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This blog is used by the Web Administrator to list updates to the website. This blog is summarized on the front page to make it easy for the members it locate new material without having to go  through the entire site. 

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  • May 31, 2023 10:30 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Ask an Expert

    Rob Carver

    There are no metaphors in this article.  There are no hidden messages.  No philosophical adages.  Plain and simple, this is a straightforward message for all levels, any time, anywhere.  This is must reading, if nothing else, as a reminder that we are in a community of shared expertise.  After all, aren't we all students?  Take a look at this well-written article Ask an Expert.

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

    Congratulations to Rob for another good year of thoughtful and motivational articles. 

    This will be the last Measure Once, Cut Once article of the membership year.  All past MTCO articles will be available in the summer accessed from the Resources tab.

  • May 31, 2023 10:26 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Carving Journey

    by Ken Zoller

    Ken has contributed Featured Pieces in the past, beautifully constructed furniture.  But due to circumstances you will read about, Ken has extended his talents to carving.  He states he's a newbie carver, but just look at that three dimensional piece?  Yep, the current EMGW president is humble too. 

    In his document, Ken wrote about his process beginning to end with lots of pictures.  His education was supplemented by Mary May videos, a good set of chisels and gouges, and trial and error.  And if that piece wasn't enough Ken displays other carvings in Carving Journey that will give you pause.  How could he do all that as a newbie?

    Further information can be requested by clicking Ken Zoller.

    Much gratitude is extended to all contributors to the Featured Piece column.  The articles have been motivating, educational, and impressive, very impressive.

    This is the last Featured Piece of the Month article until the next membership year starting in September.  All past Featured Piece articles from the past year will be added to the archive accessible from the Resources tab. 

    Remember this column is not necessarily dedicated to furniture pieces.  Tools, jigs, processes, and other woodworking related themes are also relevant.

  • May 31, 2023 10:23 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The Track Saw Can Be Your Friend 

    by Andrew Davis

    The track saw is generally and underrated tool.  At least Andrew thinks so.  And given his premise the track saw has considerable value, especially, when cutting 4' x 8' plywood sheets or rough slabs, which he does. 

    An article like this provides considerable valuable advice from a user you know.  In fact, Andrew offers a check list of useful considerations if you are considering a purchase.  Make up your own mind but The Track Saw May Be Your Friend.

    Congratulations to Andrew for another good year of well researched and imaginative articles.  Andrew welcomes your feedback.

    This is the last Bevel Cut article until the next membership year starting in September.  All past Bevel Cut articles from the past year will be added to the archive accessible from the Resources tab. 

  • May 24, 2023 11:21 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    North Bennet Street School tour in May 2023 of the Cabinet and Furniture Making Department and Violin Making Department

  • May 22, 2023 11:06 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The Vintage Toll Shoppe - Online

    Eric Robinson of is offering an ongoing 10% discount to EMGW members for online purchases.  They sell quality vintage tools and the store is in NH, so there is no tax and shipping is included.  Log into the website to navigate to the Special Member Discounts link under the Members tab for special online instructions to receive the 10% discount.

  • May 19, 2023 10:31 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Northland Forest Products - Kingston, NH

    at 36 Depot Road Kingston, NH 03848.
    (603) 642-8275 is direct line to the retail shop in Kingston for folks to call with questions or to help determine lumber availability and price.  
    Ask for Derek or Gabbie for assistance and 10% discount with your up to date membership card.  Northland Forest Products is a self serve 1st come 1st serve facility.  Steve McKenna is a satisfied customer.

  • May 04, 2023 12:10 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Barney and Carey Lumber (, a new lumberyard to the Guild, is offering a 10% discount  with an up to date EMGW membership card or a picture of it.  The lumberyard also offers woodworking tools, supplies, and milling.  Barney and Carey Lumber is located in Avon, MA.

  • May 01, 2023 12:15 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Plan for Wood Movement

    Rob Carver

    Designing and joining wood pieces must account for seasonal wood movement.  This we know.  But just how much to allow is another matter.  Rob leaves the science and math to woodworker and author Christian Becksvoort with a cited Fine Woodworking article.  But there is more that can be said for wood movement by understanding inherent variability with sizes, species, and seasoning.  And variability is the operative word, for it is used in other disciplines from Statistics to Stoicism.

    Rob would like us to think about variability in a broader sense as you will see in the article Plan for Wood Movement.  And when you return to woodworking be sure to understand variability.  You don't want your joined wood to crack or stick.

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

  • May 01, 2023 12:09 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Is Clutter Part of Your

    Natural Workshop Habitat?

    by Andrew Davis

    You think you have seen clutter?  Wait until you see some examples in Andrew's article Is Clutter Part of Your Natural Workshop Habitat?

    By the way, how would you rate your clutter?  You see there is a EMGW standard being published in our community sure to spread across the land.  Check out the Bevel Cut Clutter Analysis Grading System.  Andrew has put in considerable research to fine tune his rankings, so take a look.  Maybe you will see your workshop in one of the pictures or categories.  It kind of motivates me to get out the broom.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • May 01, 2023 12:02 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Wavy Cutting Board Project

    by the Wavy Cutting Board Project Team Led by Jeff Clunie

    When is a piece a Featured Piece of the Month?  I agree, it's somewhat ambiguous but maybe this article will provide some clarity.  This Wavy Cutting Board Featured Piece is different, know doubt, but all of the Featured Pieces are different.  This one, however, was a team based project that produced  variations of the wavy cutting board as first described by project leader Jeff Clunie.  The project a wonderful example of an enjoyable, learning activity yielding a well constructed, aesthetically appealing piece, where all participants designed their own unique wavy cutting board with Jeff's assistance.  The article is compendium of each participant's perspective.

    Everyone has a story to tell, some offering more detail than others.  You will see pictures of the finished cutting boards and some pictures in process.  Even if only one wavy cutting board were made, it would qualify as a Featured Piece.  Read what the team in their individual words had to say about this project in Wavy Cutting Board Project.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Jeff Clunie .

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