Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

August 16, 2021 7:00 PM • Zoom
September 18, 2021 9:00 AM • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

July 10, 2021 • 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421, US

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.

Bevel Cut


Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

by Andrew Davis

Woodworking industry can be a cyclic industry.  Styles come and go. Fads come and go.  Materials come and go.  And some come back again.

Andrew Davis writes about the wave of more recent trends.  Have a look in this last Bevel Cut article of the season.

This and other past Bevel Cut articles can be found from the website's Resources > Bevel Cut Articles section.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Perpetual Novice

Safety First - Know Your Alcohol

by Don Michael

The Perpetual Novice returns to provide a public service.  Previous Perpetual Novice articles have attempted to look at the trials and errors of learning the woodworking craft with a bit of humor. This one is different in that it is serious. I’ve been surprised of late to see the “wrong” alcohols in a number of people’s shops. I’ve known about this for a long time and assumed it was general knowledge, but since it doesn’t seem to be, allow me this one time to slip into lecture mode.

To read more, click here.

Furniture Interest Group Meetings

Meetings of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group (FIG) are held every third Monday of the month.  All members are welcome.  Ordinarily, 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.  During the COVID -19 pandemic members are issued a Zoom link to meet virtually.

Either way, 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. 

Featured Piece of the Month


Burl Desk and Chair

by Steve McKenna 

This month Steve McKenna provides another astonishing and creative piece as the featured piece.  An oak burl built into the desk frame is the obvious eye-catching component of this piece.  Follow Steve's brief description of the two pieces in the article.  

To send your comments and questions, click Steve McKenna.

This is the last Featured Piece of the Month article this season.  With your help and contributions the series will resume in September.  You will be able to find this and previous season's articles from the website's Resources > Featured Pieces of the Month Articles section.

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.

Board of Directors 2020 - 2021

At the June, 2020 monthly meeting the following were elected to the Board of Directors:

Tim Holiner, President (formerly Vice President)

Ken Zoller, Vice President

Don Cole, Treasurer (re-elected)

Tom Shirley, Secretary (re-elected)

All members were elected unanimously.


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