Friday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m.—WOODSTOCK—The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) is holding its annual meeting at Andrew Pearce Bowls and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MBRNHP) in Woodstock, on Jan. 27, 1:30-5 p.m.
The meeting will start with a tour of Andrew Pearce Bowls led by Andrew, in Hartland (Route 4). Andrew Pearce bowls combine the artistic integrity of a hand-turned bowl with the efficiency of a machine-manufactured product. Using locally sourced wood, Andrew Pearce bowls are created through a unique manufacturing process employing equipment specifically designed by Pearce. The lathe he created emphasizes efficiency and safety. It roughs out the bowl blanks, which in turn are dried, and then turned on a traditional woodturning lathe, where they are finished by hand to capture all the authenticity and design of a hand-turned bowl. The process produces very little waste, utilizing as much of the wood as possible to minimize impacts on the environment and encourage sustainability.
At 3 p.m. members will gather for a brief business meeting at MBRNHP Forest Center (park at Billings Farm). There will be an election of board members and officers (members must be current in dues to vote), as well as a presentation of 2016 accomplishments and 2017 year ahead by Brent Karner, president and owner of Clearlake Furniture, and Executive Director Kathleen Wanner. The 2016 Woodworker of the Year and Friend of the Industry Awards will be handed out. At 4 p.m. members will enjoy social hour, dinner and drinks, also at the Forest Center. Enjoy networking with other members and woodworking companies from the area. A catered dinner will be provided at the Forest Center by The Worthy Kitchen.
Please advise of dietary restrictions when registering (required). VWMA members are $25, non-members are $35. For more info or to renew/gain membership in order to vote, visit vermontwood.com by Jan. 25.