WoodWorkers Guild of America
Quick Look: The WoodWorkers Guild of America Roku channel should be an essential part of any woodworker's toolbox. The videos cover every aspect of woodworking, furniture building, applying finishes, tool recommendations, repairs, plus much more. Each video listing includes a brief synopsis of the content plus a short trailer you can preview for free. Most of the videos are hosted by George Vondriska, the managing editor of WWGOA, and content can be found in the following categories:
- Free Videos - Discusses using various tools safely, full length project videos and more
- Build It - Easy to follow tutorial videos for building cabinets, finishing wood, furniture making, sanding, projects and more
- Tools & Techniques - Hand Tools, Jigs, Power Tools and Joinery
- More Tips - Shop Safety, Tips, Understanding Wood
You can browse the entire library of content without a subscription, and even view a handful of videos in the "Free" category.
If you choose to subscribe, there are 2 levels of membership, as detailed below.
Premium Level Membership ($6.00/month $45.00/year)
- Access to all Premium Videos
- Access to Entire Library of Woodworking Plans and Projects
- Weekly Newsletter
- 50% Discount on Video Downloads
- 2 Video Downloads (Over 70 minutes of instruction each – Annual members only)
- 2 Plan Downloads – Annual members only
Gold Level membership ($119.00/year)
- Access to all Premium Videos
- Access to Entire Library of Woodworking Plans and Projects
- Weekly Newsletter
- 60% Discount on Video Downloads
- 20% Discount on Plan Downloads
- 20% Discount on all WWGOA Academy Classes
- 20% Discount on all Non-Video Store Products
- 8 Video Downloads (Over 75 minutes of instruction each)
- 3 WWGOA Academy Classes
- 7 WWGOA Woodworking Plans
- 4 WWGOA Academy Mini-Classes
- Ask the Expert Program
Additional free content can be found on the WoodWorkers Guild of America YouTube Channel, including the example video shown below.
-- Information is current as of February 7, 2020
Roku Channel Store Description: Woodworkers Guild of America is your go-to online resource for woodworking instruction, ideas, and information – a community where passionate woodworkers come together to express their creativity and master their craft. At WWGOA, we know that woodworking is more than a hobby for you – it’s a lifestyle. We want to be your favorite place for feeding that passion by learning new techniques, getting inspired by new ideas, and connecting with other woodworkers who feel the same way as you...
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FEES: Subscriptions vary depending on level of membership; see details in review above.
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There have been a number of discussions over the years about organizations like this. The bottom line I've taken from them is that if you take value from the membership and enjoy the particular benefits you get for the price you pay, go for it, BUT...be very careful about what's just been warned about here. Costs change "in the background" and can sneak up on you, especially if you opt for or are required to have auto-renewal. Pretty much all of these organizations, whether for woodworking or any other thing out there (they exist in nearly all types of activity focuses that people get involved in) these are for-profit businesses that specifically leverage our emotions and interests to create cash flow. Their end goal is to provide just enough perceived value that they can maximize their profit from each (level of) subscription...which is no different than any other business, honestly, but still...the buyer has to decide if it's worth it or not to them. These organizations also get substantial revenue from selling information. No surprise there, either. For me...there's zero appeal here. Then again, I don't even subscribe to magazines anymore...
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If you’re new to woodworking, you’ve probably watched nearly every YouTube tutorial video there is. You’ve picked up on some things, but you wish you could learn more. A fellow woodworking buddy suggested looking into the Woodworkers Guild of America, a paid professional resource. Is joining this guild worth the money?
The Woodworkers Guild of America is worth it if you are looking to further develop your skills with videos and other professional resources that are not otherwise available on the internet. Premium membership will cost $55 per year or the Gold membership will cost $129 per year.
With all the professional resources and classes at your fingertips as a member, for those who are serious about improving in woodworking, the Woodworkers Guild of America can be worth it. Users have said though that it’s difficult to cancel your membership once you join!
If you’re still not sure whether you should join the Woodworkers Guild of America or WWGOA, I highly recommend you keep reading. In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this organization, including its history, its services, and more on the pricing. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll know whether the WWGOA is worth the cash!
What Is the Woodworkers Guild of America?
The Woodworkers Guild of America, which I’ll refer to here from on out as the WWGOA, is a professional organization for aspiring woodworkers, including hobbyists and those who make a living through woodworking.
The resources available through the WWGOA are extensive! I was impressed.
I’ll talk more about this in the next section but do know for now that their content is robust.
Okay, but why should you trust the information from the WWGOA? They work with professional woodworkers, so the people leading the classes or recording the video tutorials aren’t random beginners.
That said, I don’t love WWGOA’s website. If you visit their site using the link above, you’ll notice that there’s no about section. The Browse section of their website didn’t take me anywhere.
Here’s what I was able to scrounge together about the WWGOA through my research. They’re based in Minnesota.
