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#1 posted 06-05-2007 12:07 AM

We are: Southern Indiana Woodworkers.

We are still on the ground floor at this time….

As of May 2007, 5Th meeting, we have 35 members and continue to grow every month.

We invite woodworkers of any thought or type of woodworking in Southern Indiana.(Columbus/Nashville/Seymour/North Vernon areas) We feel we can learn something from all woodworking types.

We have 4-5 who like to do nothing but lathe work. We have carvers, cabinet makers, chair and other furniture makers as well. We have a couple who are very knowledgeable about logging and milling rough timber.

We started with a group in January with 8 people interested in all types of woodworking. We set a day to meet once a month, and have done so since. The first order of business was naming the group. We have organized and have a board of directors now. People in charge of seeking donations. We of course have a president, V-P and (2) Secretaries/Treasury types. Treasury only if need in the future. We are not incorporated, feel there is no need at this time.

We attempt to meet at a different woodworker’s workshop every month for our meeting. This is a great idea. We like to learn skilz!

Thus far we are not collecting any dues as we are attempting to keep expenses to a very minimum. We email out our newsletters or call if necessary.

Our people like to “show off” a bit and we invite all to do this by showing off what they make, or are making at every meeting. Should they have questions, like here on LumberJocks, somebody knows an answer. Somebody is willing to help, teach or suggest. We trade or borrow from each other woodworking magazines we have collected over the years. Scraps or left overs from a cabinet makers shop might just be a bit of gold for one of our carvers as well.

We have gotten ourselves involved with the Toy-for-Tots program with the local Fire Department. We have asked several area wood suppliers/mills for donations, and have had great success. We feel setting this type of goal for donation will profit our woodworking group greatly.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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