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Heritage School of Woodworking Special Offer for ACWA Members

We were recently contacted by the good folks at the Heritage School of Woodworking in Waco Texas.  Some of you may remember when Instructor Frank Strazza came to Anchorage to teach a class for us.  Frank and the good folks at Heritage School of Woodworking would like to offer all ACWA members a special on their new high quality, HD online woodworking courses. Here is a message from Frank “I have been hard at work with a top notch filming […]

What Are You Making?

What Are You Making? Come to the Anchorage mini maker faire and find out. Click on the picture.    

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ACWA General Meeting with Christopher Schwarz – April 29th

The Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association is proud to announce that the world renown woodworking author, publisher and hand tool expert Christopher Schwarz is coming to Anchorage. Chris will be making a presentation on Workbenches, from ancient Egypt to the present day at the April ACWA monthly meeting.  The presentation will be Tuesday April 29th, in the south classroom at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St, Anchorage), beginning with a meet and greet at 6:30pm and is open to the public.  Please […]

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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

The Mary May Class was a Huge Success


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

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 […]

Rafter Tail Sofa Table


By by ACWA member Jeff S. I spent a week at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking (in Port Townsend, WA) where I took a course with Darrell Peart ( ) to learn his techniques on arts & crafts style furniture.  I made a sofa table that will eventually hold a glass top, made by Doug Hansen of Seattle.  Doug has done many commercial glass installations in Anchorage, including the airport and the library.  The glass will be finished in […]


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 […]