Meeting Schedule:

7:00 PM - Second Tuesday of every month.


The meetings are held at the Howell Community Church, 1554 Maxim Southard Road, Howell, NJ 07731.

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From the North:

Take the Garden State Parkway South to exit 98 onto Route 34 North. In a quarter mile, take the ramp onto Route 138/I-195 West. Take exit 31A onto Lakewood Farmingdale Road (South). Turn right onto Maxim Road. Turn left onto Maxim Southard Road. The church is on the left, just past Victory Road. 

From the South:

Take the Garden State Parkway North to exit 98. Merge onto Route 138/I195 West. Take exit 31A onto Lakewood Farmingdale Road (South). Turn right onto Maxim Road. Turn left onto Maxim Southard Road. The church is on the left, just past Victory Road. 


Take Route 9 North into Howell. Turn right onto Lanes Mill Road. Turn left onto Maxim Southard Road. The church is on your right after crossing Oak Glenn Road.

From the West:

Take route 195 East to exit 28A onto Route 9 south. Take the cut-off to turn left onto Lanes Mill Road. Turn left onto Maxim Southard Road. The church is on your right after crossing Oak Glenn Road.

Here is our location.


Pen Turning for Veterans, Active Military, Police Officers, Firefighters and Youth

Atlantic Shore Woodturners and Arizona Silhouette are once again sponsoring pen turning for Verterans, Active Military, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Youth at the Somerset Woodworking Show, to be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey, from Friday, February 17th, through Sunday, February 19th.

Allow us to share our passion for woodturning as we teach you how to turn a wooden pen. The event is open to all skill levels. There is no charge for this event and once you have finished, the pen is yours to keep and enjoy. To participate, look for the Atlantic Shore Woodturners booth at the Show.

Veterans, Active Military, Police Officers and Firefighters are invited to participate on Friday, February 17th, from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. 

Youth are invited to participate on Saturday, February 18th, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Sunday, February 19th, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

The pen kits were provided by Arizona Silhouette.

Jackson Library Display

Various ASWT members have their works on display at the Jackson Library. If you are in the neighbor-hood, it is certainly worth a visit. 









Rumson-Fair Haven High School


Thanks to Bruce Perlmutter, Sal Straniero and Pete Laudati for speaking and teaching woodturning at the Rumson-Fair Haven H.S. They were non stop form 8:30 AM to 2:45PM. No break for lunch, just turning non-stop and teaching the students how to turn.


Bruce spent most of his time teaching bowl turning and let the students use bowl gouges and scrapers to complete their own bowls. Pete demonstrated how to turn tops and pens. Several students turned tops using chatter tools and sharpies to color them.  Sal turned a couple of ring holders and gave them to the students, check out the attached picture of the girl with hers. She actually skipped her next class to stay with Sal until he finished it.


They were just so excited to walk away with something. The term I heard them use often was that "This is dope!", which in English means it's great.The teachers there are great, Very knowledgeable and supportive.They asked if we can come back next year. Looks like Bruce started something good for the club.


A special thanks to Bruce for arranging this demo. This is exactly what our club is about. Working with the youth and introducing them to woodturning. 









Somerset Wood Worker's show  


This year at the Somerset Woodworking Show, held the weekend of February 20-22, the clup sponsored pen turning for children attending the show. Jeff, Bil, Norman, Sal, Bev and others worked so patiently with the kids and young adults. It will hopefully lead to future members of ASWT. 




























































































































































































June 2012

Check out the new Gallery photos of Vice President and Member, Tom Swain, whose turnings were featured in the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library for the month of May.  All pieces were turned by Tom, however, if you look closely, you may see the peppermill, turned by Sal Staniero, which somehow managed to to get in on the act!  Remember, Members, there are many opportunities to display your work at various venues around the state.  The Ocean County Library system is a great supporter of the arts!
The June Meeting Notice is available on the Notices and Newsletter Page. 
Our Club will meet on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.  Looking forward to seeing everyone before our two month hiatus.  Bring your tools, bring your ideas, bring your self to see everyone before the summer break and talk, turn and take apart the storage cabinets! (Which we will put back together, of course!)

May 2012

The Member Roster for 2011-2012 is now a link on the Members Only page!
Great news! The Members Only page of the web site is active. Please use the previous log-in and password from the original web site.  If you do not remember it, or do not have it, please see Ray, John or Tom at the meeting.  Coming soon will be individual member log-ins to allow the Executive Board, as well as members, to generate e-mail lists for mailings.  In the mean time, I added a note from Buren as well as the first submitted link to this page.  
A newly designed Member News page and a Links page will be added in the very near future.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012: The meeting featured a demonstration by Geoffrey Noden, creator of the Adjust-A-Bench that followed the business meeting. The focus of the demonstration is creating and inserting inlays. 
Mike Barna is our Monmouth County Fair Coordinator.  The Fair Committee was so impressed with the Club, our demonstration and the constant crowd, that we were invited to expand our participation from one day to two! Let's turn this into another whirling success!
Beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Vice President Tom Swain's work will be showcased in the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library for the month of May.  Drop in and take a look at the vast array of items created by a fellow Club member.
Photos from the January 2012 Show and Tell have been moved to the newly designed Member Gallery page. Photos from earlier galleries are being reformatted and added weekly, so drop in often to seen the incredible talent and impressive range of items created by our members.
A request was received regarding finding a local school, class or workshop offering a basic woodturning class. If any member knows of basic wood turning classes or a school that teaches the basics of wood turning, please contact the Web Manager via the Contact page.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns or need to update any of information at this time, please click on the Contact page and submit a your information.

