Woodworking Clubs #1: Do you belong to a Woodworking Club?

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Blog entry by Kjuly posted 09-02-2009 02:28 AM 1473 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With so many woodworking forums out there on the web, why should you join a local woodworking club?

First, let me say that I am not in any way against forums. On the contrary, I belong to several which I visit almost every day and try to make a contribution whenever I can.

Well, to start with, there is no better way to spend a couple of hours than to be around people who share the same interest. Woodworkers come from all walks of life and it is always fun to meet someone who’s profession is quite different from woodworking.

As you look deeper, you will find that many in the group are more than willing to share their woodworking experiences. Their willingness to share gives you a chance to learn from their successes and failures. Compared to online forums, local clubs have a huge advantage. When you have a question and you post it online, there is the challenge of getting your question presented clearly, which could mean a lot of typing back and forth until all involved are on the same page. When you are in a woodworking club and presented with a question face to face, then a dialog can be started and you can make sure that your question is stated correctly. Also in a club, you can search out an individual that has experience in the particular area in which you have a question. You wouldn’t want to ask a question about turning to someone that does not own a lathe.

A friend and fellow club member, John Wilson of the Home Shop, said it best,

” woodworking clubs are like magazine subscriptions, each month you get plenty of information although not all of it will be of interest to you….but you can always count on getting something out each meeting or magazine.”

Okay, say you are someone that has been woodworking for years and years and years. What’s in it for you? Look back to when you started and think about the person that taught you the finer points. We all learned from or were inspired by someone. You can be that person that many look to for guidance and support. You can help them to be successful woodworkers by sharing your years of experience.

Do you belong to a woodworking Club? I would love to hear about your experiences. How long have you been a member? How many members in your club or what’s your favorite meeting subject?

Friends…. yes, it won’t be long and you’ll have new friends. People who share your interest and enthusiasm toward woodworking.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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John Gray

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 05:05 AM

No but I wish there were a club nearby.
John Gray
Effingham, IL

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Gary Land

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 06:21 AM

Yes, I belong to WWing club. The Motor City Scrollers. I have been a member for abour 10 years. We meet once a month for the bussiness part of the club ( old bussines and new bussiness). We meet on the third Thursday of the month and then the Saturday following the meeting we have workshop at one of the members house. Usually there is a theme like puzzle making , 3-D cutting etc. But one of the nice thing about being in a club is that there so many multi-talented people in the club that the workshops are not always about scrolling, all the time. We have had workshops on pen turning, making shaker trays, and stained glass. At one time we had about 20 members and now we are about 11. I do not have a favorite subject, it is all good , but my favorite part are the workshopsThe nice thing about a club is meeting people that i would never had without it.

-- Gary Land Motor City Scrollers

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 01:58 PM

Hi Gary,
Well said. A very nice variety.
But one of the nice thing about being in a club is that there so many multi-talented people in the club that the workshops are not always about scrolling, all the time. We have had workshops on pen turning, making shaker trays, and stained glass

Have you considered starting one? It does not have to be a large group to be successful.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 02:37 PM

I don’t. Do you know of any woodworking clubs in Anderson SC.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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Dave T

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 03:04 PM

I have considered joining the club in my area. Only bad part is they an hour away. On the flip side of that though they meet at Woodcraft, so I could always poke around the store before and after :)

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#6 posted 09-02-2009 04:58 PM

I am a member of the “Western Ohio Woodworkers” (WOW). It is a great organization that provides toys for children at Christmas time, as well as scholarships to students who are studying woodworking. We also have well known presenters at our meetings. It is very educational. There are many years of experience at every meeting and the members are very willing to share their experiences with other members. Some of our members also have an open house that allows other members to see their workshops.

It is a great opportunity to learn new techniques or to help others.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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