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Check out what Peter Follansbee did with the yellow cedar we sent him!


Since we don’t have oak trees, in Alaska, we are planning to use yellow cedar for the carved box class with Peter Follansbee.  Peter had never worked with yellow cedar so we sent him a few pieces to get his opinion as to whether it would be suitable.  You can read what he had to say on his blog.

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Registration for the Peter Follansbee Classes is Open


ACWA will be hosting Peter Follansbee here in Anchorage for two class in April & May 2015.  The first class will be held on April 25 – 27, 2015 and we will be making a 17th century style carved box.  The second class will be green wood spoon carving and will be held May 1 & 2, 2015. Please check out the class descriptions and tool list. Registration is now open.   There has a lot of interest in these classes, […]

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Faceted Wooden Stars


If you missed the Woodworkers meeting tonight, Jonathan brought in the faceted wooden star pictured below for show and tell.  Several folks expressed interest in making some and asked about a tutorial.  This is a Paul Sellers project, and Paul has posted both a written tutorial as well as a YouTube Video. It is a very easy project that can be done with a minimum of tools.  Give it a shot.

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Peter Follansbee is Coming to Alaska


Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Peter Follansbee in April 2015.  Peter is a joiner who worked at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts for many years.  He makes reproductions of 17th-century joined furniture; boxes, chests, chairs, tables & more.  Peter’s work follows techniques and methods from the period, and all his work is done exclusively with hand-tools. Peter will be teaching a three-day class on making a reproduction of a 17th century carved box […]

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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 […]

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 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

Rafter Tail Sofa Table


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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 (http://furnituremaker.com/ ) 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 […]

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So you want to build a backsaw eh?


At the October ACWA meeting Russ, a new member brought several backsaws that he had recently made.  The saws were quite nice and may of fondled and drooled over them.  Many members expressed interest in building a saw and questioned Russ about where he obtained the necessary parts.  In light of all the interest, I thought I would put together a list of suppliers that I know of.  If you know of others not listed here, please leave a comment. […]

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