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Center for Art in Wood holds Bandsaw Bash

Patrons at the Bandsaw Bash silent auction  

Patrons at the Bandsaw Bash silent auction  

The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia hosted its fourth annual Bandsaw Bash on Oct. 20 at the Arch Street Meeting House in Old City, a festive evening party and silent auction featuring work by local wood artisans. As in past years, all proceeds from the event are split between the contributing artists and the Center to use toward its many free programs offered to the community throughout the year.

“Over the past couple of years, we have not been able to gather, so it was wonderful to host in-person the fourth annual Bandsaw Bash. We had new and old friends come and celebrate with us and it felt very joyous with the music and delightful work created for the auction. We couldn’t have held such a festive event without the support of our sponsors, our vendors, those who bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and our ever-flourishing community,” Katie Sorenson, the Center’s director of outreach and communications, tells Woodshop News.

“People have asked why it’s called the Bandsaw Bash and that is because it was created to reflect the fundamental tool used by all woodworkers, whether they’re hobbyists, furniture makers, woodturners or sculptures. The Bandsaw Bash is unique in that we have artists participate in creating fantastic bandsaw boxes and pieces for our auction that not only benefit the Center, but proceeds are split with the artist.”

Income from the auction will specifically support the Center’s upcoming events, exhibitions, the 2023 Winter Residency, and hands-on youth workshops.

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This article was originally published in the January 2023 issue.

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