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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

  • Craig Smith - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, February 19, 2016, Cleary Auditorium in Kearney Hall, St. John Fisher College

    In local circles and beyond, Craig Smith is well known for his masterful restoration of mechanized musical instruments. In his Friday evening talk, Craig will guide you through several of his restoration projects and will bring a few examples of his work.  The focus will be on how he solved various problems, such as making missing parts, creating banding to match case parts, removing rust from hardware, planing wood without a planer, French polishing and finding the right wood for a repair.

    Craig has been a long time member of RWS both before and since his retirement from Xerox in 2000 where he held the position of Technical Specialist/Project Manager in the area of User Interface Technology.  His interests include local history, gardening, home construction/repair, building furniture and restoration of antique mechanical musical instruments. He lives in Henrietta with his wife Kathay and, like most of us, spends a lot of time in his basement shop.

  • 2016 Showcase and Competition

    The 2016 Showcase and Competition is almost here. Click on the link below to go to the Showcase homepage for all the latest information.

    Click here to go to the Showcase homepage.

  • 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 - Mechanized Musical Instruments; February 19

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

     

     

     

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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 - Part I: Making a table from a single board

    Part II: An easy approach to angled chair joinery - 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

Turning a Pepper Mill

Instructor – Terry Lund : 02/06/16

This  workshop is full and closed to further enrollment.

To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to:

workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org.

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make an 8" tall pepper mill using a mini lathe. There will be some discussion of the various types of mechanisms that are available, and some of the design considerations for using each will be described and illustrated with examples. If you've looked into making a pepper mill, and have been discouraged by what looks like a complicated set of instructions and the need for some specialized sizes of drills, then this workshop is for you. During the workshop you will learn how to make pepper mills at home using ordinary drills and turning tools. We will also discuss how the method used in the workshop, with mini lathes, can be modified if you have access to a larger lathe in your shop. The workshop is intended for participants with some wood turning experience, but we can also accommodate beginning turners. Participants should bring their own turning tools if they have them, but the necessary tools and drills will be provided. There will be a small material charge for the mechanisms.

 

Date & Time: Saturday February 6, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

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

Materials: TBA

Enrollment: Limit of 8


Workshop Registration

 

Craig Smith: National Lecture

In local circles and beyond, Craig Smith is well known for his masterful restoration of mechanized musical instruments. In his Friday evening talk, Craig will guide you through several of his musical instrument restoration projects and will bring a few
examples of his work.  The focus will be on how he solved various problems, such as making missing parts, creating banding to match case parts, removing rust from hardware, planing wood without a planner, French polishing, and finding the right
wood for a repair.
Craig is a long time member of RWS both before and since he retired from Xerox in 2000 as a Technical Specialist/Project Manager in the area of User Interface Technology.  His interests include local history, gardening, home construction/repair,
building furniture, and restoration of antique mechanical musical instruments. He lives in Henrietta with his wife Kathay and, like most of us, spends a lot of time in his basement shop.



In local circles and beyond, Craig Smith is well known for his masterful restoration of mechanized musical instruments. In his Friday evening talk, Craig will guide you through several of his restoration projects and will bring a few examples of his work.  The focus will be on how he solved various problems, such as making missing parts, creating banding to match case parts, removing rust from hardware, planing wood without a planer, French polishing and finding the right wood for a repair.

Craig has been a long time member of RWS both before and since his retirement from Xerox in 2000 where he held the position of Technical Specialist/Project Manager in the area of User Interface Technology.  His interests include local history, gardening, home construction/repair, building furniture and restoration of antique mechanical musical instruments. He lives in Henrietta with his wife Kathay and, like most of us, spends a lot of time in his basement shop.

Craig Smith Lecture: 7:45 p.m., Cleary Auditorium in Kearney Hall, St. John Fisher College  :  02/19/16

In his Friday evening talk, Craig will guide you through several of his musical instrument restoration projects and will bring a few examples of his work.  The focus will be on how he solved various problems, such as making missing parts, creating banding to match case parts, removing rust from hardware, planing wood without a planner, French polishing, and finding the right wood for a repair.

 

Build a Crosscut Sled for Your Table Saw

Instructors - David Gilbert and Joe Lorenzo : 02/27/16

This is a hands-on workshop where you will build a cross cut sled for your table saw. This cross cut sled will do two things for you. It will give you perfect 90 degree cuts that are repeatable every time and more importantly it will allow you to make these cuts safely. Everyone will build the same design and we will demonstrate how to accurately align it on your saw. Written instructions with references will be provided to assist you in installing it on your saw.

 

Date and Time: February 27, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $50 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Enrollment: Limited of 15

Materials: Approximately $25 - $35

Workshop Registration