Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

February 11, 2023 9:30 AM • 187 Flaggy Meadow Rd, Gorham Maine
February 20, 2023 7:00 PM • Zoom - Link in description
March 11, 2023 9:00 AM • To Be Determined
April 08, 2023 9:00 AM • Needham Furniture Makers, 590 Hillside Ave., Needham Heights, MA
May 13, 2023 9:00 AM • North Bennet St School, 150 North St., Boston, MA

Segmented Turning

Paul Schulz provided his

outline with related links

from his December

presentation on

Segmented Turning.

Click Segmented Turning

for a look and download.                          

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

No upcoming events


Map of Member Locations

For in-person meetings, the possibility to carpool to monthly and FIG meetings may be of use to you.  Tom Shirley has updated the Member Map as of October 2022 that displays members' locations on a Google map.  To access the map, log in, click the Member tab, then from the drop-down list click Member Map.  User instructions can be found there.

Guild Gear

After considerable interest, EMGW is offering to sell a work shirt complete with EMGW logo. Here is an opportunity to show your EMGW pride when you attend a class, woodworking show, demonstration, weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc. (but first ask your spouse/partner!).

We are soliciting interest in ordering these work shirts.  After researching multiple sources, we will likely use Corporate Casuals in Concord, MA.  The picture below is from a mock-up of our shirt. Available sizes range from “XS” to “6XL”.

Pricing will depend on how many items we order but likely between $35 and $50 per shirt including taxes, and shipping.

If you’re interested, please let Ken know how many shirts and what sizes you want by February 25. Once the order is placed, I’ll have definite pricing and we can arrange for payment and delivery.

Bevel Cut


by Andrew Davis

There has been a long line of Artificial Intelligent chatbots (natural language programs that can converse with humans) with Eliza being the most (in)famous surfacing in the mid 1960s. It became an academic sensation because the psychotherapy it was devised to produce fooled many knowledgeable members of the MIT student body.  All it did was rephrase questions it was given as answers and was able to carry on a conversation much like a fortune teller would.  The advancement was Eliza's perfect grammar, spelling, and sticking to the therapeutic matter.

Andrew writes about the newest AI phenomenon you may have heard about.  ChatGPT is a general purpose chatbot answering any questions posed to it in any field of interest.  For ChatGPT to work it was given 570GB of Wiki and other information as a knowledge base.  However, in any user interaction, ChatGPT is not allowed to access the internet for anything new.  So the question of its value is in the notion of machine learning.  That is, how much will ChatGPT learn new information by interacting with users.  Andrew gave it a shot in the field of woodworking.  Read about Andrew's experience in ChatGPT about ChatGPT.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Measure Twice, Cut Once - Wisdom From the Shop

Fair and Square

Rob Carver

I really like this article.  I'm interested in etymology although I'm not an etymologist by any stretch of the imagination.  So when I read Rob's latest MTCO article, I enjoyed the research and the sometimes contradictory meanings of "fair" and "square".  Clearly, in woodworking we use these terms often, especially square, which is the objective we strive for.

These terms outside woodworking can mean other things.  Before the mid-20th century these words used separately had a positive, just, unblemished, righteous meaning.  I remember my cub scout pledge was "to be square".  But since then "fair" and "square" have largely been used as mediocre and old-fashioned, respectively.  Are we woodworkers carrying on an idealized notion of "fair" and "square"?  I don't want to be cynical by saying that this is a tiny but symptomatic example of degrading norms -- but I wonder.  Outside of woodworking, what was once a compliment is evolving to be something to be avoided.

Read all about it in Fair and Square.

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

Featured Piece of the Month

Stickley Inspired Table

by Dan Sichel

When you are a college professor you are no stranger to publishing articles. You may remember Dan published an academic article, that appeared on the EMGW website, about how the rarely ever changing nail can be used as a barometer for economic study.  Here in the hallowed halls of EMGW, Dan can add a feather to his professorial cap with his newest post Stickley Inspired Table.  

Dan appears to have the same attention to detail and finished workmanship in his Stickley Inspired Table that he must have with teaching the curriculum.  His writing shows the natural woodworking progression from idea to finished product.  It's a thoughtful, well built, and beautiful table that will stand the test of time and where he can sit and design another furniture piece, hopefully, sooner than his next sabbatical.  

Further information can be requested by clicking Dan Sichel.

Another season of Featured Pieces is ongoing.  Your contributions in any form are welcome.  Click my email address to send your draft.

Remember this column is not necessarily dedicated to furniture pieces.  Tools, jigs, processes, 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.

EMGW Projects 2022 - 2023

Steve Hoffmann and Jeff Clunie are leading workshop projects for guild members. The intent is to provide a program where new members and long-time members can mix over a course of a few weeks, learn new skills, share experiences and make nice projects to bring home.  Read below for updates to each project:

Stools Project with Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman's Stools project is yet to start.  Estimated scheduled time is early spring. Eventually, Steve will notify participants with a mutually agreeable date and list of preparatory materials.

Steve welcomes anyone else who wishes to join in.  Just contact him.

Cutting Board Project with Jeff Clunie

The Cutting Board Project is well underway.  Ten members have  participated at the first meeting at Jeff Clunie's house.  Jeff, in his 

inimitable, self-deprecating style, has brought the group together and showed what to do when the  unexpected happens.  The group is well on  their way to producing fashionable cutting boards sure to please.  We hope to collect photos of the participants in process.

Click Read Instructions for details on process and materials and write to Jeff to answer any questions you may have.

Starting out in Woodworking? EMGW Members Compiled a Guidebook for You

Considering getting into woodworking?  A team of members of EMGW has written a guidebook targeted for new woodworkers and a refresher for other woodworkers.

The guidebook is complimentary.  It can be viewed and downloaded for your reading pleasure.  We hope that reading the guidebook will engender interest in woodworking and membership in our guild.  Click here for a priceless copy.

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Considerable work has already gone into renewing older and securing new discounts from various sources.  To review the list on the website you must first login then click Members and then Special Membership Discounts.

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