Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

January 18, 2021 7:00 PM • Zoom
February 13, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Details to be posted 10 days before
March 13, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Details to be posted 10 days before
April 10, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Details to be posted 10 days before
May 08, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Details to be posted 10 days before

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

February 01, 2021 • Zoom - Time and Date to be announced

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.

In Memorium - Phil Lowe, Craftsman, Writer, Teacher, Friend

Many of us at EMGW have lost a friend, colleague, and teacher.  Phil Lowe passed away on January 6th.  Visiting with Phil and talking about woodworking was always an inspiration.  Newer to woodworking than most guild members, I was in awe of Phil’s work.  But I came to find out that wasn’t due to my lack of experience.  Sure that may have been part of it when attending a presentation of his.  His demonstrations appeared to be woodworking magic with the ease of a master.  But even the advanced EMGW members were in awe.  It was impossible to leave a presentation without picking up an idea or technique – and the confidence to go with it – to try one’s hand at a new woodworking venture.

Phil was dedicated to quality and efficiency in woodworking.  Phil could provide safe shortcuts to certain woodworking techniques that made him a go-to source for advice and for classes that he taught at his workshop in Beverly.  The guild was fortunate to have Phil and his workshop not too far away.  

Almost every year Phil would entertain the guild to a woodworking presentation.  He was a receptive, knowledgeable, and serious presenter - but not without a sense of humor.  If it weren’t for describing what he was doing, Phil would have finished the work long before intermission break.  Only his words slowed him down.  He was a master woodworker and an ambassador of of this craft, one we will miss.

Besides being a sought-after woodworker for commissioned work, Phil, as mentioned, taught many classes at his workshop. Dave McCormick, an advanced woodworker in our guild, recently took a course with him.  Dave wrote the following in memory of Phil. 

Philip C. Lowe, master woodworker, teacher, and long term presenter for the Guild, passed away on January 6, 2021. Lowe was an instructor at the North Bennett Street School in Boston from 1975 to 1985, serving as the head of furniture making for the last 5 years. In 1988, Phil started the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts woodworking school in Beverly, MA. The 3 year program started  many careers for professional woodworkers, and enhanced the skills of many hobbyists. He was awarded the prestigious Cartouche award in 1985. He was the author of many Fine Woodworking articles and videos. Phil's legacy will live on for the many people he impacted as we design and build our projects, and use the techniques and guidance he provided to us.

Bevel Cut


by Andrew Davis

River tables are what they are called.  Colored epoxy seemingly running along the middle of a dining room table is an example.  You’ve seen lots of them now in more creative applications than just dining room tables.  In this month’s Bevel Cut article, Andrew Davis writes about epoxy and his attempts using this simple carbon compound, tinted or not, in furniture applications and pitfalls to avoid.  Read about Epoxy here.

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.  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. 

Featured Piece of the Month

Evolution of a New Bed Frame 

by Jim Allen

The new year brings a Featured Piece by Jim Allen.  Noted for his interest in period furniture, just a couple of months ago this column published his article on Arts and Crafts, Jim has modified the design of a bed frame to be far from that age.  However, with hints of Asian, Scandinavian, and Shaker design, Jim has blended a contemporary piece of furniture – sleek, sturdy, and well-crafted. From the look of it, I’m sure Jim sleeps well at night.  Read the Evolution of a New Bed Frame article here.

You can reach Jim at here.

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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