Shorty Fund

Shorty Fund

How will your donation be utilized with the Shorty Fund?


This program was set up in memory of Clarence Hart, known to all as Shorty, to provide learning opportunities for young people so as to encourage them to enjoy woodturning as a hobby, avocation and artform they can enjoy as adults. The AWA often works with schools to encourage this involvement.

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If you are looking to name an education fund after someone who has good character, honest, always teaching and educating about woodturning – “Clarence “Shorty” Hart is your perfect candidate.  That’s how his friends talk about “Shorty,” a long-time member of AWA. “Shorty” went in to the US Navy at the beginning of WWII. He settled in Phoenix almost 50 years ago working construction and lighting up billboards all over the valley.

Although “Shorty” has now passed – his guidance and helping other turners made an impact.  Jason Clark (past President) was instrumental in changing the name of the AWA School Fund program to the “Shorty Fund” in honor of Clarence and his unselfishness to teach others.

Volunteers do demonstrations at local high schools and bring them woodturning tools for their shop (bought thru the Shorty fund).

At our in-person meetings the 50-50 raffle donations go to the Shorty fund.

High School demonstrations and donations of tools from the Shorty Fund.

HS demo
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HS demo 2