Mark Hedin – National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, March 16, 2018, St. John Fisher College

Mark Hedin’s Friday night lecture will show some of his work, his student’s work, and the work of those that inspired him. Mark will talk about the process of Infusion and how wood and other materials can be impregnated with resins, the reasons why you may want to do...

Bob Van Dyke – National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, April 27, 2018, St. John Fisher College

On Friday night's lecture, Bob Van Dyke will talk about his work and experiences as woodworker. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, April 27 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College. Bob will teach a demo workshop on Saturday April 28, in...

From The Chair – February 2018

Saying Goodbye A short time ago I was talking with a friend about radial arm saws. We each had an old Craftsman saw and marveled at its versatility. Besides being able to make com-pound cuts, it could be used with a dado blade, a molding cutter, a sanding drum, a...

From The Chair – December 2017

It’s the Wood, Stupid! Many of us who grew up in the post-depression era learned to get by with less. Times were harder back then, so for me at least, before buying something it had to pass the ‘need’ test. Even though life is less trying today, old habits are hard to...

From The Chair – October 2017

Woodworkers and Their Tools If you asked me what I find most appealing about woodworking, I would have to answer “it’s all about the tools”. I don’t care what they are or what they do as long as they’re sharp and as long as they work. My father was a skilled...

From The Chair – August 2017

Can you believe it? August is half over, fall is sneaking up, and we’re looking for-ward to a brand new season of speakers and workshops. So it’s only fitting that I preview what’s ahead and, hopefully, entice you to renew your membership now while you can still save...

From The Chair – April 2017

Building Chairs About ten years ago my daughter bought an Arts and Craft style desk but decided to wait awhile before investing in a chair to go with it. As luck would have it, I soon came across an article in a woodworking magazine with plans for an Arts and Craft...

From The Chair – February 2017

RWS and You One of the things the RWS Board cares about is where you want RWS to go. After all, this is an organization whose only purpose is to serve its members. In this newsletter, I’d like to start a dialogue between the Board and you to find out more about your...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Local Workshops for 2017-18

  • Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools – Brett Templar; September 9, 2017
  • Hand Cut Dovetails – Bob Couture; October 7, 2017
  • Intro to Spindle Turning – Mike Brawley; November 4, 2017
  • Using Stationary Power Tools – Alan VanDeMoere; December 9, 2017
  • Turning a Peppermill / Salt Grinder – Terry Lund; February 3, 2018
  • Hand Plane Usage – Alan VanDeMoere; March 10, 2018
  • Making a Shaker Oval Box – Bob Couture; March 31 and April 7, 2018

National Speakers for 2017-18

  • Marc Adams – Master Woodworker; September 15, 2017
  • Steve Latta – Furniture Maker; October 20, 2017
  • Tom Wirsing – Turner; November 17, 2017
  • Doug Stowe – Box Maker; January 19, 2018
  • Lee Valley – Tool Maker; March 2, 2018
  • Mark Hedin – Wood Infusion; March 16, 2018
  • Bob Van Dyke – Furniture Maker; April 27, 2018

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.