Annual Events

“Don’t stand in the hallway trembling; join the dance.” 

― Marty Rubin

Alex Scott, Events Director

In addition to monthly programs and periodic free workshops, the Guild hosts Annual Events.  As indicated, most of these special events are repeated annually.  Member volunteers are needed for these events; for more information, contact Events Director Alex Scott.

Choose from the following:
The Woodworking Shows – Kansas City
Maker Faire
Open House at the Shop
Olde Time Christmas Bizarre

Holiday Dinner Celebration
Lie-Nielsen tool Event

The Woodworking Shows – Kansas City

Friday, February 16 – Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Guild participates in the Kansas City edition of this annual trade show with a booth featuring both examples of completed projects crafted by our members and demonstrations of various kinds.  The program is held in the early Spring and requires a number of volunteers to both man the booth and conduct demonstrations.

Kemper Arena Grounds
The Governor’s Building
1800 Genessee St
Kansas City, MO 64102
Get Directions

Ticket Price*

$14 General Admission at the door, cash only
$12 General Admission if purchased online ($2 discount)

*One ticket is valid for all three days of the show, any paid for education tickets include general admission.

Show Hours

Friday – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

See the website to buy tickets: http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/kansas-city.html

Assistance is Part of the Fun:  Here’s what’s needed:

I’m looking for folks to man the booth, and this year, we’d like to have people bring their projects that they are working on.  (I’m planning on bringing a few small things to sand, cutting boards and coasters).  I’m going to bring a few workbenches  and the small ShopSmith bandsaw. (No Green Card needed.)

Thursday, Feb 15 – 2:00 – 4:00
Meet at the Guild and transport various equipment to the show. Gents with trucks would be handy, to help with the workbenches and the small ShopSmith bandsaw. 

Friday, Feb 16 – 10:00 – 6:00; 3 shifts, 3 per shift
9:00 – 12:00 (help set up and get ready), 12:00 – 3:00, 3:00 – 6:00

Saturday, Feb 17 – 10:00 – 6:00; 3 shifts, 3 per shift
9:00 – 12:00 (help set up and get ready), 12:00 – 3:00, 3:00 – 6:00 (help tear down; folks with trucks will be helpful.)

SignUp to help to help out HERE

Demonstrators also needed

I have a designated space for 5 brief Demonstrations each day, and ask that the demonstrator bring their presentation to a close in around 30 minutess, 45 if there are a bunch of questions, but then, if they’d like, offer to continue at another bench off to the side after a brief break. (Mainly to clear the space for the next demo setup). 

Friday: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30

Saturday: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30

Those willing to offer demonstrations can SignUp HERE

Contact Events Director Alex Scott at events@kcwoodworkersguild.org to volunteer your help.


Maker Faire

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For several years the Guild has had a booth at the Maker Faire program held at Union Station in Kansas City Missouri.  This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating.  It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists, and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. 

 This is your chance to show off your masterpieces or your one-off pieces!  Anything that is made by a Guild member is welcome.  You also get a chance to help children put together their own toys with parts provided by the Guild.  (Guild Credits available)


Open House at the Shop:

On a Sunday in February

The annual Open House is designed to acquaint potential members with the shop, its opportunities and benefits.  It aims at unaffiliated friends and relatives of current members, patrons of local woodworking-oriented vendors, and young people in area vocational programs.


Olde Time Christmas Bizarre

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

The Guild will participate in the City of Shawnee’s December 2nd Old Time Christmas Bizarre.  The Bizarre runs from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. with Setup beginning at 1:00 p.m.  During this time Guild members will assist local children in constructing their wooden toys, provided by the Guild.

Project Coordinator Alex Scott is asking for 5 Guild members to staff the booth and help with setup and take down.

SignUp to volunteer your efforts HERE.


Holiday Dinner Celebration

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. (Replaces regular meeting)

Woodworkers and their families and friends participate in a catered and contributed holiday meal featuring a raffle of select woodworked projects.  Mostly it’s the good food and camaraderie that prevail.   Members contribute desserts.  Food service begins at 7:00 p.m.  This is a $15/person fee program.  SignUp HERE no later than December 10.

Members willing to offer items for the raffle should contact the Events Director.

Note: The Woodworkers’ Guild utilizes the Sign-up Genius program to keep track of participants in  some events, as well as many classes.  Use of this program provides an effective way for our volunteer leaders to limit participation to appropriate size, make sure that fees are paid, and to assemble waiting lists where helpful.  Where fees are required, Sign-Up Genius utilizes the Guild’s own PayPal account for the collection.


Lie Nielsen Tool Event

Lie Nielsen joins with the Guild annually to provide a showing of their many excellent tools.  This event takes place at the shop.

Thursday, January 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Guild Members Only
Friday, January 12, 10:00 a.m.  6:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p. m.: Open to the Public

The video featured here: https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events is kind of fun to watch.