How To Build Things The Old-Fashioned Way

This October, the Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association (ACWA) is bringing up Roy Underhill, the star of PBS’s The Woodwright’s Shop, for an afternoon of woodworking and entertainment on stage Sunday, October 23rd.

We’re pretty crafty up here in Alaska, but Roy will show us that just about anything is possible with a piece of log and some vintage, hand (and muscle)-powered tools. Roy will share his passion for traditional craft and antique tools, and if you’ve seen the show, you know that Roy has a friendly approach that engages both woodworking veterans and amateurs alike.

The show is called “Half-Adzed but Still Working: 30 Years as a Subversive Woodworker” (his season marks the 30th year of “The Woodwright Shop,” making it the longest-running How-To show on PBS.

The show is Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. Tickets are on sale now. They are $35 and include a one year membership to the ACWA. Discounts for students available.

Contact Cindy McDowell for tickets and information at 907-892-1143. But leave your Skilsaw® at home.

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The Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association mission is:

  • To preserve, enhance and pass on to future generations the cultural traditions and techniques associated with the art of fine woodworking.

  • To promote wider community interest in woodworking as an art form and creative craft through meetings, shows, events, demonstrations, competitions and educational activities.

  • To provide guidance and aid for woodworkers who may draw upon the aggregate experience and knowledge of other Association members.

  • To create opportunities for fellowship with others who share an interest in wood working regardless of their sex, race, religion, or level of woodworking experience.

  • To give the general public greater opportunities to experience the visual and tactile pleasures unique to the appearance and appreciation of fine woodworking pieces.

Their website is at