Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

September 09, 2017 9:00 AM • Woodcraft, Woburn
September 18, 2017 7:00 PM • Jim Russel's home, 159 Nicholas Dr, Lancaster, MA
October 16, 2017 7:00 PM • Jim Taretgalia's home, 6 Old Colony Rd, Worcester
November 11, 2017 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (tentative)
November 20, 2017 7:00 PM • Ted Harrigan's home, 49 Greenwood Ave. , Needham

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

August 19, 2017 10:00 AM • 1515 Ten Rod Road, North Kingston, RI.
September 15, 2017 9:00 AM • Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd Nashua NH

Message from the President

Happy Summer

I think winter was invented so that we would really appreciate summer.  Those poor people in the South can’t possibly enjoy sitting outside typing on a laptop as much as I am right now.  If you are lucky enough to have a basement shop like I do you can share in that special treat of working away on those hottest of days in the coolest part of the house.  Enjoy this wonderful season and look forward to seeing all your woodworking buddies in the fall at our September meeting and beyond. 

Annual Meeting Report

The annual meeting on June 10th was a big success. As you can see from the slide show on this page, a number of members presented their work.  This is a great opportunity to share what you have been doing and I want to thank all of the members who brought and displayed pieces.  The election of officers gave us a full slate for the coming year.  We are fortunate to have so many members who are willing to serve in these important positions.  Besides that I wanted to thank everyone who brought good things to eat, between that and the chinese food there was plenty for everyone and no rain. 

Plans for the coming year

Don’t be fooled when you see “no upcoming events” listed on the home page.  Your officers are hard at work at the schedule for next year and there will soon be listings including presentations by our old favorites as well as some new faces.  There will be topics and viewpoints from a variety of areas of woodworking that are of interest to our members.  It is not too late if there is a topic you would like to present to your fellow members.  Contact me right away as the dates are filling up.  A one hour or two hour presentation is possible.  Some of our best meetings have been presented by our fellow members and they are not available  anywhere else.

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

Dado Blades

This month Andrew writes about features and uses of dado blades.  There is a lot to consider when deciding what type of dado blade set to use.  You can read about it hereIt is left for each of you to decide if the future of dado blades will be crowded out by using the router table instead.

Funiture Interest Group Meetings

Meetings of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group (FIG) are held every third week 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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