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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

  • Laser Engraving and CNC Routing: January 16, 2015 at St. John Fisher College and January 17 at CP Rochester.

    RWS will be holding a "high-Tech" weekend for our next National Meeting and Workshop. The National Meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at St. John Fisher College and will feature a presentation and discussion on laser engraving by George Perzel, owner/operator of Laserarts in Victor, NY. More information can be found on this web site under the 'Workshops' tab. Also, see the Laserarts web site at http://www.laserarts.net.
    On Saturday, January 17, 2015, RWS will sponsor a series of one hour demonstrations at CP Rochester using a new table top CNC carving machine developed by Innovations Squared of Buffalo, NY. The demonstrations will begin at 9 a.m. and repeat each hour ending at 12 p.m. There is no charge and you do not have to be an RWS member to attend.
    According to the manufacturer, this inexpensive and highly accurate unit can cut practically anything up to the hardness of steel. Materials it can cut include: foam, plastic, wood, aluminum, brass, stone, ceramic and glass. The machine measures 44" x 33" x 32". It can be used to machine both flat and round objects.
    If you have a specific application, you are welcome to bring in an object to be carved. More information along with technical specs on the unit can be found at: http://www.creationstationcnc.com.

    RWS will be holding a "high-Tech" weekend for our next National Meeting and Workshop. The National Meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at St. John Fisher College and will feature a presentation and discussion on laser engraving by George Perzel, owner/operator of Laserarts in Victor, NY. More information can be found on this web site under the 'Workshops' tab. Also, see the Laserarts web site at http://www.laserarts.net.

    On Saturday, January 17, 2015, RWS will sponsor a series of one hour demonstrations at CP Rochester using a new table top CNC carving machine developed by Innovations Squared of Buffalo, NY. The demonstrations will begin at 9 a.m. and repeat each hour ending at 12 p.m. There is no charge and you do not have to be an RWS member to attend.

    According to the manufacturer, this inexpensive and highly accurate unit can cut practically anything up to the hardness of steel. Materials it can cut include: foam, plastic, wood, aluminum, brass, stone, ceramic and glass. The machine measures 44" x 33" x 32". It can be used to machine both flat and round objects.

    If you have a specific application, you are welcome to bring in an object to be carved. More information along with technical specs on the unit can be found at: http://www.creationstationcnc.com.

  • National Speakers for 2014-15

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

    Hilary Russell, Canoe/Kayak Builder; September 26, 2014

    Mike Mascelli, Furniture Restorer/Refinisher; October 24, 2014

    Nick Cook, Woodturner; November 14, 2014

    George Perzel, Laser Engraving/Art; January 16, 2015

    Bob Yorburg, Carver; February 20, 2015

    Glen Huey, Furniture Maker; March 27, 2015

    Garrett Hack, Furniture Maker; April 24, 2015

     

     

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Upcoming Workshops

Introduction to Stationary Power Tool Safety

Instructors - Mark Rakestraw & Rich Towsley : 01/10/15

Students will learn to set up and use stationary tools safely in order to convert a rough sawn plank into a sized furniture component piece. Complete set up of jointer, planer, table saw, drill press, band saw and router table will be discussed. Tool accessories and dealing with problems such as "snipe", will be covered. There will be special emphasis on safety and the inherent limitations of each machine. Dust collection options and concerns will be covered also. This workshop is intended for novice through advanced woodworkers.

 

Date & Time: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: Rakestraw Cabinetry, 850 St. Paul St., Studio 18, Rochester, NY

Driving instructions: Going north on St. Paul St. from the Inner Loop turn right (east) onto Scrantom St. Drive to the rear parking lot at the back of the building (about 100-150 yards from St. Paul St.) and enter through the loading dock. Follow signs to Rakestraw Cabinetry.

Cost: $30 for RWS and Makerspace members, $65 for non-members (fee includes RWS membership)

Class size: 6 - 12 people

Workshop Registration

 

George Perzel: National Lecture

George Perzel is a retired electrical engineer and international program manager with a background in military communications radios and systems. He is a BS and MS graduate of Penn State, a native of Pennsylvania coal country and has been in the Victor area for 32 years. George has a wide variety of interests and hobbies and Lasersarts has been one of them for over ten years. For more information, visit George's web site at http://www.Laserarts.net.

George Perzel Lecture: 7:45 p.m., St. John Fisher College :  01/16/15

George will describe the many applications of laser engraving of interest to wood workers. He will discuss which types of wood work best as well as some of the technical aspects of this process.

Workshop :  01/17/15

No workshop will be held on this topic. However, on Saturday, January 17, 2015, RWS will sponsor a series of one hour demonstrations at CP Rochester using a new table top CNC carving machine developed by Innovations Squared of Buffalo, NY. The demonstrations will begin at 9 a.m. and repeat each hour ending at 12 p.m. There is no charge and you do not have to be an RWS member to attend.

According to the manufacturer, this inexpensive and highly accurate unit can cut practically anything up to the hardness of steel. Materials it can cut include: foam, plastic, wood, aluminum, brass, stone, ceramic and glass. The machine measures 44" x 33" x 32". It can be used to machine both flat and round objects.

If you have a specific application, you are welcome to bring in an object to be carved. More information along with technical specs on the unit can be found at: http://www.creationstationcnc.com.

Date & Time: Saturday January 17, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Fee: No charge. The public is invited and no registration is required.

Workshop Registration

 

Make a Paddle for a Kayak

Instructor - Mark Rakestraw : 02/01/15 - 02/28/15

Build your own Greenland style kayak paddle:  Efficient, inexpensive, easier on your joints, and perfectly sized for your body and boat.  Learn all about traditional paddling and paddles at the Qajak USA website: http://www.qajaqusa.org/ The class will be held in Febuary, when most everyone is off the water!  If interested please contact Mark Rakestraw at mark@rakestrawcabinetry.com For a complete description and schedule, see the Boat SIG section on the 'Groups' page.

Date: February-March (see the Boat SIG section on the 'Groups' page for a schedule)

Location: Rakestraw Cabinetry, 850 St. Paul St., Studio 18, Rochester, NY

Driving instructions: Going north on St. Paul St. from the Inner Loop turn right (east) onto Scrantom St. Drive to the rear parking lot at the back of the building (about 100-150 yards from St. Paul St.) and enter through the loading dock. Follow signs to Rakestraw Cabinetry.

Cost: No charge for RWS members.

Materials: $25

Class size: 4 - 8 people

Workshop Registration