June 2012 Meeting – Geoff Peterson

Our June 5th membership meeting will feature local artist, Geoff Peterson. Geoff grew up in Rochester, New York, home of Eastman Kodak and has been taking pictures ever since. He spent his working life as a chemical engineer and retired to Bellingham in 2004. In addition to photography, Geoff builds custom furniture with a style that blends Asian, Northwest and Shaker utilizing simplicity of lines and subtle curves. His wife, Priscilla, is a sculptor, painter and mixed media artist, and they open their home to the public every October during the annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour. Their websites are http://www.northwest-perceptions.com/ and http://www.cillasart.com/

Annual Woodworking Show

[Burlington, WA] The Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association (NCWA) announced their annual woodworkers show scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 16th and 17th, at the center court of Cascade Mall in Burlington. NCWA currently has over 130 members from five counties in Northwest Washington, and holds most of it’s monthly meetings at the Hillcrest Lodge in Mt. Vernon on the first Tuesday of every month. Many members participate in the annual shows by bringing their latest woodworking creations ranging from small boxes to fine furniture. During the show, which will run during normal Cascade Mall hours over Father’s Day weekend, several members of the association will be available to answer questions about woodworking, membership and benefits of the association. The show highlights many of the association’s activities and programs including support for the Marine Corps Reserve annual Toys-For-Tots drive. There will also be live woodworking demonstrations and a raffle for an exquisite handcrafted hardwood box.

May 2012 Meeting – Tom Dolese

Two years ago, Tom Dolese gave an excellent program on his woodworking and is now a member of our association. This month, he will demonstrate the mortising machine he uses for most of his joinery. Originally made by Stanfield, this new machine is produced locally by Jerry Couchman’s nephew Dave Green and his son Andy. Tom also plans to demonstrate his method for cutting sliding tapered dovetails.

April 2012 Meeting – Don Wood

Our April meeting will be held on the SECOND Tuesday, April 10th, at the Burlington Public Library. The meeting room is the first door on the left as you enter the library. Hope to see you all there.

Don Wood is not only an accomplished wood sculptor, but also makes handcrafted knives, 18th-century firearms and is an expert scrimshaw artist. Don’s interest in art began as he grew up in Toronto. His family moved to Southern California and he eventually enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After a cruise on the Lexington, even the USMC recognized his talent and assigned him as a draftsman and illustrator. After the Marines, he studied art, and his lifetime profession was in Lithography. Along the way, he continued to refine his artistic abilities. Don will talk about his work and show examples of all four of his crafts with pictures and several of his favorite pieces.

March 2012 Meeting – Art Learmonth

Are you interested in working with burls? Ever wonder how to design wild edged planks into contemporary furniture? Are you looking for inspiration for new designs? Then you won’t want to miss the March membership meeting. Art Learmonth spends countless hours in a small but fully equipped shop in the basement of his Anacortes home, creating a huge range of furniture, art and cabinets from all kinds of wood. His sense of design and attention to detail is very impressive. Often the structure of the pieces is an important design element, rather than something to be hidden. Woodworkers, both new and seasoned, will come away with something to think about after our meeting on the 6th. See you there!