Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Volunteeer Woodworking at EMGW

If you've glanced through the slideshow above you are aware of the woodworking project to build and donate toys to the Toys for Tots Program in Massachusetts.  To learn more about it, click here to read an article published in the Community Advocate newspaper serving Hudson, Northborough, Marlborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, and Grafton.

Upcoming Guild Events

February 11, 2017 9:00 AM • Woodcraft Walpole, 3 Walpole Park, South Walpole
February 20, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Tim Holiner, Dover, MA
March 11, 2017 9:00 AM • Woodcraft Woburn
March 20, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Len Nyren, 25 Wyman St., Waban, MA
April 08, 2017 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Lincoln, MA

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

January 05, 2017 6:00 PM • Woodcraft 185 New Boston St, Woburn
February 25, 2017 • 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA
April 01, 2017 10:00 AM • Saratoga Springs City Center, NY

Message from the President

          Upcoming Non-Guild Events on the Guild website
It is easy to overlook the non-guild events which are posted on our website but I urge you to check them out from time to time and want to point out two in particular. (1)The Open Workshops being offered by Michael Wheeler are a great opportunity to get individual expertise on your particular project from an expert. Mike is a founding member of the Guild, a graduate of North Bennett Street and a patient teacher. You can bring any project, in any stage and get help from Mike and use the power tools in the woodcraft shop (You should bring your own hand tools). Attend one session or all six depending on your need. (2)Make a Moxon Double-Screw Vise with Mickey Callahan. If you attended our last meeting you know what an accomplished teacher Mickey is. I am sure this workshop will be productive. For more information check the Woodcraft Walpole website.

                                                           Toy Making Project

I would like to thank everyone who participated in our community service project this year. All the toy making groups did a great job and we ended up with a variety of block sets, pull toys, and carved toys which were donated to Toys for Tots. The Community Advocate newspaper, which serves a number of towns from which our members hail, did a photo shoot at the turnover and will be publishing an article which we will have a link to when it appears. This project was a great way for members, especially beginners, to get to know each other and build woodworking skills. It also served the purpose, for me at least, of instilling Christmas spirit.

                                                              Holiday Wishes

I have been reflecting on how fortunate we are that each of us can afford to have a workshop with tools and buy materials to ply our craft. Beyond that we belong to an organization that provides us with fellowship and myriad opportunities to expand our knowledge and skills. I wish to all of you and your families good health, happiness and prosperity throughout the holidays and in the coming year.
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. 

Bevel Cut

Wood Finishing

For the January meeting Andrew Davis introduces us to his confusion with the seemingly limitless assortment of finishing materials and styles.  Reading it you will probably empathize.  Hopefully, the January meeting at the Furniture Institute of MA in Beverly will shed some light on answering some of these issues that recur with each new or restored piece.  Read Andrew's article here.

Smartphone Stand at FIG Meeting

For those of you who have never attended a Furniture Interest Group (FIG) meeting, attending members discuss their woodworking interests either in the form of providing advice and experience or seeking advice on anything concerning furniture woodworking.  Located at a different member’s house on a monthly basis, the meeting is open to all members as an open forum.  For background to this article, it’s not unusual for a few members to bring designs, assemblies, or easily carried pieces for discussion.

At the most recent meeting the normal protocol proceeded and circled from one member to the next offering insights, advice, questions, or status on current projects big and small.  But small was as small as it gets when Tom Shirley presented a simple but clever piece pictured above.  The picture shows two flat pieces folded into each other to make a smartphone stand.  Folding it differently, one can change the display angle.  Made of tiger maple and finished with warmed BLO mixed with beeswax, the piece caught the members by surprise because cabinets, tables, chairs, tools and jigs are the discussed norm.  Tom designed, built and posted his creation to Lumberjocks.com.  He used some scrap pieces and built it with hand tools.  If you have a container of scraps and wonder what you can do with it, you might consider making something small, useful, and quick.  And it makes for a nice gift too.  Thanks go to Tom for bringing this to our attention.  For dimensions and other pictures click here.

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.

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