Unless otherwise noted below, all general meetings take place at the Lodge in Hillcrest Park at 1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98274.

July 2018 Meeting – Jameson Hawn

Tuesday, July 3rd at 7pm

The speaker at our July meeting will be Jameson Hawn the owner/artist behind Riverbend Woodworks in Bellingham. Jameson will be presenting a how-to-video and open discussion about his process for carving realistic fish species and integrating them into fine furniture. He is a self-taught wood carver whose craft has evolved from simple beach-found wood carving to creating highly detailed trophy fish replicas for people around the country. His system for carving works whether you’re carving a trout or a tiger shark, so bring plenty of questions and be ready to plan your next fishing trip for some “field study”!

Special Event – Carver Mary May

June 2018 Meeting – Jerry Couchman

Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm
How long does it take to become a woodworker? How many times do you have to make the same mistakes before you finally get it! In 1986, Jerry Couchman began his woodworking career after several items of furniture were destroyed during a USAF move from the Philippines to Hawaii. That accident inspired him to start making his own furniture, which eventually led to a woodworking business. On June 5th, he’ll discuss important lessons he’s learned over the past 32 years that has made his woodworking safer, more accurate and more enjoyable. His presentation will include a slide show and live demonstrations. One of his favorite sayings is “The more mistakes you make, the more you learn!” If you’ve ever taken his box making class, you may have witnessed him making some of those mistakes in action! As an added bonus at this meeting, you could win a custom jig made in his shop that will be included in the June raffle!

May 2018 Meeting – George Knutson

Tuesday, May 1st at 7pm

Our May program features club member George Knutson. Before recently moving to Whatcom County, George worked with Darrell Peart in Seattle for 12 years collaborating on Greene & Greene furniture designs. George has taught at Woodcraft, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, and at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. George will walk us through the process of building a Greene & Greene inspired end table. He’ll talk about wood selection and layout, mortise and tenon joinery, wood movement, and breadboard ends. He’ll cover the sequence of steps in making the table, shaping with templates, glue-up techniques, and more.