Jim Altemus – National Lecture: 7:45 PM, February 24, 2017, St. John Fisher College

RWS member and master craftsman, Jim Altemus, will talk about his many woodworking activities, including those at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, February 24 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher...
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John Beaver – National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, March 17, 2017, St. John Fisher College

In his Friday evening talk, John will discuss his "wavy" design style of turning. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, March 17 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College. We have two workshops scheduled with John Beaver. The first one will...
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Jeff Miller – National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, April 21, 2017, St. John Fisher College

In his Friday evening talk, Jeff Miller will talk about his work and experiences as woodworker. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, April 21 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College. Jeff will teach a workshop on Sunday April 22, How...
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From The Chair – December 2016

On Woodworkers and Woodworking What is it about woodworking that more than 200 of us find so irresistible? Perhaps it’s because it teaches us things about ourselves we might not otherwise recognize. For example, through my woodworking I learned I’m a perfectionist. I...
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From The Chair – October 2016

On Volunteering Looking around our National Meetings one can’t help but notice a lot of white hair – or as in my case, none at all. What this seems to suggest about RWS members is not a lack of vibrancy, but a degree of control over how one spends his or her time. So...
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From The Chair – August 2016

Exciting things are happening this year. But before telling you about them, let me do a little updating and inform everyone about a few organizational changes. First, you may wonder why Brett Templar's name isn't at the head of this column. Brett, as you know, has...
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From The Chair – April 2016

Looking back ... moving forward I want to start by talking about the Showcase: The Showcase is a way to show the Public what we do, show them our skill levels and pick up some additional RWS members. We are all RWS Ambassadors. So, while at the Showcase, we want you...
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From The Chair – February 2016

So, What did you buy at the Lie-Nielsen Tool Show and sale? I bought the Inlay Radius Cutter and I can't wait to use it in Tim Talma's Inlay workshop in April. There are still some opening left so get signed up while they last.Have you taken advantage of any of our...
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From The Chair – December 2015

Tis the Season!...... for woodworking.Got some nice gift ideas for yourself in mind? Don't forge the Lie-Nielsen Tool Show coming in January. How about dropping a hint that a Lie-Nielsen Gift Card would be nice. That way when you are buying something at the tool showJ...
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From The Chair – October 2015

Our club activities are off to a great start. We have already held 2 Local Workshops: Kitchen Utensils with Hand tools w/Brett, Intro to Power Tools w/Alan and one National lecture and Workshop w/Mario. Some of us went on a field trip to Naples to visit Dick Baker's...
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From The Chair – August 2015

What could be better than this time of year; warm weather. Football gearing up and thinking about heading back into the workshop!Most of us take the Summer off from woodworking replacing it with other activities. Some of us stay the course and continue making things...
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From The Chair – April 2015

Looking back..... moving forwardAs we come to a close of another successful RWS woodworking season, it is time to reflect on what has happened and where we are headed.With membership on the rise, we are on sound financial footing. Paul Wilkins, RWS Treasurer is doing...
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From The Chair – February 2015

One thing I love about hand tool woodworking is that it is perfect for kids or grand-kids. I have the pleasure of working with and teaching my 10 year old grandson Kyle. We are building 2 wall clocks: one out of cherry and the other out of mahogany. He will pick the...
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Local Workshops for 2016-17

  • Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools – Brett Templar
  • Hand Cut Dovetails – Bob Couture
  • Making a sand shaded fan – Tim Talma
  • Power tool safety – Alan VanDeMoere
  • Multi-part workshop on building a small shaker table – Alan VanDeMoere
  • Introduction to spindle turning – Mike Brawley
  • Making edge tools – Bob Couture and David Gilbert
  • Turning a pen and bottle stopper – Mike Hatchy

National Speakers for 2016-17

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.