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 $5.

For the past nine months the speakers committee has been working tirelessly to schedule some of the country’s finest woodworkers. A few are old favorites, others are new to RWS, but all bring a unique perspective on woodworking that will be both inspirational and educational. On September 15 Marc Adams (Marc Adams School of Woodworking) will kick things off followed in October by Steve Latta (author, teacher, master craftsman). Tom Wirsing will bring his turning skills in November for four days of meetings and workshops held jointly with Finger Lakes Woodturners. After a brief break for the holidays, we will resume in January. Our choice of speaker has not yet been finalized but check the website for updates. Save your money for our February meeting when Lee Valley comes to town offering its full line of products. In March we’ll welcome newcomer Mark Hedin, a regular at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, who will tell us about decorative and structural applications of resins in our woodworking projects. In April we’ll wrap things up with Bob Van Dyke of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. Each speaker will, of course, present a workshop in his area of expertise, and we’ve even reduced the price for our National Work-shops from $60 to $50 (including lunch). This is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your woodworking skills. Check our website for more information.

In addition to lectures and workshops by our National Speakers, we’ve lined up experts within RWS who will present a full slate of hands-on local workshops, seven in all. Here you can learn to make wooden kitchen utensils, hand cut dovetails, turn spindles, use stationary power tools, turn a pepper mill, use hand planes and build a shaker oval box. These classes fill up quickly, so sign up early. All the details are on the website.

We’ll wrap things up in April with the RWS Showcase. The Showcase will take place on April 21, 2018 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to display our work. Keep an eye on the RWS website for updates.

Finally, I’d like to ask for your support on behalf of our friends at CP Rochester. For the past nine years, CP Rochester has provided RWS with space for its SIG meetings, workshops and other events. As such, we try to support their various activities whenever possible. This year, they need our help with two of their efforts – a September fundraiser and manpower for their workshop. Please give it your full consideration. (There’s more information in the Volunteering Opportunities section of this newsletter.)

We have a busy year ahead, and I look forward to seeing all of you at our first meeting with Mark Adams on September 15 at St. John Fisher College.

David Sumberg