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Take a Trip Back in Time!

The Landing, Minnesota's River Heritage Park is a living history museum located on the banks of the Minnesota River approximately 1 mile west of Valley Fair. The site consists of more than twenty furnished, historical buildings relocated from various sites in Minnesota.

During December's Folkways of the Holidays most buildings are occupied by living history interpreters dressed in period clothing who are demonstrating holiday traditions and seasonal activities of various nationalities. The buildings are heated with wood stoves and most have hands-on activities for children and adults.

As part of the program MWG member Kevin Alto and Mark Johnston of Historic Design Consulting volunteer at a small (13' x 16') cabinet shop typical of those found in small settlements in the late 1800s. They will be on site on Saturdays during this event and will have a collection of period hand tools as well as several planes and other tools available for trial by visitors.

See the Folkways of the Holidays page for tickets and times.

Return that Black Friday splurge! Use the Tool Library instead!

The Guild's TOOL RENTAL LIBRARY is a great resource for some expensive tools or ones that you need only occasionally, such as:
  • Drill bit sharpener for standard twist and brad point bits (professional grade system)
  • HVLP sprayer (American Turbine AT-3000)
  • Photography light and backdrop kit (professional grade)
  • Starrett 36" machinist straight edge (used for machine setup and alignment)
  • Veneering kit (vacuum bag)
  • Veritas power sharpening system
  • 20" Scroll Saw
Check out the Tool Rental Page for details!

The Guild DVD LIBRARY -- CHECK IT OUT!

When is the last time you made use of the Guild's amazing DVD library? With over a hundred DVD's covering everything from dovetails to inlay you can find the guidance you need at your own pace at home. See the LIBRARY page for loan rules and a full title list. Check 'em out!

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.