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Forum topic by Jamie Y posted 02-09-2009 11:12 PM 1218 views 2 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jamie Y

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02-09-2009 11:12 PM

The hard part is over – I’ve set up a meeting at our local library, sent out announcements to newspapers, hung fliers in the local woodworking tool stores, and started a Meet-up group. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a nice turn-out for our first meeting (this coming Thursday) but I was wondering if anyone has any interesting tips to share about how you run your woodworking group. The old group here in town had a ton of members, but mostly fell apart because of liability issues at the store where it was held.

I’m hoping to collect names, and possibly get people to share demos (via slides shows or on their computers), discuss local suppliers, maybe even a “show and tell”, and possibly have a small exhibition in the library’s gallery. But I was hoping there are some wood groups out there that might be able to suggest some other interesting things we can do.

Any suggestions?

-- Jamie in Vegas


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#1 posted 02-10-2009 04:30 AM

I belong to the Niagara Woodworking Club in Ontario Canada our club is in its 3rd year. Please check out our website which I run at: http://www.niagarawoodworking.blogspot.com Let me know if you have any questions or concerns or ideas for that matter.

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 06:51 AM

Kevin,

That link didn’t work, do you have another one?

Jamie

-- Jamie in Vegas

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 02:46 PM

Sorry Jamie try this again: http://www.niagarawoodworkingclub.blogspot.com .... “I forgot the word club”

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 07:40 AM

Thanks for the corrected link. That group looks like a lot of fun. I especially like the member’s websites, and the videos. Nice touch!

My meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night, and I’m starting to get quite a few people calling or writing to me about it. Seems like this town is hungry for a woodworking community.

Thanks again,
Jamie

-- Jamie in Vegas

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 07:44 AM

do a carving course

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 02-12-2009 07:45 AM

sorry…..........get a guest speaker to donate a bit of time by offering a carving demonstration

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 02-12-2009 08:04 AM

A carving class is a great idea, too. I just had someone contact me about giving a hand plane demo. Seems like the excitement is building here.

-- Jamie in Vegas

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#8 posted 02-12-2009 05:41 PM

Glad to hear things are going well for the start up. Let us know how it goes. It is probably harder to keep people excited over the long run than the first few meetings. I think that will be the challenge.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#9 posted 02-24-2009 06:12 PM

congrats on starting the group. How did our first meeting go?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 02-24-2009 06:21 PM

The attendance at our first meeting went surprisingly well. I expected maybe a dozen, and about 30 attended. There was a ton of enthusiasm, and I’ve already scheduled out second meeting. I now have a (growing) list of about 40 people.

The site for the first meeting was our local library, and that sort of turned into a disaster. We ran late, and apparently that’s “against the law” at the library! So I asked a local lumberyard to host our next meeting and they agreed! I have a couple of interesting things planned for that second meeting, including a router demo, a vote for our group name, and a tour of the lumberyard.

One thing that I think is going to be important is to raise a little cash, so that we can pay for the groups expenses. I’ve signed us up as a Meetup group. Google “Meetup” if you’re not familiar with it, it’s pretty interesting. And it costs a little bit to belong to Meetup, but I think it’s a great way to get members and to keep in touch with them. I’m also thinking of having some refreshments at the next meeting, so maybe I’ll just throw out a donation cup. In the future, I may add a raffle for each meeting, like another group in town has for raising cash.

I blogged about everything here: http://wooditis.blogspot.com/2009/02/new-era-of-woodworking-in-las-vegas.html

-- Jamie in Vegas

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#11 posted 02-24-2009 08:37 PM

excellent.. a great success! Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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