Todd Leverett, president of the Eureka Woodworking Association, grew up tinkering and fiddling with whatever pieces of scrap wood he could find at his father’s woodshop. His father was a construction worker, so Leverett spent a lot of his childhood following him to work to pull nails and clean up around his father’s woodshop. It was here that his interest in using wood as a creative means for constructing things further developed.
Leverett made use of the woodshop classes offered during his schooling years in high school and middle school. Not long ago, Humboldt State offered beginning wood, a lower-division class that fell under industrial technology, which helped students hone a skillset to create, plan, design and implement ideas with wood. In fall 2011, beginning wood was no longer offered under industrial technology.
“There’s an opportunity for students here,” Leverett said. “We would love for them to join us. Engineering majors who don’t know how to use a saw can get hands-on experience.”
The Eureka Woodworking Association will function as a non-profit under the principal organization for woodturning, the American Association of Woodturners, who help woodturners stay connected worldwide and hold yearly woodturning conventions. The funds allocated to the EWA will be determined by the amount of supporters they garner, so they look forward to welcoming everyone with an interest in woodwork to their warehouse on 1333 Union St. in Eureka for demonstrations, meetings and show-and-tells that will create a space for woodworkers in Humboldt County.
Leverett’s team at EWA includes Patrick Murphy, John Gordon and Michael Cowan. They are woodwork experts in their own right, but those with no expertise or experience are just as encouraged to join.
“There’s a need for it within the community,” Leverett says. “Because there isn’t anything quite like it going on here in Humboldt County”.