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Little Red Book Barn by Dr. Clyde Perry

Did you know that one out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school? In fact, in middle income neighborhoods, there’s a ratio of 13 books for every child. Regretfully, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is alarmingly backwards: 300 children for every one
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Here's a sample of a creative Little Free Library

Woodworkers from all over the Phoenix metro area put their skills and creativity to good use by building “Little Free Libraries” in our latest woodworking contest. And you should really come see the projects! These small outdoor bookcases encourage literacy, neighborhood sharing, and when installed they add a sense of friendliness to the community. In
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A couple times a year we host a simple woodworking contest by establishing a project theme and a deadline — then we wait. Every time we do this,  the truth is I’m simply blown away and tongue-tied by the vast array of entries we get to see. It’s a delightful surprise to see the creativity
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intellicarve

So what’s the big deal about CNC carving, anyway? In the early days of the technology, it was big, heavy and expensive stuff – if you wanted precision and reliability. But today things are very different thanks to the Oliver Intellicarve, which is a table top sized CNC carver that’s quite affordable, surprisingly simple to use,
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The Southwest School of Woodworking is a non-profit educational organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. If you’ve wanted to experience the joy of woodworking under the guidance of an experienced craftsman, you may want to go “kick the tires” at the grand opening of the school’s new location. You’ll get to tour the classrooms, watch some demonstrations,
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We’re in the midst of hosting a woodworking contest, and below are several details you might want to know about. Prizes, a public show for the entries, and how the judging is handled. The project theme is “Wall Art,” and it comes due on November 7 – so if you’re registered, I sure hope you’re hard at work
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Box 336, 1st place

We host two woodworking contests per year, and if nothing else, we’re having an awful lot of fun admiring and showcasing the beautiful work our customers do. In this third installment, we asked people to make a lidded box no larger than 16″ in any direction. It could be any shape or style – it
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For months, 100 woodworkers from all over Arizona immersed themselves in building custom hand-crafted decorative boxes for entry into our woodworking contest. The only constraints to the project were that it must have a lid, and it must be no larger than 16″.  From there, the entrants enjoyed the wide open space of creative freedom to carve, turn,
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  If you enjoy marveling at beautiful custom hand-made woodworking projects, you’ll get a kick out of this exhibit. For the last few months, woodworkers all over Arizona have been working hard on crafting wood sitting stools of any design, shape, and style for our woodworking contest. This exhibit is open to the public, and you’re
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Unlike trade shows, the Excellence in Woodworking show is more like a celebration of the craft, art, and science of woodworking and presented by the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers. It features a large display of superior completed projects from bowls and keepsake boxes to tables and rocking chairs, all handmade by woodworkers from all over
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Every month we feature a different hardwood by stocking up with fresh new inventory and by slashing the price by 25% or more. But did you know that every month we also provide a chance for you to test out the wood and get a feel for it yourself?  In every one of our stores you
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Knife sharpening with the Tormek sharpener

FREE Woodworking Demonstration: June 11, 2014 | 11:00 am & 2:00 PM Woodworkers Source Phoenix 18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy   We could tell you about the wonders of good sharp chisels, knives and plan blades until we’re blue in the face. But instead, why don’t you come on down to our Phoenix location on
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