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Special Events

Field trips and events outside of the normal member meetings

From John Twedt, Event Chair

I would like to invite you to the 2016 Artistry in Wood show sponsored by the Woodworkers, Woodturners and Carvers Clubs. It will be at the Woodsmith Store on Friday the 23rd through Sunday the 25th of September. The show will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We have been planning for the show for some time and all of the pieces are in place. The projects that you have made since the last show are welcome. You may also bring projects that you have never shown in a prior show. The show will be held along with the Woodsmith Fall Sale. When you attend the show you can shop for the items you need for your next project. We have a loyal clientele that marvels at seeing the things that the Club Members produce so please join us in September. See you there!

Rules to Exhibit at Artistry in Wood

  • The item should not have been previously shown at Artistry in Wood show.
  • You must be a club member from a sponsoring club to exhibit an item at Artistry in Wood.
  • There is no limit on how many items one member can exhibit.
  • You must bring and register items on Thursday, the 22nd of September, from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Woodsmith Store.
  • Sales of exhibits will be allowed at the show.
  • Two prize winners will be announced. One prize per exhibitor.

If you cannot make the registration deadline on Thursday the 22nd, please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements.

Projects need to be picked up on Sunday the 25th from 3:00 pm to 3:40 pm. The crew at Woodsmith would like to avoid staying past 3:40 but must be done by 4:00 pm when the Store closes.

Event Date September 24, 2016, 9:00 am
Event End Date September 24, 2016, 5:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Categories Special Events

From John Twedt, Event Chair

I would like to invite you to the 2016 Artistry in Wood show sponsored by the Woodworkers, Woodturners and Carvers Clubs. It will be at the Woodsmith Store on Friday the 23rd through Sunday the 25th of September. The show will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We have been planning for the show for some time and all of the pieces are in place. The projects that you have made since the last show are welcome. You may also bring projects that you have never shown in a prior show. The show will be held along with the Woodsmith Fall Sale. When you attend the show you can shop for the items you need for your next project. We have a loyal clientele that marvels at seeing the things that the Club Members produce so please join us in September. See you there!

Rules to Exhibit at Artistry in Wood

  • The item should not have been previously shown at Artistry in Wood show.
  • You must be a club member from a sponsoring club to exhibit an item at Artistry in Wood.
  • There is no limit on how many items one member can exhibit.
  • You must bring and register items on Thursday, the 22nd of September, from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Woodsmith Store.
  • Sales of exhibits will be allowed at the show.
  • Two prize winners will be announced. One prize per exhibitor.

If you cannot make the registration deadline on Thursday the 22nd, please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements.

Projects need to be picked up on Sunday the 25th from 3:00 pm to 3:40 pm. The crew at Woodsmith would like to avoid staying past 3:40 but must be done by 4:00 pm when the Store closes.

Event Date September 25, 2016, 11:00 am
Event End Date September 25, 2016, 3:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Categories Special Events

It's time for our Fall Swap Meet! We will set up in the lot behind the store.

Access to the area is around the east side of the store

Sellers can set up anytime after 8:30 am.

If you have anything woodworking related to trade or sell you're welcome to come and make your best deal. (You can tell your spouse you actually sold some tools!)

Sturdy tables will be provided by the Woodsmith Store for sellers. Or just come to browse. There will be lots of tools, machinery, books, jigs, and collectibles. There’s sure to be something you can’t live without.

So, clean out your shop and come to the Swap Meet. It only happens once every two years — don't miss it!

Event Date October 8, 2016, 9:00 am
Event End Date October 8, 2016, 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Categories Special Events

The Des Moines Woodworkers, Des Moines Woodturners and Mid-Iowa Wood Carvers have sponsored and decorated a tree the Festival of Trees and Lights for many years. You can get involved by making and donating ornaments for our tree at one of our meetings, volunteering to help at the event, or just by attending!

Volunteer help is needed November 21st, 24th and 25th plus any help you can give with ornaments. A little pilgrim told us that snacks and beverages may be provided. If you are interested, contact Bob Pontius at (641) 895-1886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at  https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. The event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children's activities, food, shopping and more!

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

 

Event Date November 27, 2019, 11:00 am
Event End Date November 27, 2019, 7:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events

The Des Moines Woodworkers, Des Moines Woodturners and Mid-Iowa Wood Carvers have sponsored and decorated a tree the Festival of Trees and Lights for many years. You can get involved by making and donating ornaments for our tree at one of our meetings, volunteering to help at the event, or just by attending!

Volunteer help is needed November 21st, 24th and 25th plus any help you can give with ornaments. A little pilgrim told us that snacks and beverages may be provided. If you are interested, contact Bob Pontius at (641) 895-1886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at  https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. The event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children's activities, food, shopping and more!

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

 

Event Date November 28, 2019, 1:00 pm
Event End Date November 28, 2019, 7:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events

The Des Moines Woodworkers, Des Moines Woodturners and Mid-Iowa Wood Carvers have sponsored and decorated a tree the Festival of Trees and Lights for many years. You can get involved by making and donating ornaments for our tree at one of our meetings, volunteering to help at the event, or just by attending!

