In 1987 a small group of woodworkers interested in wood turning set out to form the Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association (COWA), a club dedicated to woodturning to serve the Oklahoma City and surrounding area. In 1988 COWA became a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). COWA's mission is (1) to provide an organization through club meetings, (2) to provide instruction through demonstrations and classes, and (3) to promote the craft and art of woodturning.
COWA hosts monthly meetings with woodturning demonstrations and discussion. Meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Automotive Auditorium of the Metro Technology Center at 4901 S. Bryant, Oklahoma City.
The first meeting of each quarter is a show-and-tell meeting with members showing and discussing their latest creations. Raffel's are held for prizes and for turned items created by our members.
Each year, COWA teaches 10 Saturday classes at Moore-Norman Technology Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Fall classes are considered novice classes and the Spring classes are for more advanced turners.
A valuable benefit of club membership is the extensive collection of turning videos in our DVD library. The library is made available at each monthly club meeting.