Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

June 10, 2017 10:00 AM • 6 Old Colony Rd Worcester
June 19, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Mike Roughan, 6 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

May 16, 2017 9:00 AM • Windgate Gallery at 150 North Street, Boston

Message from the President

Sequence of Events at Guild Meetings

The following is a quote from the guild web site:  “Meetings commence at 9:00 with an informal get-together.  At about 10:00 the business meeting begins and is followed by the presentation for the month ending around noon.”  For many years this was the schedule but lately the presenters have been starting earlier and earlier and the informal get-together is shorter and shorter.  The social time is an opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new members, and generally swap woodworking, and other, stories.  While we are all eager to hear from our presenters let’s relax and enjoy our time together.

Upcoming Election of Guild Officers

Speaking of quotes, the following is from our by-laws:  In April the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee from the membership. The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations from the membership for each officer position. All members of the Guild shall be eligible for nomination, and all officers shall be eligible for re-election. Elections shall be by a plurality vote of those Guild members present at the Annual Meeting.

Jeff Clunie has been appointed chairman of the nominating committee and is waiting to hear from members who are interested in serving as officers.  The position of secretary will be vacant.  The other three officers have agreed to serve again next year but any member can run for any position regardless.  Contact Jeff at:  jclunie48@gmail.com

Display at Woodcraft Woburn

The EMGW display at Woodcraft in Woburn is staged for the second year thanks to the efforts of Bob McKee and and all the members who loaned pieces to display.  The display is a good opportunity to show your work and promote the Guild to an audience that is composed entirely of woodworkers.  The display will run until the end of May.

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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