December 2013 Meeting – Holiday Dinner

The program for our Dec 3rd meeting will feature our first Holiday Potluck Dinner, a Toys-4-Tots Benefit Raffle, our 2×4 Woodworking Challenge and presentation of our annual Spirit Award. A social hour will begin at 6:00 with dinner being served at 7:00. NCWA elves Jim Bucknell, Ed Pysher, and Al Ashley have come up with some great raffle items for the evening and tickets will be sold during the social hour. The club will provide the main dinner courses and drinks. Please bring a side-dish, salad, or dessert. Can’t bring a potluck item? Please come anyway. You can always throw a few dollars into the Toys-4-Tots donation bucket as a contribution to the evening. For this meeting please use the main entrance on the west side of Hillcrest Lodge. See you there!

November 2013 Meeting – Dick Weber

On November 5th, our guest is a retired junior-high social-studies teacher, turned carver. Dick Weber fell in love with carving in 1970 when he saw the world’s tallest totem pole in Alaska. He decided that was what he really wanted to do, so over the years, he took classes from expert carvers and developed his skills. Initially, he concentrated on Northwest Indian style carving, and then learned other carving styles. Currently, he teaches carving classes in Oak Harbor and Anacortes, but he still takes occasional classes himself. Birds and faces are part of his specialties now. Dick plans to demonstrate his skill in carving faces at our meeting, and will also bring several examples of his work for display. He has also offered to donate some of his work for raffle during this meeting! Proceeds will go to our Toys for Tots program.

Fall 2013 Shop Tour

Our fall Shop Tour will be this coming Saturday, October 19th. We’ll be visiting 6 shops in the La Conner area, and we’ll have a light lunch at our last stop. You’ll see good use made of smaller shop areas as well as some larger shops. Please respect the scheduled open times since this will allow participating shop owners to also visit some other shops. When 2 shops are open at the same time, either shop may be visited first. Parking is tight at several shops so please carpool when possible. As always, it’s nice when we wear our membership badges so we can all get to know each other better. Feel free to bring spouses or friends who might be interested in seeing what the NCWA is all about. We’ll have coffee and muffins at our first stop (Jerry Anderson’s) as well as copies of complete shop tour directions.

October 2013 Meeting – Jennifer Dolese

On Oct 1st, we’re back at the Hillcrest Lodge with a live demonstration of marquetry by Tom Dolese’s talented wife, Jennifer. Jennifer has been collaborating with Tom on many of his furniture commissions with beautiful marquetry scenes for several years. She studied with Craig Vandall Stevens, a well known marquetry artist, and has perfected her own style with creative designs that incorporate a wide variety of veneers with subtle hot sand shading. She taught a class for NCWA a few years ago and demonstrated her talents during the last shop tour in the Bellingham area. Jennifer is also a member of Artwood, located in Bellingham’s Fairhaven district. For more info see Tom and Jennifer’s website:

September 2013 Meeting – Garrett Hack!

Don’t miss our next meeting Saturday, 10:00am, September 14th at the Shelter Bay Community Center (see Directions below). Garrett Hack, long-time contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine, will be our guest. Garrett will demonstrate how to complement hand and power tools in a process he calls WORKING SMART, in other words, how to work efficiently, make fewer mistakes and have a lot more fun! He will be demonstrating throughout his talk, answering questions and concluding with how to make scratch stocks. Garrett charges more than our normal speakers, so we will be charging $10 for admission. We have about 50 people committed so far and our limit will be 100, so please make a reservation by mailing your $10 to Doug Duehning, 150 Swinomish Dr, La Conner, WA 98257, or email . It’s important that you do this soon because we are also offering this special event to other woodworking clubs. This is a rare opportunity for us to learn from one of America’s leading woodworkers and furniture makers. IMPORTANT NOTE: NO BRING AND BRAG, OR LIBRARY EXCHANGE, BUT THERE WILL BE SIGN UP LISTS FOR THE INITIAL CLASSES IN OUR 2013-2014 EDUCATION PROGRAM. Garrett’s website is and for more on Garrett, here is a great Fine Woodworking article detailing his work and lifestyle.


There won’t be room for everyone to make a scratch stock with Garrett, but if you want to participate, you’ll need to bring materials and tools. MATERIALS: Garrett recommends old Woodmiser bandsaw blades, old handsaw blades, scraper-type material — all spring temper hardness and fileable. HEAVY shears to cut it would be great but we can cut it other ways. Small wood blocks to hold cutters (1″ x 1″ by 3″ roughly). TOOLS: flat mill file to flatten, round chain saw files to shape bead profile, any diameters, or other shaped files. Sharpening stones (1000 grit, 6000 grit, any type) to hone profile. Garrett has some slip stones that work for the beads. We will need a backsaw that makes a kerf slightly smaller than the blades. This is tricky. Usually a carcase or tenon saw, or cheaper backsaw (with a slightly larger kerf). Saw depends on material we use to make blades. Wooden handscrews or other clamps to hold steel and places to work. Wooden handscrews work very well as vises.