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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

  • Darrell Peart - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, October 21, 2016, St. John Fisher College

    Darrell Peart, nationally recognized expert on Greene and Greene style furniture, will present a talk and workshop on the weekend of October 21, 2016. His talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, October 21 in room 135 Basil on the campus of St. John Fisher College. His workshop on 'Greene and Greene Details' will be held at Mike Brawley's shop (see workshops page for details) on Saturday, October 22 starting at 9 a.m.  Workshop Registration

    Darrell began his career making and selling small wooden items at Seattle's Pike Place Market and subsequently worked in high-end custom shops in the Puget Sound area. The influence of Greene & Greene is clearly seen in Darrell's work, but he rarely does exact reproductions anymore. Exploring new designs is where his passions lie. Darrell also writes and lectures about design, woodworking and the history of Greene & Greene. His articles have appeared in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker and numerous other magazines. Darrell's first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published in April 2006 by Linden Press and is in the RWS library. His second book, In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker, was published by Linden Press in 2013.

    Darrell is also well known for his innovative woodworking jig and tool designs. His 'Square Hole Punch' is currently in production by Lee Valley Tools. In 2011 Darrell was voted to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Thorsen House (FOTH), a restoration effort of a Greene & Greene 'Ultimate Bungalow'. His work has appeared in various galleries and has been featured in both local and national newspapers, magazines, books and in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.

    SILENT AUCTION

    Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out this form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).

     

  • Have a Woodworking Problem? Try RWS "Consultants".

    If you're struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new RWS program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.
    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

    If you're an RWS member struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.

    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

  • National Speakers for 2016-17

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

    Ron Herman-Master Housewright; September 23

    Darrell Peart-Furniture Maker; October 21

    Allan Breed-Cabinet Maker; November 18

    Greg Johnson-Finisher; January 20

    Jim Altemus-Period Furniture; February 24

    John Beaver-Turner; March 17

    TBD; April 2017

     

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Upcoming Workshops

RWS Workshops for 2016-17

The following is a list of the National and Local workshops planned for the 2016-17 season. : 02/07/16

National workshops are led by nationally and internationally known woodworkers who are featured speakers at our Friday night meetings. Local workshops are led by RWS members with high levels of expertise in the topic of discussion. For a complete description of each, see our Workshops page. To register for a workshop, click here.

 

National Workshops (Topics will be added as they become available):

 

Ron Herman - September 24

Darrell Peart - October 22

Allan Breed - November 19

Greg Johnson - January 21

John Beaver - March 18

TBD - April 2017

 

Local Workshops:

 

Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools - Brett Templar - September 17, 2016

Handsaw Fundamentals - Bob Couture - October 1, 2016

Hand Cut Dovetails - Bob Couture - October15, 2016

Making a Sand Shaded Fan - Tim Talma - November 5, 2016

Powertool Safety - Alan VanDeMoere - December 3, 2016

Small Project Shaker Table part 1 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 7, 2017

Small Project Shaker Table part 2 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 28 2017

Intro to Spindle Turning - Mike Brawley - February 11, 2017

Turning a Pepper Mill - Terry Lund - March 4, 2017

Pen and Stopper Turning - Mike Hatchy - April 1, 2017

Making Edge Tools - Bob Couture and David Gilbert - April 15, 2017

Workshop Registration

 

Handsaw Fundamentals

Instructor - Bob Couture : 10/01/16

This workshop will concentrate on effectively using handsaws to create dovetails and tenons for furniture joints. It is not intended to be a detailed course on laying out, chopping, or finishing these joints; although these subjects may be discussed as time allows. Most of the workshop will concentrate on what it takes to use a joinery saw comfortably, efficiently, and effectively. We will cover:

The (wide and confusing) range of saws available

  • Western vs. Japanese
  • Rip, crosscut and "hybrid" filing
  • Saw size
  • Tooth size

What saw(s) will you (really) need?

  • Which saw size, tooth size, and tooth filing for a given job
  • How to examine a saw for purchase
  • Which saw for which joint?
  • Speed of cut vs. fineness of cut
  • Is there one saw that will do it all, and how do you choose it?

Saw sharpening basics

  • Tools required
  • Sharpen yourself vs. get someone else to sharpen it
  • Problems created by poor sharpening and how to solve them

The mechanics of sawing

  • What happens microscopically at the tooth level
  • How the saw design effects its performance

How to saw efficiently and accurately

  • Body position
  • Head and eye position
  • Work position
  • Hands, arms, grip, and how they effect sawing
  • Layout tricks and "cheats" to make accurate sawing easier

Correcting problems

  • Saw problems
  • Work holding problems
  • Technique problems
  • Secondary "tuning" of the joint with other tools

We will go through the presentation portion as quickly as the group is comfortable with. We will spend as much time as possible actually sawing wood. I will make individual observations and suggestions to make your work more comfortable, and more accurate. Class size will be limited to 8 people in order to make this reasonable. Please bring the following, if you have them:

  • Any joinery saws you wish to use
  • Layout tools (square, pencils, pens, marking knife)
  • A sharp chisel

I'll have extras, so if you don't have these, don't worry.

 

Date and Time: October 1, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $65 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

Hand Cut Dovetails

Instructor - Bob Couture : 10/15/16

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment.

To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to:

workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org.

Participants will learn to plan, lay out, cut and fit through dovetails. Pre-milled parts will be provided that will allow participants to finish a small tray. The focus of the workshop will be to finish the dovetails for one corner of the tray. The other dovetails can be finished up at home, and a bottom (either solid or plywood) added to create a finished project. This is a hands-on workshop.
The following tools will be required. I have extras, but only a limited amount. Call me before you buy anything.
  • Dovetail saw (sharp enough to deal with hardwood). We may do some tuning at class, but only if necessary. If you plan to buy one, please call me first. I have suggestions.
  • Chisels, a narrow one (1/4" or so) and a wider one (1/2" to 3/4") if you have it. (We will both chop and pare, so sharpen before the class.)
  • Coping saw or jeweler's saw.
  • Cutting style marking gauge. Call me if you have questions.
  • Marking knife. I'll have several styles to show, but bring one if you have one.
  • 6" or 12" rule (Steel is best, but whatever you use is OK.)
  • Dividers (At least one).
  • Square (Small is easier for our purposes, but bring what you normally use.)
  • Bevel gauge or dovetail marker. Call me if you have questions.
  • Pencils and/or fine point pens.
  • Low angle block plane (optional)

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $30 for RWS members, $60 for non-members (fee includes RWS membership)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 6 people

Workshop Registration