December Meeting – Christmas Party

You and your spouse (or significant other) are invited to our annual NCWA Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec 5th at Hillcrest Lodge. This will be our monthly meeting and we’ll have a social hour beginning at 6:00. Our program will begin at 7:15 with the election of officers, presentation of our club’s Spirit Award, our President’s Woodworking Challenge and our annual Toys For Tots Raffle.

We ask that each member bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The kitchen will not be available so please don’t bring anything that needs to be cooked or warmed up. The club will provide the usual cheese table as well as coffee, hot cider and water. If you forget to bring a food item you can always throw a few dollars into the Toys For Tots donation bucket.

Tickets for the raffle will again be $1 or 6/$5 and sold during the social hour. We have some great raffle items this year including tools, big slabs of wood, and again we’ll be raffling off a $300 gift card from Lee Valley. And this year we’ll have even more items of interest for the non-woodworking spouses. Remember that every dollar earned with the raffle will be donated to Toys For Tots.

November 2017 Meeting – Toys For Tots

In past years many members have generously donated wood to the Toys for Tots Raffle held during our annual Christmas Party in December. We would again appreciate any nice pieces of wood you can bear to part with. If possible please bring the wood to the November 7 general meeting where a table will be set up to collect it. Please mark with species, board feet, and approximate dollar value if known.

If you are unable to attend the Nov meeting and would like to donate wood please call Gary Danilson at (360) 540-5768 or Al Ashley at (360) 474-9711. Due to space considerations we need to have all donations collected 2 weeks prior to the raffle. Items brought the evening of December 5 will not be able to be included in the raffle. Thank you.

We will also nominate officers for 2018 during the meeting.

Fall 2017 Shop Tour

Our Fall 2017 shop tour will take place on Saturday October 21st. We will visit four member shops in Mount Vernon and Burlington, and then have lunch at a local wood slab vendor. Further details will be emailed to the membership soon.

October 2017 Meeting – Barbo Furniture


The Barbo furniture company has been an active business in Bellingham for most of the past 80 years. Originally started by Chris Barbo’s father and uncle, it had to close during WWII, and also briefly in 1978 when Chris’s dad decided to retire. Eventually, Chris and his wife Holly opened a furniture store in Bellingham. They no longer run the store, but still build pieces on commission. Most of their current business is repairing and refinishing fine furniture and antiques. Some of you may have seen their presentation on laminating veneer in 2014. In this program, Chris and Holly will talk about how they do furniture repair and refinishing. They’ll go into lots of detail and share some of their secrets! For more information on the Barbos, see their website at:

September 2017 Meeting – Designing with Wood Movement in Mind

We often put a lot of time and money into projects we build. No one wants to glue up a tabletop only to have it split or to have carefully fitted joints open up after a season or two. The September program will help you avoid disappointing results by understanding wood and humidity. Hope to see you there.

Charlie Drake, Presenter