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Friday, Nov. 6th - Sunday, Nov. 8th

The featured presenter this year is Scott Grove.  Scott is a professional woodworker/artist from western New York State who is well known for his veneer work.  At the seminar, Scott will be demonstrating four of his trademark techniques.  First, Scott will demonstrate how to take cathedral veneer and, by careful cutting and gluing, create a spiral figure.  Second, he will demonstrate how to apply veneers to a compound curve. 

On the second day of the demonstration, Scott will demonstrate how to create bronze components, such as drawer pulls, from a mixture of bronze powder and epoxy, a procedure he calls “Cold Casting”.  He will also demonstrate how to make the mold to do the casting.  The last technique he is scheduled to demonstrate is how to attach a solid wood edge to an odd shaped table top.

The Seminar kicks off on Friday, the 6th of November, at 7 PM at the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minnapolis. Mr. Grove will show slides and talk about his body of work.  After the presentation, we will show photos of any Guild member’s work who wishes to submit them for Scott's critique. This will be an open conversation.

The Saturday session will start at 8 AM and go until 5 PM.  The Sunday session will start at 9 AM and run until the end of his presentation at around 4 PM.

Registration is now open.


The Guild is proud to sponsor a class on "Canvas Covered Wooden Canoe Building" with Alex Comb, of Stewart River Boatworks.
November 9th - 15th, 2015


Master craftsman Alex Comb will provide step by step instructions and guidance during this unique seven day immersion experience where all students will play an integral part in building a wooden canvas-covered canoe. Tuition is $700.00 per student and covers materials and instructor's fees.  For more information about Alex, visit his web site at

The MN Woodworkers Guild is the proud sponsor and host for this event and will facilitate enrollment and payments. The registration deadline is October 5th, 2015, and a $250 deposit is required to register. The balance due for the class must be paid by November 1st. Class size is limited to ten students.

The class will be held at a private estate in a 30' X 40' shop. The estate is located just off of Old Shakopee Road in Eden Prairie. Directions to the class will be provided to all registered students.

For registration information and the on-line registration link, please contact the event coordinator, Mike Durand, at If you have questions you may also call Mike directly at 952-431-0910. Precedence for registration will be given to MN Woodworkers Guild members.

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.

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:

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!

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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