Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

August 20, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Tim Holiner, 40 Donnelly Drive, Dover
September 08, 2018 9:00 AM • Farm of Ralph Southwick, 331 Wauwinet Rd, Barre, MA
September 17, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Don Fye, 160 Pelham Island Rd, Wayland
October 13, 2018 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Lincoln, MA
October 15, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of John George, 5 Hemlock Dr, Hopkinton

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

May 11, 2018 10:00 AM • MA Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston

Featured Piece of the Month

Stickley Sofa Table by Ken Zoller


I'm sure this notion has happened to all of you woodworkers.  While visiting a showroom of furniture (made by the Stickley Co.), the bright idea occurred to Ken Zoller to make the piece instead of purchasing it.

Indeed, Ken followed through with this concept.  He briefly documented his progress including taking pictures along the way. It's a masterful job re-engineering the piece.  In the meantime Ken adds to his own showroom in the house while having a story tell his guests.  Check out June's Feature Piece of the Month by Ken Zoller.

Message from the President

May Meeting

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is a fitting end for the guild year.  The election of officers determines who will direct the guild in the coming year.  Even though the nominating committee has found candidates for all four elected positions (president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer) any member can run for any office simply by announcing their interest.  In addition, the annual show-and-tell is exhibited by members who bring pieces they have completed either recently or a while ago.  It should be noted that all members are invited to bring pieces big or small.  Members’ significant others are invited and many do attend.  There is food and fellowship for all.  Remember, as it says in the meeting announcement: Bring chairs, drinks, snacks and/or dessert.  Coffee and lunch will be provided.  Park behind the house on the street.  I’ll hang out the flag for you.

New Website Feature

A new page has been added to the MEMBERS section of our website.  The page, Member Map, is an interactive map of all member locations who have approved sharing their address with other members in their privacy settings.  This map page is private to guild members and members must be logged on to gain access.  Viewing the Member Map, the user will see location icons that designate locations for members participating in this feature.  By clicking a location icon the member's contact information of that location is displayed.  Use this page to locate potential carpool partners.  Thanks to Tom Shirley for providing the technical groundwork for this new feature.

Enjoy the Summer

The annual meeting in June marks the end of the guild year.  There are no Saturday guild meetings during the summer.  But plenty of woodworking still goes on.  The FIG group may continue meetings and there will be changes to the web page.  At some time during the summer the schedule of fall meetings will be posted so check into the web site from time to time and have a great summer.

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. 

Bevel Cut


Guild member Andrew Davis writes about a resaw project gone wrong and the resulting lessons learned.  Andrew also provides a checklist for improving the likelihood of having a successful resaw outcome in June's article entitled I Saw; We Saw, We All Want to Resaw.

Perpetual Novice

Order of Work

The ability to follow steps serially is something we do quite admirably in woodworking.  Except when we don't.  That's because we've inadvertently left out important steps.  And sometimes it's too late.  This creates additional work and workarounds.  The Perpetual Novice tells a humorous story of one example of a once small project gone bigger and reveals the consequences in the April's submission.

Funiture Interest Group Meetings

Meetings of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group (FIG) are held every third Monday of the month.  All members are welcome.  Members meet at a different member's house every month where they attend to discuss all things furniture building, including designs, jigs, wood species, joinery, tools, etc.  Members have a chance to seek advice from a varied, friendly, and experienced assembly of woodworkers or add to this body of collective knowledge.  Keep an eye on FIG meetings for time and place in the Upcoming Guild Events at the top of the page. 

Period Furniture But What Period? Parts 1 and 2

Guild Member member and Treasurer Jim Allen has submitted a well researched, peer reviewed article on "Period" furniture.  The article spans generations of furniture from the 17th century Jacobean Period to the 20th century Mid-Century Modern discussing designers and clarifying the periods for specific characteristics and issues that morphed one period to another.  Special considerations are given to the woodworking reader when the article describes period-specific joinery and tools.  Moreover, Jim adds economical, historical and geographical influences that introduced or phased out various periods.

The article was originally printed in the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers' The Journal magazine as parts 1 and 2 in the fall, 2017 and spring, 2018 issues, respectively.  Part 1 was presented on this website last fall.  Part 2 is now ready for publication. 

Click to read Period Furniture But What Period? - Part 1. (Jacobean to Federal Periods)

Click to Read Period Furniture But What Period? - Part 2. (Empire to Mid-Century Modern Periods)

Mentoring in the EMGW

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.  Members listed on the Mentor Program page of this website have expressed a willingness to help other members in a variety of ways.

To read more about the Mentor Program, click here or navigate to About Us then Mentor Program.  To see the list of Mentor members with their interests and contact information, click here or navigate to Members then Mentors.

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