Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

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Message from the President

Annual Meeting Coming Up

The annual meeting is a great opportunity to show off projects you have completed in the last year, or earlier if we haven’t seen them.  Photographs of pieces are fine if you have something that is too big to bring but we do like to see and touch the real thing if possible.  As spouses/significant others are invited and frequently attend there will be a large audience for the Show-and-Tell part of the meeting.  The election of officers for the coming year is also held at the annual meeting.  As stated in the announcement, an RSVP to jtartaglia@charter.net is helpful to give us an idea of how many to expect.

Beginner/Intermediate Woodworkers Project

I am organizing a project for members who consider themselves beginner or intermediate level woodworkers and would like to hone their existing skills and learn some new skills.  The outcome will be what I call a step-up-stool for people who need help reaching that top shelf.  Cost will be whatever you spend for tools, wood, and materials to complete the project.  We will have 3 to 5 meetings, one during the summer and the rest starting in September every other week at a time convenient for those who sign up.  Meetings will be at my shop but much of the work will be done at members own shops. Skills to include: Developing plans, Buying rough lumber, Preparing stock, Making a pattern/template, Using chisels, Gluing, Finishing.  Contact me at jtartaglia@charter.net or see me at the annual meeting if you are interested.

Toy Makers Group

Last year we had several small groups and individuals make toys which we donated to Toys for Tots.  We had an article and photos in a local paper about the project and several new members came to us as a result.  We are currently forming up groups for the coming year.  You can join a toy-making group that suits your level of workmanship.  As above, contact me at jtartaglia@charter.net or see me at the annual meeting if you are interested.

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. 

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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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