Workshops

A Note About Workshops

We hope the national and local workshops will provide just the kind of experiences you need to build your woodworking skills. All workshops are a wonderful benefit of being an RWS member, and all require RWS membership.

Please note that lunch will not be provided at any of the local workshops, national workshops include lunch (unless specified).

To register just select the “Add to cart” button for the workshop you want.

Using Stationary Power Tools

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday December 01, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Alan's Shop

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Table Saw, Band Saw, Jointer, Planner, Drill Press

Set up, tune up, safe use, tricks, and jigs for power tools. Make sure your equipment is set up properly. Make sure you use them properly. Make sure that you have the fixtures and accessories that you need for the operations that you perform. Ensure that your next tool acquisition is right for your needs.

 


Intro to Spindle Turning

Instructor: Mike Brawley

Date/Time: Saturday December 01, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 8 people

$30.00Add to cart

This workshop is an opportunity to learn the basic skills required to incorporate turnings into your flat-work in the form of columns, legs, finials and the like.  These same skills can also be used to make hundreds of useful household items from lamps to honey dippers. The workshop will be a comprehensive hands-on, review of the basic tools and techniques used to turn and  reproduce spindles.   It should be of value to both beginning and intermediate turners. Later in the day we will apply these skills to the turning of finger tops or to any particular projects which the participants care to discuss. RWS’ lathes and turning tools will be available for your use. A small material fee will be charged.

 


Hand Planes 301 – Hand Plane Usage and Specialty Woodworking Planes

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday December 08, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Alan's Shop

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Goal: using hand planes and taking your woodworking to the next level

This hands on workshop will concentrate on usage skills of the jointer, jack and smoothing plane. Attendees should bring their existing hand planes and utilize them to achieve a perfect dimension and finish of a simulated (or real) table top. Alternately attendees shall have the opportunity to utilize various hand planes that are sharp and tuned up. The goal is to allow participants to take their woodworking to a higher level of achievement.

Outline:

  • Scrub plane, or in our case, a power plane
  • Jack plane, jointer plane applications and specialty set ups
  • Cutting end grain and the shooting board
  • Block planes, their traditional applications
  • Smoothing plane and how they are set up a great surface
  • Scraper plane, scraper blade, when the smoother fails
  • Difficult wood management, grain direction, and the dreaded “tear out”
  • Relationship between: cutting angle, mouth opening, iron sharpness, cutting iron support, and the material being cut
  • Winding sticks
  • Flattening/preparing a simulated table top for finish
 


Introduction to Inlays

Instructor: Tim Talma

Date/Time: Saturday January 12, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 5 people

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment. To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to: workshops at rochesterwoodworkers.org.

Detailed description coming soon

 


Mike Hosaluk: National Lecture and Demo Workshop

Expert turner Mike Hosaluk will be presenting in our Friday membership meeting, and teaching a demo workshop on Saturday and hands-on workshop on Sunday. Details to come.

 

 

Mike Hosaluk Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday January 18, 2019 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s presentation, Mike will talk about his work and experiences as turner.

 

Mike Hosaluk Workshop

Instructor: Mike Hosaluk

Date/Time: Saturday January 19, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Isaac Heating, 50 Holleder Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14615

Cost: $ 35 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$35.00Add to cart

Mike Hosaluk will be doing a demo workshop, more details coming soon.

 


Mike Hosaluk: Hands-on Workshop

 

Instructor: Mike Hosaluk

Date/Time: Sunday January 20, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Isaac Heating, 50 Holleder Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14615

Cost: $ 65 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 10 people

$65.00Add to cart

On Sunday, January 20, 2019Mike Hosaluk will be teaching a hands-on workshop, details to come.

Participants can order lunch from Subway on Saturday and / or Sunday, for $10 each day (not included with registration), or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

 


Bowl Turning

Instructor: David Gilbert

Date/Time: Saturday January 26, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

This workshop will focus on bowl turning and is directed at “I’ve never turned before turners”, beginners, and intermediate turners. Each participant will have their own instructor who will guide them through the process. The morning will be devoted to learning the tools and cuts required to make a bowl from green wood. In the afternoon we will use dried bowl blanks to make finished bowls. A list of required items will be sent to the participants before the workshop. Lathes and tools will be supplied for the students’ use.

 


Scott Grove: National Lecture and Workshop

On Friday’s presentation, Scott will talk about his work and experiences as a woodworker.

