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Friends of the Carpenter Welcomes Southwest Washington Woodturners as New Tenant - 02/14/19

Vancouver, WA – Friends of the Carpenter has welcomed Southwest Washington Woodturners as a new tenant at 1600 W 20th Street, Vancouver. Southwest Washington Woodturners will rent 500 square feet of space, which was previously rented to house and operate the Share Day Center.

“Friends of the Carpenter has had a mutually beneficial relationship with Southwest Washington Woodturners for almost 10 years and we are delighted to welcome them as a neighbor,” said Tom Iberle, executive director. “As the staff and board of Friends of the Carpenter imagine a new direction for our organization, we are excited about the opportunity to further the reputation of the Friendship Center as a place of choice for unique, hand-made, heirloom-quality wood products through our partnership with Southwest Washington Woodturners.”

“The Woodturners are very happy to continue this great relationship we have built through the years with Friends of the Carpenter,” said Adam Luna, club president.  “We are pleased about this opportunity to open our School of Woodturning in our new space, which is equipped with eight lathes and tools. We will offer one day classes led by master wood turners on a regular basis, plus our monthly meetings are open to all, from novices to experts, interested in learning more about the art of wood turning. Come check us out, I promise you will have the best time in front of the lathe. There is nothing like the satisfaction of creating a unique handmade piece!”

Southwest Washington Woodturners are committed to serving woodturners in the area. Membership is available through annual dues of $35 (sign up and pay on-line at The club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., in their new space at Friends of the Carpenter, 1600 W 20th Street, Vancouver.

For more information about SWWT and their schedule of classes, call 360-887-8963, email or visit

About Friends of the Carpenter

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with vulnerable members of our community through woodworking events scheduled around the area and which, today, are mostly held at FOC’s Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at