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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 09-26-2016, 01:01 PM
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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.
The last time I asked my Missus to hold the dumb end, she squeezed me too tight!!

I live in a small town, at least an hour from the nearest club i'm aware of--and that one is in the eastern time zone (I live & work in central) so i'd have to leave work early to go--and it's tough enough to leave on time most days.

I do have several people I know that I can call on, and the forums seem to be a surrogate club without drive time. If I ever start turning--that's one of those things that i'd go out of my for a club, as I perceive it to be something where watching and listening to others would really help the learning curve.

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I don't belong to any woodworking clubs. In the past, I did go to a few meetings at a photographer club, but got discouraged with their curriculum and quit going.

Now the fishing group is a totally different story. I met a lot of life long friends. In the early 2000's we met several times a year at different places along the Texas Gulf coast. Lots of fun with impromptu tournaments and lots of food! They were called gatherings.

These days, I turn to this forum or You Tube to learn just about anything that I have questions.
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I agree that YouTube is a great resource for learning new things. The reason I would be interested in wood working group is for learning the answers to the questions I didn't know to ask.
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I am a member of the Caloundra Woodworkers Club in Queensland. The club has excellent equipment (many lathes, bandsaws, table saws, mitre saws, sanding machines, sharpening systems, thicknesses, jointers, carving facilities, and an array of work benches. The club also provides a great selection of wonderful timber at reasonable prices. More importantly, the folk(ladies & blokes) are a great mob to be around. We even welcome an American lady for some weeks each year. (Leslie is most welcome and an excellent saw dust maker.) My own shed has all the toys I need, but the knowledge which is generously shared by our club members, would be very expensive to buy. Club is open 5 mornings each week and has about 100 members. Great place also for coffee and a yarn. Visitors are always welcome.
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I have been a member in a woodworking club for 10yr. now and we meet once a month at the Rockler store and the following month at the Woodcraft store. We have had as many as 100 members, right now we are around 60 or so. There is a steering committee that meets 2-3 times a year to map out the following years presentations. every meeting we have a presentation, I usually give 2 per year, and we have outside speakers come in and show us different techniques about wood working. Sometimes we hold our meetings at commercial sites and they show us how they make their products, or their line of products. i.e. lumber,finishes,stairs,furniture,tools,etc.
We usually have 18-20 members at each meeting, one set of members at the south end Woodcraft store and another set of members at the north end Rockler location. Some members attend at both locations. Both locations have excellent shops and we sometimes use the tools for a demonstration. The dues are $20./year. Members bring in free lumber ,veneer, tools, accessories, and give them to the one that want them. Someone is always cleaning out their shop and wanting to find a home for some of the old tools.
There are a lot of retired members, but we are signing up quite a few younger ones now. We have some woman members and they are very good woodworkers. Some of the members bring their children and they show the work that they do. One of the members does the monthly Newsletter,and a very professional job too. We have a website and this brings in new members and quite often free lumber, veneer, and tools.
If a person gets there early to the meetings they can browse the stores and drool all over the tools and equipment. Also the store that are sponsors, around 6 or so give us a 10% discount too.
It is fun to meet and talk to other woodworkers, see their work, we have a projector/laptop and screen the members can show their projects and step by step build off of a thumb drive too.

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Herb?! You're back!!!
he never left like some we know...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Herb?! You're back!!!
Oh, Hi Dan, Didn't see you there. I didn't go away, just took the summer off,been lurking in the shadows now and then.
The truth is I finally got around the password change so I can remember it, I had it tatooed on the back of my hand so I didn't forget it.
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Like most on here, I enjoy sharing things I figured out or picked up. Sometimes it's hard because people presume much. For example, the only club around me is a turners club. I'm one of the newbies to turning. Because of that, most of the clubs old timers presume I don't know about board stretchers and other fine woodworking tools and equipment, materials and so on. Contrary to their beliefs, I started making sawdust back around 72 or 74 and there isn't much my shop doesn't have. In fact, mine goes beyond all the shops I've been in for meetings, since I incorporate glass etch, granite and so on into my projects.

Anyway, I've brought a few tid bits of information and a few tricks to the meets that none of the others knew about and it's fun to share the wealth.
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