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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

  • Mario Rodriguez to Open 2015-16 National Speakers Series on September 18

    Internationally known woodworker/teacher/writer Mario Rodriguez will open the RWS National Speakers series with a presentation at St. John Fisher College on Friday, September 18, 2015. Mario's home base is the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, where he designs and builds his exquisite creations and holds classes for woodworkers at all skill levels. A prolific writer, Mario has authored two books and published numerous articles in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking and other magazines. On Saturday, Mario will lead a demonstration workshop at C.P. Rochester from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Well known for his expertise with hand tools, he will teach you how to design, fabricate and apply custom banding to enhance your woodworking projects.

    For more information about the presentation and workshop, see our Workshops page. You can read more about Mario and view his work on his web site at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.

  • Join RWS Before August 31 and Save $5

    Pre-season discount membership rates are now in effect for the 2015-16 season: $30 for an Individual Membership (one adult) and $40 for a Family Membership (two or more in the same household). Join RWS any time between now and August 31, 2015 and save on the Individual or Family Membership. Our Business Membership is still only $100.

    You can use the US Mail or the PayPal links on the JOIN page.

  • National Speakers for 2015-16

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

    Mario Rodriguez - Furniture Maker; September 18

    Kevin Rodel - Furniture Maker; October 23

    Stuart Batty - Wood Turner; November 20

    Tom Lie-Nielsen - Tool Maker; January 22

    Craig Smith - February 19

    Mike Pekovich - Furniture Maker and FWW Art Director; March 18

    Lou Irion - Specialty Lumber Supplier; April 29

     

     

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  • RWS Workshops for 2015-16

    The following is a complete list of the National and Local workshops for the 2015-16 season. 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:

    Mario Rodriguez - Custom Banding Techniques - September 19, 2015

    Kevin Rodel - Techniques for Building Arts and Crafts Furniture - October 24, 2015

    Stuart Batty - Part I: Perfecting the Art of Cutting - November 21, 2015

    Part II: Bowl Turning with the 40/40 Grind - November 22, 2015

    Mike Pekovich - TBA - March 19, 2016

     

    Local Workshops:

    Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools: Instructor - Brett Templar - September 26, 2015

    Power Tools 101: Instructors - Mark Rakestraw and Rich Towsley - October 10, 2015

    Hand Planes 101: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - November 7, 2015

    Introduction to Spindle Turning: Instructor -Mike Brawley - December 5, 2015

    Hand Planes 201: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - December 12, 2015

    Hand Planes 301: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - January 9, 2016

    Turning a Pepper Mill: Instructor - Terry Lund - February 6, 2016

    Make a Cross Cut Sled for Your Table Saw: Instructors - David Gilbert and Joe Lorenzo - February 27, 2016

    Hand Planes 401: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - March 12, 2016

    Introduction to Inlays: Instructor - Tim Talma - April 2, 2016

    Hand Sawing and Joinery: Instructor - Bob Couture - May 7, 2016

     

 

Upcoming Workshops

Mario Rodriguez: National Lecture and Workshop

With over 30 years in woodworking as a builder/maker, teacher and writer, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop is now home for Mario Rodriguez. Mario earned a bachelor's degree in Art and Applied Design from H. H. Lehman College, and then began a four year apprenticeship with the Carpenters & Cabinetmakers Union in New York City, receiving his NY State certification in 1978.

After graduation and working in the field, Mario established his own shop in Brooklyn, NY serving the area's leading architects, designers and collectors. His shop handled projects that included new construction, renovation, millwork, furniture restoration and refinishing, architectural woodwork, and fixtures and furniture reproductions. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Country Living, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Hudson Valley, McCall's, Fine Woodworking and the New York Times.

Mario has taught in the Restoration Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for almost 18 years, as well as many of the leading woodworking schools in the country.

From 1992 to 1997, Mario directed the Warwick Country Workshops from a small barn behind his Federal period farmhouse. These specialized classes were devoted to traditional hand tool topics such as hand cut dovetails, carving a ball-&-claw foot, hot glue hammer veneering and plane making. Today, he still speaks at regional woodworking organizations and clubs.

