The SWAT Symposium took on the Beads of Courage program in 2010 inspired by Craig Fyock, owner of Wood World, Texas.  Each year the contributions for the Beads of Courage by SWAT attendees and support of our vendors has exceeded the previous year, with 149 boxes in 2014.  If you are not familiar with the program, visit the Beads of Courage web site http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/about.htm/, it is really a heart warming experience.

If you are considering turning or making a box for Beads of Courage, the following guidelines can be found on their website at http://www.beadsofcourage.org/pages/woodworkers.htm/.

"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), rectangualr lidded boxes about 4x6x4.  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 to 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.