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Cheers to the 2019 Northern Woods Show Award Winners!

Check out the 2019 Exhibition Catalog, now online!
And watch this excellent Video review by Guild member Matthew Cremona!

Makers Meet coming soon!

Author, teacher and master craftsman George Vondriska is hosting a Meet the Makers event on Saturday, June 22 (1-7 pm) at his shop in Hammond, WI. Local makers, artisans and content creators will gather with two goals: To network with each other and, since the event will be open to the public, to meet folks who follow their work.
There will be items participants have brought to sell as well as a number of demos running throughout the day. Rockler and The Family Handyman are providing door prizes.
Here's your chance to meet fellow craftspeople from the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin, including George Vondriska, Matt Cremona, Paul Mayer (Toolmetrix), Chris Lyons, Matt Collins, Tommy Tompkins, Chris Thole, Chad Anderson, Dan Cary, Kevin Whetstone, and Annah Sprague.
And if YOU would like to participate as a maker please don't be shy. Details and contact information are avaiable at Vondriska Woodworks and on Facebook.
  • Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Time: 1 pm - 7 pm
  • Place: Vondriska Woodworks, 600 Davis St, Hammond, WI 54015. MAP

Alternatives to Youngblood Lumber

With the sad closing of Youngblood Lumber there has been a lot of information exchanged among members about other sources for our materials. We've gathered leads from members as well as updated the "Lumber and Plywood" category of the LINKS page.
Check out these local and regional resources to find that special board. We will keep the list current and add new leads as they are discovered.

Learn to Sharpen a Saw ... And your wits!

Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking will be offering a several excellent classes this spring. If you have ever wondered how to sharpen your own hand saw or wanted to make a cool sea chest then you'll want to take one Mike's classes! Register for classes HERE. Examples of Mike's recent classes include:

  • A Place to Sit: Make a Bench
  • Build a Small Sea Chest
  • Holtzapfel Style Workbench
  • Sharpening and Using Handsaws
  • Making a Marking Gauge, Mallet, Vise and Layout Knife

Save a buck! Don't buy -- 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, 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.