In keeping with our status as a 501(c)(3) organization, Palmetto Woodturners has re-acquired the domain name. Effective immediately, our official website can be found at this address. The old address ( is still active as well, but will automatically (and silently) redirect visitors to the new domain. 

Please update any links or shortcuts you have to reference the new domain name.

As of December 2, 2017, the membership has chosen by majority vote to adopt the Proposed Amendments to the PWT By-Laws. The revised document is available on the site's By Laws page.

Work on the 2017 Bowls for Hunger auction has begun! This year's even is shaping up to be the best ever, but we need to make sure we do our part. That means we need bowls! Last year we produced 110 bowls for this worthy cause, and we want to break that record this year (other turned items -- pens, lidded boxes, tops, toys, etc -- are also welcome).

To make a commitment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including your name and the number of bowls or other items you intend to donate. Items should be brought to the August 5th meeting if at all possible, but can be turned in as late as September 2nd.

Never turned a bowl? Don't have the tools or the wood? No problem!

In lieu of the usual monthly meeting and hands-on class, PWT and Mann Tool are opening the doors to a free two-day bowl turning event. Friday, August 4th from 9am-5pm and Saturday, August 5th from 9am-1pm, drop in to take advantage of one of 16 lathes; bowl blanks and finishes will be provided. Bring your own tools or borrow a set from the club. All with guided instruction from experienced club members. All for free! All you have to do is donate your finished bowl to be sold as part of the Bowls for Hunger charity auction (benefiting Harvest Hope food bank). If you are learning to turn, you won't find a better deal than this anywhere. If you're an experienced turner, all you give up to help this worthy cause is a little time. 

The Board of Directors has adopted guidelines for eight annual scholarships. These scholarships are listed on the Membership Benefits page along with an attachment with the full guidelines. For convenience, you can also access the full guidelines by clicking here

April 15, 2017


On Saturday April 15th from 9 am to 12 pm Palmetto Wood Turners will be having a "learn to turn" session at Mann Tool and Supply. If you know anyone who is currently deployed or who has served, come out and learn how to turn a pen out of Purple Heart wood. For a $5.00 donation (the cost cover supplies and shipping), a club member will teach you how to turn a pen from Purple Heart wood.

This project began with Cindy McLafferty, a military wife herself for over thirty years, who has been building and shipping care packages to the military for more than two decades. She began adding the homemade pens to the packages after taking a wood working class in 2007.

"My husband was on his last deployment before retiring, and I wanted to learn something we could do together when he got home," McLafferty said. "He likes making a lot of things from wood so now we have this in common."

McLafferty says she makes the Purple Heart slim line pens from Purple Heart wood due to its symbolic connection to the military. "It’s not the same as a Purple Heart Award," she explained. "Those are given to service members injured in combat. But anyone who serves has more than earned one of these Purple Heart Pens."


For additional details on the Purple Heart Pens Project, please contact:

Cindy McLafferty by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone (803.790.ARMY (2769))


Suzanne Brunnemer by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone (803.252.7777)