History of the club
In 1982, Jack Fisher founded the Western Ohio Woodworker's Club. It's purpose was
to get individuals together who share an interest in woodworking to learn from each
other, enjoy the friendship of fellow woodworkers, and improve their skills and we still follow this path today. Whether you are just starting out, have a business making custom furniture, or are simply looking for some friends to bounce ideas off of, this club is a great way to spend a Saturday. All branches of woodworking are embraced, whether it is turning pens, making cutting boards, scroll sawing Christmas ornaments, carving duck decoys, recreating museum-quality Federal Period furniture, or anything in between you will find passionate members eager to talk shop. We currently have over 140 members but are always looking for new men and women to join and contribute to the club. If you are interested in joining the club, or would like more information, please follow the links at the top of the page.
The Club meets officially four times a year in October, December, February, and April at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, 6801 Hoke Rd, Clayton, OH 45315. The Club also offers two social get-togethers every month, meeting on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Marion’s Pizza, 404 W National Rd., Englewood, Ohio 45322, or on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at 50 E Stroop Rd, Kettering, Ohio 45429. Bring your appetite and come enjoy some pizza and stories with your fellow shop stars.
Also, throughout the year, the club offers numerous activities like weekend seminar classes taught by professional woodworkers, field trips to lumber mills and related businesses, and shop tours. During these shop tours different Club members will open their shops to the club and give tours and talk about their work and how they go about creating. These are always fun, well-attended events and allow Club members to see how other members tackle common problems such as space utilization, dust collection, and tool and wood storage.
The annual Christmas toy drive has always been an important part of the Club. Toys, puzzles, and musical instruments are all hand-built by the members and donated to Dayton Children's Hospital to distribute to their patients. This toy drive always leads to big smiles on sick children and helps the staff at the hospital.
An annual Children’s Corner and charity sale is also hosted by the Club at The Artistry in Wood Show, hosted by the Dayton Carvers Guild. The Children’s Corner is designed to assist young children in building a small woodworking project. These project kits are constructed by Club members and then assembled by the children attending the show, ages 5-12. Projects range from cars, boats, and bird houses, all the way to three-legged stools. The program is very popular every year and it is always an exciting time to have children return each year to make something new. The children glue, nail, and pound the projects together and have a blast doing it. During most years the children will independently complete over 400 projects.