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We are a group of men and women in Upstate NY dedicated to the enjoyment of woodworking. Membership includes lectures and workshops by renowned woodworking personalities and local professionals as well as free access to our extensive lending library of books and videos.

RWS welcomes everyone interested in the craft whether professional or hobbyist. Join the company of hundreds of enthusiasts - carvers, turners, furniture makers, boat builders, and other skilled craftspeople and take your woodworking skills to a new level.

 

 

 

Recent News

  • Peter Follansbee to Speak on April 25

    Peter Follansbee will be the featured speaker during the RWS Showcase weekend at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on April 25 and 26, 2014. An expert in joinery, he devotes his time building and teaching about early American furniture at the Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of the early 17th century colony in Plymouth, MA. Peter will present a talk on his work at our Friday night meeting on April 25, 2014 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and will lead morning and afternoon workshops during the RWS Showcase event, also at RMSC, on Saturday, April 26. For more information about Peter's talk and workshops, go to our Workshops page; and to enroll in one of Peter's workshops, click on this link to go to our registration page. Visit Peter Follansbee's web site by clicking on his name in the article entitled "National Speakers for 2013-14" elsewhere on this page. Those with access to Popular Woodworking Magazine can read the excellent article about Peter written by Chris Schwarz in the November 2013 issue.

  • RWS SHOWCASE 2014: April 26, 2014, Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

    Rochester Woodworkers Society proudly announces its 2014 Showcase and Competition to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The Showcase is open to the public and will include both a juried and a display (non-juried) show of the work of RWS members in the following categories:

    1. Furniture 1 - Tables, Beds
    2. Furniture 2 - Cases, Cabinets, Desks
    3. Furniture 3 - Chairs, Rockers
    4. Furniture Accessories and Furnishings
    5. Turning 1 - Segmented
    6. Turning 2 - Bowls, Platters, Plates, Vessels
    7. Turning 3 - Pens, Finials, Spindles, Ornaments
    8. Carving
    9. Boats, Boating Accessories
    10. Other: Shop Equipment, Toys, Mini's, Models, Musical instruments, or any piece not fitting into above categories.
    11. Collaborative Work (Work by group of 2 or more)

    All categories will be judged individually by our two Rochester area judges, Jim Plukas and Greg Johnson. The awards will be as follows:

    1. First Place: One each Category
    2. Best of Show: One item from Entire Show (1 Award to be given)
    3. People's Choice: Each person entering the show has one vote toward this award. (1 Award)
    4. Honorable Mention: (One each Category or at discretion of judges)

    The Showcase will also include demonstrations by RWS members.

    Peter Follansbee, nationally known furniture maker, will be the featured speaker at our meeting on Friday April 25, 2014 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and will conduct workshops at the Showcase on Saturday April 26, 2014. See more details and download your entry form on the Showcase web page.

  • RWS Local Workshop Series for 2013-14

    RWS is announcing an innovative series of local workshop that are designed to build the skills and techniques of our members. The focus of this series will be to build a Shaker Side Table, like the one built by Alan VanDeMoere, that won first place in the furniture category at last year's RWS Showcase. The RWS library also has a wonderful DVD, Shaker Side Table with Christopher Schwarz, which shows one approach to building this table. Over the 2013/2014 season many of our local workshops will be directed at completing this project. These workshops could be viewed as prerequisites for the subsequent classes but are open to any RWS member who is interested in attending. In the process of taking these classes, the student will be instructed in safe power tool use, effective use of hand planes, joinery (mortise and tenon and dovetail), spindle turning, and assembly and finishing. The class examples and techniques will be directed at building this table but can be applied to any of your projects. It's our hope that the students will be able to display their completed tables at the next RWS Showcase on April 26, 2014.