April Notes

* Saturday, April 14, 2012: Saturday Series Demonstration:  Ted Sokolowski started in our latest Saturday Series Demonstration located in the ever popular and always crowded Puckhaber Garage! 


* This just in from our President, Ray Ostrow:

To:All AAW Chapter Presidents

From: John Ellis, National Volunteer Coordinator

Subject:2012 AAW Symposium Volunteers

Date: April 10, 2012


Greetings to all AAW Chapter Presidents. My name is John Ellis and I am the National Volunteer Coordinator for this year's AAW Symposium to be held at the San Jose Convention & Cultural Facilities, in San Jose, CA, from Friday, June 8th, thru Sunday, June 10th. If not already familiar with the arrangement for this year's Symposium, you are encouraged to go visit the AAW website for more information.

We are sending this letter to all Chapter Presidents in hopes that you will use the information it contains to encourage you, any, and all of your members who are planning on going to this year's Symposium to volunteera bit of their time to help the AAW Staff and numerous local volunteers in putting on a great event. I suggest you use the text in this letter as the basis of an email to all of your Chapter members. We have attached a symposium poster that can printed, emailed or shared with members. For your members who do not receive email, please use the appropriate information herein to send them a US Mail copy, and ask them to reply to my street address with the requested information. My street address is:


John Ellis

37 Second Mesa Drive

Placitas, New Mexico 87043


Please encourage any "US Mail" members to correspond with me at the above address at any time.


Much of the local preparatory work is already being carried out by members of the Host Chapters in the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area. Scores of additional volunteers, however, are needed once the Symposium begins and every year we do our best to recruit volunteers from the members who are planning to attend that year.


The 2012 AAWSymposiumwill be held in San Jose, CA, from June 8 through 10, with registration on Thursday, June 7. We are now actively soliciting nationwide volunteers for this event. The volunteers provide a MAJOR source of support to the Symposium, and it would be fair to say that without the contribution of volunteers, the Symposium could simply not be held.


An initial email has already been sent to recruit past volunteers from 2011. General recruiting is now beginning, so if any of your Chapter members are planning to attend this year's Symposium in San Jose, now is the time for them to come forward and request their volunteer preferences. At the end of this letter, I'll provide a brief section that they can "copy and paste" into an email to my email address with their choices, but first I'd like to give you a short summary of the volunteer areas we are in greatest need of filling:


A note for the spouses and other guests:The last three of these volunteer areas, Instant Gallery, AAW Product Sales, and Exhibition, are a great way to spend part of your time while registered member spouses and friends attend the rotations and shop the vendor sales!AAW Staff and other experienced volunteers provide all the direction and guidance you'll need to be effective in giving the AAW much needed support.

How to Volunteer: I have provided a sign-up letter, that you can "copy and paste" into a reply to my email address,


Thankyoufor your willingness to help with this year's Symposium! We hope to see you in San Jose.


John Ellis

National Volunteer Coordinator


* Remember to check out the April Newsletter, available now on the website!  Check out the Newsletters page and click on April for the latest Club information, the President's Letter and the newest entry in the the Wood of the Month column.

* This month's meeting included an incredible turn-out for the April Show and Tell.  Members displayed and discussed a variety of items.  The gallery is being updated and the new Show and Tell photos are in the process of being added.


March Notes

* Our March meeting focused on the many methods of finishing your turned piece.  Atlantic Shore Wood Turners member Mr. Buren Gilpin presented an outstanding demo on finishing. After asking him to start from sanding he decided to take it a step further and demonstrated how he uses the scraper on a 45 degree angle to shear scrape the piece to a clean finish. He then went through how he power sands with an electric sander using different grits until he feels it is smooth enough to apply finish.  He finished the presentation with ways to finish and seal the piece.  Thank you Buren for an outstanding demonstration.

* Gil Malave from the NJ Woodturners club gave a quick demonstration on the gel mats for standing on while turning. It was noted that the mats are very comfortable.  His cell number is 908-310-3557 and e-mail is


February Notes

* Members - the Somerset Wood Show was the weekend of Friday February 24 - Sunday February 26!  Atlantic Shore Wood Turners had a great 'turn-out' for a fun-filled and exciting weekend in Somerset.  Members stopped in, turned in our booth, discussed their interests in wood turning and encourage others to learn the art and craft of wood turning.

Great news - the new banner found its way home! 

* Preparations are in the final stages for the Somerset Show.  The new Club brochure is printed and ready to distribute.  The display cases are spit-shined and the lathe stands are ready to load.  Several members volunteered their time to pick up the equipment and set up the booth as well as break down and pick up the equipment.  As always, your time and assistance are greatly appreciated!

Again, a special thanks to Mr. Sal Staniero for his time and talent in building the new lathe stands.

* Open turning saw several members take the helm and create bowls and goblets!

*Wood guru, Mr. Ron Hughes discussed the wood bleach that was suggested by Mr. Buren Gilpin.  It appears that experimentation on scrap wood is the best way to discover if this is a solution for your wood.

* Our newest member, Mr. Jon Murphy, discussed the tools he created himself.  Check back for more information on the easiest way to get the materials he used for the tools he makes!


* ATTENTION members: Do you like chatting about wood turning? Feel the urge to share your latest tool or technique, but the Club doesn't meet for a few days yet? Well have I got a solution for you! Join member and Past President, Webmaster, Videographer and Photographer Tom Jones in his latest endeavor - a new Yahoo chat group: Turning Talk. The URL is:
Hope to "see" you there! Tom

Drop in and see what it's all about.