July 2012 Meeting – The Great NCWA Birdhouse Challenge

Attention Woodworkers! (and bird lovers)

The program for our next meeting will include a challenge by our president to all of you to build your best birdhouse and bring it to the July 3rd meeting. There is absolutely no limit to how elaborate or whimsical (corny?) you can construct this one-of-a-kind creation! Let your creative juices flow, and let’s see what you can all do. No prizes to be awarded, just the pride in your own work. Have fun in the process, and share your work at the meeting.

Arlington Hardware & Lumber

Arlington Hardware & Lumber is now a member of our Vendor Support Group. They will give our members a 10% discount on lumber products. They carry an inventory of basic hardwoods but have a well stocked lumber yard. They also asked that we notify our members that the store has two specials every month for all customers. They offer 20% off to all customers on all hardware items on the first Saturday of each month. There are some limited exceptions, so be sure to ask if the “1st Saturday discount” applies to the item you want to buy. Additionally, on the first Wednesday of each month there is a similar 20% discount on hardware items for “seniors” (over 59). (Seniors get the special 20% discount twice a month.) Lumber is not included in these two specials.

Arlington Hardware & Lumber is located at 215 N. Olympic Avenue in Arlington. The phone is 360-435-5523. Email address is ArlingtonHardware@gmail.com. Be sure to show your membership card!

In Memoriam: Nick Van

The Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association regrets to announce the passing of Nick Van on Monday morning, May 7, 2012. Nick had been a member of NCWA since 2000. He was elected President in 2001 when, as he put it, “no one else would take the job” and he was instrumental in the evolution of NCWA into the organization it is today. He remained a member of the board for several years and continued thereafter to serve the membership as an instructor and mentor to “newbies”. Nick is survived by Allegra, his wife of 58 years, four children, a host of grandkids, and an emerging crowd of great-grandchildren.

June 2012 Meeting – Geoff Peterson

Our June 5th membership meeting will feature local artist, Geoff Peterson. Geoff grew up in Rochester, New York, home of Eastman Kodak and has been taking pictures ever since. He spent his working life as a chemical engineer and retired to Bellingham in 2004. In addition to photography, Geoff builds custom furniture with a style that blends Asian, Northwest and Shaker utilizing simplicity of lines and subtle curves. His wife, Priscilla, is a sculptor, painter and mixed media artist, and they open their home to the public every October during the annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour. Their websites are http://www.northwest-perceptions.com/ and http://www.cillasart.com/

Annual Woodworking Show

[Burlington, WA] The Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association (NCWA) announced their annual woodworkers show scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 16th and 17th, at the center court of Cascade Mall in Burlington. NCWA currently has over 130 members from five counties in Northwest Washington, and holds most of it’s monthly meetings at the Hillcrest Lodge in Mt. Vernon on the first Tuesday of every month. Many members participate in the annual shows by bringing their latest woodworking creations ranging from small boxes to fine furniture. During the show, which will run during normal Cascade Mall hours over Father’s Day weekend, several members of the association will be available to answer questions about woodworking, membership and benefits of the association. The show highlights many of the association’s activities and programs including support for the Marine Corps Reserve annual Toys-For-Tots drive. There will also be live woodworking demonstrations and a raffle for an exquisite handcrafted hardwood box.