Workshops

A Note About Local Workshops

We hope the local workshops will provide just the kind of experiences you need to build your woodworking skills. Local 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, but the price has been reduced from $40 to $30 as a way to encourage greater participation.

To learn more about past local workshops, visit our Local Workshops Archives at the bottom of this page.

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

Pen and Stopper Turning

Instructor: Mike Hatchy

Date/Time: Saturday April 01, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 for RWS members, $ 50 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Class size: 8 people

Members: ADD TO CART | $30

Non Members: ADD TO CART | $50

Come for a full day of turning and fun.  You will be attending two “Hands On” classes in one day.  In the morning you will learn and turn a Slim Line Pen.  In the afternoon you will be turning a Bottle Stopper.  We will discuss tips, tricks, jigs, fixtures, finishes, types of pens and different stopper material available.  There will be an additional materials charge collected at the workshop to cover the cost of the pen kits, stopper hardware, wood, sandpaper and finishing material.  We will have enough Pen Mandrels, Stopper Mandrels and Bushings, but if you have your own, please bring them.  Participants will need to supply their own safety glasses, Spindle Roughing Gouge, Spindle Gouge, Scroll Chuck with Standard & Spigot jaws.

 


Jeff Miller: National Lecture and Workshop

Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of woodworking books and articles (he’s also a former classical musician, and a dad). Jeff’s furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, and has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum.

Jeff’s latest book is The Foundations of Better Woodworking, from Popular Woodworking Books. Jeff’s first book, Chairmaking and Design, was republished in December of 2006 by Linden Publishing. The companion dvd, Chairmaking Techniques, is available from The Taunton Press. Both won the 1998 Stanley Tools Awards for the best “how-to” book and video. Jeff’s second book, Beds was released by Taunton in the fall of 1999. And his third book, Children’s Furniture Projects was released in 2002. Jeff is also a co-author of Storage Projects for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2005), and Furniture for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2007).

 

Jeff Miller Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday April 21, 2017 @ 07:45 PM

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

 

Jeff Miller Workshop

Instructor: Jeff Miller

Date/Time: Saturday April 22, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 60 for RWS members, $ 80 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Class size: 40 people

Members: ADD TO CART | $60

Non Members: ADD TO CART | $80

Even if you never plan to build a chair (but especially if you do), learning the techniques, jigs, tips and tricks of a chair-maker will help you grow as a woodworker. Chairmaking requires mastery of joinery, curves, and angles, but the fundamentals that enable that mastery apply to all woodworking.

Jeff Miller is one of the country’s foremost chair makers, and he will demonstrate many of the skills necessary in chairmaking. Jeff will demonstrate hand tool joinery and smoothing, and show how to accomplish the same tasks with machines.

He will cover:
  • special jigs and fixtures for both hand tools and machines to work with accuracy and repeatability
  • how to work with curved components
  • how to lay out and cut the angled M&T joints (and show great ways to cut straight joints as well)
  • how to use your body to get the most accuracy and power while working with hand tools or machines
  • how to better understand the wood so you can avoid tearout and get smoother surfaces
And he will address specific questions from the audience.
 


Making Edge Tools

Instructor: Bob Couture and David Gilbert

Date/Time: Saturday April 29, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 for RWS members, $ 50 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 10 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.

We will help you design, shape, heat treat and temper pieces of O1 tool steel so they become useful tools. With simple metalworking tools and a MAPP gas torch you will be able to make a variety of useful tools. Some easily made tools are: awls, marking knives, chisels, scrapers, skews and such. We will have a variety of homemade tools available to give you ideas about what you can make, and if time permits we will demo how you can use a lathe to make handles for your tools. There will be an additional materials charge to cover the cost of the steel that you will use.