this map for directions.

Q: What normally happens at a Guild meeting?


Monthly meetings (September to June) normally begin with a brief update from our President on any current news or issues of interest. Then the guest presenter / demonstrator for the evening is introduced. The presenter/demonstrator will be either a highly regarded individual recruited from outside the Guild, or one of our own 'experts' who will then speak on and demonstrate their specialty.
Mid-meeting there is a 15-minute coffee break and socializing period. Following the break, the presenter / demonstrator will complete their session.
The evening concludes with a "Show and Tell", where Guild members present and discuss their recent work.
The meeting adjourns not later than 10 pm.

Q: What other types of meetings does the WGO organize?


A second monthly meeting called "Skills Night" (September to June, except December) is an entire evening devoted to teaching. Evenings are divided between classroom style and full "hands on" evenings. An opportunity for experienced members to share their skills.

Q: Are 'world class' turners included in the WGO demonstrators program?


Yes, the WGO organizes both evening and full day demonstrations by touring world class turners two to three times each year.

Q: How can I get more information?


Come out to one of our meetings and introduce yourself or send a message via the 'CONTACT US' button above.