Dues PayPal Page Restored

After a bit of a budget review the Executive concluded that dues cannot be reduced this year.  For details on the deliberation, visit the "DUES" page.  Having worked out that dues would remain as they are, the PayPal payment demon was reactivated, so you can now pay dues using PayPal.  Contact our treasurer, Jocelyn Plourde, via if you would like to mail cash or a cheque, or pay using an internet bank transfer.  The fees are $50 for regular members and $25 for full-time students.

Third Tuesday of October

Our regular meetings are held on first Tuesdays of each month.  On the third Tuesday in October, the 20th, George is going to hold a Zoom chat with the OWA.  The chat will be informal, and it is designed to collect input from the membership on activities we can hold during these months when face-to-face meetings are not possible.  So that's one objective of the meeting, to collect your ideas and suggestions.  But since we'll all be in our homes, it can also be a bit of a show-and-tell where you can bring your latest opus to the camera, or a shop tour if you carry your laptop-tablet-phone to your shop, or a display of a built-in you were too lazy to disassemble and bring to a meeting...whatever.  Could it be a question-and-answer session?  Why not?  So stay tuned to your mail box where you'll receive an invitation to join that Zoom session, Tuesday 20th of October, 7 PM.

Virtual Woodshow November 6-7-8

In a month's time something called the Virtual Woodshow is going to take place.  One of the presenters is Vic Tesolin, once president and highly visible member of the OWA.  The web site offers a free ticket to the November show. Now Bazz says he signed up for just a few (under 10) dollars a subsription that delivers everything this outfit provides for the entire year.  Click through if you're curious.  If the link does not work, poodle the title of this post.

Dues Collection Covidarily Suspended

If you came here anxious to pay your 2020-21 OWA annual dues, well, have a seat.  Because of Covid19 restrictions, we will not be meeting face to face, and that means the OWA will not be renting space for our meetings.  Given that we are struggling with decisions over what sort of programming we can offer, it makes no sense to collect annual dues.  For this reason, we have suspended our DUES page so that you cannot pay dues online for the time being.  Now if we didn't catch you in time, and you did manage to sneak in a payment using PayPal for the 2020-21 season, we will re-imburse you.  For the most part we are aware you paid, and will reimburse you without you having to do anything.  On the chance you paid and we missed paying you back, email George at to let him know the OWA needs to pay you back.

If you were a member in good standing (where good standing just means you coughed up the cash) during the 2019-20 season, then you will be considered in good stand…

Curved Joinery with Scott Grove

October's meeting of the OWA will take place -- virtually -- on the second Tuesday in October, the 6th, at 7 PM.  The 90 minute presentation including Q & A will be given by Scott Grove.  The topic is Curved Joinery.  Scott Grove is a master designer with a rich, widely ranging portfolio.  To see some of his artistic accomplishments, visit his web site at

The virtual presentation will be delivered to your home via Zoom, an application for hosting meetings that works on modern electronic devices ranging from desktops to cellphones, including laptops and tablets.  If you're not familiar with Zoom, download a copy -- it's free -- to your device well before the meeting.  You will receive an email notice a little before the meeting starts; with it you will be able to click through to the meeting itself.  Use the email address that you gave to the OWA when you signed up or, to register a current email address, send the info to ottawa.woodworkers.assoc@gmail.…

Coming September 1st, The OWA 2020-21 Season's First Tuesday

As you likely expected, there will be no physical get-togethers in September, and it is very possible this means the entire 2020-21 year.  Nevertheless, the OWA Executive will try to provide some interaction on First Tuesdays of each month using Zoom, starting with Tuesday September 1.

How will it work?  Early on, we will try to feed main presentations to the membership in Live Streamed form.  This means that a certain time (Likely 7 PM on a first Tuesday) someone will host a Zoom meeting and present a woodworky topic.  Members will be able to watch the presentation, and we may even be able to handle questions from the participants.  As we get better at this, we expect to provide Show-and-Tell segments.   There will be bugs and failures along the way, naturally.

If you have not used Zoom we recommend you install it and practise using it.  You can watch a YouTube introduction to Zoom .  If you would like to practice watching live sessions, send your email address to Geo…

June Cancelled.

Not just the meeting; we're cancelling the month.  Seriously, no surprise, the June meeting of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association that would otherwise take place on the 2nd, will not be held.  As that meeting would have called for the election of the 2020-2021 OWA officers, the current OWA executive will meet, virtually, to discuss provisional properties of the next OWA season.  If firm-ish plans emerge, they will be described here.  Check back.

So everyone, have a great (i.e. safe) summer break!