Their Facebook statement reads as follows: “At WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA), we know that woodworking is more than a hobby for you – it’s a lifestyle. We want to be your favorite place for feeding that passion by learning new techniques, getting inspired by new ideas, and connecting with other woodworkers who feel the same way as you.”
Is Woodworkers Guild Of America Free?
There are no free membership options with the Woodworkers guild of America. You will need to choose one of the two membership plans to join.
How Much Does It Cost to be a Member of the Woodworkers Guild of America?
The Premium Membership is $55 per year and the Gold Membership is $129 per year. You are able to pay monthly payments of $6 per month for the Premium membership but there are no monthly payments with the Gold membership.
Occasionally they do offer discounts on their membership but I could not find any particular times that they offer this. It seems to be random so good luck!
I have also put together a list of some great Woodworking resources here that certainly helped me out.
What Resources Can I Use If I Join the Woodworkers Guild of America?
Okay, so for the money you’re paying to be a WWGOA member (no, there is no free membership), what bang do you get for your buck? As I said I would, I want to go over the multitude of resources WWGOA offers its members.
WWGOA partnered with the most talented names in woodworking to record lengthy, detailed videos that discuss woodworking concepts and techniques. You can also watch woodworking projects being completed from start to finish so you can follow along. In all, there are more than 100 hours of content for you to sink your teeth into.
Check out their premium videos section here.
If you enjoy a video and you’d like to watch it again, rather than log onto the WWGOA website, you can download some of the videos in full. I say some because WWGOA is picky about which videos you can download. At most, you can download eight videos, and at the very least, it’s two videos.
No, you can’t choose any two or eight videos. They’re pre-selected for you. I told you WWGOA is picky!
Here are some of the video downloads for you to enjoy.
The wealth of woodworking plans is one of the best parts of being with the WWGOA. You can review plans and projects on their website and download some of them for offline use whenever you want. The number of available downloadable plans is two to eight, just like the number of woodworking videos.
Browse their woodworking plans here. I got a lot from these plans.
This is one of the only free features that WWGOA offers. On their website, input your email address and voila, you’re signed up for their newsletter. If you think you’re going to be able to use the bulk of the newsletter content and resources without paying though, that’s not going to happen.
WWGOA Academy Classes
The high-level WWGOA Academy classes will certainly teach you a new thing or two about woodworking. There are only three of these classes, but WWGOA says the classes are valued at $120. As a paid member, you could get to partake in an instructor Q&A session and enjoy bonus materials.
Here are a list of their classes available.
WWGOA Academy Mini-Classes
The difference between the WWGOA Academy classes and the mini classes is that the former is pre-recorded and the latter is live. Watch woodworking instructors share their knowledge over a livestream. If you have questions, you can ask them and get a response instantly, just as if you were sitting in a classroom.
Mini classes can be found here.
Ask the Expert
Are you stumped on what to do on your latest woodworking project? No biggie. The Ask the Expert feature lets you connect with a pro who can guide you through your problem so you can finish your project.
You can join here which gives you access to Ask the Expert.
You also gain access to expert-level articles that WWGOA says are in the hundreds. The advice and plans in these articles will give you plenty of great woodworking ideas so you’re busy for a long time to come.
What Do I Get For My Membership?
Here’s the content you get per plan.
Since it’s the lesser of the two plans, as a Premium member, you’ll be shut out of certain things or get less of them. Allow me to show you what I mean.
- Two plan downloads, but only if you pay annually, not month to month
- Two video downloads, but again, only if you pay annually
- 50% off video downloads
- Weekly newsletter
- All woodworking plans and projects in the library
- All premium videos
- No Ask the Expert
- No WWGOA Academy classes
- No WWGOA Academy mini-classes
If you’d rather pay the extra $50+ to upgrade to Gold membership, then you can take advantage of everything WWGOA has to offer. That includes the following:
- Ask the Expert
- Four WWGOA Academy mini-classes
- Three WWGOA Academy classes
- Seven woodworking plans
- Eight video downloads with each averaging 75 minutes
- 20% discount on non-video products in the WWGOA store
- 20% discount on WWGOA Academy classes
- 20% discount on plan downloads
- 60% discount on video downloads
- Weekly newsletter
- All woodworking projects and plans
- All premium videos
According to WWGOA, the value of the WWGOA Academy mini-classes is $15 per lesson. The woodworking plans are valued at $7 per plan, the WWGOA Academy classes are valued at $40 each, and the full-length video downloads are valued at $17 a pop.
The organization of course recommends that you choose the Gold plan. WWGOA says a Gold membership has a value of more than $370 and that you’ll get “ongoing savings, and benefits exclusive to GOLD Membership.”
How Do I Join the Woodworkers Guild of America?
