30 Years of Fine Works in Wood

Friday 6 July 2018

The Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society – SAWS – is a non-profit society located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The society began as an idea of David Enns to somehow get Calgary's woodworking community to meet and work together. After much consultation, 15 June, 1983 was finally set for an exploratory meeting. After further discussions, a board of directors was elected on July 20.

Society ethos

SAWS' constitutional statement of purpose encourages fine woodwork of individual and good design, as well as making Canadian woodwork known for its uniqueness and quality. Organising and promoting exhibitions and sales and encouraging co-operation and support between members is also of great importance.

“At the heart of SAWS is a group of people with an undeniable determination to create with wood,” says 2013 Exhibition Chair Bill Maniotakis. Members include both professionals and amateurs, all of whom are willing to share their knowledge, skills and passion for woodworking.

30th anniversary

This year sees SAWS celebrate its 30th anniversary and here we show you a selection of some of the 60 pieces by 33 entrants, which have earned the right to be included in this exhibition.

In addition to the awards for first, second and third place and three honourable mentions, awards were also given for best turning, best finish, best first time entry and the Harold Biswanger award for best amateur or student woodworker. This year a special award was also granted for 'Innovation in Design'. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote for their favourite piece via ballot, which will produce the winner of the People's Choice prize. The majority of the pieces are also for sale.


Fellow woodworkers are encouraged to join SAWS and tap into the skilled resources that produced the wonderful pieces shown. For further information regarding membership, activities and catalogue purchases, click here.