The Woodworkers of Central New York, Inc. represents members with a wide variety of woodworking interests. Most activity occurs within the individual Committees of the Corporation which provide focus for members. As such, the individual Committees may hold meetings, workshops, and even special events that are targeted toward member's special interests. Members of the Corporation pay a single fee to join and are able to attend meetings of each individual Committee for not additional fee. If there are fees for workshops or special events, they must pay those fees.
As the name says, the Woodturning Committee holds sessions whose subject matter is focused on the skills, tools, techniques, and demonstrations associated with turning wood. The Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Each meeting includes a Monthly Demonstration, a Show & Tell session, and a Monthly Challenge.
The Monthly Demonstrations vary but are focused on topics of interest to the members. The current schedule for demonstrations are listed here. Each month's demonstration is summarized, included in the newsletter, and added to the Resources section of the website, here.
The Monthly Challenge is a way for all club members to hone their turning skills using information and techniques learned during each monthly meeting’s demonstration. Members are encouraged to bring to the next meeting an original piece they created after the meeting that fits the basic requirements of the Monthly Challenge and within the constraints announced by the Committee Chairperson. Our gallery includes photos.
Like most craft organizations, a big part of each meeting is a Show & Tell session. The creativity of the membership really shows during these sessions as members talk about their projects. The Woodturning Committee is a Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. More information here.
Wood Carving Committee
Like the Woodturning Committee, the Wood Carving Committee is focused on the special interest area of carving wood, along with its tools, techniques, and demonstrations. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Each meeting includes an informal gathering and open carving time, a casual Show & Tell, and a Monthly Carve-A-Long.
The Monthly Carve-A-Long is intended to be an easy, one night project that allows attendees to have a successful experience carving and leave with a completed project.
The Show & Tell session is very informal and all attendees are encouraged to bring projects that are either completed or in progress to share with others.
The Woodworking Committee is a cross-genre committee in that it doesn't matter what you create, you are welcome to bring it to meetings. Demonstrations range from very specialized areas to cross-disciplinary topics. Over the years, the group has looked at a variety of finishing techniques, the vast array of joinery techniques, bending wood using a variety of techniques, constructing workbenches, dust collection issues and methodology, the plight of the American Chestnut, jigs for easier woodworking, timber framing, and many other topics.
Each meeting includes a Show & Tell session where members are encouraged to showcase their latest projects. After a break, the evening presentation starts.
The Scrolling Committee is a very informal group that meets only five times a year to discuss techniques specific to the scrolling community. Special topics are often presented at each meeting and often the attendees are encouraged to try the technique presented with a display of their results at the next meeting. The group only meets in February, April, June, September, and November.