What is WebMembs?

OK, a bit of word play there, joining Web to Member to indicate a page dedicated to OWA members who have an independent presence on the internet, be it via their businesses or their hobby pages.  George has compiled this page from past bumpings-in with members who have told him of their web sites and blogs.  Others he has discovered by accident.  No doubt, he has not found them all.  So, if you're an OWA member and have something woodworking related on the internet, tell George about it next time you see him.  Slip its URL discretely to him at the next meeting and speak the secret code.  Or email the link to

Now, if you are on the page, and the links are all accurate, but you would like to update/modify/edit/correct/embellish its write-up, again, tell George.  Something new to add?...tell George.

Dues Payment by Website Reactivated

We suspended dues payment using PayPal on this website from about mid September until now, October 1, 2019.  It has now been re-activated.  So if you wish to pay OWA dues by clicking the "Dues" tab to access the PayPal utility, feel free to go ahead.  Jack Forsberg and Charles Robineau, your payments using PayPal occurred before we suspended the site, so they came through intact.

First Tuesday in October Meeting.

Well, it could not come any earlier.  The first Tuesday in October is the 1st of the month, so collect up your Shows-and-Tells, bring some cash for the 50-50 draw or for refreshments, and get ready to brag about your accomplishments or to learn how to get it right next time from our experienced members.

Our feature presentation this month is by Norman Pirollo.  He will reveal some of the secrets to success with Kumiko, those lacy geometric meshes that adorn panels and openings in furniture.  Angles?  Shmangles!  Norman will tell all.

Meetings run from 7 to 9 PM, but come a little early if you'd like to help set up.  They are held in the basement of Bethany Baptist Church at the Western intersection of Centrepointe and Baseline.  Turn South when you see Angelo's.  And don't forget dry indoor footwear.

New members are welcome, and you can attend one or two meetings at no cost if you would like to try us out before joining the OWA.  Register with Don at the door.  Regula…

Paying Dues by Website...arrested...NOW RELEASED!

We have temporarily sidelined this website's utility for OWA dues payment.  If you paid dues for the 2019-20 season using the PayPal utility, the one under the "Dues" tab, please let our Treasurer, Jocelyn Plourde, know.

If you would like to pay dues for this (2019-20) season, please do so in person using cash or a cheque to Jocelyn or Don at the next meeting.  Return to this site for an announcement about when website payment is restored.

Season Launch, 2nd Tuesday in September

So ordinarily we meet on first Tuesdays, but, as we've done for a few years lately, we will start the season on the second Tuesday in September, and we will start the year on the second Tuesday in January.  Once again, Roger secured the Bethany Baptist Church basement for our use on September's second Tuesday, the 10th.  The meeting starts at 7 PM, and doors open around 6:30 if you'd like to help set up.  Remember too that if the weather is bad to bring dry indoor footwear for the gym.

September 10th’s feature presenter will be our own Nick Verbree, AKA Old Soldier Toolworks, discussing metallurgy for woodworking.  We will also be looking to elect this season's Vice President and Program Coordinator.  We'll be back to the first Tuesday of the month for October.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The next meeting of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association is to take place on Tuesday, June 4th, as usual in the basement of the Bethany Baptist Church from 7 PM to 9.  Doors open as early as 6:30, so come early if you would like to help set up.  The church is at the western intersection of Baseline and Centrepoint.  Be sure to bring alternate footwear if it's raining.  Or snowing.

Now Rob has been working on something special, and he does not want a big spoiler.  But here's a little one.  Now if you have just roused from a 20-year coma, go back and and click on "a little one" in the previous sentence to watch the tiny spoiler.

The usual fare will also be part of the meeting.  So, there's show-and-tell, tool swap or sale, and the 50-50 draw.

And then there's the election of OWA officers for 2019-20.  James Ferris has come to the constitutional end of his mandate as president, and thus has to pass the sceptre.  Rob Suarez is also ready to pass the torch as VP-…

Win Part Slab from Legacy Lumber

We just learned, thanks to Carl Duguay of the Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement magazine, that Legacy Lumber will be drawing a $250 gift certificate against one of their slabs or other wood products.  Legacy Lumber supplies slabs out of Mississauga, Ontario.  There is a daily blog on YouTube by Paul Lemiski with frequent references to Legacy Lumber, along with recaps of his own woodworking day.  Paul's core product is Maloof inspired furniture, and he has posted several how-to videos on Maloof joinery.

You can obtain entries -- yes, more than one -- for the draw for the gift certificate by visiting the magazine's entries site.  The offer expires on June 9th, and you will probably need to visit starting now to work through the labyrinth of subscriptions, visits, and referrals that will earn you entries.