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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 in Kearney Hall 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 in Kearney Hall 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 of a new table top CNC carving machine developed by Innovations Squared of Buffalo, NY. The demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium at CP Rochester and will 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

Making Edge Tools with O1 Tool Steel

Instructors - Bob Couture & David Gilbert  : 02/07/15

We will help you design, shape, heat treat and temper pieces of O1 tool steel so they become useful tools. With simple metalworking tools and a MAPP gas torch you will be able to make a variety of useful tools. Some easily made tools are: awls, marking knives, chisels, scrapers, skews and such. We will have a variety of homemade tools available to give you ideas about what you can make, and if time permits we will demo how you can use a lathe to make handles for your tools. There will be an additional materials charge to cover the cost of the steel that you will use.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $30 for RWS members, $50 for non-members (fee includes RWS membership)

Materials charge: $10 - $20

Class size: 6 - 10 people

Workshop Registration

 

Make a Paddle for a Kayak

Instructor - Mark Rakestraw : 02/08/15

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/.

This two session workshop is being offered as part of the RWS Boat SIG. There is no fee for RWS members, but to register you must contact Mark Rakestraw at mark@rakestrawcabinetry.com. (Do not use the 'Workshop Registration' link below).

As a follow-up to the two paddle building sessions, the Boat SIG will have four additional meetings to work on member projects of mutual interest. For a description of possible Boat SIG projects and a schedule for the remaining meetings, see the Boat SIG section on the 'Groups' page.

Date and Time:

.....February 8, 2015, 5:00PM;

.....February 17, 2015, 6:00PM

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: No charge for RWS members.

Materials: $25

Class size: 4 - 8 people

Workshop Registration

 

Hand Planes 401 - Card Scrapers

Instructor – Alan VanDeMoere  : 02/14/15

The simple card scraper is an amazing tool when prepared and used correctly.  Unfortunately, most people set up a card scraper to perform like a paint scraper.  Sure, a paint scraper will scratch wood, but for a very short period of time, and the surface will not be "finish ready".  Bring your card scrapers and sharpening materials and learn to tame that unruly wood. When your best smoothing planes can't finish the job, don't turn to sandpaper....turn to a card scraper.

Date & Times:

.....AM Session:  Saturday,  February 14, 2015 , 9:00AM to 12:00PM

.....PM Session:  Saturday,  February 14, 2015, 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Location: Alan's workshop,   52 Wilelen Rd., Rochester, NY

Cost: $20 for RWS members, $40 for non-members (fee includes RWS membership)

Class size: 4 - 6 people

 

Workshop Registration