Table of Contents Who we are Gallery Upcoming Events Turning Points Magazene International Turning Exchange Join Us! Store Feedback Links to Turning Sites

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday 10-5
Saturday 12-5

141 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215.923-8000
Fax: 215.923-4403
Group Tour Information
Directions to the Center (alternate directions available from Google Maps)
Center Staff
, Executive Director
, Director of Exhibitions and Collections
, Office Manager

, Development Manager

Andrew Bender, Web Design, Scripting & Administration
Reception / Museum Store
505 Gallery
503 Gallery
Mission Statement:
The Wood Turning Center is an arts and educational institution whose mission is leading the growth, awareness, appreciation and promotion of artists and their creation and design of art in wood and wood in combination with other materials. As a 501(c)3 charitable arts and educational institution, its mission is accomplished through educational programs, acquisition of collections, preservation and promotional activities.

Established in 1986 in Philadelphia, our name refers to the turning and shaping of materials on a lathe using tools. Historically, common turned objects included wooden bowls and architectural elements for chairs and buildings. Wood and other materials are fastened on the lathe and the turner carves and shapes the material as it revolves. Now artists, using their imagination and creativity, use the lathe and other techniques to create the contemporary wood art sculpture you will see today.

The Center displays wood art on site and in our traveling exhibitions and publications. Our International Turning Exchange (ITE) residency program has involved over 60 international residents as it continues through its second decade. The Community Outreach program brings hands-on wood turning experience to students throughout the region. The permanent collection contains over 1,000 objects from around the world, ranging from traditional functional every day objects to contemporary sculpture. Our research library consists of over 25,000 images, artists’ files and books that help preserve the exciting history of wood turning and its continuing evolution as a contemporary art form. Please help support our programs by becoming an annual member today!
  • To foster the creative and technical development of artists, craftspersons and students.
  • To offer state-of-the-art and historical information to artists, academics, educators, curators, collectors and all other interested individuals or groups.
  • To provide appreciation for and knowledge of the art to the public, collectors, and museum and private gallery personnel.
  • To advance learning and creation of art and design of the Art through programs spanning all age groups and skill levels
  • To acquire and preserve works of art, techniques and technology related to the creation and design of the Art
  • To acquire and share state-of-the-art and historical information with all interested individuals and groups, including artists, designers, academics, educators, curators, collectors, and students for study, exhibition and publication.
  • To accelerate awareness and appreciation of artists and their art and design of the Art by the general public, academics, collectors, educators, specialists, museum and private gallery personnel, and students, through visible workshop activities, exhibitions, residency programs, conferences, seminars, meetings, publications, and membership opportunities
  • To bring together individuals, groups and organizations having an interest in creation and design of the Art
  • To facilitate the acquisition of art and design of the Art by individuals, corporations and museums, and other interested institutions.
Wood Turning Center BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Richard R. Goldberg, Esq.

1st Vice President
Alan D. Keiser, Esq.


Herbert Kurtz

Robin Rice
Lee Bender
Larry P. Gabriel
Jack Larimore
Alan LeCoff
Steve Loar
Bradford Whitman
Help keep us turning!

A special thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Center!

© Copyright 2000, 2011 Wood Turning Center. All rights reserved.