The Craftsman's Club

Renovation of the 1931 Maintenance Building

The Hiawatha Craftsman Club was formed in 2011 to provide for the fellowship and promotion of all forms of craft skills but especially all forms of woodworking. In 2012, we were given the use of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club’s original 1931 maintenance building, which at that time was in a state of disrepair. In 2012, we were able to get this building entered into the Federal Registry of Historic Buildings with the assistance and support of the club’s dynamic historian, Betty Ann Glascock. Working throughout the winter and into 2013, the building was carefully restored by club members, with a new 200 amp service, new roof and siding, repaired the original windows, reinforced floor and foundation and a fresh coat of paint. All of this was made possible by the financial support of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club, The Nature and Historical Society and the Hiawatha Craftsmen.

With the establishment of a shop facility, the miracle began. Our members began donating shop equipment of every kind. We even acquired two kilns and a potter’s wheel and tools. Some members saw the Craftsman’s Club’s value to HSC and gave us additional financial support enabling us to purchase needed pieces of equipment and acquire several tons of planed and rough saw lumber for future projects. The interest and support of our members has been overwhelming.

Membership to the Craftsman's Club

The Hiawatha Craftsmen have the shop open from 9:00 am to noon every Wednesday from May through September. Membership is only $20.00 per year and allows members to access the shop 24/7 to work on their personal projects or assist with those of the HSC community. We hope to provide small projects for the children and adults of HSC every summer. The first project was the building of treasure boxes by our young people. If you have a craft or are looking to acquire one, please come and join us. Crafts are fun and a great way to spend rainy days.