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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, St. John Fisher College (Room TBA)

    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

Hand Saw Sharpening

Instructor – Brett Templar : 03/14/15

This workshop is full and closed to further registration. To be placed on a wait list, send an email with your request to: workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org

Do you have a hand saw that doesn't saw very well anymore? Not sure where to send it to get it sharpened? Thought about trying to sharpen it yourself but did not know how? Then this full day workshop is for you. The first half of the class will be building a saw sharpening clamping device. This can be clamped to your workbench or held in most bench vices. The second half will be devoted to the art of sharpening. You will learn how to sharpen rip and crosscut profiles using the proper files. So bring a couple different saws. Panel saws with less than 12 ppi (points per inch) are preferred as bigger teeth are easiest to practice on. You will walk away with at least one sharp saw, a saw clamping device and the know-how to re-sharpen every saw in your shop.

Everyone will receive assembly ready pre-made parts for the clamping device for which there will be a $10 materials charge. This will be collected at the door.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

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

Materials: $10

Class size: Limit of 6 people

Workshop Registration

 

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., St. John Fisher College (Room TBA) :  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