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I pretty much stay to myself. After 50 years of working with the public I've had enough. Don't want it and really don't need it
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Well, I don't have a shop so there's no club knocking on my door. And if I did have a shop, I'm not sure I'd answer the knock at the door. I'd rather learn from you guys.
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The only club I know of around here is really a community college class. The hassle of registration is not my favorite thing. When I'm in public, I'm a very social person, but I like and enjoy my private time so woodworking is not a club thing for me. This site is made up of some really great people, and I enjoy the hell out of everyone here. But I'd be a little intimidated if some of the really great woodworkers here were in the shop with me.
This is pretty much how I feel also.

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I am not in a club. I have no desire to be in one. This forum does just what I need, knowledge sharing, and support of what we love to do. You can work at your pace, and not be bothered with someone who annoys the .... out of you. If people keep coming around for something, I will never get anything done.
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I may like an in person club.
Last night my wife took us to dinner at her girlfriends house. The kids all played in the back bedroom while the four of us sat in the living room socializing. Most of the time I was thinking about the project I had been working on when she said "time to go to .... house"
Now if her friend's husband has been a woodworker...
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We have one here in town but I am not a member. I went to one meeting and it was not for me. I am in noway saying any thing bad about the club.

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For 2-1/2 years now I have been a member of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Woodworkers. A great bunch of people, good equipment, and a lot of members with woodworking skills, and willing to help and teach if asked. Free woodworking class' for all levels.
And due are a whopping $35 per year.
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I was in one a few years ago but dropped out. They had a national speaker each month which was nice but it was held pretty far from where I live so I never attended. They also offed classes during the year but for those you had to pay. I would have liked to go to a couple of them but for the most part it was stuff I already had done a million times before.
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I'm THINKING of joining the one that the community that I live in has, only because when I moved I had to part with some of the power tools that I had. So to make up for the downsize I'm investigating the communal woodshop.
Having said (typed) that, some of my wife relatives have their own shops set up in the same community but the organized community woodshop has tools that we collectively don't have. Also the skill levels that some of the woodshop members have is just plain AWESOME.

Downside--- time restraints -- the shop is only open at such & such hours-- unless you're a "Golden Member" and then you get a key to the door. Projects are limited to what you can transport in your vehicle. Mine's a car so projects would be small.

Upside--- combined experience-- you can tap others know how almost instantaneously. Learning experience--doing a craft/skill that would take you years to decipher. Discounted price for materials.
No mess at home so SWMBO is a happy camper.

Cost is minimal about $20/yr
Rules ?? (I don't like rules)
You must go through a course ( probably a safety course--liability issues I'm sure) before you can be turned loose on the machines.

All in all I'll probably join just for the heck of it and see how it goes.
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I've never joined any woodworking club, nor do I have any desire to do so.
The only thing I can even remember along this line was a privately run club of sorts, which had all the machinery you might need. You had to pay by the hour, don't remember what that was. But the owner didn't just want you to cut out parts and go home, he also expected that you would stick around to glue things together. I could see that would end up costing more than an arm and leg, so I didn't pursue it any further.
This was many years ago now, some time in the late '60's I think. Now if I want to do something I buy whatever tool it is that I need.
To me, woodworking is a solitary activity. If I need someone to hold the dumb end, I can always ask the missus.
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