Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

November 13, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Link to be posted 10 days in advance
December 11, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Link to be posted 10 days in advance
January 08, 2022 9:00 AM • We are hoping for an in-person meeting! Details to follow

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

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EMGW Woodworking Exhibit at Old Sturbridge Village

As part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations at Old Sturbridge Village, EMGW participated in the OSV Woodworking Weekend on October 9 & 10, 2021 (see slideshoew below).  The Village held a Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Cabinetmaking Shop on the Common, and EMGW had a front-row seat for the festivities, under a tent where we displayed members’ work and did some demonstrations for visitors. Members may recall that our September field trip was initially scheduled to get a preview of the new shop with Master Cabinetmaker Chris Nassise. Due to COVID, we postponed that visit until the spring, but Chris invited us to show how the methods of the early nineteenth century have evolved and live on.

A variety of objects were on loan from Guild members Michael Bossin, Rob Carver, Ann Dinsmoor, Steve Hoffman, Bob McKee, Ed O’Neil, Mike Roughan, Tom Shirley, Rick Silva, Jim Tartaglia, Jim Thompson, and Ken Zoller. Most of these folks also spent time in the Village during the event, chatting with visitors and Village staff about the Guild and woodworking, distributing Guild postcards, and doing some demonstrations. Thanks to numerous members and the editing of Tom Shirley, we had a slide show running continuously to showcase some eye-catching furniture pieces. Among the visitors we met several local woodworkers and possibly recruited a few new members for EMGW.

In addition to the display items, Ann had brought a two-board sample illustrating a dovetail joint. Kids and adults delighted in exploring how the joint works. Steve supplied toys from the Toys for Tots program from a few years back. The cars and articulated creatures were a big hit, attracting children, parents, and grandparents.  

Tom demonstrated the use of handsaws, shooting boards, and hand planes to construct small boxes with perfect mitered corners, and Rob used a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshaves to make a Paul Sellers milking stool. All the display pieces drew praise, especially Ken Zoller’s Machinist’s Tool Chest, Jim Tartaglia’s segmented bowl and mahogany tilt-top table with its inlaid veneer top, Bob McKee’s Krenov-inspired curved-front display cabinet, Ed O’Neil’s Morris ottoman, Rob Carver’s sackback Windsor chair, and Mike Bossin’s mantle clock. We had two shaker stepstools, by Ann and Tom, and people found the comparison vey interesting as well. More than a few visitors asked about purchasing or commissioning items!

The featured speaker at the shop dedication was Brock Jobe, renowned authority on early American furniture now retired from Winterthur, and on the board at OSV. Brock has spoken to the Guild in the past. One additional surprise was a sighting and brief encounter with Norm Abram, who also played a role in the creation of the new shop.

We had a lot of fun, met many people, extolled the virtues of woodworking and our Guild, and strengthened our own bonds while meeting people from around the country and several nations.  Our OVS hosts could not have been more gracious, and (as they say) a good time was had by all. We look forward to on-going relationship with the Village.

Rob Carver

Bevel Cut

Do You Own Tools You Never Use?

by Andrew Davis

Your answer to the question in the title of this article, is very likely YES.  I know it's a YES for me.  It's an easy answer for the obsolete tools.  On the other end of spectrum, there are the collector quality tools that are to be excluded from the discussion.  So what does one do with those unused tools that presumably have some utility.  We hope that the tool will finally come in use inevitably but how long does it take before giving up hope?  

Andrew writes of his experience, partly realized when selling his house.  But there is more to it.  Andrew suggests solutions for which the guild may take notice.  Take a look and perhaps we can solve the unused tool problem and enjoy a safe outdoor meeting at the same time.  Read it here in his newest Bevel Cut article.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Keep Your Tools Sharp 

by Rob Carver

This is not a how to article.  Of course, we should keep our tools sharp.  So what's new?  Rob provides all the reasons and then some.  Even if you think you've heard everything about sharp tools, you will want to read Rob's perspective that addresses the issue with the inclusion of quotes from historical figures.  Click Keep Your Tools Sharp to read about a succinct essay with some not so obvious references.

You can reach Rob for comments and additional information by clicking Rob Carver.

Board of Directors 2021 - 2022

At the June, 2021 annual meeting the following were elected to the EMGW Board of Directors:

Tim Holiner, President (re-elected)

Ken Zoller, Vice President (re-elected)

Don Cole, Treasurer (re-elected)

Tom Shirley, Secretary (re-elected)

All candidates were elected unanimously.

Featured Piece of the Month

Yellow Pine Desks

by Brad Carr

It's always a gift when someone contributes to the column with an article about a piece that achieves certain objectives, whether it's to develop new skills, add functional furniture to the household, offer a gift to another, or even, just to be busy creatively.  It's doubly impressive when a new member contributes.  Here new EMGW member Brad Carr submitted a piece that meets the above criteria.  You can read about Brad's project here.  

To welcome Brad and send your comments and questions, click Brad Carr.

Note: Contribute to the Featured Piece of the Month column.  Click my email address to send your draft anytime and I'll begin to schedule its publication.  I can assist your organizing, formatting, and picture insertions so don't let those issues stop you from documenting your projects and revealing your work.  Content can be as detailed (or not) as you like.

Remember this column is not necessarily dedicated to furniture pieces.  Tools, jigs, and other woodworking related themes are also relevant.

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.

Social Media

To view and access EMGW social media sites click Instagram and Facebook.  You don't need to be a member for a quick view.

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