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  • 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.

  • March 20, 2023 10:50 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The original Guild Gear gadget can be found in this list For Feb.1, 2023

  • March 13, 2023 12:40 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    The March 2023 meeting was held at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester. After new member introductions and several members providing updates to guild activities as seen here, we were treated to an outstanding presentation on the topic of Wood Identification.

  • February 27, 2023 6:07 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    To be held on April 8th in Needham.

  • February 27, 2023 5:48 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    TV Console

    by Ed O'Neil

    We are fortunate that Ed O'Neil decided to venture into writing a summary of his TV Console piece.  Ed quickly caught on to the form and function of a Featured Piece of the Month document and submitted a wonderful example of a woodworker deciding to work on a specific piece, formulating a plan, acquiring the necessary stock, resolving pitfalls, learning new skills, and placing the piece in operation. 

    One of the skills was writing the document.  Fortunately, Ed had taken pictures along the development path so he had all the ingredients to complete the summary. I'm grateful that Ed persevered through the processes, both woodworking and sharing his experience in this document.  Check out Ed's delightful TV Console.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Ed O'Neil.

  • February 27, 2023 5:46 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Measure 9 Times, Then Measure Again

    by Andrew Davis

    You are reading the correct column.  Indeed, this is the Bevel Cut, not the neighboring Measure Twice, Cut Once column.  And it must be said that Bevel Cut is not trying to outdo MTCO even though it stresses many more than two pre-cutting measurements.

    Actually, this article is about reassessing Andrew's (and by extension your) measurement process - the tools he uses and the tools he might consider adding to his toolbox.  The question remains, however.  How many times does it take to measure before you cut?

    Read Andrew's Measure 9 Times, Then Measure Again.

  • February 27, 2023 5:44 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Hit the Nail on the Head

    Rob Carver

    I figured at some point Rob would reveal his essay with this titular theme.  And now we have it.  It's a saying that we all know and, no doubt, have used in and outside woodworking.  Rob gives a very nice interpretation of this common saying.

    One doesn't need to know much about hammering to know what could happen if the nail head is not hit squarely.  Because of the effect of hitting the nail not on the head, the title could have been "Think Twice, Hit Once", with apologies to the author.  But, of course, "hitting the nail on the head" has nonliteral meanings.  And that's why this saying is used so often.

    Read all about it in Hit the Nail on the Head.  May I say (and maybe give Rob an idea for another essay), that he nailed it?

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