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.
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.
Please note that as of our first meeting in 2017 (January 10), we will be meeting at our new location in the North Woodside Community Centre, 230 Pleasant St, Dartmouth.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14 and we look forward to seeing you at the Community Centre at 7:00pm.
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 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.
The September 2016 meeting was highlighted by a presentation on laser engraving on wood by new member Trevor E. (Blue Crab Creative Design). Trevor explained to members about how he and his wife formed and developed their current ornamental woodwork business and how both creativity and technology (in the form of a computer controlled laser engraving machine) are used to develop the many products they have developed for craft and tourist markets.