Author Archives: Jonathan

Lie-Nielsen Workbench Raffle Winner


Congratulations to ACWA member Perry C. who won the Lie-Nielsen Workbench.  Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.  

Artistry in Wood 2014


If you haven’t visited the Artistry in Wood show yet, you really should head on over to the Northway Mall.  Some of Alaska’s best woodwork, carving, scroll saw work, and turnings are on display.  The Anchorage Daily News ran a nice story today on the show and there was a big crowd there today. When you see “Ms. Artistry in Wood” Cindy M. give her a big thank you for 10 years of organizing the event and then chant “4 more […]

Violin Repair


At the January 2013 ACWA meeting, member and luthier Rick F, gave a presentation on violin repair.  We had some technical difficulties, and were unable to show the video that he and Mathew prepared.  We have uploaded that video to our webiste, and you may view it here. Please note that you must be an ACWA member and be logged into the website to view the video.  If you are not a member, please visit our membership page, we would […]

2014 ACWA Election Results


The Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association held its annual officer election at the January business meeting. This year’s election was unique because nobody had been nominated for secretary before the business meeting.  I asked the membership present that evening for nominations from the floor for any of the positions.  None were received.  Next, I asked all of the nominees to come forward to introduce themselves.  I asked the nominees if anyone would like to volunteer to run for secretary.  Nobody volunteered. […]

Chris Schwarz Classes in Anchorage – April 2014


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ACWA will be sponsoring Chris Schwarz for two woodworking classes here in Anchorage in April 2014.   Class descriptions and registration information are below. Christopher Schwarz is a long-time woodworker and writer who has spent the last 15 years encouraging woodworkers to embrace more handwork in their shops. He built his first workbench when he was 11 and was introduced to handwork when his family built its first house on an Arkansas farm without electricity.   After formal training as a […]

Alaska Woodturners Association – Woodturning Symposium


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The AWA 2014 Symposium will be held at Hardware Specialties, Inc located at 424 W. 54th Ave, in Anchorage on January 25th and 26th, 2014 Featured Turners are: Dixie Biggs – see her work at here Jason Breach – see his work here Local Turners include Del LaRue and Bill Poole Every year the AWA hosts an annual woodturning symposium where we present Master Turners with International or National status.  You do not have to be an experienced turner to gain […]

Only a Journalist | Lost Art Press


Only a Journalist | Lost Art Press. If you are not familiar with Christopher Schwarz’s Blog, Lost Art Press, you might want to check it out.  ACWA will be hosting Chris here in Anchorage for a couple of classes over the weekend of April 25-27, 2013. Class and registration details to follow.

2013/2014 Woodworkers Meeting Schedule


At last the much-anticipated ACWA woodworkers meeting schedule has been released.  Please take note that we will now be meeting on Tuesday evenings rather than Mondays.  Mondays are a popular night at the Anchorage museum, and we were having scheduling issues.  Mark your calendars, you wont want to miss any of these exciting events. Alaska Creative Woodworkers 2013 -2014 September 24 — Timber Framing with Josh Leatherman www.timberframingalaska.com 7pm – Anchorage Museum October 25 & 26 — Tools & Techniques […]

ACWA 2013-2014 Kick-off Potluck/Picnic


All ACWA members and their guests are welcome to attend the “2013-2014 Kick-off Potluck Picnic” on September 14 at the Anchorage Church of Christ, 2700 DeBarr Road (across from the Alaska Regional Hospital). We will also have a members only “tool swap and silent auction” set up.  If you would like to reserve a table for the tool swap please use the contact form below.  There is no charge for the tool swap tables but we ask that you donate […]

The Mary May Class was a Huge Success


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Everyone carved a very nice looking ball and claw foot, as well as an acanthus leaf on the knee of a cabriole leg.  Mary is an upbeat and fun teacher who was able to take a very complex process and break it down into simple discrete steps.  If you didn’t take the class you sure missed out on a great learning experience. Here are some class pictures