Indiana Chapter Spring 2023 Meeting May 20th

David S. Bowes

New member
I'd like to share the plans for our upcoming Indiana chapter meeting on Saturday, May 20th at 9:30 at Jeff Juday's shop at 3251 Sheridan Road, Noblesville, IN.

The main event will be Luke Barnett of the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute to present and demo on steam bending and Windsor chair seat carving.

Please RSVP to David Bowes ([email protected]) by Wednesday, May 17th

Logistics & Requests:

- Bring your own chair
- Our Show & Tell theme will be Windsor Chairs, but feel free to bring anything you would like to share
- Bring cash to cover Luke's expenses. The cost could be up to $40-50 per person, depending on attendance.
- Sam Rhodes has offered to auction his woodworking library to help cover the costs of a speaker at a future Indiana chapter meeting. Bring some extra cash to round out your library.
- We are seeking a few volunteers for a new Chapter Planning Committee to help plan our chapter meetings. Please consider signing up and sharing your ideas for future chapter activities.

Meeting Agenda:
- 9:30-10:30 - Get settled, chapter business, and Show and Tell
- 10:30-12:00 - Luke Barnett on steam bending
- 12:00-12:45 - Lunch provided
- 12:45-2:45 - Luke Barnett on Windsor chair seat carving
- 2:45-3:30 - Book sale & auction
- 3:30-4:00 - Meeting adjourns
- 4:00-4:30 - Chapter Planning Committee plans Fall meeting

Speaker Bio:


Luke Barnett was born on May 6th, 1985 in Adrian, Michigan, where he currently resides. He is a woodworker that specializes in traditional American Windsor chairs. Luke has sold Windsor chairs since 2011 and has been a full-time chairmaker since December 2013. Barnett won “Top craftsman in North America” from the Directory of Traditional American Crafts and Early American Life Magazine in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He won “Best project” in the seating category through Popular Woodworking Magazine in 2016 and 2017. Barnett also had one of his handmade Birdcage Rocking Chairs selected to be a part of a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit in 2016. Mr. Barnett is a member of the Adrian Noon Rotary Club and was awarded “Rotarian of the Year 2020” and “Outstanding Honors 2018-2019” for his devotion to the Woodworking for Warriors Program. He was also selected to be a guest speaker at the International Woodworking Fair in 2018 and 2020. Barnett spoke at the 2018 International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Georgia. His speech titled “Be the Spark” focused on engaging students at younger ages through community outreach.

Barnett is also an Accredited Skills Evaluator (ASE) through the Woodworking Career Alliance of North America. Currently, Barnett is a Finalist for “Top Young Woodworking Professional in the World” through The Woodworking Network for 2021 and was recently awarded a honoree of the Woodworking Network “40 Under 40 Awards" Class of 2020.