Northeastern Woodworkers Association

About Us


The NWA is a nonprofit membership organization, open without restriction to all who enjoy working wood... and want to get better at it.

Formed in New York State's Capital District in 1991 for amateur and professional woodworkers of all ages, the NWA helps its members learn from each other and from outside experts, in a variety of ways. The association's aim is to provide a common meeting ground for lovers of woodworking who want to know more about wood and the techniques for forming it.


General Meetings are held at 7 p.m., the second Thursday of each month except, June, July and August. Most are held at the Shaker Meeting House near Albany Airport. Each meeting features a speaker on a subject of general interest to woodworkers, a brief business meeting, and time for socializing and refreshments.

At the general meeting:
The NWA library, with books and videos, is open for browsing.
The Tool Crib is available for lending, and selected tools from the Crib may be demonstrated.
A Show and Tell area with objects and projects provided by members is part of every meeting.
Other events for the entire membership include Family Night. A combination of woodworking demonstration, displays and socializing that is held in December. A tour of members home workshops is held in April, and a summer picnic with family and friends in July.


Annual dues are $25 payable by mail, at any regular meeting, or at Woodworker's Showcase. New members paying dues after March 1 are paid members until August 31 of the following year.

Lending Library

NWA's library includes books and videos describing woodworking tools and their operation, techniques, finishing, tips, patterns and plans, dust collection and other related topics. Members may borrow on a monthly basis. Most of the library's books and videos are available at regular meetings.

Volunteers in the Community

NWA is proud to have shared the woodworking skills of its members with local causes and organizations, and the Association looks forward to continuing its involvement in the future.

Kid's Programs

NWA and Sears Colonie Center co-sponsor carefully designed woodworking workshops for area youth from ages 8 to 16. These Saturday programs are held in the second floor woodshop at Sears Colonie Center. Nwa members provide instruction and constant supervision.

Woodworkers Showcase

Each year, NWA presents a 25,000 square foot, fine woodworking exposition featuring hundreds of pieces of furniture, toys, carvings, turnings, sports equipment and miniatures by the region's finest woodworkers. Woodworkers Showcase also includes a woodworkers' competition and awards, a special theme display, exhibits by guest organizations, experts on hand to answer woodworking questions, continuous free lectures and demonstrations, and special exhibits and sale of products by national and area businesses of interest to woodworkers.

The Fiske Fund

The NWA provides an educational grant program named "the Fiske Fund" in honor of Milan Fiske, one of the eight founding members of NWA. The purpose is to provide individual grants for the pursuit of woodworking programs which enhance and advance the understanding and application of woodworking techniques and principles for amateur and professional applications. More information regarding the Fiske Fund is available here.

More NWA Information?

Download our membership application here. For additional information, contact us at:

Northeastern Woodworkers Association
PO Box 246
Rexford, NY 12148

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