Are you thinking about joining the WWGOA? To get started, all you have to do is visit their website here. On the homepage, the big red “Become a Member” button is above the fold so you can easily access it. You can also click the Shop link at the top of the homepage.
After spending some considerable time on the WWGOA website doing research, I can say with confidence that pretty much any link you click will bring you to the membership page.
Select between the Premium and Gold plans and then you’ll be asked to input your billing details, including your full name, country, home address, state, zip code, phone number, email address, and account password.
This is the time where you should decide if you want to sign up for the WWGOA newsletter. If not, then uncheck the box with the header that reads Communication Preferences.
Finally, put in your payment details. WWGOA accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express but not more modern payment methods like Venmo, PayPal, or Apple Pay.
When you click on the red “Complete Order” button, you’re done. Wait for your confirmation email. Then congratulations are in order because you just joined the WWGOA.
How Do I Unsubscribe from the Woodworkers Guild of America?
The WWGOA has an FAQs page on their site that, although very difficult to find, explains the process of unsubscribing rather well. That said, you might not love WWGOA’s cancellation policy.
If you’re within their 30-day grace period and you’re not enjoying their service, then you can contact WWGOA and get your full membership value refunded back to you. This only applies though if you selected an annual Premium membership. Gold members won’t have to worry about this, as their memberships are always yearly.
You’d have to send an email to [email protected] or call 1-855-253-0822 to cancel your subscription.
What if you’ve been a WWGOA member for longer than 30 days but you just aren’t feeling it? At that point, WWGOA says they “will refund your membership fee on a pro-rated basis.” Yet again, this only applies if you paid for a yearly plan. Monthly Premium members can’t get refunded period.
Sure, it’s not such a big deal if you’re only out $6, but what if you paid for four or five months and then decided the WWGOA simply isn’t for you? At five months in, you’ve paid $30, which is more than half of the annual membership plan, yet you wouldn’t be refunded a cent.
What Does Pro-Rated Basis Mean?
If you are 40 days into your Premium membership and you cancel, you will only be refunded approximately $48.97. They will not refund you the full $55 at that point.
This is based on my perceived calculations of what they are saying. This may vary for everyone.
According to some Facebook reviews, canceling is not as easy as the WWGOA website makes it seem. One user mentioned that even though they emailed and called that no one responded. Obviously, if you can’t get in touch with WWGOA’s customer service, you can’t cancel your membership. That means you’d continue to pay even if you don’t want to.
How Do I Cancel WWGOA Membership?
You can cancel your membership by emailing [email protected] or by calling 1-855-253-0822.
Provided you are paying the annual membership fee, you can get a full refund if you cancel within the first 30 days. Cancellations after 30 days are refunded on a pro-rated basis. There are no refunds on Monthly Memberships.
Is the Woodworkers Guild of America Worth It?
In my honest opinion, I believe you can definitely gain some value from a yearly Premium Membership of $55 or a Gold Membership of $129. You can choose to cancel after one year and I am confident that you can learn new skills based on the information they share in their memberships.
The Premium and Gold memberships are definitely tiered in such a way to push you more towards the Gold plan so the WWGOA can get more of your money. Yet the value for the money–provided all the resources work, of course–is high. You can gain access to expert-level videos and instruction. You can even watch live streams of woodworking pros at work. Where else do you get that kind of opportunity?
I’ve read accounts of Premium members who say that they’re constantly inundated with offers to upgrade to Gold membership. On the Lumberjocks forum, one user mentions that the downloaded video files didn’t even work for them and that when they tried to contact someone about it, they didn’t hear anything. Hmm, that’s starting to sound like a common thread. This could be an isolated incident though.
Yet if you’re a monthly Premium member, you get the short end of the stick every time. You’re continually left out of deals and discounts, not to mention you can’t get refunded if you decide to cancel your WWGOA membership. That’s a bit troubling.
The Woodworkers Guild of America or WWGOA is a professional woodworking organization that provides lessons and resources for burgeoning woodworkers. The plans aren’t too expensive, yet the divide between the Premium and Gold plans is significant enough that you’re probably better off just buying the Gold plan.
The WWGOA certainly has its downsides. Members have reported that video files don’t always work, and others have complained that they can’t cancel their membership because no one at WWGOA will get back to them.
For all its flaws, if you’ve tried YouTube tutorials and woodworking magazines and you feel like you need more guidance and instruction, I think you’d get a lot of good out of the WWGOA!
A few years ago I wrote about some Woodworkers Guild of America spam mailings that had frustrated me.
Now, at a new address, new Woodworkers Guild of America junk mailings started coming through.
The spammy and deceptive mailings were the same and again started off with the Woodworkers Guild of America sending over an unsolicited DVD.
Then, a few weeks later, the Guild sent over another mailing saying that I should return the DVD in a postage-paid envelope or pay up some cash for the DVD and additional video selections. The supplied envelope is not postage-paid, and requires a stamp.
