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I belong to the Stateline Woodturners (associated with the American Association of Woodturners) at Rogers, Arkansas. We meet twice a month - second Saturday for business, instruction, demonstration & fourth Saturday at a member's shop on the bank of Little Sugar Creek at Pineville, Missouri for personalized help & practice - pure heaven. The drives are inconvenient, but the comraderie is worth it. I am a messy amateur so I keep my home shop private. SILENCE IS GOLDEN!!!
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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.
That's a lot of pop bottle refunds!
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I helped start a woodworking club in 1986 and it is still going. We came up with a name KYANA Woodcrafters Club (KY for Kentucky / ANA for Indiana) and we are in Louisville, KY. We meet the first Thursday night of each month except July. I am the treasurer and when the club started I was the Program Chairman - coming up with new programs each month). In December for the past 26 years our members turn in toys that they have made to go to the Salvation Army for kids. Often several guys will get together for several months making the toys. There is generally over 1,000 toys.

We don't have equipment on site. Some meeting we have someone bring in hand tools to demonstrate. We have swap meet where folks can sell some of their equipment they want to pass on. We have show and tell. We had a father / son that brought in a 26 foot wooden canoe they made. We find it a good source to locate lumber and supplies. Also we find out if certain members make items that others are interested in (like I make funeral urns). We generally have 60-85 members come to each meeting.

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Yes-I belong to a local club--about an hours' drive away in evening traffic. It's worth it once a month, as I get to meet with fellow sawdust-makers and trade tips and techniques, hear from accomplished experts as they make presentations, and go on tours of local placwes of interest. We also work together all year to make Christmas gifts for local charities, and that activity just makes you feel good. This year it will be over 1000 wooden gifts. All in all I think its' worked out well.
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I also belong to a woodworking club. I joined app. 15 years ago, just after the club started. At the early days, we had a hand-full of members and met in a 2 car garage. Since that time, we have grown to 100+ members and have been active within the community assisting in many needed areas. The club has members who drive app.50 miles to the monthly meetings taking in many towns within our area. As a club we provide Christmas presents for the Salvation army, Make flag cases for the vets and have even provided urns for another non-profit group. We have started an off-shoot area for turning and another for scroll saw users. Within the meeting, a guest speaker (either within or outside the club) will demonstrate, or provide interesting information on a variety or topics.
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I don't know if there is one in my area or not...haven't had the interest to look.

I like working wood, tools, jigs, etc... by my lonesome...it's my balance against dealing with the people I deal with on a daily basis.

Same reason I like sailing by myself, fishing by myself...etc... My dad had told me a long time ago, in preparing me for peer pressure, "When you're with others you wind up following them...when you're with somebody else you feel obligated to do what they want...if you want to do what you want then do it alone".

I am very sociable but right now I have enough friends in each of the different aspects of my life.

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The Strathfield Men's Shed (Strathfield Men's Shed) is as close to a club as I need.

Good size shed, great range of tools/machinery, very friendly group.

The shed has wood work and metal work areas.

Even learned how to solder LED light strips yesterday....

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I wish I could find one or I would

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people make me nerves, I like to do my work alone or maybe with one other person.
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I'm not aware of any and I'm out in the country which would make it a pain. I'm also like several others who have said that it is relaxing and best done alone except when I need the missus to hold the dumb end.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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