The SWAT Symposium took on the Beads of Courage program in 2010. SWAT's involvement was inspired by Craig Fyock, owner of Wood World, Texas. Each year the contributions for the Beads of Courage program exceeds the previous year.
SWAT attendees and support of our vendors has made this possible. There were 149 boxes made in 2014.
If you are not familiar with the program, visit the Beads of Courage web site http://www.beadsofcourage.org/, it is really a heart warming experience.
If you want specific information regarding participation as a woodturner, or guidelines for making and donating your boxes go here:
"Guidelines: In order to hold the beads, turned boxes for the Beads of Courage program need to be about 6 inches in diameter (5 inches minimum), rectangular lidded boxes about 4 x 6 x 4. If possible, have Beads of Courage engraved or burned in the lid. Make sure the lids are easily removable. Also, finials should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate."
Note: We are sorry, but unlike previous years we will not be judging or giving prizes for the top Beads-of-Courage entries this year.