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The mission of the Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association is to
advance the mission of the American Association of Woodturners by providing
education, information, and organization to anyone with an interest in
the field of woodturning.
Three primary purposes are:
1. to provide organization through club meetings,
2. to promote the craft and art of woodturning
3. to provide instruction through demonstrations
These purposes are accomplished by conducting
demonstrations during club meetings, at mid high and high schools, and
public functions to stimulate the understanding of woodturning as an art and
craft. COWA provides
training, instructions, and technical assistance to members through hands-on
classes, publications, and DVDs.
In the mid 1980's Paxton's Woodcrafters store had a woodworking association
which met on a monthly basis for their hobby patrons. While attending these
meeting and visiting with other members it became apparent that a small
number of people were interested in turning and desired advice as well as
hands on instructions. Additional discussions and investigation pointed to
Alan Lacer as one of the more knowledgeable turners in the area who was
conducting a basis turning class at the Moore-Norman Vocational-Technology
At the time
Alan's class had eight students, six from the Okla. City/Norman area, one
from Beaver, OK and one from Kansas. With guidance from the recently formed
of Woodturners (AAW) and Alan the small group started meeting at various
member's shop on a regular basis. Their activities not only included turning
but they started working to establish a turning club. They begin by electing
the following officers; Alan Lacer - Pres., Bill Hull - Vice Pres., Robert Knox - Treasurer,
Bill Porterfield - Secretary, and Bob Jarrett - Editor. Officers were to
serve a term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 1987. The new club
drafted and adopted Bylaws in hopes of becoming a local chapter of the
which happened in June 1988. In 1989 the club applied for and became a
Not-for-Profit Corporation within the State of Oklahoma.
Membership in the COWA is open to anyone with an interest in turning
wood as an art, craft, collector, or hobby. Individual / family dues are
$30.00 per year. Membership is around 100 with about 60 members attending
each meeting. Charter members who continue to be active are Bob Jarrett,
Bill Porterfield and Larry Slief.
Members of COWA are encouraged
but not required to become a member of the AAW. Members are requested to
send their AAW
dues directly to the
AAW: membership applications will be
made available. Membership in both organizations runs from January 1
of any given year through December 31 of that same year. If you need
additional information check with one of the officers listed below.
Meeting Times and Location
COWA meetings start at 6:30 P.M.
on the second Tuesday of each month at the Metro Technology Center, 4901 South
Bryant Avenue, Oklahoma City. Meetings are dedicated to woodturning
demonstrations and hands-on activities. In addition to demonstrations at
regular meetings COWA sponsors workshops conducted by International,
National, and Regional �master turners� to introduce new ideas and
techniques. Each year COWA demonstrates woodturning at schools, town/city
festivals, and fairs. Another benefit to members is the club sanctioned wood
turning classes for members at a nominal fee.
In the past COWA
used an AAW scholarship grant to send one of its members to Arrowmont School
of Arts and Crafts for a wood turning class. In 2007 COWA was approved for
an AAW educational opportunity grant which went to the support of the
Mustang Mid High School wood turning program. In 2008 the club received an
educational opportunity grant to upgrade the club audio/video equipment in
an effort to provide more educational sources to the members. The
grant funds received in 2010 will be used to purchase tools to enhance
and expand our classes to students.
Types of Annual Events
events include demonstrations at the State Fair, the Folk Festival at
Beavers Bend State Park, Mustang Mid High School. The club is currently
providing classes at the Moore-Norman
Technology Center where the club holds its meeting. Another highlight is
club members participates in the beginning wood turning classes at Broken
Bow High School.
In 2004 the
Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association became one of the supporting clubs
SouthWest Association of Woodturners.
Links to Club Documents
Articles of Incorporation
Officers for 2011-2012
management of the Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association is carry out by
the Board of Directors.
|President: Jim Clow
|Vice-President: Wayne Furr
E-mail: [email protected]
|Secretary: Dick Nowlin
||Treasurer: Karen Robinson
|Board Member At Large: Dale Jones
||Board Member At Large: Bob Weaver
|Past President: Bill Johnson
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