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Have some class at the School of Woodworking

Guild member Mike Siemsen is offering several excellent classes at The 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 tcaspar1910@gmail.com

Class Offering: 18th Century Dressing Glass

Al Breed will be teaching a class on making the Dressing Glass from pages 226-227 of the Kaufman Collection Book. I have attached a picture for your reference. The class will consist of two 2.5 day sessions. They will be held in my shop in Eagan, MN.
The dates if the two sessions are:
  • 30 April - 2 May 2016 (Sat - Mon)
  • 5 - 7 Nov 2016 (Sat - Mon)
The student supplies his/her own materials
The cost is $650.00 per session for a total of $1300.00. If you sign up for this class my expectation is that you are financially responsible for both sessions.
To sign up for the class send me a $100 deposit or contact me at the following: Tony Kubalak, 3660 Robin Lane, Eagan, MN 55122.
For more information contact: Tony at apk@uwalumni.com.

Use Your Noggin on a Toboggan

Craftsman Career Opportunity:
Northern Toboggan and Sled is seeking an apprentice. Our company specializes in the craft of producing premium hand-made wooden toboggans and sleds following techniques dating back over 150 years.
We are willing to invest in the development of the right candidate's skills and this opportunity would likely lead to earning either equity or annual profit sharing in addition to salary. Our facility is located a mile from Lake of the Woods, a short drive from Beltrami Island State Forest, and provides world class hunting and fishing literally in our back yard.
If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please reach out to Gabriel. We are open to having preliminary discussions before applications if preferred. Otherwise, please send your "resume" or something that tells some of your experiences, who you are, and why you are interested. We would love to chat!

220 Hours for 5 Bucks!

Ok, that was tacky. But you have to go to the Guild Gallery to see Tom Kaldunsky's gorgeous intarsia named "Whitetail Woodlands."
A year ago this month Tom gave an excellent presentation at the Guild meeting about this project. Check out the final result!
And congratulations Tom for winning an Award for Excellence at the Dakota County Fair. Well deserved!

The MARK-etry of Excellence!

The MN Woodworkers Guild is proud to announce that Charlie Kocourek has been published in THE AMERICAN MARQUETARIAN Winter 2015 quarterly magazine (Vol 19 No 4).
The magazine featured Charlie's fine work on the marquetry project he did for the American Workshop show.
The AMS has graciously granted the MN woodworkers Guild permission to reproduce Charlie's article for our members to read and enjoy. CHECK IT OUT HERE.
The guild would like to thank AMS Editor Ellen Kisker for publishing this article, and the AMS Board for granting permission to post this on our website. Please take a moment to look at The American Marquetarian website and consider joining. They are a great resource for marquetry.
We at the Guild are proud of Charlie's work and all the volunteer work he does for the guild.
-Brad Hopke, MNWWG Program Committee & President, Lakeland Chapter American Marquetry Assn, Minneapolis.

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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