Announcement – February Meeting Change

The February meeting has been moved from Tuesday, February 5th to Monday, February 11th. The meeting will take place at the Burlington Public Library. Stay tuned for more details.

January 2013 Meeting – Tony Konovaloff, Cabinetmaker

Our first meeting in 2013 (note the date change from January 1st to January 8th) will be an interesting demonstration and discussion on hand plane techniques and sharpening by former NCWA member and author Tony Konovaloff. Tony has been creating furniture and cabinet projects since 1986 and decided very early in his woodworking career to do all his work strictly with hand tools. Initially, he was self-taught, but eventually had the opportunity to attend the College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg, CA. His handmade tool cabinet (pictured below) was featured in “The Toolbox Book” by Jim Tolpin. In addition to Tony’s demonstration and discussion, he plans to bring joinery samples, an example of his work, and copies of his book “Chisel, Mallet, Plane and Saw” for those interested in purchasing it. For more information, see Tony’s website:


December 2012 Meeting – Hand cut dovetails

Steve Dando, regular instructor at the Seattle Woodcraft store, will return for our
December 4th meeting to do a demonstration on hand cut dovetails. Last January, Steve
demonstrated three dovetail jigs for cutting dovetails with a router, and this time he’ll
show us how we can all master hand cut dovetails with a little practice. Steve teaches a
variety of classes at Woodcraft in Seattle.

November 2012 Meeting – Holiday Party

Our next meeting on November 6th is the annual Toys for Tots holiday meeting. Everyone is invited to attend and help us celebrate this worthy cause. If you have time in the next month please help us out by making a toy to bring along. Those of you who have toys to donate, bring them in as soon after 5:00PM as you can.

The Marine Corps will be there to pick up the toys and take them to their distribution center. This is our opportunity to give back to the community and have a lot of fun at the same time.

The lodge will open at 5:00PM to set up and bring in toys. (Lots of help will be needed to set up the tables and get the room ready.) Dinner will be at 6:00, with the main meeting at 7:00.

Our traditional dinner is pizza from Costco and Laura’s famous Caesar salad. Once again, we will charge an exorbitant $5 each for dinner, but you all are on the honor system. A “financial receptacle” will be in the area of the pizza boxes (and will be guarded with a security camera, in case someone needs a new band saw).

Toys for Tots night has always been a special social evening with a chance for the spouses to find out what we have been up to for the past 11 months and to catch up with old friends. We hope you can make it.

October 2012 Meeting – Derrick Burke

Derrick is the founder and owner of the Puget Sound Woodworking School, located in Snohomish.