Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

November 19, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Len Nyren, 25 Wyman St., Waban (Newton)
December 08, 2018 9:00 AM • Woodcraft of Walpole
December 17, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Don Cole, 442 Main Street, Bolton
January 12, 2019 9:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, 116 Water St, Beverly
January 21, 2019 7:00 PM • Home of Don Fye, 160 Pelham Island Road, Wayland

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

November 01, 2018 5:30 PM • Galletly Gallery, New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH
November 16, 2018 • Royal Plaza, Marlborough
January 11, 2019 • The Big E, West Springfield, MA
March 30, 2019 • Saratoga Springs, NY

Featured Piece of the Month

Mahogany Dressing Table a.k.a. Lowboy

Pictured above is Jim Tartaglia's handsome mahogany dressing table a.k.a. Lowboy.  In his write up, Jim focuses on his approach to the solving the scalloped table edge and joining the sides.

Toy Making For The Holiday Season

For the third year in a row, EMGW will conduct a fall toy-making project with the products donated to charities for distribution to needy children.  This message is to announce that we will be starting the 2018 Wooden Toy Project next week.

This year we will be making a variety of wooden toy cars and will be donating them to the Toys for Tots program in cooperation with the Massachusetts State Police Museum.  These cars are compliant with the US Government Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for toys for children, thanks to extensive testing and certification of the designs by the Valley Woodworkers of West Virginia, who have graciously provided regulatory support, detailed design documentation, and have allowed us to piggy-back on their certification.

This is a good opportunity to extend the benefits of your woodworking to others, for beginners to work with other Guild members, to use equipment that might not otherwise be available to them, and to help make quality toys for charity.  Sixteen people have signed up to make toys with us; more are welcome.  We will be running workshops at 3 locations so we can have everybody active during the workshops, minimize the distance that people have to travel, and better accommodate everyone's busy schedules.  Volunteers will work at their own pace in a casual, easy-going workflow.  It's been terrific camaraderie for a great cause.

We will meet Tuesday mornings at Jeff Clunie's house in Millis (29 Frontier Lane; jclunie48@gmail.com) and at Don Michael’s house in Stow (19 Great Road; drmichael22@outlook.com).  On Wednesday mornings volunteers will meet at Steve Hoffmann's house in Sterling (113 Flanagan Hill Road; hoffmann01@comcast.net). Workshop sessions may run through the morning or may continue after lunch, depending on progress and the availability of participants. You are welcome regardless of your time constraints.  We anticipate these workshops running weekly until about Thanksgiving.  Attend when you can.

We would like those who intend to participate to contact Don, Jeff and Steve and let them know which of the 3 locations they would like to attend so that we can plan the daily schedules, workflow, machine utilization, and materials.

So contact a team host and get involved even if it's only for a day.  Participants should bring hearing protection, dust masks and eye protection with them.

Message from the President

September Message

New Year, New Crew

Way back in June, at least it now seems so long ago, we had the annual meeting to close out last year’s Guild activities.  We enjoyed lunch and camaraderie in the garden at Jim Tartaglia’s house, members present discussed items that they had built and brought to show, and elections were held for board positions.  The newly elected board members are Steve Hoffmann (President), Tim Holiner (Vice-President), Don Cole (Treasurer) and Tom Shirley (Secretary). 

On behalf of all EMGW members, I’d like to thank Jim Tartaglia for having served this past year (actually 2 years) as President, Don Michael as Vice President, Jim Allen as Treasurer and Tom Shirley as Secretary.  I’d also like to thank Jim Tartaglia for once again hosting our end of the year meeting at his beautiful home.

The 2018-2019 Program

The Program Committee has been hard at work over these past few months putting together an interesting and informative program covering a broad range of woodworking topics.  We’ve already lined up some top-notch presenters including Matt Wadja, Mickey Callahan, Peter Galbert, Phil Lowe, Will Neptune and Tom McLaughlin.  Upcoming schedule details are available in the "Upcoming Guild Events" column on the home page.  Suggestions for future program content are always welcome.

Refer to the item Upcoming Guild Meetings above for the next Guild meeting.

Toy Project

We will be starting this year’s Toy Project shortly and will be conducting workshops at multiple locations.  If you would like to join in the fun and help build beautiful toys, call me or send mail to  Hoffmann01@comcast.net.  This year we will be donating the toys to Toys for Tots.

And Last But Not Least…Membership Dues Reminder

Membership dues are the primary source of income for the Guild and are used to pay for the monthly presentations, meeting locations and Guild sponsored projects and educational programs.  Please renew your membership early and on-line.  Alternatively, if you wish to pay by check you may hand it to our treasurer Don Cole at the Guild meeting or mail it to him at this address: EMGW C/o Cole, 442 Main Street, Bolton, MA 01740 

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

A Deal or No Deal?

Who doesn't want to purchase that desired tool or wood species that would add value to your woodworking needs?  So when a sale comes by perhaps it's finally the time to dig in and purchase it.  After all, it's all about timing and when will the cost of that item ever be better?  If you are ever wondering whether to bite, read Andrew Davis' November Bevel Cut Article "Fake News".

Perpetual Novice

Order of Work

The ability to follow steps serially is something we do quite admirably in woodworking.  Except when we don't.  That's because we've inadvertently left out important steps.  And sometimes it's too late.  This creates additional work and workarounds.  The Perpetual Novice tells a humorous story of one example of a once small project gone bigger and reveals the consequences in the April's submission.

Moxon Vise Advise

Bob McKee shares his Moxon Vise build. 

Furniture Interest Group Meetings

Meetings of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group (FIG) are held every third Monday of the month.  All members are welcome.  Members meet at a different member's house every month where they attend to discuss all things furniture building, including designs, jigs, wood species, joinery, tools, etc.  Members have a chance to seek advice from a varied, friendly, and experienced assembly of woodworkers or add to this body of collective knowledge.  Keep an eye on FIG meetings for time and place in the Upcoming Guild Events at the top of the page. 

Period Furniture But What Period? Parts 1 and 2

Guild Member member and Treasurer Jim Allen has submitted a well researched, peer reviewed article on "Period" furniture.  The article spans generations of furniture from the 17th century Jacobean Period to the 20th century Mid-Century Modern discussing designers and clarifying the periods for specific characteristics and issues that morphed one period to another.  Special considerations are given to the woodworking reader when the article describes period-specific joinery and tools.  Moreover, Jim adds economical, historical and geographical influences that introduced or phased out various periods.

The article was originally printed in the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers' The Journal magazine as parts 1 and 2 in the fall, 2017 and spring, 2018 issues, respectively.  Part 1 was presented on this website last fall.  Part 2 is now ready for publication. 

Click to read Period Furniture But What Period? - Part 1. (Jacobean to Federal Periods)

Click to Read Period Furniture But What Period? - Part 2. (Empire to Mid-Century Modern Periods)

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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