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2016 Northern Woods Exhibition: Another Great Show!

Join us on May 19th for a review of some of the winning projects.
Once again all of the entries were outstanding and it must have been a very tough task for the judges to assign the awards. Judge Scott Grove commented more than once on the quality of all the pieces.
At our May meeting several of the award-winners will discuss their experiences, what inspired them, and how the final project came to be, followed by questions and answers about the projects and the show.
WHEN: Thursday, May 19. Show and Tell at 6:30. Business at 6:45. Program at 7:00.
WHERE: Richfield Community Center,7000 Nicollet Ave, 55423. MAP
Join us for a fun and informative evening.

Marque Your Calendar!

You are invited to a MARQUETRY DEMONSTRATION at Woodcraft of Minnesota (9125 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55420).
The American Marquetry Society will be promoting the art of Marquetry on Sunday, May 15th from 11AM till 2PM.
We will have Marquetarians on site to explain and demonstrate the process. Our local Lakeland Chapter will provide patterns, tools, and supplies to do a small starter project.
Join us for a fun and informative day.
Questions? Contact Brad Hopke, local chapter president, at

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

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

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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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