I had been looking for quite some time and suddenly there it was, right under my nose. I recently went to a meeting of the Sawdust & Woodchips Woodworking Association to check things out. What a great time it was! As might be expected, the club members are mostly older guys, but there were a few younger guys and even a couple of women also. In fact, the president is a woman. How's that for breaking a stereotype?
The meeting I attended was a "super show and tell." The majority of the meeting was dedicated to members showing off projects, talking about them, and answering questions. There were some really gorgeous pieces there. They ranged from a shave horse to a small cherry end table. Everyone who spoke was very knowledgeable.
In talking to a few of the members before the meeting and during a short break, I found out that there are presentations on techniques, tools, and other things at other meetings. Everyone I spoke with was extremely friendly, and certainly didn't take themselves too seriously. I think I'll be going back next month to become a member. If you live in Central New York and would like to join, or at least check it out, go to sawdustwoodchips.org for more info. They happily welcome visitors, so you don't have to be a member to attend a meeting.