The NWA is a nonprofit membership organization, open without restriction to all who enjoy working wood; and want to get better at it. Formed in New York State's Capital District in 1991 for amateur and professional woodworkers of all ages, the NWA helps its members learn from each other and from outside experts, in a variety of ways. The association's aim is to provide a common meeting ground for lovers of woodworking who want to know more about wood and the techniques for forming it.
Monthly meetings (January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December) provide both structured presentations and opportunities for informal interaction among members. Each meeting features a talk by a member or guest speaker on a topic of general interest including tools and techniques, furniture design, finishing, shop jigs and fixtures, hand tool design and use, woods and materials, joinery methods, tips and projects.
In addition to the formal presentation, each regular meeting includes a Show and Tell period and a coffee break time to get acquainted and to use the NWA lending library. (One and two-day workshops and classes are held separately from regular meetings.) Meetings are held on the second Thursday evening in January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, and December beginning at 7:00 p.m. at a Capital District location announced in Woodworker's News, the association's newsletter for members.
The Adirondack Woodturners Association (AWA) is special interest group within the NWA and is made up of members who are particularly interested in turning wood on a lathe. The AWA meets on the first Wednesday of every month, except January and July, its the second Wednesday. Visit www.adirondackwoodturners.com for more information. There are also carvers and scrollers special interest groups.
NWA's library includes books and videos describing woodworking tools and their operation, techniques, finishing, tips, patterns and plans, dust collection and other related topics. Members may borrow on a monthly basis. Most of the library's books and videos are available at regular meetings.
The Tool Crib contains tools for loan to members, perhaps a special tool for that rare occasional use, or one to try to see if it's what you really want before making your own purchase.
NWA's monthly newsletter (published in each month their is a meeting) includes a variety of articles of interest to woodworkers, announcements of upcoming NWA meetings and other activities, regional events, tips and techniques, items for sale, trade or swap, information on discounts available to members - and a bit of humor.
NWA is proud to have shared the woodworking skills of its members with local causes and organizations, and the Association looks forward to continuing its involvement in the future.
NWA and Sears Colonie Center co-sponsor carefully designed woodworking workshops for area youth from ages 8 to 16. These Saturday programs are held in the second floor woodshop at Sears Colonie Center. NWA members provide instruction and constant supervision.