Welcome to the Western NC Woodworkers Association website! We are a group of area woodworkers who enjoy getting together once a month to share our knowledge of woodworking tools, techniques and project experiences.
Membership is open to anyone and a modest annual fee is all that is required for membership.
Most meetings are held the second Saturday of each month but they may vary so check our schedule under the Meeting link above or in the details below. Demonstrators from far and near show us new techniques and methods. If you are interested in attending one of our meetings as a guest, please use the information on the Contact Us page using the menu item above.
Come along and join us to see what WNCWA is all about.
Our June 10th WNCWA program will be a hands-on demonstration and presentation by Arden blacksmith Jason Redick. First, some background on Jason in his own words. "I have always had a deep drive to create things. My Grandfather was a fishing lure craftsman and I would watch him as he worked. I gleaned as much as I could from him about being a maker but lures weren't my calling. I wanted the fire and excitement of a blacksmith.
I started my journey toward being a blacksmith at a class at a local community college and that opened up my world. I went from being an amateur to professional in short period of time due that that course.
I make all kinds of products like fireplace sets, bottle openers, steak turners and BBQ forks but I love making knives. My passion for making knives landed me a spot on the History Channel's hit show, "Forged in Fire" (season 2 episode 6). It was there I beat out three other blade smiths to earn the title, "Forged in Fire Champion"! I like to make custom orders and obviously love a challenge."
We will meet outdoors in front of the Klingspor`s Woodworking Shop starting at 9:30 AM. Jason plans to have a forge and will demonstrate making a carving knife.
Following Jason`s presentation, we will go back inside the store for refreshments. Then as usual, we will welcome members bringing a project or pictures on a USB Memory stick to share in our Show `N Tell Session. We always encourage members to bring a project, a new tool, a new book or at least some in progress pictures of their latest projects.
Our thanks to Ed Vendely and the staff at Klingspor`s Woodworking Shop for hosting us at the new store in Fletcher. I know our members have been impressed with the great selections available to support our love of woodworking -- everything from wood to abrasives to small tools to full-sized power equipment and literature!
We look forward to a great turnout at our meetings!