Joining a woodworking club can be a fabulous way to stay inspired and learn new things. Usually, it’s a big group of qwerky old guys, but I can speak from experience in saying that some of the best advice and common sense I ever learned was from old men. I love it. That’s not to say that having younger, more motivated individuals isn’t also important. There’s something very inspiring about the youthful excitement that typically turns into infectious inspiration. There are so many things to learn about woodworking, and so many wonderful tips and tricks you can pick up when you have people that want desperately to share their experience.
This evening we hosted the AZ Woodworker’s club. There were about 30+ members that showed up to partake in the “show and tell”, announcements, and a powerpoint presentation on a special table saw jig for cutting accurate little pieces. It was great! There are turners, scroll saw guys, furniture makers of many different backgrounds, and just the average enthusiast looking to stretch their talents a bit. There’s men, women, young, and old members. I love the spectrum of people that love woodworking.
We’re excited to have this group out and are looking forward to seeing them in the future. They’re going to be joining us for the Bluegrass Festival November 4th, where they’ll set up a booth and set up a few demonstrations in our workshop for people to watch. We hope you’ll get a chance to introduce yourself to the club and maybe get a chance to come to a meeting. Come see them at the festival, and watch some of these great old guys do their thing! 🙂
Thomas is an Arizona native, artist, and man of many talents. He founded Porter Barn Wood in 2010 and Porter Iron Works in 2012. He has since become an industry leader in reclaimed materials in Arizona and has worked with builders across the country to provide custom unique furnishings and materials in both commercial and residential applications. Thomas and his wife Emy have two children and live in Phoenix, AZ.