October 2020 Virtual Meeting – Two-Fer

Continuing on with our monthly Zoom meetings, this Tuesday, October 6th, at 7 PM, we are happy to present a “Two-Fer”. Please join in as Charley Drake and Greg Robinson showcase two extraordinary tools that very few of us are fortunate enough to have in our shops.

Charley will demonstrate his Belgium-made, Robland X-31 multi-purpose machine he has in his shop. If you’ve attended previous shop tours, or have visited Charley’s shop (yeah, the one with the glass roll-up doors and incredible view!), you’ve probably seen and been intrigued at the potential capabilities of this tool. Charley will demonstrate this machine focusing on the jointer/planer/horizontal mortising features.

Next up, Greg Robinson will provide examples of projects that were designed on a computer and, with the aid of CNC technology, brought into the real world. Included will be a short video demonstrating the accuracy of a well-tuned CNC router.

Woodworking, like just about everything in life, is constantly evolving. For the woodworker, technology and tool advancements can have a place in the shop, just as traditional hand tools do. This promises to be an enlightening presentation, and our thanks to Charley and Greg for their willingness to share these tools with us.

September 2020 Virtual Meeting – Kumiko

The September presentation will explain what kumiko is, give examples of how it can be used, and demonstrate how it’s made. Tom Howorth will step through the entire process and show the tools and jigs that he uses. In addition, he willl provide a list of references for those that would like to learn more. Kumiko is a delicate and sophisticated technique of assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails. Thinly slit wooden pieces are grooved, punched and mortised, and then fitted individually using a plane, saw, chisel and other tools to make fine adjustments. The technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD), and has since been refined and passed down through generations of craftsmen who are passionate about the tradition of Kumiko.

Zoom invitations will be sent to all club members via email.


For more information about Tom, please check out his website.

August 2020 Virtual Meeting – Traditional Woodcarving

NCWA is super excited to welcome the awesomely talented Mary May to our August Zoom Membership Meeting. She will discuss carving different styles of moulding, as well as sharpening tips and techniques. You will NOT want to miss this!

Zoom invitations will be sent to all club members via email.

Since Mary will be joining us from her shop in North Carolina, our August 4th meeting will begin with Mary’s presentation at 5:30 PM, PDT.

For more information about Mary, please check out her website.

July 2020 Virtual Meeting – Greenwood Chairmaking

Our July meeting will feature a presentation on greenwood chairmaking that explores the techniques and material knowledge that make them work, as well as demonstrations of the processes involved, by Brendan Gaffney.

Brendan is a well-regarded furniture designer, woodworker, educator, and author of an upcoming book on woodworker, James Krenov.

Since Brendan will be joining us from his shop in Kentucky, our July 7th meeting will begin with Brendan’s presentation at 5:30 PM, PST.

For more information about Brendan, please visit his website.