The Central Minnesota Woodworker's Association is a group of men and women from around the St. Cloud Minnesota area who share a common interest in the art and business of woodworking. We meet monthly in St. Cloud to share information, techniques and topics of interest in the area of woodworking. Learn more about membership or support.

Empty Bowls Soup Feed Benefit

When: 11 am - 6 pm March 22.
Where: The Paramount Arts District, 913 St. Germain Street.
What: A benefit where participants can show their support of the work of hundreds of St. Cloud area students and volunteers who have made a new bowl for them. Each attendee receives a handmade bowl, soup, bread and a beverage and there will be a variety of entertainment. Benefactor bowls are kept as a reminder that someone else’s bowl is always empty. All proceeds will go to benefit local agencies who serve those in need. Contact: Connie North, Lutheran Social Service at 654-1090 or
Cost: $10 per individual, $30 for family.

January Woodturners Meeting

The Woodturners Group will meet at 9:00am, January 10th at the home of Gary Mrozek at 1314 West Oakes Drive. Connie North will give a presentation about the Empty Bowls event at the Paramount Theater on March 22nd. All CMWA members and guests are welcome to attend this meeting to learn more about this event and how we as an organization can help.

If you've ever had an interest in making a bowl on a lathe, now is the time. We’ll begin a detailed demonstration on the basic turning for the beginner, starting with how best to cut the log. We'll be roughing out bowl blanks mounted on face plates, screw chucks and 4-jaw chucks. We'll discuss the differences between a spindle gouge and a bowl gouge and the different sharpening profiles. There’ll be hands-on opportunity to shape the inside and the outside of a bowl and learn different techniques from different members.

The January Challenge Project is “Go Green”. Members are encouraged to seek out unique recycling opportunities to make an item out of a previously used or discarded piece of wood. A before picture or sample scrap should accompany your item if possible. Photos will be taken for our website.

Details are being worked out for a second January meeting. This meeting is a segmented turning workshop. The event will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday January 22nd at Gary Mrozek’s home. This is a hands-on workshop of the basic design and construction of a segmented bowl. There will be a small fee (to be determined) to cover materials, supplies and lunch. Details will be shared at the January 10th meeting. Call Gary at (320) 252-2764 for more details.

December CMWA Meeting

Although election of officers is on the agenda, December will primarily be a social event. See the listing on page 2 of the newsletter for a detailed description of who was nominated at the November meeting.

All members are encouraged to bring their spouse or friend along with a “pot luck” dish to share for the December meeting. Beverages will be provided.

November CMWA Meeting

Our guest speaker this month is Lennie Merdan. Lennie specializes in building boxes. He is an excellent resource for information related to joints, inlays, and material selection. He is very down to earth and downright enjoyable to converse with.

Nominations of officers will be part of the November meeting. There is a detailed description of open positions for which we will ask for nominations on sheet 2 of the newsletter.

November Woodturners Group Meeting

Our next meeting is 9:00AM Saturday, November 8th at the home of Gary Mrozek, 1314 West Oakes Drive, St. Cloud. For more information contact Gary at 252-2764 or email There will be limited seating. Bring your own chair if possible.

Back in April, we demonstrated the Spindle Roughing Gauge. Our intent is to highlight different tools throughout the year. We would like to continue this month with the Skew Chisel. Discussion will include its basic uses and sharpening tips. You’ll have an opportunity to make some shavings. With hands-on activities we’ll learn techniques from each other on a full size and a mini lathe. Bring your own Skew Chisel if you like. We’re particularly looking for an Alan Lacer type radius grind if you have one. Don’t forget to bring show & tell item/s. We’ll also try a third time to have a demonstration by Dick Beumer on lidded boxes.

Our November challenge project is a utility item (salt & pepper shakers, rolling pin, spoons, et.). If you don’t have an item to bring, tell us about the item you attempted!

October CMWA Meeting

The October CMWA club meeting will feature a demonstration by Brad Knowles using his turning mill to make decorative candlesticks and other items. We will meet at our usual Sauk Rapids/Rice Middle School woodshop at 7:00 PM.

October Woodturners Group Meeting

The October Woodturners Meeting will be held at 9:00AM Saturday October 18th at the home of Dick Beumer, 3750 15th Street NE, Sauk Rapids. Bring an item/s for show-n-tell. Our challenge item this month is a candlestick or candle holder. We’ll begin a series on turning lidded boxes. Call Dick 251-7013 or Gary 252-2764 with questions and/or directions.

September CMWA Meeting

The September meeting will be held in the parking lot at the Sauk Rapids Middle School. The meeting time was changed to 6:00 to give us enough time before dark. There is no formal program planned. Instead, we will be having a sort of tailgating event. It is intended to be a social event where we can get to know each other better. Kurt Zinewski will be bringing BBQ’s and John Wilson has agreed to bring the buns, condiments and chips. Beverages will be supplied by the CMWA. Every member is encouraged to bring a friend, a project to show off, a handy work tip, and anything else they would like to sell, swap, or share. Note: Board meeting is at 8:00.

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