 

Scott Grove Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday February 15, 2019 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s evening talk, Scott Grove will talk about his work and experience. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College.

 

Scott Grove Workshop

Instructor: Scott Grove

Date/Time: Saturday February 16, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$50.00Add to cart

On Saturday, February 16, 2019Scott Grove will be teaching a demo workshop. More details to come.

 


Yoav Liberman: National Lecture and Workshop

On Friday’s presentation, Yoav will talk about his work and experiences as a woodworker.

 

Yoav Liberman Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday March 29, 2019 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s evening talk, Yoav Liberman will talk about his work and experience. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College.

 

Yoav Liberman Workshop

Instructor: Yoav Liberman

Date/Time: Saturday March 30, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$50.00Add to cart

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Yoav Liberman will be teaching a demo workshop. More details to come.

 


Making a Shaker Oval Box

Instructor: Bob Couture

First Session - Date/Time: Saturday April 06, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Second Session - Date/Time: Saturday April 13, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: $35

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Participants will construct a Shaker oval box (size #2, 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ high) using commercial 1/16″ veneer in cherry, walnut or anigre. Top ] and bottom materials will vary. Materials and specialized equipment will be provided. The class will extend over two sessions because of the need for the steam bent sides to dry. It is expected that some work at home will be required to fit the top and bottom, and to finish the box.

There will be a presentation with handouts that will cover the construction process, material selection, construction of the forms and steam box, and other projects that make use of the techniques used in the workshop.

After some clean up of the pre-cut sides, participants will steam bend, tack and dry the sides. Boxes must then dry on the forms. In the second session, bottoms will be individually fit, pinned, and glued. The band for the top will then be steam bent, and formed around the bottoms for a tight fit. The top can be fitted at home using the same techniques, and the participant can choose and apply a finish.

Bring these tools if you have them:

  • Exacto knife with standard blade, fine carving knife, or utility knife
  • Pencils
  • Tack hammer or other small hammer
  • Fine needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters (can be part of needle nose plier)
  • Sand paper, #80 grit to #220 grit with sanding block
  • Manual or power hand drill with 1/16″ bit

There will be a material fee of $35. The forms can be borrowed for the duration of the class, or purchased for $35.

 


Lee Valley: National Lecture and Tool Sale 2018-19

Lee Valley Logo

Lee Valley is a family-owned business that has been serving users of woodworking and gardening tools since 1978.

The company is family-owned. The founder, Leonard Lee, was a recipient of the Order of Canada. He founded the company in 1978, in Ottawa, Ontario. Over the next ten years, the company opened several more stores (Toronto, Vancouver) and started manufacturing its own line of tools (starting with the Veritas Dovetail Marker in 1982). Since then, it has continued opening stores, manufacturing more diverse tools, and selling through mail order and the Internet. In 1998, Canica Design was launched. Canica is a medical design company associated with Lee Valley Tools which arose out of consultations between Leonard Lee and surgeon Michael Bell after Lee found that Bell was using Lee Valley tools in his plastic surgery practice.

Their primary business is mail-order and retail, purveying mainly woodworking and gardening tools and equipment, as well as woodworking hardware and gifts. The consumer part of the business runs under the main company name, Lee Valley Tools.

Lee Valley also has a manufacturing arm, called Veritas Tools. Veritas makes many woodworking hand-tools, including hand planes, marking gauges and other measuring tools, router tables, sharpening systems, and numerous other gadgets. Veritas does research and development activities for the factory line, and has developed and patented many innovative designs.

About one third of their total sales volume is in products of their own design. The vast majority of these are Veritas® brand products made by Veritas Tools Inc. They have a research and development team of 11 people and 130 more in manufacturing. And they have a number of customers earning royalties on products that they manufacture based on designs received from them.

 

Lee Valley Representative Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday April 12, 2019 @ 07:45 PM

A representative from Lee Valley will present on Friday evening at St. John Fisher Basil Auditorium. The presentation is called “Hand and Power – Striking a Balance” a look at adding hand tools to a power tool shop and vice versa in order to be as efficient as possible.

Lee Valley will have tools for demonstration, and for members to try, available the following day April 13, 2019 at CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY. Members will be able to place orders without paying sales tax and with free shipping.

For this special occasion, Lee Valley, will be bringing and demonstrating their luthierie (musical instrument making) specialty tools.