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Gallery Update: Northern Woods 2015 Award Winners

We have received and uploaded the professional photos taken of the award-winning pieces in this year's Northern Woods Exhibition.
Click Here to view them in the Guild Gallery.
And while you're at it, consider sending some shots of your work to include in the Gallery. It's a great place to gather your work to show to clients and friends! Follow the "Submitting Photos" instructions on the Gallery page.

The Art of Fine Furniture Exhibition: Opening June 20th.

Jamie Schell, a fine furniture maker in Winona, has curated an amazing third annual showing of The Art of Fine Furniture, opening Saturday, June 20 and running through July 31!
The Art of Fine Furniture is an exhibit of works by regionally and nationally recognized studio furniture makers. Workshops and lectures designed to inspire will also be offered.
The Winona County Historical Society is proud to host this exhibition at the History Center (160 Johnson St, Winona). Join us for an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th, with refreshments from Bluff Country Co-op. The opening reception is free and open to the public and many of the artists will be available to talk to.
WHEN: June 20th - July 31st
WHERE: Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St, Winona. MAP.

Home-Grown Video: Tom Schrunk Live!

Charlie Kocourek recently produced a high-quality and highly informative video with veneer master Tom Schrunk.
You'll learn an amazingly reliable technique for flattening even the gnarliest veneers, using some aluminum plates and your kitchen oven!
We'd like to know what you think of the video clip, both technically and for content. Plus ideas you may have for other topics.
Click HERE to watch and learn!
Then send Charlie a note with your feedback to: charlie@jack-bench.com

In the News: Congratulations to Cecilia Schiller!

Woodworkers' Journal just did a nice story on Cecilia Schiller and her wonderful automata.
Check it out HERE!

And what a GREAT SHOW it was!

The 32nd annual Northern Woods Exhibition was, once again, a huge success with a large field of entries displaying a stunning variety of work. Congratulations to everyone who participated and a special recognition to those who took home a prize:
  • Best in Show: Jamie Schell
  • Best Original Design: Mark Laub
  • Best Traditional Piece: Mike Nesnidal
  • Best Detail: Brad Hopke
  • Best Handwork: Tony Kubalak
  • Best Finish: Jason Holtz
  • Best use of Laser/CNC: Greg Flanagan
  • Best Carving: Charlie Kocourek
  • Best Turning: Steve McLoon
  • Best First Time in Show: Amelia Kennedy
  • Most Technically Accomplished: Joe Morgan
  • Woodworking for Pleasure: Joe Morgan
  • Judges Award: Craig Johnson
  • Peer Award: Mark Laub
  • Paul Lee Award: Jeff Hand
  • Tom Schrunk Excellence in Veneering Award: Brad Hopke
  • People's Choice: Guess Who!? Yes, Mr. Laub
  • See these and all the pieces in the 2015 Catalog, now online on the Northern Woods Page.
    THANK YOU to the entire team of volunteers who pulled this off. An amazing job done like clock work (you can now unwind).
    QUOTE of the Show: "Some guy said it looked like a washing machine. He got a black eye." -Roger Knudson.

    Xylos OPENS at International Square!

    We're very excited to announce the Grand Reopening of Xylos at International Market Square - Minneapolis Design Center.
    Stop by the shop and let us know what you think. Xylos is a community of independent woodworking artists who share gallery space at International Market Square. We look forward to:
    • Showing you the work of our artists who represent a wide range of creative expressions.
    • Introducing you to the artists, allowing both you and the artist to engage in the creation story behind each new piece.
    • Helping you discover how art and function combine to create objects that enhance the pleasure of living.
    Check our website for images, artists, and news!

    Archives Upgraded for Northern Woods Catalogs and Newsletters!

    After only two years of procrastination we now have the Northern Woods Show Catalogs scanned and available online way back to ... 1983! These are a great resource both to see who was active way back then and how our tastes and styles have changed over time.
    The newsletters are also available back to the very first issue! These make for some fun reading and contain some useful articles by Guild members.
    We still have a couple of holes to fill like the 2000 and 2002 years of the Catalogs. Also, the really old catalogs were undated so we had to guess. If any of you old timers can help us get it right, please contact a Board member and we'll get it fixed.
    Take a look! And thanks to Bruce Kieffer for keeping all these documeents.

    Get with the program!

    Committee, that is. The Guild's Program Committee needs your participation! The monthly meetings of the Guild happen through the work of this Committee. We meet 3-4 times per year to brainstorm program ideas and discuss possible presenters. In addition, each member of the committee takes responsibility for arrangements for a couple of meetings each year. Socializing with fellow woodworkers is a nice side benefit of participation.
    The committee is looking for a couple more members. If you're willing or just and to learn more about what is involved contact program chair Bob Bridigum at RLBridigum@aol.com or 952-201-1899.

    Guild member "speed-builds" a great table!

    Guild member Andrew Klein learned some excellent skills from Seth Rolland at the 2013 Fall Seminar. Check out this awesome video. showing a project that he did utilizing some techniques learned from Seth, from various web sources, as well as utilizing some of his own design skills and creativity.

    Coming in June: The Art of Fine Furniture

    Come on down to the beautiful city of Winona for the Art of Fine Furniture Exhibit, running from June 21st through September 11th. This year features works from members of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild and other well-known furniture makers. There will also be workshops on marquetry, bent lamination, and harvesting your own wood. This is a top-notch show and a great excuse for an overnight jaunt to beautiful southeaster Minnesota. Click here for details..

    Does Money Really Grow on Trees?

    Is your yard tree worth the millions you think it is? For an excellent summary from the DNR about the value of our yard trees check out Is My Yard Tree Worth Money?
    This and other helpful reference links can be found on the Links Page under Reference.

    About Us

    The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is a group of professional and amateur woodworkers bound together by three goals:

    to advocate high standards in our craft
    to meet new friends and discuss woodworking
    to educate ourselves and the public about woodworking

    The Guild hosts monthly educational meetings, produces a bi-monthly newsletter, and sponsors the annual “Northern Woods” show, an exhibition of fine woodworking. We welcome membership by all woodworkers, regardless of what they build, their level of skill, style of work, or their profession.

    Our goal is to encourage the highest standards in woodworking, while allowing each of our members to grow at their own pace, from whatever level of skill and accomplishment they begin with.

    Simply put, we want each of our members to become the best woodworker they are capable of, and to enjoy telling their Guild friends about it along the way.

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