It’s not like the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild is a new organization and I jumped in right away. It was formed in 1983 which is about the time I started woodworking. I would hear mention of AWG from time to time but it was not until Christopher Schwarz begin conducting seminars there that I seriously thought about becoming a member. That was about a year and a half ago. Today I finally joined – 32 years after the organization was formed.
Not only are there mentors available to teach a variety of basic and advanced woodworking skills, there is also a full size, professional quality workshop which I now have access to. It’s killer…
There is a lesson to be learned here. If you want to learn woodworking, don’t wait 30 years before you check out the closest woodworking guild or club.
I have already made a connection with one mentor about learning better sharpening skills. I’ll start on this ASAP. One of the many workbenches there is a Nicholson. I’ll build a new workbench later this year or early next year. I am still considering the Nicholson for my new bench design. I can now get first hand pointers for constructing one. The resources available are unbelievable.
And even though today was my first meeting, it looks like a fun bunch of people; I’ll be a member for many years to come.
Action item for everyone reading this: if you can, join a guild or club. I should have done this a long time ago.
Related: See what Chris Schwarz had to say about this organization by clicking here. It includes an outdoor photo of the AWG’s “Woodworking Education Center” or what I now call my back-up workshop.