Kathy Wise – National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, October 19, 2018, St. John Fisher College

In her Friday evening talk, Kathy Wise will talk about her work and experiences with Intarsia. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, October 19 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College. Kathy will teach a demo workshop on Saturday October...

From The Chair – August 2018

Holy Cow Moments Greetings RWS members, Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your new Chairman. I am very grateful for the experiences that RWS has provided me, and I intend to repay that favor by doing all I can to sustain and enhance the RWS experience for...

From The Chair – April 2018

Changes About two years ago I began my term as RWS Chairman. The position was about to become vacant, and as our bylaws state, only an existing board member can assume the chairmanship. As one of the longer serving members on the Board, I agreed to accept the...

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...

Local Workshops for 2018-19

  • Using Stationary Power Tools – Alan VanDeMoere; (POSTPONED, DATE TBD)
  • Hand Planes 101 – Selecting & Tuning – Alan VanDeMoere; October 13, 2018
  • Hand Cut Dovetails – Brett Templar; October 27, 2018
  • Hand Planes 201 – Sharpening – Alan VanDeMoere; November 10, 2018
  • Introduction to Spindle Turning – Mike Brawley; December 1, 2018
  • Hand Planes 301 – Hand Plane Usage and Specialty Woodworking Planes – Alan VanDeMoere; December 8, 2018
  • Introduction to Inlays – Tim Talma; January 12, 2019
  • Bowl Turning – David Gilbert; January 26, 2019
  • Making a Shaker Oval Box (two part workshop) – Bob Couture; April 6 and April 13, 2018

National Speakers for 2018-19

  • Mitch Kohanek – Master Wood Finisher; September 21, 2018
  • Kathy Wise – Intarsia; October 19, 2018
  • John Jordan – Turner; November 16, 2018
  • Mike Hosaluk – Turner; January 18, 2019
  • Scott Grove – Furniture Maker; February 15, 2019
  • Yoav Liberman – Furniture Designer; March 29, 2019
  • Lee Valley – Tool Maker; April 12, 2019

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.