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Amateur and professional men and women having a common interest in fabricating from wood.

Central Indiana Woodworkers is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization first organized under the name Home Craftsmen Forum in 1948.

Our MISSION is the education of members and non-members in wood craftsmanship, and contribution to our community.



Our meetings are held monthly 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Carpenter Local Union 301 at 3530 S Rural St on the south side of Indianapolis, IN  46237.



Advancing the skills of our members takes many forms.

Our monthly meetings include a question and answer and show and tell portions, where members may secure a club consensus on their specific questions and demonstrate their results.  Every meeting includes scheduled program.


 Recent topics include:  

Wood burning Chain saw carving

Wood carving  Scroll sawing

Norton abrasives Veneering

Miller dowels Finishing techniques

Bosch tools Festool tools

Pen turning  Decorative band saw boxes  

Efficient breaking-up sheet goods 


Advancing skills also benefits from periodic field trips including classes at Marc Adams Woodworking School in nearby Franklin, IN; Popular Woodworking magazine in Cincinnati; guided tour of 18th Century American Furniture at Indianapolis Museum of Art; Wood Mizer sawmills, Indianapolis; and Frank Miller Lumber Co. in Union City.




Members gather throughout the year in several shops to fabricate toys for distribution at end of year holidays. In 2009, twenty-one service agencies shared 5163 durable wooden toys made by our members.

Some members make toys at home. Others join fellow members for socialization and toy manufacture in one of five shops located around the compass points from Indianapolis.

The substantial majority of our toys are made by members retired from full time employment. The making of toys is not a condition of membership.  Click the Play button below to view a video about the toy program.


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