Not signed in: Login
IMPORTANT UPDATE from the Board of Directors.
March 11, 2021.

Finshing Articles from master finisher Kevin Southwick now online!

At the February virtual Guild meeting Kevin offered to send two finishing articles for posting on our webpage. Both are now in the Reference section of our LINKS page and will also remain here for a while. Copyright issues were cleared for educational use. Enjoy:


Due to the COVID-19 virus and statewide recommendatons, meetings in the near future have been moved to Zoom. We've had four Zoom meetings so far and they've been very successful. Have you missed any of the past Zoom meetings? We've recorded three of the four and you can view them below. Click on the month:
  • MARCH 2021 Members' Shop Tours
    (To view specific shops follow these time stamps: Kelly Breit - 17:13; Tony Kubalak - 33:11: Charlie Kocourek - 50:35; Jerry Beutel - 1:15:56; Roger Knudson - 1:42:59)
  • FEBRUARY 2021 Master Finisher Kevin Southwick
  • JANUARY 2021 Twin Cities Maker Tour
  • DECEMBER 2020 Wood from the Hood Virtual Tour
  • NOVEMBER 2020 Wooden Toys for the Disadvantaged
  • OCTOBER 2020 Fine Furniture Design & Business Lessons
  • SEPTEMBER 2020 Bandsawn Dovetails, with George Vondriska
  • AUGUST 2020 Art of the Grain Wood Artist’s Presentation
  • JUNE 2020 Mainstream your CNC, with George Vondriska

Check out the Members' Gallery!

Curious about the amazing projects done by fellow members? Even better, would you like to share some of your best work? The Members' Gallery has been in place for years and contains over 200 works by 60 members, PLUS every Northern Woods Exhibition winner since 1996.
It's a no-brainer to submit your photos:
Take a digital photo.
Save it as a JPEG image.
Send an email to webmaster[at] that includes:
  • The jpeg file(s) as an attachment
  • Your full name
  • The name of your piece
  • The year it was completed
  • Other details you would like to share


Besides showing off our best work, we all use the NWE as a great place to socialize, talk to other woodworkers and learn new ideas and techniques. Interacting with the public who stop by to view our work, and helping them appreciate fine woodworking is a big piece of the experience. Unfortunatley, neither of these activities are compatible with the social distancing required to stop the progress of the COVID virus. Therefore...

The Northern Woods Exhibition will not be taking place in 2020. NWE Committee has agreed to cancel the Exhibition for 2020 and to convene early in 2021 to assess the prudence of having the event in April of 2021.

Second Annual Tool Swap and Expo: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021!

The guild is proud to present the second annual Tool Swap and Expo on September 18th, 2021. The event will take place from 9 am to 3 pm at the Bloomington Armory.
We plan to have five nationally known woodworkers lined up for one hour presentations each. And we have name brand tool vendors planning to participate at the expo portion.
We hope to see you there, so please save the date. Click THIS LINK for details.

Minnesota Woodworkers Guild E-mail Group Update:

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild has transitioned from Yahoo!Groups to This forum is available to active members. If you are a member and would like to use this service, click on this link to register and then be approved by the moderator. We will periodically remove accounts for inactive members.
We want to be sure everyone enjoys the experience. The following guidelines apply to all users:
  • Members are expected to post and act responsibly. Please respect your fellow members' time and attention: strive to be clear, concise and courteous. If you happen to disagree with another member please do so without being rude. Personal attacks, inflammatory and inappropriate language are not allowed and may lead to removal from the forum.
  • Attachments are allowed and the judicious use of photos and other illustrations is encouraged! We also enabled the poll feature.
  • For the full guidelines regarding prohibited use of the service, see the Terms of Service, especially Section 6.
A quick link to can be found in the left side-bar.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact David Lane, Co-moderator:

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, offers an annual Fall Seminar 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.