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Upcoming Meetings

November 10 - 12: Fall Seminar with Doug Stowe.

See FALL SEMINAR page for details.

December 19th: Tour of the James J. Hill Mansion.

The Guild is sponsoring a tour of the historic James J. Hill mansion. Last year in December we toured the American Swedish Institute, which filled quickly and was appreciated by all who attended. Here are the details for this year's tour:
  • We've planned for four groups of 20 for docent lead tours. You will need to pre-register and pay a nominal fee via a web link. The web link will be distributed by email blast to membership in mid-November so mark you calendars to keep an eye out for that blast.
  • This tour is not open to non-members so you will need the link in the email blast. Sign-up will be active from the time the email blast is distributed until the tour fills. Last year's tour filled in four days so sign up immediately upon receiving the email blast.
  • FEE: Members plus one guest are invited to attend. The cost per person is $5.00. The fee applies to Minnesota Historical Society members as well.
  • The tours begin in shifts between 6:00 and 6:10 p.m. There will be no Guild business, show-and-tell or other usual pre-meeting activities.
If you have questions, please contact the Program Director, David Mitchell, via the CONTACT US page.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018: Restoring Hand Planes with Tom Caspar and Allen Snyder.

Last year Tom and Allen taught us how to recognize and value used hand planes. At this meeting they will give you the know-how to restore an old plane to working order!
You are welcome to bring a plane that you would like to restore or tune up. Tom and Allen would be glad to answer your questions.
Location: To be determined.
Time: Gathering 6:15pm, Business Meeting 6:45, Program 7:00pm till 8:45pm.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Green Wooden Bowl Turning with Dan Larson

Come to a demonstration of the basics of wooden bowl turning from freshly cut trees.
Time: Gathering 6:15pm, Business Meeting 6:45, Program 7:00pm till 8:45pm.
Location: Leonardo's Basement, 150 W. 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN, parking is on the street. MAP

Tuesday, March 20: Seat Weaving Demonstration (Tentative)

Details pending.

April 26 - 29, 2018: Northern Woods Exhibition

Details pending.

Tuesday, May 15: Northern Woods Review Panel

A detailed review and presentation of select pieces from the 2018 Northern Woods Exhibit. Learn from the craftsmen who've presented at NWE.
Time: Gathering 6:15pm, Business Meeting 6:45, Program 7:00pm till 8:45pm.
Location to be determined.

Tuesday, June 19: Spoon Carving with Peter Ellison and Steve Tripp.

Details pending.

Tuesday, July 17: Annual Picnic

Details pending.