In large print, the Woodworking Guild mailings urge that I furnish payment for the DVD and continued subscription perks, or return the DVD.
Only in small print somewhere, possibly with the first mailing, it says that the video was sent without request and can be consider a free gift or discarded.
I expect to receive a third mailing requesting that I either return the DVD or pay up to the amount of $12-15 or so.
This is how the Woodworkers Guild of America works – they send junk mail and then use deceptive marketing tactics to force subscriptions onto woodworkers. A lot of woodworkers probably discarded the DVD right away as I did. The Woodworkers Guild of America probably knows this, which is why they offer two options – that recipients return the DVD (with postage required) or pay for the DVD and a subscription for additional videos.
I don’t have any woodworking magazine subscriptions, which means they must have purchased or acquired my contact information from another source. Woodworking retailers and suppliers are the first to come to mind.
This seems to be a universal mystery. There are plenty of woodworking forum posts that start off with “I didn’t register with the Woodworkers Guild of America, and I didn’t request this DVD, so how the heck did they get my address and personal information?!”
In my case, the suspects are: Rockler, Lee Valley, and Woodcraft. I have ordered from all three stores, and all three have my contact information for catalog mailings.
Potential Woodcraft-WWGOA Affiliation
While writing up today’s post about Woodcraft’s Forstner drill bit sale, I noticed that a free 2-month membership to the Woodworkers Guild of America is included with every purchase. A similar message appears in the shopping cart.
And there doesn’t seem to be any way to opt-out from the membership. (Update: Woodcraft says that the WWGOA subscription, via email, is opt-in only, with customers having to supply WWGOA with a special code. That doesn’t mean they won’t still sell your mailing address, see below for details.)
So thank you Woodcraft, for selling my personal contact information to the horribly deceptive junk-mailing useless company known as the Woodworkers Guild of America. (Update: Woodcraft denies having supplied WWGOA with customers’ addresses, but would not offer respond as to whether they are selling mailing lists to intermediate partners.)
I hope Woodcraft received a lot of money from the Woodworkers Guild of America for my personal information, because they’re not going to see another penny from me for a long, long time. (Update: Even if they did not sell my contact information to the WWGOA directly, I am not yet convinced that they did not sell it to a 3rd party company that in turn sold/supplied it to WWGOA.)
Right now, I *believe* Woodcraft could still be the company who sold my personal contact information to the Woodworkers Guild of America, or a 3rd party intermediate marketing company. They’re also the only retailer who has my personal contact information that has a visible connection to and affiliation with the Woodworkers Guild of America.
It might be that Woodcraft is not the company that sold my private information to the Woodworkers Guild of America. But if they don’t want me or others associating them with deceptive, junky, and spammy unsolicited Woodworkers Guild of America mailings, then they shouldn’t affiliate themselves with the company and their practices.
Update: It now seems likely that Woodcraft, Rockler, and/or another company sells names and addresses to an intermediate company who then sold the contact information to the Woodworkers Guild of America.
It seems most plausible that companies are drawing up mailing lists based on printed catalog signups. Even if Woodcraft is not selling such a list to WWGOA directly, it is possible that such a list changes hands one or more times through 3rd party buyers and marketing companies. (Update: Woodcraft does provide mailing lists to 3rd party companies, just not WWGOA directly.)
Response from Woodcraft:
Woodcraft does not give or sell email addresses to Woodworkers Guild of America. Woodcraft is offering free access to the Guild’s premium content with orders, and we provide a unique offer code upon checkout. To take advantage of the offer, you must go to their website and sign up. At that point, you are on their email list, but have the option to unsubscribe at any time.
Emphasis added is my own.
I then asked: Can you affirm with absolute confidence and accuracy that Woodcraft does not supply the names and addresses of their customers and printed catalog recipients to the WWGOA, or to other 3rd party companies that might be relaying this information to the WWGOA?
And they said:
Woodcraft does not give email or postal addresses to WWGOA.
And then we asked: Would you be able to clarify as to whether Woodcraft sells or supplies names and addresses to ANY 3rd party company that might in turn be selling or supplying lists to WWGOA?
There was no answer, so I Nancy at Woodcraft an email, essentially asking for assurance that Woodcraft does not sell mailing lists to 3rd party companies who might in turn be supplying them to WWGOA.
She evaded around the question and repeated the same as before:
We occasionally make our customer list (postal mailing list only) available to carefully screened companies whose products may interest you.
In other words, Woodcraft is not selling mailing lists directly to the Woodworkers Guild of America, but could be selling them to companies that compile or resell lists to the WWGOA.
Apparently Rockler does the same:
Occasionally, we make a portion of our mailing list available to respectable organizations that may interest our customers.
Lee Valley does NOT do this:
Please note that we do not rent out our customer names. You will not receive mail from others as a result of buying from us.
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