Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

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 • Home of Tim Holiner, 40 Donnelly Drive, Dover
April 15, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Ken Zoller, 3 Manning Way, Sharon

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

January 12, 2018 12:00 PM • Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, W. Springfield

Message from the President

Mentor Program Expands

Two more members have recently asked to be added to our list of mentors.  If you are not familiar with the EMGW’s mentor program you can read a description by clicking Mentor Program from the About Us tab on the home page and find a list of mentors by clicking Mentors from the Members tab.  Mentors are members who have agreed to help other members on a variety of woodworking projects.  This is not to say that members who are not listed as mentors are unwilling to help but the mentors want you to know that you can feel free to approach them about a question or project you may be considering.

 EMGW Website Content - Bevel Cut, Perpetual Novice

 If you haven’t read all the installments of the Bevel Cut and Perpetual Novice columns on the guild website do not worry.  You can find all of the back issues of each on the Resources tab on the home page.  Between the two they cover both the serious and lighter side of woodworking.  Bevel Cut articles generally are related to the topic of a current meeting and always offer an interesting perspective.  I would never have imagined the idea of a family tree of woodworking vises but it did a good job of organizing a lot of information about vises.  From the Perpetual Novice’s “tools that save the day” article I picked up the useful phrase:  “It’s not that I need it, it’s that I don’t have one!”

 Building a Musical Instrument

 When we came up with the title for our December meeting we were unsure of exactly what the content would be.  As it turns out the meeting will be of interest to anyone who has ever thought about building a stringed musical instrument but there is much more beyond that.  Many of the tools and techniques used by instrument builders have applications in other areas of woodworking.  I have never built a musical instrument but I have used the StewMac catalog to order instrument builders tools used in building period furniture.  In his presentation Neil will demonstrate the shell inlay process which can be used to decorate many pieces made of wood besides instruments.  At the conclusion of the meeting there will be a demonstration of one or two of the instruments Neil has built which I am sure we will all enjoy.

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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