Several members of the North County Newcomers started a woodworkers group in 2006. After several meetings, the decision was made to form a separate nonprofit association – Central Coast Woodworkers’ Association. Our first President, Keith Williams, had been a member of another woodworking group and we used their Constitution and Bylaws for our new Association. An EIN was obtained from the IRS and a checking account set up with a local bank. We were ready to start.
Initially, our monthly meetings were at the Paso Robles Senior Center. While meeting there we built several pieces of furniture for the Senior Center. One limitation of this location for woodworking was that we could not make much sawdust. After several years we moved our meetings to the Pioneer Museum. This location allows demonstrations of woodworking as the museum has a shop with some equipment.
In looking at the past 12 years as an organization two central themes have emerged: first, we have tried to expose our members to all types of woodworking ideas. These have included local vendors, local craftsmen and sources of supplies. Our members with special skills have also provided demonstrations at our meetings. Second, the Association has completed many projects for local organizations (our community service). These include: the Senior Center, Boy Scouts, Warbirds Museum, Paso Robles Historical Society, Paso Robles Art Association, Pioneer Museum, Pioneer Day Committee, Friends of the Library, Templeton Historical Society, Paso Robles Toy Bank and others. We also support one of our members who teachs woodworking to local youth.
We have a mutual interest in woodworking and we wish to associate with others that are interested in woodworking, we want to stimulate an open and cooperative environment, we want to enhance the woodworking skills of our members through the exchange of ideas and information and we want to create wood projects for the benefit of our community.
The purpose of this organization shall be:
To provide a support group for the members to share a common interest in all manner of woodworking.
To help members increase their skills and craftsmanship
To make it possible to have special workshops, group purchases, discounts, and seminars not generally available to the individual
To expose members to a variety of woodworking techniques and areas of specialization
To promote woodworking to the public
To donate time and materials to support community service through woodworking