As many of you know a group of us Georgia woodworkers have gotten together a few times over the summer and had a great time. It is a great group of guys and I really enjoy us talking and learning from each other. So far we have met at different locations with no regularly scheduled dates. It is difficult to keep this going as I will tend to procrastinate until last minute which is what I did this last meeting. In the end there were only four of us but many other keep asking to be left on the list for future meetings.
The group today included Bill Akins, Aaron Marshall, and Todd Hyman. After leaving we are all pretty excited about seeing this continue and made a few decisions. First the name, we have just been calling this the Georgia woodworkers get together and well…. that petty much just sounds lame. Most of the woodworkers and those that follow this blog are what I and others now refer to as “modern” woodworks, and by this I mean that we are hybrid woodworkers. We don’t feel that it is necessary to say that we are only hand tool or power tool users and whatever range in between. We also learn from not only putting sawdust on the floor in the shop and in classes but also from social media and the blogging community. For this reason the name Modern Woodworkers Association seems the most appropriate.
We have also set time and place to meet on a regular basis. We will meet at the Boulevard Diner (let me know if you need the address) a few miles up the street from Woodcraft here in Atlanta at 9am on the 2nd Saturday of each month. From there after catching up we will stop by Woodcraft. Steve Quehl the owner of Woodcraft of Atlanta has been very accommodating and is excited about the success of the group. Aside from the regularly scheduled meetings we will also have “field trips” from time to time to explore local woodworking and projects that we can work on and learn together.
This group is about learning from each other and helping to continue the grow of woodworking. Anyone that wishes to participate can send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the list. We would even like to encourage those that live outside of Atlanta to join even if you can’t attend the meetings, we can all learn from each other and please spread the word. There are no obligation, if you can make it to meeting then great but if not thats ok too. I do hope many of you will join us and help spread the word.
-- Chris Adkins, http://highrockwoodworking.com/