President's Message

Welcome to the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association website. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of all varieties of woodworking. Our membership includes men and women with woodworking skills ranging from beginner to expert. SDFWA members also have a variety of interests including, but not limited to, furniture making, turning, scrolling, carving, and finishing. We all enjoy the challenge of creating beautiful and practical objects with wood. We also share an appreciation for the remarkable visual and physical properties of this wonderful material that make woodworking possible.


SDFWA was founded in 1982 by a small group of woodworkers, and now numbers over 1,000 members. General meetings are held seven times a year and include interesting programs, opportunities to display and discuss recent projects, acquire and dispose of tools and material and share fellowship. We sponsor and present  an outstanding exhibition of over 300 examples of fine woodworking at the annual Design in Wood Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. This show is one of the most popular features of the Fair and has grown to be recognized as the finest exhibit of its kind in the nation. You can view a gallery of award winning entries from previous years on this website.


We also present a three day woodworking seminar every Fall which brings nationally recognized master woodworkers to San Diego for a very affordable rate. The seminar held in September 2017 featured Steve Latta, a long-time instructor from Pennsylvania who demonstrated efficient furniture building techniques and Federal style inlay and marquetry. We are fortunate to have the sponsorship of a large number of local businesses related to our craft. You are welcome to review the list of our sponsors on the website.


We are proud of our Pro Bono program which donates a number of valuable projects related to woodworking to churches, schools, military groups and other community service organizations in the San Diego area. Other SDFWA activities include educational programs in woodworking for our members, member tours of interesting shops, and field trips to noteworthy woodworking sites. A newsletter, published seven times a year, details our activities and provides useful information about woodworking resources. The current issue and previous issues can be viewed on the website. If you are a member, please consider volunteering to help on one of our standing committees. If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Association. Prospective new members are welcome at our general meetings. Check the Current Events box on our Home Page for the date of the next meeting.


Mike Davis, President SDFWA