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  • 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 .

  • April 30, 2023 3:04 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Auction was held at the Needham Furniture Makers facility.

  • April 25, 2023 7:35 PM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Segmented Turning by Paul Schultz - December 10, 2022

  • April 23, 2023 12:26 PM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Furniture Restoration by Thomas Johnson - February 11, 2023

  • April 12, 2023 12:29 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The April 2023 meeting was held at Needham Furniture Makers in Needham.  Attendees had a chance to mix and view the new facility for woodworking classes and available workshop space loaded with various new tools.  The meeting was located in one of the meeting rooms near the spacious workshop area.

  • April 04, 2023 12:15 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    I enjoy these articles when Andrew and other writers for the newsletter and website connect our woodworking endeavors to older times. That's what was intriguing at the January 2023 meeting at Handshouse Studios, Dan Sichel's paper on the nail's economic history of nails, or Andrew's previous Bevel Cut articles on the golden ratio and Fibonacci. 

    Here, Andrew in his not so obscure tradition of historical fantasy puts forth a connection to the putty knife, where we travel back to Baroque times to get some insight to this age old tool.  It is ironic that as this article is being published, the creator of what we call a putty knife, would be 345 years old on April 1st.

    Happy birthday to Maurithaus von Grof deGieskes.  May he be partnered along Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Herman Doomer as recognized pioneers of the Dutch Golden Age.

    Read about the untold story of Andrew's Making a Putty Knife.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • April 04, 2023 12:13 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Perhaps this cabinet by Bob McKee should be featured in October for Halloween.  It certainly would qualify both for craftmanship and mystique.

    Reading Bob's account of making his cabinet is thoughtful and engaging.  I don't remember Bob's other Featured Piece contributions being so witty, imaginative, personal, and light hearted.  There was no inclination of that, especially because of the alarming figures seen in the wood.  It's a delightful read.

    Also, noteworthy from the article is that Bob easily takes on woodworking challenges.  Working with oily Cocobolo needed preparation before gluing.  Veneering and installing Blum self-closing hinges were new to him.  Even working without a detailed plan was novel.  But not every new experience is thought to be repeated.  Read Ghost Dancers Cabinet for more.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Bob McKee.

  • April 04, 2023 12:11 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    There must be something about humility.  That character trait is highlighted as a virtue among all the great religions.  Agnostics also value humility.  As you may know, it's a constant process to keep one's ego in check.  

    Rob brings humility in the context of, what else, woodworking.  As Rob writes, it is a topic among many woodworkers.  The ability to achieve doesn't just require a magnificent skill set, there is something else to hone.  Continue the journey of woodworking achievement by reading Learn Humility.

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

  • March 20, 2023 10:53 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    A Delta Unisaw and Router Table with router have been donated.  Auction is set for April 8th in Needham.

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