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  • January 19, 2022 12:10 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Did you know that in 1810, the use of nails in the US was comparable, as a measure of nominal GDP, to household purchases of personal computers and peripherals or air travel in our modern times?  That's just one nugget in guild member Dan Sichel's recent paper that caught the eye of NPR's Planet Monkey program for an interview. 

    You may remember Dan's mahogany dining table featured as Piece of the Month last year.  So you might think the interview was about woodworking -- but, only peripherally.  You see, under the guise of an accomplished woodworker, Dan has a full-time job - Professor of Economics at Wellesley College.  Dan recently wrote "The Price of Nails Since 1695: A Window into Economic Change" that was the basis of the interview.  Presented in a ten minute podcast, Dan discusses his research on what we can learn about the US economy from the economic history of nails. 

    Look forward to a light treatment of a serious paper by clicking Dan's Podcast. Also look forward to another featured piece by Dan later this year.

  • January 02, 2022 3:41 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)



    Read the Grain 

    by Rob Carver

    Woodworking for most of us is a singular enterprise. Our workshops are sized mostly for tools, not other humans.  Using woodworking as a metaphor for social relationships, Rob informs us to think about the bigger picture.  As we toil among our joinery, almost invisible reliefs, and grain direction, we also toil in our communities, small and large, to improve our interaction, to understand the direction of our grain and others.  Rob brings this article at a time of new year, which often is a time of reflection and introspection.  Here's to a Happy New Year and Happy Woodworking in 2022.  And here's to a Healthy New Year physically, mentally, and socially.

    For a must read, click Rob's Read the Grain.

  • January 02, 2022 3:37 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)


    Is Your Project a By-Product?

    by Andrew Davis

    One thing leads to another and in this issue most woodworking projects lead to sawdust.  Big surprise!  But Andrew thinks about this kind of stuff.  And that leads to using the sawdust or any other seemingly useless by-product into something that can be monetized above the level of trashing it.

    I collect hand plane shavings for kindling for my outdoor wood-fueled pizza oven.  The company I bought the pizza oven actually sells hardwood wood shavings and small blocks for just that purpose.  I admit I've actually thought of mechanizing a cutter to produce shavings of my hardwood scrap.  Now there's a by-product that could be worth something.

    Have you considered a project or business turning trash into gold?  In his January 2022 article Is Your Project a By-Product?, Andrew amusingly goes through the mental process of what to consider to evaluate a price for a by-product.  Andrew lays out a compelling list of accounting variables that will have you feeling that sawdust, wood shavings, wood blocks, or other woodworking by-products might be best left for the trash.  See for yourself.

  • January 02, 2022 3:34 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Dual Top Oak Cherry Table

    by Dick Belanger

    When a daughter comes calling, what father is going to decline the request?  So empowered, Dick Belanger took on the request for "something different."  Dick takes you along his design and build technique to create a remarkable one-of-a-kind table using two table tops separated by arched supports for that different look he was appealed to take.  I dare say he accomplished his objective and workmanship.  See for yourself by clicking Dual Top Oak Cherry Table

    To send your comments, click Dick Belanger.

  • December 16, 2021 7:16 AM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Presentation made to the Guild on December 11, 2021https://youtu.be/FR4xG1C4hhE by Shannon Rogers on the lumber industry. 

  • December 14, 2021 6:53 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    At the EMGW December 2021 meeting, Shannon Rogers, Director of Marketing for J. Gibson McIlvain Company and founder of The Hand Tool School, spoke of the detailed, regulated, linkable steps of lumber from a tree in a foreign forest to a board at a retail lumber yard, including sourcing, sawing, sorting, grading, pricing, etc. For logged in members, click the Guild Video Library tab to view the presentation.
  • December 09, 2021 1:05 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Under the About Us tab, click Projects.  Pictures from 2017 and 2018 are scrollable in separate windows.

  • December 01, 2021 2:02 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Your Life on a USB Stick

    by Andrew Davis

    Do you count yourself in the group of current or former subscribers of at least one woodworking magazine?  Even if you have never been a subscriber, chances are that you have been solicited to be a subscriber, especially now during the holiday season.  You are told they make good presents.

    So it didn't take long for Andrew to use this advertising magazine campaign to ponder how to deal with the piles of issues that amass over the years.  The USB stick, sometimes referred to as a thumb drive, is one publishing delivery option but it has downsides as Andrew cites.  Still, that little device with cheap, local, searchable computer memory has become ubiquitous beyond just managing the storage of magazine issues.  Widening that concept to a broader view of technology in woodworking can lead to more pondering by Andrew.

    So take a look at Andrew's article and dial back to the catalyst - handling magazine issues - of this progression in December's Your Life on a USB Stick.

    To send your comments, click Andrew Davis.

  • November 30, 2021 5:09 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    December's MTCO article reveals a little history behind the phrase "tried and true".  This column could become a quiz show by asking the question about various well-known phrases, where does it originate - in woodworking or outside woodworking?  Find the "tried and true" answer in this month's article.  Rob said he really had fun learning about it.

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

  • November 30, 2021 5:05 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    There never seems to be a dull moment in Dave McCormick's workshop.  Dave continually takes on challenges, this time inspired by a visit to the furniture section at the Peabody Essex Museum.  There an original Seymour Table was on display.  It would be an understatement to declare that Dave succeeded in this gorgeous reproduction.  And working through the self-admitted challenges, Dave wonders with admiration how the Seymour brothers did their work without power tools.  Take a glimpse of Dave's work in words and pictures by clicking Seymour Table.

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