Volunteer help is needed November 21st, 24th and 25th plus any help you can give with ornaments. A little pilgrim told us that snacks and beverages may be provided. If you are interested, contact Bob Pontius at (641) 895-1886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at  https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. The event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children's activities, food, shopping and more!

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

 

Event Date November 29, 2019, 11:00 am
Event End Date November 29, 2019, 7:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events

The Des Moines Woodworkers, Des Moines Woodturners and Mid-Iowa Wood Carvers have sponsored and decorated a tree the Festival of Trees and Lights for many years. You can get involved by making and donating ornaments for our tree at one of our meetings, volunteering to help at the event, or just by attending!

Volunteer help is needed November 21st, 24th and 25th plus any help you can give with ornaments. A little pilgrim told us that snacks and beverages may be provided. If you are interested, contact Bob Pontius at (641) 895-1886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at  https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. The event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children's activities, food, shopping and more!

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

 

Event Date November 30, 2019, 11:00 am
Event End Date November 30, 2019, 7:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events

The Des Moines Woodworkers, Des Moines Woodturners and Mid-Iowa Wood Carvers have sponsored and decorated a tree the Festival of Trees and Lights for many years. You can get involved by making and donating ornaments for our tree at one of our meetings, volunteering to help at the event, or just by attending!

Volunteer help is needed November 21st, 24th and 25th plus any help you can give with ornaments. A little pilgrim told us that snacks and beverages may be provided. If you are interested, contact Bob Pontius at (641) 895-1886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

From the event site at  https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/about-festival-of-trees.aspx :

Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. The event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children's activities, food, shopping and more!

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community.

We invite you to attend Festival, volunteer at Festival or support Festival by making a contribution, decorating a tree or donating books.

 

Event Date December 1, 2019, 11:00 am
Event End Date December 1, 2019, 5:00 pm
Individual Price $5 at event
Categories Special Events
DMWA Members, don’t miss out on this 1-Day only sale of tools for members only!
 
Our club has a variety of tools that have been donated to the club and we are selling them to raise money for our club. Items are priced to provide huge discounts to club members while benefitting the Des Moines Woodworkers Association.
 
Cash or Check only: No Bitcoin, Credit Cards, Venmo, Paypal, etc.
 
The sale is this Saturday, June 25.
For more information, please log in to this website with your member account.
 
Below are a few pictures of what will be for sale:
 
2022 06 21 club benefit sale
 

Item Description

Miscellaneous exotic woods and sheet goods

Fisch Mortiser

Bar clamps and C-Clamps

Leigh D4R Dovetail Jig

Router mortiser machine (2015#217Woodsmith Project)

Router mortiser Jig (2021 Woodsmith #253 Project)

Ridgid Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander (no Drums)

Miscellaneous hand power tools

Shop-built downdraft table

Shop-built Air cleaner

Leigh D1600 Dovetail Jig

Kreg Pocket hole Jig

Chisel Set (12 pcs)

Vintage Porter Cable Jig Saw

Grizzly G0538 Oscillating Spindle Sander

Event Date June 25, 2022, 9:00 am
Event End Date June 25, 2022, 1:00 pm
Categories Special Events

Want to see the carved wood panels in the Iowa Supreme Court chambers up close? 

Ever wondered how to paint wood to look like marble? 

Curious about the different woods used in the construction of the Capitol?

Tour 2022 Capitol Staircase

Tour 2022 Capitol Staircase

Tour 2022 Capitol ZacharyBunkersIf so, join us for a Historic tour of architectural woodwork and restoration painting at the Capitol led by Zachary Bunkers, Head of Restoration Painting at the Iowa Capitol.

RSVP if you'd like to attend:

Current Des Moines Woodworkers Association Members and their guests are welcome!

The Capitol tour is free. Lunch is optional and you'll need to buy your own. 
(lunch is not being provided by DMWA)

RSVP is REQUIRED: Fill out the Google Form by Friday, July 15th at https://forms.gle/Ge6hZb7LoQvM4JyG8
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

After the tour, optional lunch at Zombie Burger + Drink Lab (opens at 11 AM) : 

300 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines (a few blocks west of the Capitol). 

To park at Zombie Burger, you can use metered parking on the street or the city parking garage one block west of the restaurant on Grand.

Parking at the Capitol: 

Tour 2022 Capitol PARKING

The parking garage at Pennsylvania and Grand has free visitor parking. The green lots are available for visitor parking (see Lot 6,7,15). You may find on street parking spots as well.

When you arrive at the Capitol, enter on ground floor from south or west side of building.  Gather at the crossing area on the cafeteria floor (Same floor as visitor entrance and security check-in).

Event Date July 16, 2022, 9:00 am
Event End Date July 16, 2022, 11:00 am
Capacity 50
Registered 0
Available place 50
Cut off date July 15, 2022, 5:00 pm
Individual Price The Capitol tour is free. Optional lunch is buy-your-own.
Categories Special Events

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