Welcome to our website!
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
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.
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
WoVA and CVW
members can obtain Prayer Tree forms by clicking