Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

November 12, 2016 9:00 AM (EST) • Woodcraft of Woburn 185 New Boston St, Woburn
November 18, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • North Bennett Street School, 150 North St, Boston, MA
November 21, 2016 7:00 PM (EST) • Home of Donald Fye, 160 Pelham Island Road, Wayland, MA
December 02, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts 116 Water St, Beverly
December 19, 2016 7:00 PM (EST) • Home of Don Michael, 19 Great Rd, Stow, MA

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

November 18, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • North Bennett Street School, 150 North St, Boston, MA
December 02, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts 116 Water St, Beverly

Message from the President

             Learn about Meetings Past and Future

A number of members are getting increased benefits from the Guild website as a result of our October meeting.  For those of you who did not attend I will be including tips on various aspects of the site for the next several months.  Frequently members ask about topic and location for future meetings. On the homepage of the Guild website you can see several upcoming events but if you want to see farther into the future pick EVENTS from the list on the left of the page.  Now you will be able to find information about meetings months in advance.  Besides topic and location you can learn something about the presenter and more.  If you scroll down there is a list of past meetings.  This can be helpful if you want to try something from a past meeting, say making hide glue.  Click on the meeting topic and you will see links to the handouts from that meeting.  These are available if the presenter gives them to us.

                                                Presenter for our November meeting

I met Michael Dow when he gave a presentation to the New England Woodcarvers Group a year or two ago.  I thought he would be an interesting presenter to our group for several reasons.  He is an accomplished woodcarver who can explain clearly the methods tools and techniques he uses. He manufactures and markets bagpipes which involves more woodworking than I had ever imagined and he has made his living at his craft for many years, something many of us dream about and/or aspire towards.  I am sure you will enjoy his presentation.

                                                            Random musings

As I now have a smaller shop and eight foot hardwood boards somehow get heavier every year I have developed an increased interest in smaller projects that use simpler tools.  Marquetry and carving are two areas where one can do a lot of interesting and challenging woodworking in a small amount of space with minimal expense for tools and materials.  Their products can stand alone or be incorporated into larger works.  All of the techniques and knowledge of wood that I have gained over the years working on larger pieces come into play but on a smaller scale.

Here we are deep into summer, but as we approach the end of July, I know you are all wondering “What does the coming year for the Guild involve”. Well, behind the scenes, folks have been hard at work putting together the events for the coming year. 

Mentoring in the EMGW

by Vincent Valvo

Mentoring in the Guild takes many forms. Everything from a brief conversation or email on a particular technique to a full-blown cooperative effort to build an entire piece. Most mentoring occurs informally among members however the Mentor program provides an easy way, especially for new members, to get involved in mentoring. Everyone listed on the Mentor Program page of this website has expressed a willingness to help other members in a variety of ways.

For a detailed story of the mentor project that produced the piece pictured above, read the article here: Vincent Valvo's Mentor Story

Bevel Cut

Wood Carving in the 17th Century

Argh!  If you're wondering what a pirate ship is doing here, first understand this is no mere pirate ship.  This and other ships like it in the accompanying teaser article by Andrew Davis tell of Swedish warships, restoration, and, most of all, elaborate wood carvings that have tested centuries of time, poor design, battles, and salt water. Read about it here.

Set Up Your Bandsaw

I thought I had a defective band saw (it couldn't possibly have been me) until I set up my saw EXACTLY the way Alex said. It is all in where the blade sits on the wheel.

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