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?


Library Reviews

2017 Library Reviews

Several new book reviews may be found in the Member Reviews section of the site. Our Chair, Gary Dumas, reviewed two library holdings – Woodworkers Guide to Veneering & Inlay, by Jonathon Benson, and Made By Hand: Projects From The Unplugged Woodshop, by Tom Fidgeon. Mike Winslow added a new review of Relief Carving Workshop, by Lora S. Irish. Be sure to check out their input on these interesting library references.

AWA in the Community – Bravery Beads

20170119_AWABoxestoIWK (6)In the spring of 2016, we were approached by the Nova Woodturning Guild to join them and the Mayflower Quilt Guild to collectively support the IWK Bravery Bead program.  Our guilds were recruited to contribute handmade boxes or bags to replace the plastic bags being use for the patient bravery bead collections. On January 19, 2017 Stephen Parsons and Mary Elizabeth O’Toole met with Lisa Arsenault of IWK Child Services to present the AWA donation. Read more in our AWA in the Community Page.

Upcoming Meetings

NOTICE: The March 14 meeting will be going ahead. The weather system looks to be less severe than initially anticipated and we expect more rain than snow tonight. The centre is open and so we will proceed with the AGM and short regular meeting and advise you to use your discretion about travelling to the event.

March 14, 2017 – AGM.  Tom and Gene, our nominating Committee have submitted a slate of nominees for the 2017-2018 BOD but they will accept nominations from the floor if you wish to join the Board or nominate another member.  

We will have our regular monthly meeting after the AGM so bring items to show and share.  Remember that the February challenge was applicable to our presentation from Brad and encouraged you to bring a project with tapers.  As always, you are also invited to bring other completed or in-progress projects to share, or any questions you might have about challenges you are facing in a current project.

April 11, 2017 – Bill Howe will present tips about using spokeshaves.  More details to follow.

Recent Meetings

February 14, 2017 was right after a couple of days of the biggest storm of the season.  Unfortunately, snow and bad road conditions kept quite a few members away this month but those that made it in enjoyed the presentation by Brad Holley.  Brad showed some hand planing techniques that demonstrated how to use three wooden jigs to progressively taper 5/16″ square wooden blanks into handmade chopsticks. 

January 2017 marked our first meeting in our new home at the North Woodside Community Centre.  Our members shared a diverse and impressive collection of creations in response to the monthly challenge of something with moving parts.  The presentation by Don Shubaly provided some great information in using finishes, especially shellac.  

In December 2016, we held our annual toy drive meeting at Lee Valley.  Kevin Hurst, Lee Valley Assistant Manager, demonstrated some new products – and provided a number as a generous donation for our fund-raising raffle.  We donated more than 200 toys AND $555 to the Salvation Army Christmas programs.

The November 2016 Meeting featured a multimedia presentation by Phil C. chronicling the apprenticeship of his son, Murray to become the 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith, interspersing YouTube videos with demonstrations of Murray’s beautiful knives and related products. The monthly challenge was for a new technique or new application and there was quite a substantial show-and-tell. The monthly meeting will be moved to a new site at the North Woodside Community Centre starting in January.

The October 2016 meeting included a great lesson on handsaw sharpening from new association member Guy L. Guy, who brought along a few old saws, his vintage saw vise, and a few Lee Valley supporting pieces including files and saw sets. Several members presented their  monthly challenge (unit with a drawer) including a safety stand (Walt V.), a second look at Stephen P.’s Beckvoort-inspired art desk, Bob B.’s mule case, Brad H’s fine half-blind dovetail drawer carcass, and then a non-drawer presentation of Gary D.’s amazing kneeling dais.