Alf Sharp (Sept. 20 & 21)

Alf Sharp is the National Speaker for the September meeting of RWS. Alf will give a talk on his work on Friday evening and give a demonstration workshop on Saturday (more info below). Alf is a master furniture maker from Woodbury, Tennessee. With a strong focus on...

From The Chair – August 2019

Collaboration of the Long Distance SIG Greetings RWS members, Welcome to the 2019/2020 season of RWS. Another new beginning for the organization with more opportunities to learn and do. High in my attention lately has been my impending retirement from the world of...

From The Chair – April 2019

Finding the artist within Greetings RWS members, At the most recent RWS national speaker workshop, as Yoav Liberman reviewed his work, I was struck over and over by the same question: “How did you come up with that design choice?” These were his artistic choices,...

From The Chair – February 2019

And the sign said, “Help wanted” --- You may have heard that Connie Gates will soon step down from her position as RWS Librarian. Thank you, Connie, for your years of service to RWS members. You have been a joy! But her position won’t go vacant, because John...

From The Chair – December 2018

Tis the season for reflecting --- As this year winds down with the holidays upon us, my mind has been going a million miles an hour thinking about how fast life flies by, about this charmed life I have been given, about what I have and haven’t yet done with it, and...

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...

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...

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...

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.