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My wife was setting up her annual quilting retreat when it hit me, “Why have we not done a weekend turning retreat?” With the ok of my wife Lana and the Grand River Woodturners Guild, I started the process of setting up such an event. This started in Feb and made the decision to have it a couple weeks after the AAW Symposium in Pittsburg.

The premise of the Retreat was to have it be as much of a hands-on weekend as possible. I ended up with 16 midi lathes that I could use and one larger 3520. I posted this event to Facebook, sent it out to the Guild members and things were on their way. People from around the country were interested. Many had volunteered to demo as well as take part in hands-on. The response was so great fear had set in. Set a limit of 50. Yes, with only 16 lathes, 50 people. We were also going to do off-lathe demos and that would help give those people without a lathe something to learn.

Being on 40 wooded acres, I had room for camping. There were 4 motorhomes, 1 fifth wheel and one pop up camper. We also had some campfires for the event. A local motel also offered up a special rate.

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Thursday night was the opening reception and set up of the instant gallery. Everyone was encouraged to take part in the instant gallery and most did.

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Wednesday the 20th. Thanks for visiting Woodturners Unlimited.