Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

September 10, 2016 10:30 AM (EDT) • 149 York St., New Haven, CT
September 19, 2016 6:30 PM (EDT) • Home of Andrew Davis, 112 Sumner Rd, Brookline, MA
October 17, 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Home of Carl Evans, 27 Thurston Street, Wrentham, MA
November 21, 2016 7:00 PM (EST) • Home of Donald Fye, 160 Pelham Island Road, Wayland, MA

Message from the President

Register for September meeting-

Unlike most of our meetings, the September meeting notice asks that you register if you plan to attend.  To do so, click on the heading that says Tour of Yale Furniture Study and click Register on the page that appears.  There is no cost but there is a limit to the group size that can be accommodated.  The tour will be a unique opportunity to see and learn about American furniture and wooden objects from a variety of periods.

Book reviews-

At a recent FIG meeting Carl Evans recommended a book, “American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow.”  As a woodworker and backyard logger, of course, I am interested in the topic and it is turning out to be a good read.  It is a history of our country from the viewpoint of the tree.  Everything from the tree as a symbol (the Liberty tree) to a food and drink source (the Johnny Appleseed story) to a building material, fuel source and more is presented in a well researched and very readable format.  It calls to mind another book I read a while ago.   “Collapse” by Jared Diamond is the author’s take on why some civilizations endure and others collapse.  Diamond is best known for an earlier work, Guns Germs and Steel, which is his theory of why some civilizations advanced technologically ahead of others.  According to Diamond one of the keys to the collapse of many civilizations is deforestation.  He gives a number of examples and its an interesting take on the importance of trees.

The buddy system-

The board has instituted a new procedure to help new members feel at home right away when they join the Guild.  It involves having an experienced member contact, get to know, and introduce around a new member.  Toward that end you may get a call from me asking whether you would be able to help out a new member who lives near you, has a similar woodworking interest, or something else in common.

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. 

3GWW - A Mentoring Odyssey

 by Jim Russell

One of the benefits of being a member of the Guild is the mentoring activity. About a year ago, Don Michael decided that if he didn't schedule specific workshop time, he would never get any workshop time. So we agreed to meet one morning a week to make sawdust. After a few weeks, it became clear that we needed a specific project and decided to make a early 19th Century Portsmouth Table. Neither of us actually wanted a Portsmouth table but we didn't want to learn all of the different woodworking and embellishment techniques required to build one. Jeff Clunie decided to join us and so began the weekly meetings of 3GWW (Three Guys Woodworking).   We like to think of 3GWW is a mutual mentoring organization. We finally finished the project a few months ago and Jeff decided to document his mentoring experience.  You can read Jeff's full article by clicking on this link..

Jim Tartaglia is responsible for shepherding the mentoring activity for the Guild and is coordinating the release of a series of articles on mentoring activity. This is the first of those articles. For future articles in the space.

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

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New Stuff

February 11, 2016 11:26 AM • James Russell

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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