Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

October 09, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - link to be posted 10 days before meeting

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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.

Bevel Cut

You Can't Sit in a CAD Chair

by Andrew Davis

How can a woodworker design comfort?  It is more workable when designing, say a chair, for a specific person.  But it is still difficult.  Trial and error is sure to follow.  We have many woodworkers who have taken on the comfort challenge.

Now think about designing for the general user.  I remember guild member Steve McKenna demonstrated his rocking chair several years ago at a Show and Tell annual meeting when it was held in person.  The various members present sat in it, tried it out and it was a remarkable success.  So it can be done.

Andrew has given this issue of designing comfort some thought and writes about it in his newest Bevel Cut article culminating with his conclusion.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure Twice, Cut Once:

Life Lessons from the Shop 

by Rob Carver

Rob Carver, who incidentally built this month's Featured Piece of the Month, has decided to offer further talents to the guild.  Rob is a relative newcomer to the guild but has attended many FIG and monthly meetings so is familiar with many of our members, culture, and ambitions.  I look forward to reading his well-written and thoughtful contributions on a regular basis.  In his own words, here is how Rob envisions his column.

Welcome to a periodic series of light-hearted reflections on woodworking ideas and principles that shed light in other domains and vice versa. These essays will be short on technique but might stimulate exchange of ideas about how woodworking can enrich the rest of life. I hope that others will pick up the thread and propose ways in which their experiences as makers, artisans, and crafters inform their daily lives.

Peter Korn, founder of the Rockport, Maine Center for Furniture Craftsmanship wrote, “To master a craft is not to achieve a state of enlightenment, despite my youthful expectations to the contrary. Creative practice simply makes our lives richer in meaning and fulfillment than they might be otherwise.” (Why We Make Things and Why it Matters, Boston: David R. Godine Publishers, 2013, p. 166).

Each MTCO essay will begin with a familiar shop precept, a comment on its meaning in the shop, and, if discernable, its origin story. Finally, I’ll suggest some ways the saying applies in other settings. If you have an idea for an old saw with uses outside the shop, please get in touch.

And here is Rob's first article "Measure Once, Cut Twice: Life Lessons from the Shop".

You can reach Rob for comments and additional information, click Rob Carver.

Featured Piece of the Month

Chippendale Footstool

by Rob Carver

Rob Carver kicks off the 2021-2022 EMW season with a challenging piece.  The Chippendale style with its clawed feet has fascinated Rob ever since he was a child.  Carving was not in Rob's repertoire when he thought it was time to try his hand at those cabriole legs.  His story of building his confidence and expertise is heartening and entertaining. Follow Rob's description of the process and build in the article.  

To send your comments and questions, click Rob Carver.

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 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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