Our July 11th meeting will be held at NorthStar Woodworks, a custom door and window manufacturer located in Ferndale. NorthStar is owned and operated by two founding members of NCWA, Frank Chambers and Mike Anderson. Frank and Mike started their business in 1980 in a small custom furniture shop that occasionally made entry doors. When the demand for custom doors outpaced furniture, they began specializing in crafting fine wood doors. They have operated in their current state-of-the-art facility since 2001 and are recognized as one of the premier custom door and window shops on the west coast. They will give us a guided tour of their facility which includes some amazing production machines, many CNC operated. Since this is a field trip, our meeting will be abbreviated: THERE WILL BE NO BRING AND BRAG SESSION and THE LIBRARY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. Please arrive well before 7 pm to get your coffee and cookies and your ticket for the monthly tool raffle, which we will conduct. There will not be any chairs available, so you may want to bring your own for the short business meeting prior to the tour.
June’s presenter will be Phil Kezele.
Have you ever been offered somebody’s old woodworking machine from an estate of a friend or loved one or just saw something on Craigslist that reminded you of your high school shop class? Are you on a budget and can’t afford to buy the latest and greatest shop equipment? If that’s you, you may be interested in old woodworking machines or ‘old arn’ as I prefer to call them. Learn a little bit of what some might call a voyage of discovery by using old woodworking machines in your woodworking. What you won’t get is factory support, dust collection, riving knife or flesh sensing technology but you will get is history, style, design, cast iron—and lots of it. Come join me for a night when we will look at machines of old still used today.
On May 2nd Tom Fulk and Tim Whittman will show us some of the tricks needed to make fly fishing rods from bamboo. The precision necessary to join six pieces of wood into a tiny rod tip 1/16” in diameter is daunting. Each piece is tapered as well!
Also, we will have NCWA hats for sale — $15 each (cash or check).
The April meeting is at the Burlington Library!
What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to build that icon of American furniture – the Adirondack Chair. While the construction is simple, the design opportunities are many. Jerry Couchman and Andrew Pellar will share their design processes to help you make your own. We will explore how to find design ideas and put them on paper. Learn how prototyping can guide the design process. Translate that information into Templates. Templates will be discussed in detail. And what kind of project couldn’t be helped by a jig or two?
Who among us has made a handy shop jig over the past year or discovered a new woodworker’s handy gadget? Well, now is the time to take 1 to 5 minutes to show the rest of us what you spent your hard earned money on (or, even better, made). We’ve done this kind of meeting almost every year in the past, and there are always new tools, jigs & gadgets to see – anything that you think might be useful to other woodworkers! We like to see them all. If you bring one of your jigs, please bring a few copies of the plan that you used to make it. Remember – this is ‘participative’ – your opportunity to share your own ‘woodworking valuables’ with your other woodworking members.
Drop Dave Strauss a note at if you think you might participate so that he knows how hard he has to ‘beat the bushes’ for presenters.