Previous Meeting Topics

  • Tuesday October 17th: Lumber Mill Tour - Northern Forest Products.
  • Tuesday Sept. 19th: Michael Speaker: Sculptor and Furniture Designer.
  • Tuesday August 15th: Chair Making with Kayland Call.
  • Tuesday July 18th: Annual Club Picnic
  • Tuesday June 20th: Caricature Carving with Lee Olson
  • Tuesday May 16th: Post Northern Woods Exhibit
  • April 20 - 23, 2017: Northern Woods Exhibition.
  • Tuesday March 21st: Marquetry with Joe Morgan.
  • Tues, February 21st: Working with Finishes with Kevin Southwick.
  • Tues, January 17, 2017: Shop Safety. Presentation.
  • Sat, December 10: Swedish Institute Tour
  • Wed, October 12: Joint meeting with Guild of Metalsmiths.
  • Tuesday, September 20: Shop Lighting. Presentation.
  • August 16th, 2016: Making Wooden Toys with John Freemyer.
  • June 22nd, 2016: The Story of Shaker Furniture with Ed Neu.
  • May 19th, 2016: Northern Woods - Stories from Projects.
  • April 21 - 21, 2016: Northern Woods Exhibition.
  • March 15, 2016: Hand Plane Show and Tell with Tom Caspar and Allen Snyder.
  • February 16th, 2016: Instrument Making with Jacob Nelson of Musicmakers Kits, Inc.
  • Jan 19th, 2016: The 16th Century Joiner: Going from Log to a Stool.
  • Dec 15th, 2015: Basic Sharpening Techniques, with Dale Johnson.
  • Oct. 20, 2015: How to Make a Youtube of your Project, with Steve Tripp.
  • Sept. 15, 2015: Korean Furniture at the Weisman Museum.
  • Aug. 18, 2015: Shop Safety with Larry Sibik.
  • July 21, 2015: Dust Collection Jack Atkins & Tim O'Keefe,
  • June 15, 2015: Festool Presentation with Dan Hale.
  • March 17, 2015: The Peter Stretch Tall Clock, with Joel Ficke.
  • February 17, 2015: Mastering the Color Wheel, with Mitch Kohanek.
  • January 20, 2015: Cabinet Shop Tour: Hoffman's Custom Countertops. Summary
  • December 9, 2014: Intarsia - Art from Wood, with Tom Kuldinski. Summary.
  • November 21 - 23, 2014: Fall Seminar with Thomas Hucker
  • October 21st, 2014: The history of Wooden Geared Clocks, with Susan Wood
  • September 16th, 2014 - Introduction to Woodturning with Tim Heil
  • August 20, 2014: Simplified Finishing & Wood Finish Preservation - Tom Schrunk
  • July 26, 2014: Youngblood Lumber Tour.
  • June 24, 2014: Adding Art Glass to your Next Piece (Glass Endeavors)
  • May 21, 2014: Finding Your Inspiration with Mark Laub
  • April 23 - 27,2014: Northern Woods Show.
  • March 18, 2014: Rockers, featuring a Sam Maloof rocker, Shakers styles and more.
  • Feb. 18, 2014: Photographing Furniture and Woodwork with Ramon Moreno.
  • Jan 21, 2014: Eide Saw shop tour.
  • Dec 17: Designing and Creating Unique Pieces, with Bob Paulson
  • Nov 15-17: Fall Seminar with Seth Rolland .
  • Oct 9: Joint meeting with the Guild of Metalsmiths.
  • Sept 18: Band Saw Tune-up and Resaw Demo.
  • August 20: Fine Finishing Made Easy.
  • July 16, 2013: Guild Annual Picnic.
  • June 19, 2013: Sharpening and Profiling Moulding Planes.
  • May 21, 2013: Anatomy of a Northern Woods Entry.
  • April 25-28, 2013: Northern Woods Exhibition.
  • Mar 20, 2013: Chair Making and Studying the Krenovian Way. Craig Johnson.
  • Feb 28, 2013: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. A fun evening with Gabberts furniture historian Mike Danial.
  • Feb 19, 2013: Tour of the Timesavers Corp. shop!
  • Jan 16, 2013: Hand Tool Olympics event.
  • Dec 12, 2012: Build a Jointers Bench for $200 with Mike Siemsen.
  • Nov 2 - 4, 2012: Fall Seminar with Robert Van Norman.
  • Oct 16, 2012: Build a Guitar with George Vondriska.
  • September 11, 2012: Richard Tendick, Woodturning without a lathe.
  • Aug 21, 2012: Woodturning with Tim Heil.
  • July 24, 2012: Small Shop CNC Machines and Techniques, with Randy Johnson.
  • June 19, 2012: Mortise and Tenon Joinery with Steve McLoon.
  • May 16, 2012: New Inlay/Marquetry Parlor Tricks with Mark Laub.
  • April 26-29, 2012: Northern Woods Exhibition
  • March 24, 2012: Pinewood Derby
  • February, 2012: Hand Tool Olympics
  • Jan 18, 2012: Hitting the Saws: Handsaws Demystified - Mike Siemsen
  • Dec 14, 2011: Vacuum Bag Techniques - Jeff Anderson, Phoenix Wood
  • July 19, 2011: Wood From the Hood - Company Tour
  • June25, 2011: American Association of Woodturners Symposium Tour
  • May 17, 2011: The Norwegian Termite: Jock Holmen
  • March 15, 2011: The Art and Artistry of Giant Woodturnings with Virgil Leih
  • February 15, 2011: Hand Tool Olympics!
  • January 18, 2011: Ebonizing Wood with Richard Tendick
  • December 14: Northern Lights Timber Framing tour.
  • November 5 - 7: Fall Seminar - Greene and Greene with Thomas Stangeland.
  • October 19: Materials for Wooden Musical Instruments. Lisbeth Nelson Butler..
  • September 21: Puzzle Wizardry with Keith Winegar.
  • August 17: Concepts in Furniture Design with Angie Kopacek.
  • June 15: Making Windsor Chairs with Jim VanHoven
  • May 18: Wood Finishing with Mitch Kohanek
  • April 22 - 25, 2010: Northern Woods Exhibition
  • March 16, 2010: Sketch-Up Software Demo
  • February 16, 2010: Hand Tool Olympics!
  • January 19, 2010: New tools from Delta, Porter Cable and Dewalt.
  • December 15, 2009: Tom Schrunk on his Steinway Art Case pianos.
  • November 6-8, 2009: Fall Seminar with Phillip Lowe
  • October 6, 2009: Garrett Hack - Tips for Better Woodworking.
  • September 15, 2009: Adjustable Height Bench with Charlie Kocourek.
  • August 18, 2009: Youngblood Lumber Tour.
  • July 21st, 2009: Wood Turning with Jim Jacobs.
  • June 16, 2009: Navy Island Plywood presented by Hans Mouritzen
  • May 19, 2009: Dean Jansa: 18th Century Furniture Techniques.
  • April 24-26, 2009: Northern Woods ; Southdale Center
  • March 18, 2009: Don Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator.
  • February 17, 2009: Spray Finishing Techniques with John Zoia, 3M.
  • January 20, 2009: Artist and Woodcarver Cecilia Schiller.
  • December 11, 2008: Open house at the American Association of Woodturners."
  • November 18, 2008: Author Spike Carlsen discussed his new book "A Splintered History of Wood."
  • October 24-26, 2008: Fall Seminar with Michael Fortune
  • September 16th, 2008: Router Jigs with George Vondriska
  • August 19th, 2008: Dan Bredemeier - Marquetry
  • July 15th, 2008: Wood Finishing Simplified
  • June 17th, 2008:Tool Testing with TTI
  • May 20th, 2008: Sign Making with David & Nancy Allan
  • Meetings

    Our monthly meetings teach us about varied subjects. They are a chance to socialize, pick up tips from other members, or maybe just discuss projects you are currently working on. Non members are welcome to attend a meeting if you want to get to know us!

    Shop Lighting Presentation - 2016.

    Shop Safety Presentation - 2017.