Who We Are
The Woodworkers Association of Arkansas (WAA) is an organization of individuals in Arkansas who are hobbyists or professionals (or both) who create and build objects of wood. Our members range in experience and skill level from the beginner who has just started their woodworking journey to the professionals who make their living woodworking. We welcome all newcomers and guests to attend a meeting. If you like what you experience we hope you will join our great organization.
What We Do
WAA meets monthly to share our common passion in woodworking. The meeting agenda consists of a very brief business meeting, followed by a “Show ‘n Tell” session where members display and tell about their recent projects. Following “Show ‘ n Tell”, a WAA member will present a short tool review. After the tool review, the official program for that month starts. WAA members often present the program, with several programs each year by guest presenters who are particularly skilled and noted. The program consists of a demonstration of techniques and tools for advancing woodworking skills.
Where and When
The WAA was meeting monthly, on the first Tuesday evening of each month, until early 2020 when we were all hit with the Covid-10 pandemic. We had been meeting at the Park Hill Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall located at East F St. and North Pine St., at the rear of the Church at 3520 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock. It remains to be seen if we will be able to resume meeting there. We are hoping to resume meeting, even if our “permanent” location is still undecided.
Visitors are always welcome!
Become a Member
Dues for annual membership are $25.00 per year, to be mailed or paid at the monthly meeting to the current Secretary – Treasurer. Visitors are always welcome, and membership is encouraged, but not required, to attend a meeting.
The Next Meeting: A Message from our President
We’ve all been through a difficult time with COVID and all that came with it, but we’re excited to resume live meetings of our club this month. This month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. The board is considering moving the monthly meetings to the Hub so this is your chance to see the facility and see what they have to offer our club and, conversely, what we can offer to them in terms of experience and mentorship. Errin Stanger, Executive Director of the Innovation Hub, will give a short presentation followed by a
tour of the facility. The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is located at 204 E 4th St North Little Rock, AR 72114. Also, please bring any items you want to show off for our show and
tell! Hopefully, there will be a lot of great things produced over the pandemic. I hope to see everyone there!
For our July meeting, we will have Mr. Steven W. Hurd of Westwork Designs. Mr. Hurd is a native of Central Arkansas and 1985 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. His love of architecture and woodworking started early in his life. He combined his love of playing with building blocks as a child (and adult) and his design skills to design architectural building blocks, word toys and other interesting pieces of wood craft. Hurd’s Cathedral Blocks and Castle Blocks have been sold world-wide and are on display in the Learning Museum of the Castle de Saint Fargeau, in France, and Saint Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny Ireland. His Cathedral blocks, along with other toy designs, appeared in the annual Toys by Artist show at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Decorative Arts Center. His Crossword Cubed Puzzle Toy is now in the Center’s permanent collection. Inspired by his success in artisan toy-making, Hurd continues to develop his unique
designs. He has also begun to explore works on paper and photography as an outlet for his natural artistic gifts and creativity