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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

  • Allan Breed - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, November 18, 2016, St. John Fisher College

    Allan Breed, nationally recognized expert on period style furniture, will present a talk and workshop on the weekend of November 18, 2016. His talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, November 18 in 135 Basil on the campus of St. John Fisher College. His workshop will be held at CP Rochester (see workshops page for details) on Saturday, November 19 starting at 9 a.m. Workshop Registration

    Allan spent his early teens buying old furniture at flea markets and auctions and by 19 was employed by The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the restoration lab where he was able to examine some of the finest American pieces. After graduating from college with a degree in History he began restoring furniture for collectors and museums. In 1977 he built his first set of Chippendale chairs and has been reproducing American furniture using traditional tools and techniques ever since. Allan consults with collectors and dealers on the authenticity of early furniture and regularly lectures on furniture connoisseurship at museums and at the education departments of Christie's and Sotheby's in New York. He has contributed articles to numerous magazines and journals, among them The Journal of Antiques and Fine Arts, Art and Antiques, Early American Life and Fine Woodworking. Allan's work has been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, and in 2012 he was the winner of the 2012 Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

    SILENT AUCTION

    Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out this  form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).

  • Have a Woodworking Problem? Try RWS "Consultants".

    If you're struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new RWS program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.
    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

    If you're an RWS member struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.

    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

  • National Speakers for 2016-17

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

    Greg Johnson-Finisher; January 20

    Jim Altemus-Period Furniture; February 24

    John Beaver-Turner; March 17

    TBD; April 2017

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Upcoming Workshops

RWS Workshops for 2016-17

The following is a list of the National and Local workshops planned for the 2016-17 season. : 02/07/16

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 (Topics will be added as they become available):


Greg Johnson - January 21

John Beaver - March 18

TBD - April 2017

Local Workshops:


Small Project Shaker Table part 1 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 7, 2017

Small Project Shaker Table part 2 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 28 2017

Intro to Spindle Turning - Mike Brawley - February 11, 2017

Turning a Pepper Mill - Terry Lund - March 4, 2017

Pen and Stopper Turning - Mike Hatchy - April 1, 2017

Making Edge Tools - Bob Couture and David Gilbert - April 15, 2017













Workshop Registration

 

Small Project Shaker Table (parts 1 and 2)

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere : 01/07/17

In this two part series each participant will construct his or her own shaker table.  We will also discuss wood selection and design of the shaker table and then get right to work.  Participants can elect the size and height of their tables (plant stand, end table, bed stand, etc.).  It is advisable that you use cherry, walnut or maple for your project.  Participants will mortise and fit their own leg to apron joints, fit and glue up their table tops, and finish their piece. Some power tool requirements (i.e. table saw, jointer) will be demonstrated in the session and the majority of the power tool work will be done after class sessions.

Some wood will be available for purchase or you can choose to use your existing stock.  Additionally the leg stock should be "rift sawn" or "bastard cut" (grain goes diagonally from corner to corner of the blank) stock for the legs and flat sawn or quarter sawn material for the top and aprons.  If you have any questions please feel free to call Alan at 585 747-1270.  If you will be bringing the stock to your first class you will need at minimum the stock for the legs and aprons:

table aprons- 1" (3/4" finish) x 5" x 17", qty.- 4

table legs - 1 1/2" (1 3/8 finish) x 28 1/2", qty - 4

top - 3/4" x 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" (typically made of two planks approx 10" wide by 20" long)

(Optional, for advanced woodworkers not demonstrated due to limited time) - draw, kickers, runners, cleats, bottom are made from secondary wood

Overview of sessions:

- Design and layout - calculating material requirements and usage needs

- Rough cutting materials

- Flattening and jointing components

- Fitting components

- Assembling and gluing

- Finishing

Date and Time:

Part 1: January 7, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Part 2: January 28 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $65 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

Greg Johnson: National Lecture and Workshop

Every woodworker who has built or restored a piece of furniture knows the anxiety felt when approaching the final step in the process - selecting and applying the finish. Make one wrong move and you've ruined a project that took days or weeks to complete. Greg Johnson faces that situation every day and does so with ease. He has been in the furniture making trade for over 40 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative wood finishers in America.

Greg began working at his father's cabinet making and restoration shop in Maryland in the early 1970's. After completing a two year furniture making program in 1981 at the Worcester Center for Crafts he worked at his brother Tom's restoration shop in Boston. It was during this time Greg found his niche in wood finishing. In 1989 he became the principal finisher for designer Wendell Castle in Scottsville, NY. In 2000 Greg took a management position running the finishing department at a new production company, the Wendell Castle Collection. In April of 2005 Greg went into his own business full time. He offers of full range of services including restoration, conservation and custom finishing. In addition to his duties at Johnson Furniture Restoration, Greg served as a presenter at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and contributed to the " Woodworking in Action" DVD.

Greg Johnson is making an encore presentation to the RWS community. Members who attended his presentation in 2013 will be able to catch up on the latest developments in furniture finishing and restoration, while old and new members alike will take home information and ideas to apply to their next project.

His talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. at St. John Fisher College (Room TBA).

Greg Johnson Lecture: 7:45 p.m., Cleary Auditorium in Kearney Hall, St. John Fisher College :  01/20/17

In his Friday night presentation, Greg will show slides of projects that have gone through his shop in past years, including a custom finish project, conservation treatments and repairs.

Greg Johnson Workshop: Furniture Finishing :  01/21/17

In this one day seminar at Greg's shop he will teach the basics of how to achieve a fine wood finish.  Let's face it, as much enjoyment as we get from building our project, the finish is the first thing that is noted in judging the quality of the piece.  With a better understanding of the basics you will start enjoying the finishing process.

Highlights:

-Proper surface preparation
-Staining (if desired)
-Touch up during finishing
-Getting a good final coat
-Rubbing out the finish

Greg's Saturday workshop on finishing and restoration techniques will be held in his workshop in Avon, NY. Space is limited, so register early.

Date & Time: Saturday January 21, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Johnson Furniture Restoration, 216 Wadsworth Avenue, Avon, NY 14414

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

Workshop Registration