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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 […]

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


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

Learn to carve a ball and claw foot and acanthus leaf on a cabriole leg with Mary May


ACWA will be sponsoring a Mary May carving class — August 16th-18th.  Learn to Carve a ball and claw foot and acanthus leaf on a cabriole leg.  There are still several spots open for this spectacular class.  You must be an ACWA member to participate.  You may join ACWA by clicking here.   You may then register and pay for the class by clicking here. “Mary May is a professional woodcarver in Charleston, South Carolina. She has studied with a […]

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 […]

Wood Carvers 2013/2014 Meeting Schedule

Hi folks, Its time to start thinking about woodcarving.  Cindy M. has just released the 2013/2014 carving meeting schedule. ACC = Anchorage Church of Christ 2013                       September 14 Kick-off potluck picnic/silent auction and tool swap at ACC September 28  club at ACC October 12  club at ACC October 19  Carving seminar at Viking Hall October 25 & 26  Tools & Techniques at King Career Center November 9 and 23  club at ACC December 14  Holiday Potluck/silent auction/tool swap  at ACC […]