Welcome to the website of the Atlantic Woodworkers’ Association (AWA).

We are a group of professional and amateur woodworkers dedicated to:

  • Developing skills through self-education
  • Keeping up with the latest woodworking methods and tools
  • Sharing our knowledge with those interested in woodworking
  • Helping the youth of our community to learn the skills of woodworking
  • Serving our community through woodworking.

Formed in 1981, our association is celebrating over 35 years of learning and educating in the art of woodworking.

Please enjoy your visit to our online home. If you’d like to attend one of our meetings to learn more about us, check the events page for our next meeting and we will be happy to welcome you there. For more information, please use the menu links above or send us a message through our Contact page.

What’s New? 

AWA in the Community – Birds, Bees & Butterflies

In the spring of 2017, some of our members joined Lee Valley with a Canada 150 project of making bird, bee and butterfly houses for donation to local trail groups.  Initially, the program coordinator at Lee Valley Halifax, invited us to build these projects but together we decided it would be a great opportunity to involve youth.  Instead of doing the building, we support youth groups to do the building.  Participants ranged from 6-14  Our members had a great time introducing a new generation to woodworking and the youth enthusiastically created a range of projects.  More  details to follow soon in our AWA in the Community Page.

Upcoming Meetings

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month from September to June in the North Woodside Community Centre at 230 Pleasant Street in Dartmouth.  Doors at 6:30, Meeting 6:45-8:45.  Guests are always welcome.

Our next meeting will be:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at our usually meeting place – the North Woodside Community Center.

Our presentation for the meeting will be a panel presentation on making money from woodworking.  This will be of interest to anyone looking for strategies on using woodworking for fundraising to selling at markets up to having a full scale furniture business.  There will be a chance to ask questions from the floor.


Recent meetings

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Our annual toy drive / holiday social at Lee Valley included a presentation of some new products by Kevin Hurst, Assistant Manager at Lee Valley.  Our show and share for the month focused on donations for our annual Salvation Army toy drive.

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 – Presentation by member Ted Monk who talked about making, choosing and using shaving brushes.

Our monthly challenge was to make something on a small scale. Read about November’s meeting in 2017-11-14 Monthly Meeting