SAN DIEGO FINE WOODWORKERS ASSOCIATION (SDFWA) is a non-profit corporation, organized in 1982, to unite people who share a common interest and enthusiasm for working with wood. If you are interested in making things from wood, SDFWA is the place for you. We currently have over 1600 members: men and women, amateurs, hobbyists and professionals, all sharing their ideas, techniques, expertise and love of woodworking.
Our interests cover all facets of woodworking including:
Objectives of the Association are education, promotion, and public appreciation of the principles and practices of fine woodworking.
SDFWA sponsors many activities throughout the year including the following:
SHOP TOURS AND BUS TRIPS
Members are encouraged to open their shops to explain interesting layouts or unique specialties, techniques or skills. We also visit commercial manufacturers, cabinet shops and even musical instrument makers. Bus trips take members to places like the Getty Museum, the home of furniture maker Sam Maloof, the Craftsman-era Green & Green Gamble House in Pasadena and other sites of interest to members.
Each year SDFWA brings a nationally renowned woodworker to San Diego to conduct a weekend seminar. Our members receive substantial savings on these seminars that cover a wide variety of woodworking techniques. Some past seminars have featured:
TOY MAKING AND CUTOUT PROGRAMS
Toy making workshops bring members together to produce wooden toys in members' shops and at Palomar College. This is a great way for new members to get involved. Each year we donate over 3000 toys to various charitable organizations serving needy kids. Members also produce and distribute thousands of scroll saw cutouts each year to Children's Hospital for young patients to decorate and take home.
VIDEOTAPE AND LIBRARY PROGRAMS
SDFWA maintains a mail order videotape rental library on woodworking techniques exclusively for members. Additionally, SDFWA annually donates funds (matched by the City) to the City of San Diego Library System to purchase woodworking books for the use of our members and the public. The library now has over a thousand woodworking books in its collection.
SDFWA supports a variety of woodworking education programs in public schools and provides scholarships to promising woodworkers in San Diego County high schools and colleges.
SDFWA members enjoy substantial discounts from more than 20 local suppliers of lumber, tools, woodworking supplies and other services. These fine sponsors support and donate to many SDFWA programs throughout the year.
DESIGN IN WOOD SHOW
SDFWA produces the Design in Wood Show each year in association with the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar. This juried exhibition of fine woodworking has gained national and international recognition as the premiere woodworking show in the nation. The Design in Wood Show includes 21 different competitive categories with over $19,000 in prize money. In addition, during the Fair, SDFWA members demonstrate the use of hand tools by producing 50 children's chairs in a 19th century cabinet shop setting. SDFWA has donated over 700 children's chairs to charity organizations over the years. Other demonstrations include carving, turning, model making and scroll sawing.
Meetings are on the last Wednesday of odd months, with an extra meeting in April. Meetings are at the Al BAHR TEMPLE, 5440 KEARNY MESA ROAD (behind the Hampton Inn). We start promptly at 7:00 PM. Meetings highlight various aspects of woodworking such as: Tuning a Table Saw, Timber Framing, Finishing Techniques, Making Tambour Doors, Using Your Router, Dust Collection Systems and Vacuum Veneering.
The NEWSLETTER mailed before each meeting includes announcements of upcoming events, (like the twice a year Old Tool Swap Meet), the next program, the list of raffle items for each meeting, classified ads for members wanting to swap or sell woodworking tools and equipment, listings of sponsors, videos and other items of general interest to woodworkers. It is also available on our website.
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San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association has something for every woodworker. If you are interested in woodworking - SDFWA is the place for you.