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2017 Fall Seminar: Box Making with Doug Stowe

Friday, November 10th - Sunday, November 12th, 2017.

Doug Stowe teachingThe Fall Seminar will feature Doug Stowe talking about making decorative boxes. On Friday, November 10th, there will be a visual presentation where Doug will show examples of his work. On Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th of November, Doug will demonstrate box making design and techniques. The Friday evening event is free of charge and open to the public.

We are asking Guild members to submit pictures of their work for Doug's review and feedback during the Friday evening presentation. Send us a pic of your favorite box!

Please visit the Fall Seminar page for more information about Doug Stowe, seminar pricing and where to submit a photo for Friday night.

Registration is now open.

The Art of Fine Furniture Hits the Road

The Art of Fine Furniture exhibit, now in it's fifth year in Winona, MN, is partnering with St Mary's University to bring the show to the Rochester area. Have you ever been to Cascade Meadow? The exhibit is in this amazing Platinum LEED certified building and will be the location of the exhibit from August 19th through September 29th.

Please join us for an opening reception on August 19, 1-3 pm, where many of the artists will be present to share and discuss their works. Most of the pieces are for sale directly from the artists themselves. We hope to see you there.

Cascade Meadow - St. Mary's University
2900 19th Ave NW, Rochester, MN

Visit for more information about the artists and the show.


One of the best kept secrets in town is the Edina Community Woodshop, managed by Edina Community Education (ECE). Open to the public since 1982, this well-equipped shop offers an affordable place for woodworkers to pursue their interest.

The Guild is nurturing a partnership with the Edina woodshop by offering two- and three-day evening or weekend classes taught by members of the Guild. In return, they provide meeting space for the Guild's monthly meetings as necessary. The ECE program is now accepting proposals for courses you would like to teach. Benefits to instructors include:

  • A stipend for teaching based on the number of students and the length of the class, typically $25 per hour.
  • Materials costs will be covered by the class fee charged to the participants.
  • The shop has a range of equipment including: 3 tablesaws (including a SawStop): 2 bandsaws; a jointer and planer; radial and chop saws; a TimeSaver; and several benchtop sanders and handtools.
The proposal deadline for the upcoming 2018 winter session is September 30, 2017.
The winter session runs from January 2 - March 24, 2018.
If interested in running a class, please contact: Donna Comer, Adult Programs Supervisor, Edina Community Education at: or call 952-848-3952.
If you have questions before reaching out to Edina, contact: Ed Neu, or David Lane,
THIS JUST IN: Edina Community Education is also seeking to hire a SHOP MONITOR! If you're interested, check out the JOB POSTING.

New Class: Veneering with Charlie

Expand your woodworking skills and the types of projects you make with basic veneering. Veneering is easy and requires a very minimal investment. I am offering a personalized, hands on, basic veneering class. This class is intended for those with little or no experience working with veneer.
The class will cover the following:
  • What is veneer and what are it's advantages and disadvantages.
  • How to cut and assembly veneer.
  • Different substrates and veneer glues.
  • Introduction to book-matching.
  • Depending on student interest we may also cover flattening and repairing veneer.
When and where and how much:
  • Class size is limited to 2 students.
  • Very minimal tools are required for basic vennering.
  • Classes will be held in Fridley.
  • There will be three 2 1/2 hour sessions.
  • Class will begin early to mid August. Exact times are flexible and will be determined by student availability: days, nights or weekends.
  • Cost: $75.
For more information contact: Charlie Kocourek at

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 wanting 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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