I teach and demonstrate scroll sawing and other woodworking, but mostly scroll sawing. I also design and build exhibits for the Science Museums in NC, but mostly for Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC and their satellite museums (see Discovery Place » Charlotte's Fun, Family-Friendly Science Museum
. For the exhibits, I do everything except the graphic arts. The Cabinet making, electrical, mechanical, wiring, programming, etc. are all done, either in my home shop or at their shop. Everything but the signs and the pictures that go on them is done by me, and I'm 73, so I volunteer my services to them.
Anyone can scroll saw if they can see, have a good scroll saw, good lighting, the right blades, and a steady hand. My eyesight is beginning to fail, so I now wear 3X glasses for reading and to scroll saw, and when I'm making the 1" high reindeer I add a head band magnifier too. Maybe the young'uns can do it without magnification, but I can't.
I belong to an internet virtual woodworking club (Search Results - North Carolina Woodworker
). We don't have meetings or monthly dues, we get together on the website - go there and look around. We have over 6000 members now, mostly in the Carolinas and the neighboring States. It would be great if this idea for a woodworking club began in other locations too.
Several groups of us get together at restaurants in different towns and cities once a month to have lunch together, meet each other face to face, talk woodworking, and sometimes someone will bring something to do a show and tell. Each member pays for his own meal at these sessions. There is an annual picnic in May every year that's hobo style (everyone brings something) and the website pays for the meat and rolls.
A 15 minute meeting is part of this annual picnic where we install the club officers for the coming year. We sell advertising space on the website and have annual fund raisings to pay for the website and the Outreach programs. We are a registered non profit tax exempt group and consider ourselves to be one of the friendliest woodworking groups on the internet. Of course, I think Router Forums is right up there too, but Router Forums isn't really a club. All this has made for a great woodworking club for us over the last 10 years.
We also have a trailer full of tools and do Outreach Training for Wounded Warriors, Police, Fire Co's, scouts, church groups, or any group of about 10 people who would like us to help them get started in woodworking. We even go to community fairs if we are asked to. We bring the trailer full of tools to them and the training is done by our member expert volunteers and it's frequently it's one expert to one student. Each student can pick from a list of simple starter projects that we have the supplies for, and then we help them learn how to use the tools and build it. We don't do it for them. Some of these Outreach Students have even gone on to become new members of NCWoodworker and begin working in the field of woodworking. The best comment that I ever heard from a Wounded Warrior at one of these training sessions was "I don't want this day to end. I'm enjoying this so much." and this Is why I volunteer to help them.
The community fairs are usually not training, but are demonstrations by us to get people to know who we are and what we do. We never charge for what we do, not even for the materials used and I am one of the Certified Volunteer Outreach Trainers for these programs.
I think I've said too much. Oh well.
Thanks for the positive comments. I really appreciate it.