    Here is the outline of the courses. All of these courses will have limited registrations in order to assure lots of instructor - student interaction. Each workshop will cost $40 and some will have an additional materials charge. If there is sufficient demand we may be able to repeat some of these courses at a later date. To register for a workshop, click on the following link: Workshop Registration

    • 1. Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools, Instructor: Brett Templar, Saturday October 12, 2013 from 9:00AM from 4: 00PM at CP Rochester.
    • 2. Power Tools 101 Used to Build a Shaker Table, Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere, Saturday November 16, 2013, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at Alan's house.
    • 3. Hand Plane Usage and Building a Shaker Table Top, Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere, Saturday December 14, 2013, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at Alan's house.
    • 4. Mortise and Tenon Joinery for a Shaker Table, Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere, Saturday January 11, 2014, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at CP Rochester.
    • 5. Dovetail Drawers for a Shaker Table, Instructor: Bob Couture, Saturday February 1, 2014, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at CP Rochester.
    • 6. Spindle Turning to Make a Shaker Drawer Knob, Instructor: David Gilbert, Saturday February 22, 2014, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at CP Rochester.
    • 7. Shaker Table Assembly and Finishing, Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere, Saturday April 5, 2014, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at Rakestraw Cabinetry, 850 St. Paul St., Studio 18, Rochester, NY. See Workshop page for driving directions.
  • National Speakers for 2013-14

    Click on a link to go to the speaker's web site, if available.

    John Lucas - Turner, September 27, 2013

    Douglas Green - Furniture Maker, October 18, 2013

    Bernie Lehmann - Luthier, November 22, 2013

    Chuck Rinehart - Furniture Maker, January 10, 2014

    Mary May - Period Furniture, February 14, 2014

    Peter Follansbee - Furniture Maker, April 25, 2014

     

     

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Upcoming Workshops

Peter Follansbee: National Lecture and Workshop

Peter Follansbee will be the featured speaker during the RWS Showcase weekend at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on April 25 and 26, 2014. An expert in joinery, he spends his time building and teaching about early American furniture at the Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of the early 17th century colony in Plymouth, MA. Returning to an earlier time, Peter relies only on hand tools to create furniture held together by the joinery of that period, most notably drawbored mortise and tenons, dovetails, pegs, nails and glue. "I make reproduction s of 17th-century joined furniture; boxes, chests, chairs, tables and more. My work follows techniques and methods from the period; all work is done exclusively with hand tools. Oak is the primary timber used, pine, maple and ash are also used to a lesser degree." Peter is also an expert at carving, which he does in the traditional manner of riving oak logs and working the green wood with hand tools.  Some of his pieces can be viewed on the Popular Woodworking site by clicking on this link.

Both history buffs and woodworkers alike will benefit from Peter Follansbee's knowledge and skill. Don't miss his talk on Friday evening and be sure to attend one of the Saturday workshops. For more information about Peter's workshops, go to the RWS Showcase web page.

Want to learn more about Peter Follansbee and his areas of expertise? Click on the following link to view some of his numerous appearances on "The Woodwrights Shop" with Roy Underhill.

Peter Follansbee Lecture: 8:00 p.m., Rochester Museum and Science Center :  04/25/14

In his Friday night presentation, Peter will talk about 17th century period furniture and the techniques used in its construction.

Peter Follansbee Workshops:  :  04/26/14

Peter Follansbee will present four 1-hour workshops as described below. Note that workshops 1 and 3 have the same content as do workshops 2 and 4.

Date & Time: SaturdayApril 26, 2014

Making Carved Spoons: Workshop 1 (10-11AM); Workshop 3 (1-2PM)

Peter will explain how to choose the wood and demonstrate the tools and techniques for creating carved spoons. See photo above.

Starting with green wood, Peter will show how to split and hew out the rough shape of some spoons. The inside of the spoon's bowl is shaped with a hook knife, shaped something like a question mark; the outside is cut with a knife often called a "sloyd" knife, referring to a Swedish term tied to handicrafts. The handles are often chip-carved for an added effect. Woods used include fruit woods like cherry and apple, birch, sycamore and many others.

Carving on Oak Furniture: Workshop 2 (11:15AM-12:15PM); Workshop 4 (2:15-3:15PM)

Peter will demonstrate the tools and techniques for creating intricate carvings on oak furniture. See photo of carved box above.

Location: Rochester Museum and Science Center

Fee: $15 for RWS members, $20 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS effective April 25)

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A Note About Workshops

Workshop Location and Policy : 01/01/20

Many of our workshops are at CP Rochester, which is located at 3399 South Winton Road in Henrietta (see map).

If you schedule a workshop and can't attend, please contact the workshop chair or the instructor. Many times we have a waiting list. If you contact us before the workshop, your fee will be applied toward a future workshop. Otherwise, your fee is non-refundable.

The workshop prices for non-members includes membership in RWS.

 

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