Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

December 09, 2017 9:00 AM • Woodcraft 185 New Boston St Woburn 01801
December 18, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Tom Shirley, 45 Blake Rd, Wrentham, MA
January 13, 2018 9:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, 116 Water St, Beverly
January 15, 2018 7:00 PM • Jules Siegel, 30 Turning Mill Road , Lexington,
February 19, 2018 7:00 PM • TBD

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

December 01, 2017 10:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, Beverly, MA
December 02, 2017 9:00 AM • CT Valley School of Woodworking, Manchester, CT
December 02, 2017 12:00 PM • Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA

Message from the President

Trees to Lumber

I think everyone came away from our October meeting with a greater understanding of what goes into turning a tree in the forest into the rough lumber which is the raw material for much of our work.  Though the weather was less than perfect it was good enough to allow us to experience first hand the milling of a hardwood log.  There wasn’t enough time for a woodlot walk to do some tree identification and fell an actual

tree and at least two members asked if that could be the topic of a future meeting.  Let me know if you share that interest and we can set up another meeting for next year.  Members also asked how they could get in touch with our host, Ralph Southwick, regarding the purchase of lumber from his trees.  His number is 978-355-4042. It will be posted on the resources section of the website soon.  Also remember our fellow member, Jim Cripanuk (978-726-2397), has air dried native lumber cut with his Wood Mizer sawmill for sale.

A Double-Header

Our November meeting, on Saturday the 11th at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, will feature two guild members presenting topics of interest.  We have used this format before for members who have something of interest to share with the group but not enough to fill a two hour meeting.  Both topics have been requested over the years and we are fortunate to have members versed in each.  Steve McKenna is just the one to discuss furniture design.  To see what I mean check out his web site at: http://www.stevemckennawoodworking.com.  Dick Belanger is a practical, hands-on woodworker with a number of commissions to his credit.  Members thinking about spray equipment will benefit from his experience.  
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


How advanced are you as a woodworker?  You probably use a workbench.  Right? How much do you know about various types of your often used workbench tool - your vise?

Last month Andrew Davis wrote of Jigs and Fixtures.  In a continuing series of woodworking articles Andrew presents a descriptive array of various types of vises.  Test your knowledge of vises by reading November's entertaining and informative article here.  

Perpetual Novice


Everyday lessons learned from the Perpetual Novice. Read the December article here.

Funiture 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. 

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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