National Speakers

Gary Rogowski (May 15 – Online Presentation)

Gary Rogowski has built furniture for over 40 years in Portland, Oregon.  In 1991 he was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission fellowship in Crafts. In 1997, he started his own school, The Northwest Woodworking Studio.

Dave Hurwitz (March 20 and 21)

Due to Coronavirus concerns, David Hurwitz’s visit was cancelled. We plan to reschedule his visit next year.

Mike Mascelli (February 21 and 22)

Mike is multi-talented with a wide, varied area of expertise. He is an upholsterer as well as working in wood finish restoration and touch up techniques.

Tom McLaughlin (January 17 and 18)

Tom has been making and designing commissioned custom furniture since 1990. After years of higher education in his twenties, he decided at 29 to pursue his love for fine furniture making full-time.

Paul Schürch (November 22 and 23)

Paul is the proprietor of Schürch Woodworking. He held apprenticeships in piano and pipe organ building, boat building, furniture restoration, and marquetry with both wood and stone. These experiences instilled in him an aptitude for finding material solutions, creating different processes, and tuning his sense of design esthetics in creating fine furniture and art.

Seri Robinson (October 18 and 19)

Seri Robinson is a professor of wood anatomy at Oregon State University and a bio artist. Their work blurs the lines between science and art as they focus on the ways in which fungi in wood and natural decay create aesthetic opportunities.

Alf Sharp (September 20 and 21)

Alf is a master furniture maker from Woodbury, Tennessee. With a strong focus on period furniture, Alf works in what he refers to as the “old-world manner, one piece at a time, and no compromises are made in materials or workmanship.”

Notes about our Meetings

RWS typically holds eight meetings a year between September and May. We meet in the St. John Fisher College campus (details below). The general meeting begins at 7:45 PM and typically involves a series of announcements, updates and a raffle. A presentation by our visiting national speaker begins at 8:00 PM and usually lasts about an hour.

Non-members are welcome to attend monthly meetings free of charge.

Prior to each meeting there are several display tables on which members share their work. This can be something made by a member or might be a fix or fixture they use to accomplish some task. There are several tables with books and DVDs from our large woodworking lending library. These can be checked out by members for a month at a time. There is also a table for silent auction items, which are typically tools or accessories that members are looking to sell (often for VERY reasonable prices). Finally, the national speaker usually has table for displaying their work and / or books.

National speakers typically facilitate a workshop the next day. These workshops are typically 6 hours in length, with an hour for lunch. New members receive a free membership when they register for their first workshop. More information about our workshops is available here.

Most of our meetings are in Basil Hall of the St. John Fisher Campus. There are usually RWS signs with arrows at each of the main campus entrances. More information about the location of our meetings is available here.