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.
During the current public health crisis, our club has moved to hosting online meetings where members are able to socialize before the meeting and interact act with our program host.
Our next meeting is scheduled for:
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6:30 PM Social time begins 7:00 PM Presentation begins 8:30 PM Meeting ends This presentation is tailored especially for woodworkers who are uneasy about the finishing process and wish to master the basic knowledge and techniques that will enable professional finishing results using easily available materials. It will be is a mixture of lecture and demonstration, with time at the end for questions. Mike will present and demonstrate the critical differences between pigment and dye colors and help us gain an understanding of how to interpret the often confusing information found on the many cans and bottles of colorants. He will also show how to use both dyes and pigments in a classic finishing schedule including glazing and toning, and show some simple steps to achieve rich colors, vibrant grain popping, and techniques to match existing colors. In the world of topcoats, Mike will share a way to categorize virtually... ..read more…
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.