Our Club

Founded in 1980, Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the purpose of education, safety, and techniques in all areas of woodworking. Our membership includes about 100 amateurs and professionals with interests in all areas of the woodworking crafts. Our mission is to educate, inform, and share woodworking skills, experiences, and ideas in an enjoyable environment.

Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers currently has about 100 members who enjoy woodworking and the products of woodworking. Some are professionals who exhibit in national shows, some simply enjoy the occasional building of a piece in their home workshop, and in either case, the result of your labor – an item of pride to be cherished, given as a gift or sold for a profit.

Monthly meetings are held generally on the second Saturday of each month where in addition to the main program, we exchange woodworking information, techniques, tips, designs, and ideas. The main program is a formal demonstration or presentation, usually by a member of the group. We suspend regular meetings for the summer months but sometimes hold a special meeting or field trip over the summer.


Become a Member

If you are thinking about becoming a member of Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers, we would love to have you join us. Memberships are based on our program year, September to July. Our annual dues are a very reasonable $25/year. 

Your annual dues give you access to regular meetings including presentations by nationally-known professionals. Our presentations range from nuts and bolts demonstrations to hands-on workshops to discussions about design and history of the craft. Our annual Show-and-Tell meeting gives members the opportunity to show off their work. 

Paid members have access to our extensive physical library of woodworking books and DVDs as well as our archive of past newsletters and videos of past meetings. Members also gain access to a range of discounts from area vendors and members-only classifieds.


Attend A Meeting

If you’re thinking about joining us, we encourage you to attend our next meeting. New and prospective members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month from September to May. Arrive early and introduce yourself to other members to learn even more about the club.

Important COVID-19 Information

During the current public health crisis, our club is taking precautions to help lessen and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our members, their families, and our guests. We have resumed in person meetings, but all attendees must follow our COVID-19 GUIDELINES accessible here. If you feel unsafe attending in person, or are unable to comply with the COVID-19 Guidelines, we are also continuing to provide simultaneous virtual meetings via Web Ex. Guests should email webmaster@wpwoodworkers.org for details regarding attending a WebEx Meeting.


Join Us For Our Next Meeting When We Present:

Learn Gouge Sharpening Techniques From A Master Carver

Friday, July 8, 2022
Presented by: Fredy Huaman Mallqui
Back Channel School of Woodworking
831 Broadway Avenue
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
Virtual Meeting Available
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Please join us for an all-members program where master woodcarver Fredy Huaman Mallqui will share some stories about his career as a carver, starting as a young apprentice in Peru to his variety of recent commissions. He will then reveal his sharpening technique (utilizing sandpaper, leather, and abrasive compound) for carving gouges.

[Important Note: If you’re registered to take the weekend workshop you MUST attend this Friday night session, as sharpening technique information will not be repeated during the workshop.]

We will have plenty of leather, abrasive paste, and sandpaper for everyone to try their hand using Fredy’s techniques, and you’ll leave with your leather strop and some sandpaper to continue your efforts at home. Bring in a carving gouge that has been put aside because it just doesn’t cut, or even one that you think is finely honed, to see if Fredy’s technique can get that gouge to a new level of sharpness.

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If you’re ready to join us a we learn about woodworking, improve our skills, share knowledge and passion for woodworking with others, there is no time like today to join Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers.