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President’s Challenge Award Program

Welcome to the MSWG President's Challenge Award Program page.

Each month, the acting MSWG President will announce a President's Challenge for the coming month.   All MSWG members are eligible to participate.

The President's Challenge and its related Award Program are to be focused on member participation by ALL – a personal challenge for each member of individual woodturning goals and trying something new or different.

Let’s “turn” it into judgement-free fun - removing "whose woodturning is best" in skill or as a selection influenced by club politics or friendships, etc.

So, just turn, turn, turn and celebrate creativity, imagination and focused work!

Alternatives if you cannot attend the monthly meeting:

  1. Send your President's Challenge to the meeting with a friend or some other person.

  2. Send a photo of the item by email to along with any special notes.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023


Any woodturning item that will fit in a 1-inch cube.

Saturday, February 25, 2023


Any woodturning that a person, pet, or animal would wear in public.

Saturday, March 25, 2023


Any woodturning that relates to a mushroom.

Saturday, April 22, 2023


Any woodturnings that look like an egg.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Memphis in May
or 3 Pens for Troops
or 1 Wig Stand

Any woodturning that represents Memphis In May International Festival 2023. For more information see

For this MONTH ONLY as an alternative you can substitute 3 Pens for Troops, or 1 Wig Stand.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Lidded turning

Any woodturning with a lid. This can even be a cricket cage that has a top to open it.

Saturday, July 22, 2023


For this month's challenge, we will look in the kitchen. Any woodturning that can be used for serving human food. You can submit anything that would be considered a kitchen implement or item such as coffee scoop, tea holder, ice cream scoop, bowl, platter, etc. This would allow you to replace that store-bought serving item with something that, without a doubt, will become a family heirloom.

Saturday, August 26, 2023


Any woodturning with a special texturing method.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Plate / Platter/Tray

Any woodturning that is a plate, platter, or tray.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Bird house

Any woodturning that looks like a bird house.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Holiday Seasonal - Ornaments

Any woodturning that can be used as a Holiday Seasonal - Ornaments (must have been made in 2023)

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Woodturning Donated to Holiday Party Auction

Any woodturning donated to the MSWG auction.

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