January 8 Guild Meeting - Open Zoom Session

  • January 08, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87049831694?pwd=UkxiNkp1WDNCb1lUbkY4dGdPV0phZz09

The Official EMGW January 2022 Meeting


Has Been Cancelled due to Covid

and Replaced By Open Zoom Session


When: January 8, 2021  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location: Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87049831694?pwd=UkxiNkp1WDNCb1lUbkY4dGdPV0phZz09 

Topic: Open Zoom Session

From: EMGW Program Committee 

I hate Covid-19!  

In the last few days, there have been several potential Covid-19 exposures among the speaker and crew for this Saturday's Guild meeting. Again, in the interest of caution (I also hate that phrase) we decided it would be best to reschedule Ellen Kaspern's talk for later in the year. We may have a month with two Saturday sessions. As has occurred throughout this pandemic, we have tried to remain flexible with our scheduling 

An important part of the Guild has always been the socializing and small group discussions that used to take place at our meetings before and after the formal presentation. For that reason, I will still open a Zoom session Saturday at 9:00 am for a totally unstructured, no agenda, get together. If you have projects to talk about, questions for other Guild members, new tools or techniques you would like to share or simply want to say "Hi!' to old friends, please join. If no one shows, I'll end things quickly. Use the same link we posted:




Looking forward, I'd like member's feedback and volunteers on two items:


1). As more Zoom meetings will likely be in our future, we are looking for a few of Guild members who would like to become our video camera crew. Ideally, going forward, we would like to simulcast a Zoom session along with in-person meetings. Please understand that the need for your involvement will only be when in-person meetings will be safe Covid-wise. The Guild has the equipment - we need YOU!  

2). In case we have to change a meeting program again at the last minute, it would be nice to have a list of members who might want to give a 15-20 minute talk about a favorite topic - project, technique, tool, etc. as well as a list of people willing to do a quick "Show and Tell" about items they are proud of (or disasters to avoid). These could be our meeting reserve corps - able to fill in when needed. 

Stay safe and well, 

Ken Zoller 

EMGW Program Chair



Planned program that will be rescheduled:

Ellen Kaspern will be talking to us about machine maintenance and will be tuning up a bandsaw at the home shop of one lucky Guild member!

Zoom link:  To be posted

Ellen's bio from her website -  https://ellenkasperndesign.com/

Ellen Kaspern

I started out woodworking in my father’s shop. I can still remember standing on a bucket at the bandsaw at a very young age. After college & graduate school I decided to pursue a career in furniture making. I attended the North Bennet Street School in Boston. I am a 2003 graduate of their Cabinet & Furniture Making program. In 2004 I joined the cooperative Fort Point Cabinetmakers where was a member for 15 years. I am currently a member at Charlestown Furniture Makers where I design & build custom furniture, built-ins and small objects.

I teach furniture making and woodworking at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. I am an adjunct instructor in their Cabinet & Furniture Making program and am a woodworking instructor in the Continuing Education program. I teach woodworking techniques at various schools on the east coast as well. I have written articles and blog posts for Fine Woodworking Magazine and my lessons are featured in instructional videos for their website.

I have given woodworking demonstrations and talks at the National Museum of Industrial History, Society of Arts & Crafts, Old Sturbridge Village, Concord Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Boston Society of Architects, along with other institutions in the New England area.

My work has been shown at Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA), Society of Arts & Crafts (Boston, MA), Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, MA), Peters Valley School of Craft (Layton, NJ), Gallery 263 (Cambridge, MA), Pearl Street Gallery (Chelsea, MA), Mosesian Center for the Arts (Watertown, MA), The Umbrella Gallery (Concord, MA) and Windgate Gallery at NBSS (Boston, MA).

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