From the beginning, our mission has always been to share knowledge and help each other with wood working projects and techniques through informal monthly meetings. We strive to have well organized, informative programs and demonstrations on a variety of wood working topics.We welcome input from all members whether they be new to wood working or full-time professional craftsman.
The first meeting of the York Woodworker's Club was held on November 14, 1984 at "Ray's Seafood," now known as York Seafood. Ray himself had become interested in woodworking as a hobby and after several conversations with longtime woodworker Dr. W.D. King, they proceeded with organizing the club.
Ray placed a small ad in the local newspaper for anyone interested in forming a woodworker's club in the York area. Ray's Seafood was closed on Mondays so the club was able to meet in one of the dining rooms. There were about six people there for that first meeting including, John Chason, Wilfred Aheron, Richard Summers, W.D. King and John Leake.
The club continued to meet at Ray's for about a year; most of the time there were only five or six members in attendance. Not meeting in an actual shop environment limited the meetings to "round table" discussions and some "show and tell."
Finally the decision was made to begin meeting in the member's wood shops. That decision was the turning point for the club. Membership and attendance began to grow steadily. Dr. King became the first official secretary-treasurer and started the newsletter.
Our Association Today
Since it's inception back in 1984 on a Monday night at Ray's Seafood, we have continued to meet on the first Monday of each month.
Today, the meetings are more organized and attended by more people, averaging about 50 members each month. Through word of mouth, the York Woodworker's Association has attracted new members from throughout the South Carolina Upstate as far south as Columbia as well as southern North Carolina.
Each member contributes to the success of the club which is thriving more now than ever thanks to a group of dedicated members. This group make things happen- organizing the year's programs, securing door prizes for meetings, generating newsletters, and planning and organizing our social events.