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
Annual Fund-Raising Auction
Holiday Dinner Celebration

The Woodworking Shows – Kansas City

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.

Contact Events Director Alex Scott at 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:

Saturday, October 8th, at the Shop from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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.

Annual Fund-Raising Auction

Saturday, November 5th, at the Shop from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

The Guild holds a fund raising auction each year in November in conjunction with the Kansas City Woodturners.  It is open to the public.  Manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers to the woodworking industry are asked to donate products for the auction.  Donations are received from members and the public.   This past year the auction netted the Guild over $3,000 thanks to all who donated items and those who worked the event.  The Guild  seeks items specifically connected to wood, whether they be tools, completed projects, wood art, or just plain wood.

Holiday Dinner Celebration

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Replaces regular meeting)

Woodworkers and their families and friends participate in a catered and contributed holiday meal featuring an auction of select woodworked projects.  Mostly it’s the good food and camaraderie that prevail.   Members contribute desserts.  Food service begins at 6:30 p.m.  This is a $10/person fee program.

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

Thursday – Saturday, January 11 – 13, 2018

Lie Nielsen joins with the Guild annually to provide a showing of their many excellent tools.  Special discounts for members only are usually available the first evening of the show.  This event takes place at the shop.