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Second Annual Tool Swap and Expo: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020!

The guild is proud to present the second annual Tool Swap and Expo on September 19th, 2020. The event will take place from 9 am to 3 pm at the Bloomington Armory.
This year we 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:

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Coronavirus Updates regarding Guild Activities:

Northern Woods Show Postponed:
Eden Prairie Center is currently closed because of the coronavirus. Even if the mall was still open it would be unwise for us to proceed with the Northern Woods Exhibition in April. I am afraid that we have no choice but to modify our plans. I am sorry to announce that the Northern Woods Exhibition has been postponed. The show will still be held in the main rotunda at Eden Prairie Center, but the new dates are October 22-25, 2020.
The good news is that you have more time to complete your entry! Please contact me if you have any questions. Stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you at the show in October.
-- Charlie Kocourek, Northern Woods Committee Chair, charlie@jack-bench.com

2020 Tuition Grants Awarded!

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is proud to announce that we have awarded two $1,000 tuition grants to worthy Guild members.
We received numerous applications this year. Thank you to all for your participations. The Board of Directors carefully studied and discussed each application and chose our recipients. They are Cindy Darwin and Eric Arndt. Congratulations to Cindy and Eric.
  • While each of them planned to attend specific courses this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a crimp in their plans. Cindy had planned to attend a course in August at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, in Maine. That class has been cancelled, so Cindy is looking for another opportunity to expand her woodworking skills.
  • Eric plans to head to Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in June. So far, his class is still on. We wish him the best in being able to keep that schedule.
We will open the program up again in November for grants to be awarded in 2021. Think about what you’d like to learn, and where you’d like to learn it and submit an applicant for next year.

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.