December Guild Meeting - Tom McLaughlin on "Grain Graphics"

  • December 09, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lowell Makes, Lowell MA and private livestream for Guild members

It's been a few years since Tom McLaughlin has been one of our presenters - the last was virtual. Tom is back in person at Lowell Makes (130 Western Avenue, Lowell 01851) and will also be on a members only private livestream (details will be in the newsletters emailed before the meeting). For those of you who have taken on-line classes or are fans of Tom's Shop Night Live series and who only know Kris, "The Camera Lady" by her voice will get a chance to meet her also. Here is his website:   https://www.epicwoodworking.com/

Tom’s Presentation:

Grain Graphics

In this presentation, Tom will explore various ways of handling and thinking about wood grain in order to enhance the visual impact of your projects. Photo examples and technique demonstrations will be included while considering creative directions using solid wood, veneers, and several finish treatments.

Tom’s Bio

Tom McLaughlin grew up in Lowell, MA and first engaged fine woodworking during freshman and sophomore years at the Lowell Trade School. After pursuing higher education, receiving Math and seminary degrees, he found his true calling through an apprenticeship in the early 90’s with Master Craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore of Rocky Mount, NC.

Over his 30+ year career he has designed and built a myriad of custom pieces for clients seeking to own pieces that are as much a work of art as they are functional.

Tom can be seen on repeat episodes hosting Classic Woodworking with Fine Woodworking on PBS TV, and he’s a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine.

As a 25-year member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, and former Chairman, his work has become recognizable for its dramatic use of figured wood, creating a sense of movement in each piece.

In 2016 Tom shifted his focus from commission work to teaching on his “Epic Woodworking” platform. He and his wife Kris created Epic Woodworking to help further the craft by providing instruction for all levels through Online Courses and In-Shop Classes at his shop in Canterbury, NH.

They also offer a community Membership experience called “The Neighborwood” which brings together woodworkers from all over the world with the goal of expanding skills and inspiring creativity.



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