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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

  • Hilary Russell - National Lecture and Workshop: 8:00PM, September 26, 2014 St. John Fisher College (Room TBA)

    Hilary Russell will be the featured speaker at the first Friday night meeting of the 2014-15 National Speaker season on September 26, 2014 at St. John Fisher College. Hilary is a teacher, author, lecturer and founder of the Berkshire Boat Building School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. For over a decade he has helped teenagers and adults build more than a hundred canoes, kayaks, coracles, and umiaks. He formerly chaired the English Department at the Berkshire School, where he also taught boat building and led outing programs. Currently he directs the Berkshire Boat Building School. Hilary will also lead a one day hands-on canoe building workshop at Mark Rakestraw's cabinetry shop on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Participants will work with Hilary to frame up a skin-on-frame double paddle canoe (see the workshop description for more details). The resulting canoe will be available for purchase by one of the workshop participants. You can register for the workshop on the Workshop Registration page.

    Read more about Hilary's canoes, kayaks and the Berkshire Boat Building School and look over the Photo Gallery on his web site: http://www.berkshireboatbuildingschool.org/home/default.aspx.

     

  • 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

Build a Workbench Series

Instructor - Tim Talma : 09/13/14

Date & Time: Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: TBD
Class size:  2 - 4 people
Cost: $30
Materials: Estimated $500 - $1000
Build a bench for a lifetime. In this class you will build a workbench that is modeled after the classic Roubo that Chris Schwarz has revived. This class won't build an exact copy of the bench (unless that's what you want) but will tailor the bench to your needs and the type of work you do.
The classes will cover:
· Selecting and installing vises
· Selecting and making dog holes
· How to construct a thick plank top
· Constructing and installing a planing stop
· Constructing and installing a sliding dead-man
· Mortise and tenon joinery including through tenons
The first meeting will only be the start of the process and may very well extend through much of the year. The classes will cover everything you need to build your bench, but you will be required to invest a significant amount of time outside of class to complete your bench. The bench can be built from any type of wood, but the top should be a non-porous hardwood. Depending on the type of wood and vises you choose expect to spend $1000 or more on materials.

Date & Time: Saturday September 13, 2014, 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Location: TBD

Cost: $30 for members, $65 for non-members (cost includes membership in RWS)

Materials: Estimated $500 - $1000

Class size: 2 - 4 people

Build a bench for a lifetime. In this class you will build a workbench that is modeled after the classic Roubo that Chris Schwarz has revived. This class won't build an exact copy of the bench (unless that's what you want) but will tailor the bench to your needs and the type of work you do.

The classes will cover:

· Selecting and installing vises

· Selecting and making dog holes

· How to construct a thick plank top

· Constructing and installing a planing stop

· Constructing and installing a sliding dead-man

· Mortise and tenon joinery including through tenons

The first meeting will only be the start of the process and may very well extend through much of the year. The classes will cover everything you need to build your bench, but you will be required to invest a significant amount of time outside of class to complete your bench. The bench can be built from any type of wood, but the top should be a non-porous hardwood. Depending on the type of wood and vises you choose expect to spend $1000 or more on materials.

Workshop Registration

 

Making Kitchen Utensils With Hand Tools

Instructor - Brett Templar : 09/20/14

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/

Date & Time: Saturday September 20, 2014, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $30 for members, $65 for non-members (cost includes membership in RWS)

Materials: $5

Class size: 6 - 8 people

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/

Workshop Registration

 

Hilary Russell: National Lecture and Workshop

Hilary Russell is a teacher, author, lecturer and boat builder. For over a decade he has helped teenagers and adults build more than a hundred canoes, kayaks, coracles, and umiaks. He formerly chaired the English Department at the Berkshire School, where he also taught boat building and led outing programs. Currently he directs the Berkshire Boat Building School, which he founded in Sheffield, MA.

Read more about Hilary's canoes, kayaks and the Berkshire Boat Building School and look over the Photo Gallery on his web site.

Hilary's talk will begin at 8:00 p.m. at St. John Fisher College (room TBA).

 

Hilary Russell Lecture: 8:00 p.m., St. John Fisher College :  09/26/14

In his Friday evening address, Hilary will talk about building a skin-on-frame boat and discuss steps in both the design and the building process. He will also explore how the properties of his boats (dimensions, depth, beam, stringer shape, rib size and spacing) are influenced by the traditional skinboats: Irish Currachs, Welsh Corracles, Inuit kayaks, and kayak-form canoes.

A look at traditional skinboats: Irish Currachs, Welsh Corracles, Inuit kayaks, and kayak-Form canoes, the sit-on-the-bottom canoes of the Canadian northwest.
The influences of the above on my boats: dimensions, depth, beam, stringer shape, rib size and spacing.



Hilary Russell Workshop: Skin-on-Frame Canoe :  09/27/14

In the Saturday hands-on workshop, participants will frame up a skin-on-frame double paddle canoe and learn the following skills:

  • Bending gunwales over a jig.
  • Installing decks, knees, stems, and a keel stringer.
  • Steaming and installing ribs.
  • Lashing stringers to ribs and stems.

Date & Time: Saturday September 27, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

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: $60 for RWS members, $95 for non-members (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration