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Head for the Shop! It's Show Time!!

The 2015 Northern Woods Exhibition will be April 23 - 26, at Eden Prairie Center!
Online registration is now open through March 31st!
New for 2015:
  • Increased prize amounts.
  • You may now enter an unlimited number of pieces and any two of them are eligible for judging.

First Timers! Win a gift card to Youngblood Lumber!

We are very pleased to announce that the Guild will give a $50.00 Gift Certificate for Youngblood Lumber Company to the first 10 entrants to this year's Northern Woods Exhibition who have never entered a piece in the show.
So if you've been on the fence about showing at the Northern Woods Exhibition, this special incentive for first-time entrants should help you jump in and participate.
Youngblood Lumber is one of the Guild's strongest and longest supporters.

Tales of Hoffman...

The January Guild meeting was hosted by Jeff Hoffman of Hoffman's Countertops. Jeff gave a great presentation and tour, featuring automated cabinet equipment such as the amazing CAD CabinetWare software, a Selexx Chief CNC panel router, and Holzer edge bander. The demonstration, from concept to kitchen design to product, was fascinating.
If you missed it, check out this summary!

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!

The Fab Four for Fourteen


Four Minnesota Woodworkers Guild members have their work featured in the Readers Gallery section of the December 2014 issue of Fine Woodworking. According to the magazine, "Readers Gallery provides design inspiration by showcasing the work of our readers." The artisans and their works are:
  • Ed Neu's Mt. Lebanon Shaker rocker reproduction
  • Craig Johnson's sliding lid box
  • Dale Johnson's pantry cabinet
  • Timothy Gorman's turned container with lid
All four pieces were on display at the 2014 Northern Woods Show. Pick up a copy of the magazine to see the photos (p. 75) or click on the Gallery link to see these and the other 2014 Northern Woods Award Winners.
CONGRATULATIONS Ed, Craig, Dale and Tim!

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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