July 2021 Virtual Meeting – Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart, born in Wenatchee and currently resides in Seattle, started his career making and selling small wooden items at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. To broaden his experience, he then worked for many years in various high-end custom shops throughout the Puget Sound area gaining an extensive background in both commercial and custom furniture making. The influence of Greene & Greene can clearly be seen in Darrell’s work, but he rarely does exact reproductions anymore. Exploring new design work is where his passion lies, and it has brought him acclaim in the woodworking world.

Darrell also writes and lectures about design, woodworking, and the history of Greene & Greene. He has written articles for well known woodworking media. His first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published in April 2006 by Linden Press. His second book, In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker, was published in 2013 and he is currently at work on his third book which will be on furniture design.

Three of his furniture making videos are available through Popular Woodworking Magazine. He more recently produced a video with Marc Spagnuolo, available through the Wood Whisperer Guild.

Darrell teaches woodworking and furniture design as well from coast to coast. Darrell is well known for his innovative woodworking jig and tool designs. His Square Hole Punch is currently in production by Lee Valley Tools.

In 2011, Darrell was voted on to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Thorsen House (FOTH), a restoration effort of one of Greene & Greene’s Ultimate Bungalows. His work has appeared in various galleries; has been featured in both local and national newspapers, magazines, and books; and in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.


June 2021 Virtual Meeting – John Ellis

As woodworkers, we constantly encounter a wide variety of safety risks in our shops, each and every time we turn on the shop lights and get to work. John Ellis has prepared a First Aid Kit presentation that will focus on what is, in John’s opinion, the most useful contents of a shop first aid kit, and why. John will discuss some educational material about different types of common wounds any woodworker could encounter, and their proper care.

Also included at the end of the presentation will be an invitation for members to consider their personal shop needs, and either purchase ready-made-kits (with John’s recommended contents) or to restock their existing kits by ordering through John. This is designed to save us all money by avoiding costly, ready-made kits stocked with unnecessary items, and purchasing in bulk, as well as saving on shipping costs. If there is enough interest, John has generously offered to spearhead this project.

Come with questions about shop safety, or offer your own stories about shop incidents that may be useful to our members.

May 2021 Virtual Meeting – Tom McLaughlin

We have a super exciting program lined up this month featuring Tom McLaughlin of Epic Woodworking! Tom’s got a very active presence online with his popular YouTube videos on just about every woodworking subject you can think of (check ‘em out here… https://www.youtube.com/user/McLaughlinWoods). But NCWA is bringing him to you LIVE online this Tuesday, May 4th. Based on feedback from club members, Tom will be discussing an issue we all face… compensating for wood movement in a variety of woodworking projects.

In order for us to have ample time to enjoy our Bring and Brag, and have a chance to do our normal monthly meeting announcements, a slight change in format will occur this month…

  • At 6:00 PM, please log on to the Zoom Meeting with the Zoom link.
  • Just prior to 7:00 PM, King will instruct us to all log off Zoom, and log onto Tom’s exclusive page just for us at NCWA.

Your email invitation will contain both links.

April 2021 Virtual Meeting – Michael Dresdner

Our April presentation will be on Wipe On Finishes, Old and New, with nationally known finishing and woodworking expert, Michael Dresdner. We all strive to find that finish that’s 1) effective, 2) easy to apply, 3) doesn’t take a lot of time to apply, and 4) is easy to clean up afterward. Michael will show us several options that have proven themselves over time (and why), and he’ll also talk about some of the newer wipe on finishes that we’re seeing in the woodworking stores, and on our Bring and Brag projects! Time permitting, he’ll field questions on finishing problems that you need help with. Don’t miss it!