Apple Country Woodcrafters NPO was formed in 1985 to promote the craft of woodworking. Our club has woodworkers, wood turners, furniture makers, and carvers. Membership ($90/yr) gives access to our well-equipped 3,500 sq. ft. shop & resource library.
Our largest effort is building wooden toys for local disadvantaged children to brighten their holiday season. Distribution is handled by local agencies, including The Salvation Army, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Missions-Carolina Baptist Association, Edneyville Lions Club, Calvary Food Pantry, The Storehouse, and A Helping Hand & Prison Ministries.
Some members use the shop for their own projects while some members choose to make toys in their home shops using club supplied materials. We also host group work sessions to produce toys. All are welcome to participate in these work sessions. Toys are the focus on Wednesdays but members' personal projects are also welcome. The shop also hosts Open Carving sessions on Thursdays from 9am to 12 pm for wood carvers.
Periodically, the club schedules educational workshops and field trips. Field trips have included saw mills, tool manufacturers, chair makers and woodcraft suppliers. Workshops have included safe operation of woodworking tools, joinery and cabinet making.
Club meetings are held the on the 4th Monday of each month at the Hendersonville Operations Center at 305 Williams Street. Members meet to share ideas and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. Most meetings include a Show-and-Tell session and a feature Presentation. The Show-and-Tell sessions items range from cutting boards, bowls, frames, and hand carved animals, to chairs, and chests. The Presentations segment feature a guest presenter that discuss and demonstrate a woodworking skill or topic. Past presentations have included wood movement in projects, marquetry, Windsor chair making, finishing and guitar making.
Just a few of the toys made by our members.
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New member testimonial...
After a few emails and a tour of the shop,I was excited to join Apple Country woodcrafters earlier this year. Since I spend half the year in NC (the other half in Ohio) and am fairly new to wood working. The great shop and low dues were too good to be true. Little did I know that the real benefit to ACW was not the shop. The vast experience of the members and their willingness to teach and share was the real benefit.