For the past 16 years, Mario has written extensively for the leading woodworking magazines (Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Home Furniture, Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker), primarily focusing on traditional hand tool techniques and projects. He has written two books: Traditional Woodwork and Building Fireplace Mantels, both published by Taunton Press.

In addition to his work at PFW, Mario continues to write, pursue woodworking topics of interest and execute projects for architects, builders and designers.

Mario Rodriguez Lecture: 7:45 p.m., 135 Basil Hall, St. John Fisher College :  09/18/15

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

Mario Rodriguez Workshop - Custom Banding Techniques :  09/19/15

In this one day workshop, Mario will show you how make decorative bandings and inlays using the unique jigs and fixtures he has developed for this work. He will cover multiple banding and inlay patterns with special emphasis on the Seymour trademark lunette and line-&-arrow banding introduced by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston. The techniques you will learn are general and can be adapted to many other types of banding limited only by your imagination.

Date & Time: Saturday September 19, 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, $90 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

Making Kitchen Utensils With Hand Tools

Instructor - Brett Templar : 09/26/15

Instructor - Brett Templar
Date & Time: Saturday September 20, 2014, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Location: CP Rochester
Class size:  6 - 8 people
Cost:  $30
Materials: $5
This full day hands-on workshop will help you get intimate with your wood. We will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a spoon out of Poplar. You will learn how to read the grain of the wood and use it to your advantage. You'll learn the proper use of some basic shaping tools and what they can do for you in everyday woodworking. This workshop will provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren and is a great way to introduce them to hand tool woodworking.
Tools needed for this workshop include:
· Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
· Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
· Rasp or a course half round file.
· 1" wide flat Chisel
· Mallet
· Coping saw: Lowes or Home Depot
· Sand paper: 100, 150, 180, 220
· Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾" wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, a 7/30 or 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice. Woodcraft should have these.
· 12" min. QuickClamp
· Safety Glasses
· Ear Protection
· Pencil and pad
· Scissors to cut out patterns
Optional tools:
· Hand drill with ¾" auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
· Curved cabinet scraper.
· Fine tipped felt pen
If you don't have all of these tools, please don't let this prevent you from signing up for this workshop. There will be extra tools available for you to borrow.
If you know how to sharpen your tools, please do this before the workshop. If you are new to sharpening, we will have a sharpening station set up to help you. The Woodcraft web site has the spokeshave (Woodcraft Spokeshave) and card scraper set (Woodcraft Card Scraper set) in stock. If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution: http://paulsellers.com/2012/11/grinding-and-honing-spokeshave-blades/

This full day hands-on workshop will help you get intimate with your wood. We will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a spoon out of Poplar. You will learn how to read the grain of the wood and use it to your advantage. You'll learn the proper use of some basic shaping tools and what they can do for you in everyday woodworking. This workshop will provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren and is a great way to introduce them to hand tool woodworking.

Tools needed for this workshop include:

  • Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
  • Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
  • Rasp or a course half round file.
  • 1" wide flat Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Coping saw: Lowe's or Home Depot
  • Sand paper: 100, 150, 180, 220
  • Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾" wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, a 7/30 or 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice. Woodcraft should have these items.
  • 12" min. QuickClamp
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Protection
  • Pencil and pad
  • Scissors to cut out patterns

Optional tools:

  • Hand drill with ¾" auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
  • Curved cabinet scraper.
  • Fine tipped felt pen

If you don't have all of these tools, please don't let this prevent you from signing up for this workshop. There will be extra tools available for you to borrow. But my "extras" are limited, so if you have extra tools, please bring them with you.

If you know how to sharpen your tools, please do this before the workshop. If you are new to sharpening, we will have a sharpening station set up to help you. The Woodcraft web site has the spokeshave ( Woodcraft Spokeshave) and card scraper set ( Woodcraft Card Scraper set) in stock. If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution: http://paulsellers.com/2012/11/grinding-and-honing-spokeshave-blades/

 

Date & Time: Saturday September 26, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $60 until Aug. 31 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Materials: $5

Enrollment: Limit of 6

Workshop Registration

 

Power Tools 101

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

Students will learn to set up and use stationary tools safely 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, October 10, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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

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

Enrollment: Limit of 15

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.

 

Workshop Registration