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  • October 19, 2023 10:39 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Tour of Shaker Village and Shaker Woodshop in Canterbury, NH 

  • October 18, 2023 1:30 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    Tour of the Shaker Village and Woodshop in Canterbury, NH

    October 2023

  • October 01, 2023 12:47 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Rob returns one-handed to write this self-reflective article.  As most of you know, Rob was involved in a serious accident on the road.  This required hospitalization, treatment, and ongoing recovery.  Last time I saw Rob he was wearing a sling.  Hence, his one-handed effort.  But that did not compromise his report on the accident or his thoughtful advice, which you can read in Curing Takes Time.  We all wish him well and based on recent conversations, Rob is back, one-handed for now.

    You can reach Rob by clicking Rob Carver

  • October 01, 2023 12:35 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Is This Your Business or Hobby?

    by Andrew Davis

    When I meet someone who asks what I do, among other activities I say I spend time woodworking.  The next question is, what do you make?  Third question succinctly put is, is it a business or a hobby?

    Last month we listened to Mike Zwolinski speak about running his business.  But some of our membership have a business/hobby relationship. If it's a hobby, what type.  If it's a business, what type?  Andrew takes on this dilemma in his article Is This Your Business or Hobby?  Andrew relies on finance and tax mavens at Lord Mishigass School for Economics for insights.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.
  • October 01, 2023 12:33 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Bob McKee is a frequent contributor to the Featured Piece of the Month column.  This month Bob brings to our attention a delightful piece highlighting the door panels using a bookmatched sunburst design.  But that wasn't enough.  When the doors are open the sunburst design is seen inside the cabinet because Bob creates the same effect in the back of the cabinet.

    Another nice feature is the top edge of the cabinet.  Bob used a creative process for installing inlay and banding with the help of his "lovely old Stanley No. 46 skewed plow plane".  This is a person who built a display cabinet, which was featured in this column last year, for some of his prized hand planes.

    Perhaps the best part of making this Sunburst Cabinet, however, was his enjoyment.  Bob seemed to surprise himself upon reflecting that the final work "pretty much" matched his original concept.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Bob McKee.

  • September 11, 2023 11:09 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Topic: Starting and running a small custom furniture shop

  • September 02, 2023 5:31 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Old Schwamb Mill Tour in Arlington on August 15, 2023

  • September 02, 2023 9:11 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Dovetails with ChatGPT

    by Andrew Davis

    At the risk of adding another article about dovetails, Andrew presents, yep, another one.  Many of you have already formed your opinions of pins first or tails first and your process is well regimented and religiously followed.  But you can find a refreshing and comical approach to cutting dovetails if you understand the right language.

    So, try navigating the high seas and treacherous times of buccaneer woodworking or perhaps you have discarded modern dovetail instructions as you prefer the Medieval approach to cutting dovetails.  All it might take is to connect with the language that suits you.  Allow Andrew to be your guide using AI techniques to convey the dovetail basics.  Read Dovetails with ChatGPT.

     Andrew welcomes your feedback.

    All past "Bevel Cut" articles through June 2023 have been made available from the Resources tab on the website Home Page.

  • September 02, 2023 9:08 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Demilune Table

    by Dave McCormick

    Dave kicks off the first Featured Piece of the season with his Demilune Table.  The piece is loaded with features from many skill sets, including bricking, inlay, sand shading, veneering and stringing to name a few.  Dave provides an orderly and succinct description that will be easy to follow with the aid of several pictures in the development process.

    The piece was inspired by classes taken at Phil Lowe's Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, which triggered a collegial relationship between the two.  In fact, it was at Phil's workshop where Dave took on this project.  Dave made the Demilune Table as a tribute to Phil.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Dave McCormick.

    All past "Featured Piece of the Month" articles through June 2023 have been made available from the Resources tab on the website Home Page.

    The Newsletter and website are open for Featured Piece contributions for the 2023-2024 season.  Send me any questions or what you may have to me to engage in publishing your piece. 

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

  • August 30, 2023 11:34 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    August 15, 2023 in Arlington, MA.

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