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2014 Fall Seminar: A Weekend with Thomas Hucker

  • When:
  • Friday, November 21 - Sunday, November 23, 2014.
  • Where:
  • To be announced.
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  • This year we are fortunate to have Thomas Hucker leading our weekend. Tom is a professional furniture maker, whose exquisite pieces have been displayed in galleries and museums around the world including permanent exhibitions at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Renwick gallery. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, received his craft training in Milan, Italy, and has taught and lectured throughout the US and Japan. We are lucky to visit with him right here in Minnesota this November.
    Our topic this year will focus on the critical importance of design in our craft. We will be studying classic design principles, sources of inspiration, and the process and evolution of project completion...from idea, to prototypes, to final object. We will learn Tom's approach to balancing utility with personal expression
    This year, our weekend will be interactive, encouraging participation and involvement from all. It will be as close to "hands on" as any of our fall seminars. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us for an inspiring weekend with Tom Hucker...one of the best around! Log onto Thomas Hucker Sutdio to see his work and learn more about him.

    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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