Author Archives: Mathew

Enchanted Forest Art Show

“ENCHANTED FOREST” A Group Art Show Curated by Gary Freeman   Click on the photo below to see a short promo video.   click below to be directed to the turners site:

The Perfect Video to Inspire Your Next Table Build!

Frank Strazza has a beautiful video on making an end table similar to the one featured at our Tools and Techniques show last month. We had the pleasure of hosting him three years ago. to see his video click here here


A Knife with Legend

A KNIFE WITH LEGEND By John Smith The search for the perfect knife often takes on quest-like proportions. But are we chasing myth or reality? The myth of the perfect knife plays a role in carving lore similar to that of the sword Excalibur in the legend of King Arthur’s Camelot. The idea is that once we find the right knife, the rest will take care of itself. We will suddenly begin to carve the wood, now breathing with life […]

Carving Seminar

ACWA at the Maker Faire Anchorage

 ACWA would like to thank the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Maker Space Anchorage, and the Loussac Library for letting us make some woodchips on a lovely, sunny Saturday afternoon. Mathew and Dohnn packed up some benches, tools, wood and nails and had a great time sharing our love of woodworking with kids and the young-at-heart. Marker Faires are a growing phenomenon throughout the country. Imagine a county fair for Hackers, DIYers, Artists, Craftspeople and Makers of all stripes. It is […]



  What is a Maker Faire? It is an exhibition dedicated to Makers; Makers being mostly of Do It Yourselfers. These are people who build in various media, such as wood, electronics, or metal. So consider yourself a Maker. Then check out this LINK This is a free event for exhibitors such as the ACWA. We hope to have the Scrollers, Carvers and Woodworkers represented, just as we do at the State Fair or Artistry in Wood. See our CALENDAR […]


How do you use this thing

So, Jeff has thrown in with his recently-complete re-saw a la Roubo. Jonathan completed his a month or so prior to Jeff. Which leaves Mathew*. How’s you saw coming along, Mathew? The aforementioned Jonathan has a blog you should check out HERE We think he should blog about his saw, which he has not. There is an update from early this year about a Moxon vice he built. I bet he’ll build another vice to hold his work when re-sawing with a […]


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Dominoes at the May 2013 Meeting

Join long-time woodworker and professional cabinetmaker Bill Poole as he shares his expertise with the Festool Domino. He will present on his technique of “thru-dominoes”. We are not sure if he invented it, but he certainly mastered this fast and effective way to make boxes with the Festool Domino Joining system. Join us for our meeting as we explore the utility of this amazing tool. Monday, May 20th. 7:00 p.m. The ACWA Meeting at The Anchorage Museum. 625 C Street. At the […]