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The 2017 Northern Woods Exhibition was held Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23, at Eden Prairie Center.
  • It was a well-attended, great show with work by over 4 dozen talented woodworkers.
  • Congratulations to this year's Award Winners!
  • Go to the Northern Woods Page for updates as well as past shows and winners!

And check out the 2017 Catalog!

Congratulations to Brad Hopke for his recent front page article in the Spring 2017 "American Marquetarian," the national quarterly publication of the American Marquetry Society (AMS).
Brad collaborated with a local Intarsia artist Swede Bengtson to combine intarsia with marquetry to create a pheasant taking flight with a distant farmstead on the horizon.
Brad recommends the American Marquetry Society to anyone interested in this art form. The Society offer ideas, inspiration and support for marquetry both through the magazine and local chapters. Check out Brad's article HERE.
(Article reproduced with permission of the AMS)

Live on the Edge ... with Scott Grove's new book!
Scott Grove, who was the presenter for our 2015 Fall Seminar has written a new book about how to do curved inlay and edge banding. This is one of the techniques that Scott showed us at the seminar and now those details are available in book form.
You can buy a copy HERE.

Check out these new 2017 Classes!

Guild Members featured in Fine Woodworking!

If you have ever been to Minnesota Woodworkers Guild's Northern Woods Exhibition you know that our members are very talented. So talented that Fine Woodworking magazine often features a few pieces from our annual exhibition.
They did so again this year in issue no. 259 (dated Feb. 2017). Two full pages of the magazine's Gallery section are devoted to the work of six of our members:
  • Elise Walker's block and shell bureau (winner of the Best Carving Award)
  • Dale Johnson's table (Best Design Award)
  • Ed Neu's chimney cupboard (Paul Lee Award)
  • Timothy Gorman's cabinet (Judges Award, Peer Award)
  • Steven McLoon's side table (Best Finish Award)
  • Joe Morgan's cabinet (Best In Show, Best Veneer Awards)
If you want to see the pieces that were featured you can either pick up a copy of the magazine or go to the Norhtern Woods Exhibition page.

2016 Fall Seminar: A "Fast and Furious" Success!

The November 12-13th seminar at Dunwoody College with David Orth was a stimulating success. Orth is a renowned professional artist, sculptor, woodworker, designer, writer and all around good guy. See some of his extraordinary work at

Board member (no pun intended) Charlie Kocourek has written up an excellent summary of the weekend. Take a look HERE to either remember what you saw or find out what you missed!

Guild of Metalsmiths: Call for Woodworkers!

The Guild of Metalsmiths (TGoM) has a presence down at the Jackson Street Roundhouse train museum in Saint Paul. Volunteers work on the trains, help maintain their machine shop, and conduct blacksmithing demonstrations for the museum attendees a couple days/week.

The museum has a lot of restoration work that needs doing in both metal and wood, and they depend on volunteers. They are interested in getting some of the Woodworkers Guild members involved in their ongoing restoration efforts. For example, they are currently looking for help replacing some broken bench seats & backs (either the repairs or or a lesson or two in bending wood).

If you have any interest or availability or questions, please reach out to Bill Hawley at the Roundhouse (612-469-1187).

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 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

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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