July 2024 Meeting – Bob Kramer

Tuesday, July 2nd, 7:00pm
Hillcrest Lodge
1717 South 13th Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Pursuit of the Perfect Knife

Widely considered to be one of the greatest American Bladesmiths of our time, Bob Kramer has been an instrumental influence on the custom and commercial culinary knife industry as we know it today.

Since 1998, Kramer Knives have become a coveted item for both cooks and collectors alike. It’s a brand recognized for excellence, craftsmanship, and unbeatable performance. Visit his website at kramerknives.com

June 2024 Field Trip – Slab Farm

Saturday, June 8th, 11:00am
1716 East Pole Road
Everson, WA 98247

Special Meeting! Don’t Miss!

We will start the NCWA meetup at Greg Klassen’s studio at 1716 East Pole Road in Everson at 11:00am. Then at 11:30ish we will move to Slab Farm, 3 minutes down the road at 1460 Van Dyk Road for a sawmill demonstration and a short discussion about Greg’s business. This will be followed by a BBQ LUNCH, and then we’ll end with the Slab Farm Annual Wood Sale. The public is invited to the wood sale beginning at 1pm and ending at 4pm.

Slab Farm is a partnership between 4th generation Lynden farmer and engineer Landon Van Dyk and internationally-acclaimed woodworker and artist Greg Klassen. Our business is located on the 4th-generation Van Dyk farm just outside of Lynden, WA and our specialty is cutting large slabs on our Wood Mizer slabbing bandsaw mill using locally salvaged trees. Our inventory of slabs includes big leaf maple, fir, cedar, elm, oak, alder, and various other local trees with an emphasis on larger slabs.

Inspired by the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Greg Klassen designs furniture and art from sustainably harvested trees at his farmhouse studio in Everson, WA. A husband, father and master craftsman, Klassen has studied furniture design and fine woodworking in such diverse locales as California’s Redwood Coast and an island village in Sweden. In 2011, Klassen launched his trailblazing River Collection featuring wood slabs adorned with vibrant blue glass evoking the spirit of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. He is the original creator of the River Table design and it is the most widely imitated furniture design of his generation. Klassen’s globally acclaimed work is crafted from carefully selected live edge wood slabs which inspire the form of each unique piece and is artfully joined together with hand-cut glass. The natural shapes of the wood ensure that no two of Klassen’s pieces are the same and his deft touch makes certain each piece is filled with layers, texture and nuance.

May 2024 Virtual Meeting – Tom McLaughlin

Tuesday, May 7th, 7:00pm

Tom McLaughlin will present on the concept of Grain Graphics, via his own Zoom-style platform. Grain Graphics explores various ways of handling and thinking about wood grain in order to enhance the visual impact of your projects.

Photo examples and technique demonstrations will be included while considering creative directions using solid wood, veneers, and several finish treatments. Tom has provided us with two other presentations which you can find at the link provided for the upcoming event. If you’ve yet to experience his teaching style, you’re in for a treat as he clearly delivers concepts for those at various levels of expertise to understand, with professional skill and a disarming humor. In addition, Tom is always glad to field questions throughout.

Click the link below to be taken to our own, NCWA section of Tom’s website. You can view
the previous two sessions Tom has done for the club in this manner. It’s a cool site! Check it
out! https://www.epicwoodworking.com/sss-ncwa/

April 2024 Meeting – Shops

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Our April in-person meeting will feature a panel discussion of three different sized shops. Loren Steele will speak to his small work space; David Shull to his medium sized shop; and Jerry Couchman to his large one.

The format will be a panel discussion, and hopefully include lots of interaction with club members on how we all have approached our various shop spaces.

Specifically, our discussion, along with a slide presentation, will center around, shop layout, wood storage, work benches, dust collection, and unique challenges Loren, David, and Jerry have encountered with their individual shop spaces.

Hope to see you all there, and I’m sure we’ll gain a trick or two to apply to our own shops