Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

December 12, 2020 9:00 AM • Zoom - Link TBA about 10 days before meeting
December 21, 2020 7:00 PM •

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.

Bevel Cut


Sharp as a Chisel

by Andrew Davis

You might think that the picture above should have been used for last month's article "What's in Your Scrap Heap".  But the picture is not a mistake, and that's what Andrew Davis' article is about.  Mistakes and mental errors.  Like Andrew's, mine, and your scrap pile, the picture above of scrap has contributions made not just from leftover accurate cuts but from bad cuts.  All too often, especially when it gets to angles and math, and frankly not paying enough attention to detail, mistakes happen due to mental errors.

We all fall into this category.  But in this month's Bevel Cut article Sharp as a Chisel Andrew reveals his own recent experience.

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


Beyond 17th - 18th Century

Period Furniture

The Arts & Crafts Movement

A Medieval Gothic Revival

by Jim Allen

As mentioned in earlier articles, this column is dedicated to all woodworking adventures – furniture, tools, jigs, and more.  This month’s Featured Piece is not a piece of furniture per se.  The article, however, is an adventure – an adventure in the history of the Arts and Crafts Movement and its influence into the 20th century.  The article was written by Jim Allen and previously published last spring in the GNHW Journal.

Jim describes the essential components of a movement – where does it come from, what is it, and what does it lead to.  The article discusses its proponents and what drove the movement into existence.  Applying this approach to the Arts and Crafts Movement, this article makes for an excellent read.

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.


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