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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

  • Glen Huey - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, March 27, 2015, 135 Basil Hall, St. John Fisher College

    Glen Huey is a master woodworker, author, teacher and entrepreneur. In 2005 Glen joined the staff of Popular Woodworking as a full-time editor and shortly thereafter became managing editor. He was later appointed editor and content director of American Woodworker. Glen has written numerous articles for Popular Woodworking magazine and authored four project-based books on woodworking and one on carpentry (click here to view the titles). In 2014 Glen joined with Charles Bender and Robert W. Lang in a start-up media company (360woodworking.com), which is devoted to delivering a wide range of information to woodworkers.

    Glen began his woodworking career at an early age. While still in his teens Glen built a Sheraton Field bed, which is still around today; and as a high school student, he spent summers doing all stages of work in home construction on his father's job sites. With an eye toward someday running his own business, Glen studied finance and accounting at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation he convinced his semi-retired father to return to work and started his own homebuilding business. Not enamored with the cold mid-west winters and mud-laden springs, he retreated to the relative comfort of his workshop and began a support business for homebuilders. His products included stairs, fireplace walls, paneling and built-in units. Soon, however, Glen realized a higher calling and began his career as a builder of fine reproduction furniture.

    In his Friday night talk Glen will show slides of his work and reflect on his career as an author, editor and builder of fine period furniture.

    In his workshop on Saturday Glen will teach you his techniques for building and decorating small boxes. Included will be topics such as inlays by router and by hand, finishing, veneering and joinery, all of which can be applied to many other forms of woodworking.

    Register for Glen's workshop

  • 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

Glen Huey: National Lecture and Workshop

Glen Huey is an author and furniture builder who began his woodworking career at an early age. While still in his teens Glen built a Sheraton Field bed, which is still around today; and as a high school student, he spent summers doing all stages of work in home construction on his father's job sites. With an eye toward someday running his own business, Glen studied finance and accounting at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation he convinced his semi-retired father to return to work and started his own homebuilding business. Not enamored with the cold mid-west winters and mud-laden springs, he retreated to the relative comfort of his workshop and began a support business for homebuilders. His products included stairs, fireplace walls, paneling and built-in units. Soon, however, Glen realized a higher calling and began his career as a builder of fine reproduction furniture.

In 2005 Glen joined the staff of Popular Woodworking as a full-time editor and shortly thereafter became managing editor. He was later appointed editor and content director of American Woodworker until the parent company closed the title. Glen has written numerous articles for Popular Woodworking magazine and authored four project-based books on woodworking and one on carpentry (click here to view the titles).

In 2014 Glen joined with Charles Bender and Robert W. Lang in a start-up media company (360woodworking.com), which is devoted to delivering a wide range of information to woodworkers.

Glen Huey Lecture: 7:45 p.m., 135 Basil Hall, St. John Fisher College :  03/27/15

In his Friday night talk Glen will present slides of his work and reflect on his career as an author, editor and builder of fine period furniture.

Glen Huey Workshop - Building and Decorating Boxes :  03/28/15

On Saturday Glen will teach you his techniques for building and decorating small boxes. Included will be topics such as inlays by router and by hand, finishing, veneering and joinery, all of which can be applied to many other forms of woodworking.

Date & Time: Saturday March 28, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

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

Cost: $60 for RWS members, $80 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

Shaker Oval Box Making Workshop

Instructors - Bob Couture & Rich Towsley : 04/11/15 - 04/18/15

Participants will construct a Shaker oval box (size #2, 3-1/2" x 5-3/4" x 2-1/4" high) using commercial 1/16" veneer in cherry, walnut or anigre. Top and bottom materials will vary. Materials and specialized equipment will be provided. The class will extend over two sessions because of the need for the steam bent sides to dry. It is expected that some work at home will be required to fit the top and bottom, and to finish the box.

There will be a presentation with handouts that will cover the construction process, material selection, construction of the forms and steam box, and other projects that make use of the techniques used in the workshop.

After some clean up of the pre-cut sides, participants will steam bend, tack and dry the sides. Boxes must then dry on the forms. In the second session, bottoms will be individually fit, pinned, and glued. The band for the top will then be steam bent, and formed around the bottoms for a tight fit. The top can be fitted at home using the same techniques, and the participant can choose and apply a finish.

Bring these tools if you have them:

•     Exacto knife with standard blade, fine carving knife, or utility knife

•     Pencils

•     Tack hammer, or other small hammer

•     Fine needle-nose pliers

•     Wire cutters (can be part of needle nose plier)

•     Sand paper, #80 grit to #220 grit with sanding block

•     Manual or power hand drill with 1/16" bit

There will be a material fee of $35. The forms can be borrowed for the duration of the class, or purchased for $35.

Date & Time:

.....Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

.....Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

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

Material charge: $35

Class size: 6 - 8 people

 

Workshop Registration

 

Garrett Hack: National Lecture and Workshop

Garrett Hack designs and builds contemporary style furniture based on classic forms. Internationally known, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Preservation, Home Furniture and Fine Woodworking, for whom he is a contributing editor and regularly writes articles about design and craftsmanship. Garrett studied civil engineering and architecture at Princeton University and later attended Boston University's Program in Artisanry. Fundamental to his work are hand tools. He teaches hand tool classes throughout the United States and abroad and has written The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1997, 1999). Garrett is a currently a member and past chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, a group of artisans dedicated to producing handmade furniture of the highest quality.

Garrett Hack Lecture: 7:45 p.m., St. John Fisher College (Room TBA) :  04/24/15

Garrett's Friday evening presentation will highlight various aspects of his life and work as a furniture maker and teacher. He will speak about his sources of inspiration along with his design processes and construction techniques (and possibly a little about farming, too). There will be some design, some technique, some personal thoughts and, most of all, lots of useful ideas.

Garrett Hack Workshop - Precision With Hand Tools :  04/25/15

Garrett will demonstrate a dozen practical exercises using planes and other hand tools to smooth and polish surfaces, cut curves, shape edges, cut a joint, do an inlay, etc. He will also show you his techniques for sharpening and tuning and tell you which tools he believes are worth owning and learning how to use well.

Date & Time: Saturday April 25, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

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

Cost: $60 for RWS members, $80 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration