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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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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 […]

Drill Press Table

The woodworkers are in the process of building new workbenches for use in club classes and events.  We need to bore holes in the bench tops for dog holes and vise bolts.  Club member Don F. recently got a new drill press and we thought it would be the perfect machine for all of the holes we need to drill.  The only problem was Don hadn’t had time to build an auxiliary table yet.  Club members Jonathan S., Bill P., […]

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

Chris Schwarz

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 […]

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:

Alaska Woodturners Association – Woodturning Symposium


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 […]

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