On June 4th, we return to the Hillcrest Lodge in Mt. Vernon and Eberhard Eichner from Bellingham’s RE Store will be our guest speaker. Eberhard grew up in Berlin and became a furniture maker and finish carpenter as an apprentice before moving to the Pacific Northwest. For about 30 years he built custom furniture, fancy pipe organ cases, doors and windows and many other things, but now concentrates on recycling used materials into custom furniture that is both whimsical and beautiful. He is so successful at this that the Washington State Recycling Association recently recognized him with their Reuse Recycler of the Year award. Since 2011, he and his counterpart in Seattle’s RE Store have been responsible for creating over 400 furniture items from recycled materials, thus saving over 50,000 pounds of materials from our landfills! Eberhard will be demonstrating his techniques and will bring some examples of his work. See the RE Store’s website and click on Remade Furniture to see an eye-opening gallery of furniture that Eberhard has made: http://www.re-store.org/
On Tuesday, May 7th we revisit Jim Hume’s fabulous shop. Jim is one of the founding members of our club when it started in 1984, and also a founding member of Artwood, a cooperative art gallery in Bellingham. Jim’s wife, Erica, is Artwood’s manager. Jim has literally spent his life working on cars and woodworking. His cars range from hot rods to dragsters and even include a car that is currently undergoing testing/trials with the goal of exceeding the conventional, wheel-driven piston-powered auto speed record by at least 100 mph! He’s currently modifying a 38 Ford hot rod with a Corvette drive train and frame. His woodworking includes beautiful furniture, segmented turnings, jewelry boxes and cabinets. His shop is amazing and big enough for us to hold a meeting in, but if you would like to rest your feet, bring your own chair. To learn more about the land speed record car, check out http://Target550.com.
NCWA membership was saddened by the loss of Roy Little. Roy was ill for some time and died while in the hospital. The popular Sedro Woolley woodworker was active in NCWA activities for several years and taught classes in shop layout. Roy’s life in a wheelchair did not discourage him from woodworking tasks and he became quite adept at adapting his machines and their floor locations to his own use. His ingenuity and sense of humor will be missed.
On April 2nd we return to Greg Aånes’s shop in Bellingham, whom we visited four years ago. Greg has been making furniture commercially in the Northwest since 1981. He’s mostly self-taught, and has developed a style that blends work similar to Thomas Moser, Sam Maloof and James Krenov. He has about four employees and uses specialized jigs and machines to make the business profitable (although, he is the first to acknowledge that this economy has made that very difficult.) His showroom is packed with excellent examples of his work. He has specialized in chairs, rockers and bar stools, but has recently added many other furniture items and also does custom work. Seating in Greg’s shop is limited, so you might want to bring a chair. Greg’s website is gregaanesfurniture.com.