Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

December 10, 2022 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and virtual on Zoom
January 14, 2023 9:30 AM • Handshouse Studio, 8 Meadow Farm Way, Norwell MA
February 11, 2023 9:30 AM • 187 Flaggy Meadow Rd, Gorham Maine

Board of Directors 2022 - 2023

At the June, 2022 annual meeting the following were elected to the EMGW Board of Directors:

Ken Zoller, President (formerly V.P.)

Rob Carver, Vice President

John George, Treasurer

Tom Shirley, Secretary (re-elected)

All candidates were elected unanimously.

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

No upcoming events


Map of Member Locations

For in-person meetings, the possibility to carpool to monthly and FIG meetings may be of use to you.  Tom Shirley has updated the Member Map that displays members' locations on a Google map.  To access the map, log in, click the Member tab, then from the drop-down list click Member Map.  User instructions can be found there.

Bevel Cut


Finishing Frustrations Part II

by Andrew Davis

Last month Andrew was not finished with Finishing Frustrations.  Apparently, the frustrations are overflowing.  I stand by what I said last month.

There is no argument for many woodworkers, their woodworking Achilles' heel is finishing.  I always thought this last stage was ill named because you have to ask yourself, how many times does it take to restart "finishing" and fix problems before you are satisfied?  Only the last attempt should be called Finishing, i.e., when you are FINISHED!...

...Relax and enjoy more laughs while commiserating with Andrew, this time with his sequel article Finishing Frustrations Part II.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Measure Twice, Cut Once - Wisdom From the Shop


Preparation is More

than Half the Battle

by Rob Carver

Reading Rob's article this month, I realize preparation lasts longer than I expected.  In fact, it's probably a lot more than half the battle.  For me and especially for a new project, preparation starts with the first inkling of wanting to make a piece. I design cognitively for a while before putting anything down on paper or screen.  I guess my thought about preparation was the first step immediately followed by the last step. Yep, two serial steps and you're done.  Seems simple and efficient.  Right?  The concept here is that if you prepare well, the intended outcome is successful - don't skimp on preparation.  But now I'm thinking, preparation continues until you say "Done".

What is your take on Preparation is More than Half the Battle?

You can reach Rob for comments and additional information, by clicking Rob Carver.

Featured Piece of the Month


ArtTalk with Steve McKenna

by Steve McKenna and LexMedia

And now for something completely different...Steve McKenna, professional woodworker and multi-contributor to this column, has provided a closer view into his work.  In this wonderful video Steve is interviewed about his work and provides considerable detail for woodworkers that covers his artistry plus his process.  It's almost a how-to video for members to better understand, for example, the joinery for his exquisite rocking chairs.  This ArtTalk with Steve McKenna, Furniture Maker, a LexMedia Production, is an excellent contribution to be a Featured Piece of the Month. 

Further information can be requested by clicking Steve McKenna.

Another season of Featured Pieces is ongoing.  Your contributions in any form are welcome.  Click my email address to send your draft.

Remember this column is not necessarily dedicated to furniture pieces.  Tools, jigs, processes, and other woodworking related themes are also relevant.

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.

EMGW Projects 2022 - 2023

Pictures in this column are from past guild projects.  Now Steve Hoffmann and Jeff Clunie are making preparations to run a workshop project this Fall for guild members. The intent is to provide a program where new members can get to meet each other as well as some long-time members over a course of a few weeks and to work alongside them, learn new skills, share experiences and make nice projects to bring home.

It is anticipated that the workshops will be held during the day on weekdays, however, the location, time and other specifics will be determined once we have an idea of the number of people interested, their demography, availability, skill level, access to tools, etc.

Three different projects are being considered:

1. an articulated wooden toy dinosaur based on the book Animated Animal Toys in Woodby by David Wakefield

2. a wavy cutting board based on the Fine Woodworking article “A Unique Cutting Board” by Scott Lewis (May/June 2013 issue # pages 68 – 73).

3. a Shaker Stool (either a foot stool or a utility stool) with woven Shaker tape adapted from the books Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware by Ejner Hanberg, Chairmaking Simplified by Kerry Pierce, and The Book of Shaker Furniture by John Kassay. (There is no need to purchase any of these books or magazines).

If you would like to learn more about these projects click EMGW Project 2022.  You may also contact either Steve or Jeff to register your interest or ask questions.



Starting out in Woodworking? EMGW Members Compiled a Guidebook for You

Considering getting into woodworking?  A team of members of EMGW has written a guidebook targeted for new woodworkers and a refresher for other woodworkers.

The guidebook is complimentary.  It can be viewed and downloaded for your reading pleasure.  We hope that reading the guidebook will engender interest in woodworking and membership in our guild.  Click here for a priceless copy.

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Considerable work has already gone into renewing older and securing new discounts from various sources.  To review the list on the website you must first login then click Members and then Special Membership Discounts.


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