SPW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the art of woodturning through education.
Barry Russell had the idea to start an AAW Chapter in 2002 and began the organizational work in January of 2003 with a dinner meeting at DJ'S restaurant with Jerry Minderlin and Mike Craig. The three decided to move forward and the SPW was born.
The first meeting was held in April of 2003 at the Cannon Memorial Library. Two turners attended, besides Jerry and Barry. Each month after that a couple more turners joined. By June of that year, SPW had grown to one dozen turners. Officers were elected an application was made for a charter. The SPW was off and running. At that time, the organization relied on woodturning videos for the monthly programs, which were also used to start the SPW library.
OUR HISTORY (Continued)
In 2005 the SPW became affiliated with the Cabarrus Arts Council and two years later, began meeting in the Davis Theater in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. And now, we are privileged to have established a growing network of singular artists who present live demonstrations not only 11 out of 12 monthly meetings each year, but during special SPW quarterly and annual events. Barry admits, “…I had no idea, and I doubt if any of the charter members and officers had any idea, of what we would become.” The SPW now has over 74 members from Cabarrus and surrounding counties and continues to steadily grow.
The Southern Piedmont Woodturners, Inc. is supported in part by a grant from
the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the
Cabarrus Arts Council.