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2016 Fall Seminar: "Fast and Furious Curves" with wood/metal artist David Orth.

When: November 12th - 13th, 2016
Where: Dunwoody College of Technology

On Friday the 11th at 7 PM, there will be a presentation and Q&A session which is open to all. If you cannot make the weekend sessions, please come out for the presentation.

image courtesy David Orth

David Orth is a renowned professional artist, sculptor, woodworker, designer, writer and all around good guy. You can preview some of his extraordinary work at

David works and lives in the Chicago area. His sculpture and furniture has been featured in museums, galleries, books and magazines since the early 1980s. It has been described as "amazing, overwhelming and musical; rock and roll, the blues, and arias." Others have suggested his work has a "wonderful, mess-with-your-mind appeal."

Please visit the Fall Seminar Page for more details on pricing and registration as well as an introductory video from David.

Guild of Metalsmiths: Call for Woodworkers!

The Guild of Metalsmiths (TGoM) has a presence down at the Jackson Street Roundhouse train museum in Saint Paul. Volunteers work on the trains, help maintain their machine shop, and conduct blacksmithing demonstrations for the museum attendees a couple days/week.

The museum has a lot of restoration work that needs doing in both metal and wood, and they depend on volunteers. They are interested in getting some of the Woodworkers Guild members involved in their ongoing restoration efforts. For example, they are currently looking for help replacing some broken bench seats & backs (either the repairs or or a lesson or two in bending wood).

If you have any interest or availability or questions, please reach out to Bill Hawley at the Roundhouse (612-469-1187).

Have some class at the School of Woodworking

Guild member Mike Siemsen is offering several excellent classes at Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking.

Great instruction for beginners and others wanted a refresher on hand tool work.
Mike also offers private instruction. See his web page for details.
Registration is open now.

Professional Instruction and Shop Space

Is your shop too small to cut the parts for that plywood project? Need hands-on instruction on a jointer? I can help you build projects and improve your skills.

I'm Tom Caspar, a longtime member of the Guild, ex-editor of American Woodworker and Woodwork magazines, and the instructor of The Unplugged Woodshop, now going into its 25th year.

I've recently joined a 5-member co-op shop in South Minneapolis. The shop is incredibly well-equipped for building custom furniture. For example, we have an 8-ft. sliding tablesaw, a 16" jointer, a 16" bandsaw and a 30" drum sander. I also have a small private space that's loaded with hand tools.

If you need help milling your rough lumber, cutting up sheets of plywood, learning how to sharpen a scraper, use a plane or cut perfect dovetails, I'm your guy. One-on-one teaching is my specialty, tailored to just what you need to know.

My fee is $30/hour.
For more information contact: Tom Caspar, at

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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