If we Zoom back to the beginning of 2021, WGNC was challenged with continuing to enhance and expand our “virtual” existence so that our members could continue to enjoy National and Local demonstrators as well as other activities, all within the confines of the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions. We’ve learned that we need to be creative and also flexible.
Today, if we Zoom out, the view, is of a year, in which WGNC was able to successfully
bring members activities like the six well known demonstrators we have had, who covered subjects like wood selection, drying techniques, finishing, embellishing, and burning, along with resins, multi-axis projects, inlays, boxes, and ringed bowls.
As part of Show & Tell format we launched the Personal Challenge Theme. It is designed to explore the techniques presented from the previous month’s demonstration with sharing and discussing how the experience was applied.
In all, during 2021 WGNC will have produced 24 Demonstrations and Show & Tell Sessions, sharing well over 200 member created pieces! These sessions have generated great discussions that cover areas of design, tools, challenges faced and how to overcome, and the most rewarding of all are the stories and comradery shared as members come together virtually each month.
We launched a new website that provides an enjoyable interface with a wealth of information on WGNC activities along with resources like video log of past demonstrations, and discounts from vendors.
In addition, WGNC has made available to members two wood sales that offered great turning stock for prices that were considerably below market.