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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. 

  • May 04, 2019 9:19 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    This month Andrew steps out into a new "cut" of his Bevel Cut column.  This thoughtful article lays out tables of brands that belong to the parent company, or as the title asks, who owns what?

    For example, did you know that Porter-Cable belongs to the already merged conglomerate of Stanley Decker and Stanley.  DeWalt too!  How about Ryobi and Milwaukee (among others) are brands owned by Techtronic Industries?  Yep.  Skil and others are owned by Chevron.  OK, how about, who owns saw blade makers Freud and Diablo?

    You probably know that Jet and Powermatic are owned jointly by JPW Industries.  But did you know that JPW and other manufacturing companies (Compass Health and TTG) are owned by TENEX Capital Management. [Ed.]

    RIDGID is an interesting company.  Two conglomerates own different lines of RIDGID's business.  The list goes on.  You can read about it and tables of these ownership portfolios in Andrew's article Who Own What?
  • May 04, 2019 9:48 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Presented at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA; May 11, 2019 to March 22, 2020

    Refer to the Non-guild Events column on Home page for more info.

    Visions of Design presents parallels found in Shaker furniture and Mid-century Modern furniture, with pieces drawn from Fruitlands Museum’s Shaker collection and from Field Farm in Williamstown, former home of avid modern art and furniture collectors Lawrence and Eleanor Pamedo Bloedel, which is now a six-room Bed and Breakfast. The Shakers, a religious communal society who settled throughout the eastern United States, flourishing in the mid-1800s, and the Modernists, recognized for their use of innovative aesthetic forms in the mid-twentieth century, were each inspired by close relationships with the landscape. Despite existing a century apart, their mutual sensitivity to place, materials, and intended use led both to prioritize purpose over decoration when creating and collecting furniture and art. The furniture and art in this exhibition may intrigue visitors to think differently about how the design of furniture evolves.

    In addition to comparison of these two collections, cabinetmaker Eli Cleveland, distinguished alumni of North Bennet Street School, Boston, will create replicas of three pieces of furniture in the exhibit, with yet-to-be assembled parts seeming to float in the center of the gallery, dramatically highlighting how the furniture was fabricated.

  • April 27, 2019 7:47 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    Meeting on "Chair Making Basics" was held at HNE Millwork in Woburn, MA.
  • April 08, 2019 2:50 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Paul Schulz wrote a step by step procedural document using power tools for his students at Lincoln-Sudbury High School for squaring a board.  Andrew Davis has submitted Paul's document "Squaring a Board" for those of us who haven't mastered the hand plane approach. 

    In addition, you can click No-Fail Routines For Jointing And Planing to read the article of the same name written by Wood Magazine staff and published in Wood Magazine.  The article includes pictures and a video providing step by step instructions.  Special concerns about grain direction, sizes, and rough shapes are addressed.

  • April 01, 2019 8:13 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Michael has submitted to EMGW his copyrighted article now available for posting on the EMGW website.  This is a detailed article complete with history, plans, dimensions, instructions, and advice for ambitious woodworkers who might be willing to invest some time to make your own.  Michael writes, "This piece took me 3 months to make off and on. It took more time to write about it.  It's a piece I copied from Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour by Robert Mussey.  I cut all the veneers myself as well as made all the bandings."

    Have a read.  It's an impressive article describing an impressive piece.

  • March 17, 2019 1:04 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The link to read about Lake Erie Toolworks products and discount is found under the Members tab.  Be sure you are logged into for access.

  • March 15, 2019 7:26 AM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Most  recent Board Meeting minutes posted to the Members section. Go the the Members section or click here Board Meeting Minutes March 14, 2019

  • March 11, 2019 11:11 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Guild meeting took place at Wellesley Free Library.

  • February 28, 2019 10:34 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Working with wood slabs is a subset of fine woodworking.  It requires an attractive and strong support for the slab, joinery, and finishing.  No slab based tables are alike and they can be very attractive as is one of Andrew's creations in ambrosia pictured on the Home page.  Andrew writes about his experience with slab based tables and benches with respect to procuring and working with slabs.  It's a quick read and provides his woodworker's viewpoints in Slab Mania.

  • February 28, 2019 10:32 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Jim describes his piece influenced by Thomas Moser influenced by Asian design.  In this table, Jim included some tricky joinery and bowed cross pieces.  Some of this is mindful of a piece that Jim helped me with.  That was  a cabinet that is suspended from a table that uses a similar cross-frame structure and "inverted" legs. 

    I remember Jim and me visiting a Thomas Moser showroom in Boston and marveling over his designs and workmanship.  While my piece was designed from the Mission style, Jim has taken his piece to the East with airy, delicate, and aesthetic features.  For a description of the piece by Jim click Asian Influence Table.


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