Thursday, September 1, 2016


Press Release for the RCWA Toy Making Marathon – September thru Dec 2016

The toymakers in the Rapid City Woodworking Association (RCWA) are gearing up for a series of Saturday workshops during September, October and November.  This will be the big push to build and finish wood toys for delivery at Christmas.  One of the purposes of the Rapid City Woodworking Association (RCWA) is to enhance the quality of life for underprivileged children of the Black Hills.  This is the purpose of this special year around Toy Program for making and distributing handmade holiday gifts and toys to charitable organizations in the local area.  Members work year around in their own garages as well as in bi-monthly Saturday Toy Workshops to produce quality wood toys.  Before Christmas, the toys are distributed to various organizations in the area.
The Toy Making Marathon will be starting September 10th, 2016 from 9 am to noon and continue each Saturday thru the first week of December or until all toys are done.  Workshops will be held in the Club for Boys Shop from 9 am to noon.  The Club for Boys is located near the Civic Center - at 320 N 4th Street, Rapid City, SD.  Call Bob Buchanan at (605) 348-2865 or Rick Weisbeck at (605) 431-4708 if you have questions.
This year we are planning to build and give approximately 2,000 wooden toys to The Club for Boys, Women Against Violence (WAVI), Youth and Family Services, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, The Hope Center, Love, Inc., SD National Guard Family Assistance Center - 155th En Co, all in Rapid City, the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, and the EAFB Youth Programs at Ellsworth AFB, The Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, and Needs Free in the Sioux Falls area.

If you want to help build and assemble toys for the Toy Program, we can always use an extra hand.  If you have the skills for running a scroll saw, we can use your help as well.  If you can help between now and Christmas, call Bob Buchanan at 348-2865 or check our website for more information:  If you want to help with donations, we can always use wheels and axles to make toy vehicles.  Monetary donations can be mailed to our RCWA Treasurer, Julian Wigen at 255 Texas Street Apt 460 in Rapid City, 57701.  

The mission of the RCWA is to promote woodworking safety, skills and knowledge, for the amateur, professional and student craftsperson.  The RCWA was formed to meet the needs of the woodworkers in the Rapid City area.  We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City.  We cordially invite men and women of all ages who have an interest in woodworking to attend our meetings.  No experience is necessary for membership.  Membership dues are $25 a year per famly.  Please come and share the experience, ideas, techniques and the mutual enjoyment of creating with wood.

The RCWA is a local chapter of the South Dakota Woodworkers Guild.  The RCWA exists for two main reasons: (1) To exchange information that will enhance the enjoyment and skills of woodworking; and (2) To promote woodworking as a hobby, as a profession, or anywhere in between.  This includes promoting woodworking safety, teaching and helping other members, enhancing the quality of life for underprivileged children of the Black Hills by making and distributing Wooden Toys to charitable organizations in the local area, and supporting community service organizations thru volunteer woodworking activities. 

For more information, contact Bob Buchanan at (605) 348-2865 or Rick Weisbeck at (605) 431-4708.  Or go to our website at

Click on the link below to learn more about the Rapid City Woodworkers Association activities on the main page of the website:

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