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SWAP MEET at AMERICAN WORKSHOP! AUGUST 22nd!!

The American Workshop in Burnsville is hosting an open house on August 22nd in honor of their one-year anniversary. The festivities will include a swap meet from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Guild members are invited to participate.
There is no cost to members and we can sell tools/projects/materials/etc. in the back lot behind the shop.
Some additional details:
  • The swap meet starts at 9 a.m., but if sellers could show up around 8-8:30 that would be great.
  • A portable saw mill will be on hand. (Bring along a log or two and take home your own lumber!) $50/per half hour.
  • Swap meet participants are encouraged to bring their own table or to sell out of their car/truck.
  • No technical size regulations on the space for swapping, but plan for an 8-10 foor wide space.
This is a great chance to clear out some unused tools from your shop or to find a great deal! You'll also get to see The American Workshop if you've not been down and you can meet the staff as well as socialize with Guild buddies.
Questions? Contact American Workshop.

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.

The Art of Fine Furniture Exhibition: Opening June 20th.

Jamie Schell, a fine furniture maker in Winona, has curated an amazing third annual showing of The Art of Fine Furniture, opening Saturday, June 20 and running through July 31!
The Art of Fine Furniture is an exhibit of works by regionally and nationally recognized studio furniture makers. Workshops and lectures designed to inspire will also be offered.
The Winona County Historical Society is proud to host this exhibition at the History Center (160 Johnson St, Winona). Join us for an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th, with refreshments from Bluff Country Co-op. The opening reception is free and open to the public and many of the artists will be available to talk to.
WHEN: June 20th - July 31st
WHERE: Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St, Winona. MAP.

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: charlie@jack-bench.com

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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