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Turning Point: How Woodturning Empowers Veterans

Turning Point: How Woodturning Empowers Veterans

Nov 8th 2023

In the aftermath of military service, many veterans struggle to find their footing in civilian life. The transition can be challenging, often accompanied by feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. For some, the path to healing and purpose lies in an unexpected place: woodturning.

Woodturning, the art of shaping wood on a lathe, has emerged as a therapeutic outlet for veterans. The rhythmic repetition of the lathe, the tactile sensation of shaping wood, and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful can be incredibly grounding and restorative.

The Therapeutic Power of Woodturning

For veterans grappling with the invisible wounds of service, woodturning offers a form of therapy that goes beyond traditional counseling. The hands-on nature of the craft provides a sense of control and accomplishment, while the repetitive motions can be soothing and calming.

A Community of Support

Woodturning also provides veterans with a sense of community and belonging. Many veterans find solace in connecting with other veterans who share their passion for woodturning.

"It's great to be around other veterans who understand what I'm going through," says Sarah from Cary, a veteran who served in Afghanistan. "We can talk about our experiences and support each other through the tough times."

Empowering Veterans Through Woodturning

Woodturning is more than just a hobby for veterans; it's a lifeline. It's a way for them to heal, connect, and empower themselves.

"Woodturning has given me a new purpose in life," says Joe from Winston-Salem, a veteran who served in Vietnam. "I'm proud of what I can create, and I feel good about myself."

Organizations Supporting Veteran Wood Turners

Several organizations are dedicated to supporting veteran woodturners, providing them with access to tools, training, and mentorship. These organizations include:

  • VetsTurn: A nonprofit organization that provides grants to veterans who want to start woodturning businesses.
  • The Woodturning Guild: Offers workshops and training specifically for veterans.
  • Wounded Warriors in Action: Provides woodturning therapy programs for veterans.
  • North Carolina Woodworkers .Net ( Is a North Carolina Based Online Woodworking Forum

The Impact of Woodturning

The impact of woodturning on veterans is profound. It has helped them to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Manage PTSD symptoms
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop new skills and hobbies
  • Find a sense of purpose and community

Woodturning is a powerful tool for healing and empowerment for veterans. It is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always light.

Call to Action

If you are a veteran interested in woodturning, there are many resources available to help you get started. Reach out to one of our local retail stores in North Carolina to get involved with our local clubs and classes. Klingspor's Woodworking Shop values the sacrifices made by veterans and we want to give back to this community. If you are a loved one of a veteran, gift cards are also available to help them start a new path in their incredible journey of life. 

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop offers a discount for veterans, active duty and front line workers 365 days a year. To get your Military Discount please call us at 800-228-0000 for one of our Customer Service Reps to Apply it to your account. 

Military Discount applies to all items on the web with some exceptions: 



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