Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

October 18, 2021 7:00 PM • Zoom
November 13, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Link to be posted 10 days in advance
December 11, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Link to be posted 10 days in advance
January 08, 2022 9:00 AM • We are hoping for an in-person meeting! Details to follow

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

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Bevel Cut


Do You Own Tools You Never Use?

by Andrew Davis

Your answer to the question in the title of this article, is very likely YES.  I know it's a YES for me.  It's an easy answer for the obsolete tools.  On the other end of spectrum, there are the collector quality tools that are to be excluded from the discussion.  So what does one do with those unused tools that presumably have some utility.  We hope that the tool will finally come in use inevitably but how long does it take before giving up hope?  

Andrew writes of his experience, partly realized when selling his house.  But there is more to it.  Andrew suggests solutions for which the guild may take notice.  Take a look and perhaps we can solve the unused tool problem and enjoy a safe outdoor meeting at the same time.  Read it here in his newest Bevel Cut article.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Measure Twice, Cut Once


Keep Your Tools Sharp 

by Rob Carver

This is not a how to article.  Of course, we should keep our tools sharp.  So what's new?  Rob provides all the reasons and then some.  Even if you think you've heard everything about sharp tools, you will want to read Rob's perspective that addresses the issue with the inclusion of quotes from historical figures.  Click Keep Your Tools Sharp to read about a succinct essay with some not so obvious references.

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

Board of Directors 2021 - 2022

At the June, 2021 annual meeting the following were elected to the EMGW Board of Directors:

Tim Holiner, President (re-elected)

Ken Zoller, Vice President (re-elected)

Don Cole, Treasurer (re-elected)

Tom Shirley, Secretary (re-elected)

All candidates were elected unanimously.

Featured Piece of the Month


Yellow Pine Desks

by Brad Carr

It's always a gift when someone contributes to the column with an article about a piece that achieves certain objectives, whether it's to develop new skills, add functional furniture to the household, offer a gift to another, or even, just to be busy creatively.  It's doubly impressive when a new member contributes.  Here new EMGW member Brad Carr submitted a piece that meets the above criteria.  You can read about Brad's project here.  

To welcome Brad and send your comments and questions, click Brad Carr.

Note: Contribute to the Featured Piece of the Month column.  Click my email address to send your draft anytime and I'll begin to schedule its publication.  I can assist your organizing, formatting, and picture insertions so don't let those issues stop you from documenting your projects and revealing your work.  Content can be as detailed (or not) as you like.

Remember this column is not necessarily dedicated to furniture pieces.  Tools, jigs, 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.

Social Media

To view and access EMGW social media sites click Instagram and Facebook.  You don't need to be a member for a quick view.


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