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  • October 01, 2022 10:45 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Pay Attention to Proportion

    Rob Carver

    When thinking about proportions...wait, let's stop there.  Maybe you don't go around thinking about proportions.  But it's in your face (literally, as per Leonardo) and figuratively around the world.  It's not a thing you can touch but you can touch what has proportion.  It's a characteristic for some, it's a relationship for some, it's a ratio for some.  But, moreover, it's a principle. While it may be all Greek to some (ha, it's symbolized with the Greek letter phi), it's as ubiquitous as common sense and uncommon sense combined.  It forms beauty, stability, moderation, balance.  I'll leave it there.  Rob has more to say.  Read Pay Attention to Proportion.

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


  • October 01, 2022 10:44 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Finishing Frustrations

    by Andrew Davis

    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!

    When something goes wrong with finishing, the result can be a double whammy.  Not only is the piece visually unappealing, sometimes it ruins the piece after laboring ever so carefully during it's construction.  It seems that within the skill set of woodworking, such as cutting, drilling, carving, hand planing, dry assembly, gluing, measuring, and so on, finishing is one that is the black sheep in that family.  So relax and enjoy some laughs while commiserating with Andrew in his latest article Finishing Frustrations.


  • October 01, 2022 10:42 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    A Coffee Table For M.C. Escher!

    by Jim Allen

    You may remember when President John F. Kennedy challenged the Aeronautics space community with the Moonshot Program, he said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."  Over the course of bringing Featured Pieces to you, I've been amazed how that quote can be paraphrased for woodworking.  We all have our Moonshot Moments and as we develop our skills we reach for greater challenges.  Here Jim Allen takes on a dizzying piece that fits that challenge.  When you read his A Coffee Table For M.C. Escher!, you will be amazed and, hopefully, not too dizzy.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Jim Allen.


  • September 30, 2022 2:13 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Clicking the graphic displays the recent additions on a new page.

  • September 13, 2022 10:18 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The featured speaker at the September meeting was Ellen Kapern, a graduate and instructor of N. Bennet St. School in the Cabinet & Furniture Making program and now a member of Charlestown Furniture Makers where she designs & builds custom furniture, built-ins and small objects. Ellen is an author and a blogger who has shown her work at various museums, art shows, and galleries.

    The topic of the presentation was "Maintenance and a Band Saw Tune-up".

  • August 31, 2022 2:15 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Given the plethora of online series being streamed, the MTCO column is showing Season 2 Episode 1 A Poor Workman Blames His Tools written and starring Rob.  This essay brings a thoughtful drama for introspective woodworkers to consider.  Rob reveals a little about himself but enough to demonstrate that he knows about what he's talking.  In this episode Rob gives some historical understanding of the titular proverb stated above.  The plot expands into other fields of interest not only woodworking (although one could imagine the flying piece of wood that was miscut and thrown in disgust) and climaxes with insights taken from an obstinate computer student who could not imagine the problem he encountered was actually between the "chair and keyboard".  

  • August 31, 2022 1:58 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    When we last left in June, the Featured Piece was a Bow Front Table Package consisting of an overall description, a working plan and a supporting SketchUp file of a Seymour Table.  As we resume the series of Featured Pieces, Bruce Wedlock has provided another project for engaging members.  Bruce offers a working set package of detailed instructions to build a replica of the popular Eli Terry Pillar and Scroll Clock.

    This package is written and organized such that at various steps in the build process embedded links are provided to display external files providing more detail, dimensions, patterns/templates, sources for obtaining materials, and more.  It's a clever method of following the instructions and accessing any needed external files on-line when it is needed.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Bruce Wedlock.

  • August 31, 2022 1:56 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    If you have been interested in waxing your wood furniture, here's an article you will want to read.  Andrew presents a study on various waxes and their costs, not to mention the results of his and published authors on the subject.  This article is a keeper for when you are ready to try your hand.  Click here for Waxes for Furniture.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.


  • August 30, 2022 10:19 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    To view the discounts login in, then click Members, and then click Special Members Discounts.

  • August 30, 2022 3:30 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    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.

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