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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


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