June 2023 Meeting – Field Trip

Tuesday, June 6th, 7:00pm
1307 W Smith Road
Ferndale WA 98248

Our June 6th meeting will be a field trip in the Ferndale area at 1307 W Smith Road at Richie Adams’ shop. It will be at the usual 7pm start time. In addition to being a contractor, Richie runs a business that mills and dries mostly hardwood slabs. One of the kilns he built is totally solar! He has large inventory of slabs, and is going to give us a tour of his operation. Slabs, both large and small, will also be available for purchase. He will demonstrate, weather permitting, milling a slab, and talk about the process he uses to procure, handle, mill, and dry his slabs. He acquires many of his trees by offering free tree removal to certain customers. There is plenty of parking, but carpooling is encouraged.

May 2023 Virtual Meeting – George Walker

Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00pm

Design without Recipes

Most of us look up a recipe when we want to cook something new in the kitchen. Design is like that. We reach for a set of plans – a recipe before tackling a project. Truth is, designers (and cooks) that are able to create on the fly aren’t winging it. They’ve learned a few basic skills that set them free to create, like understanding proportions, simple shapes, and lines. This is an introduction to designing without recipes. Hopefully, let you a taste of a few of those fundamental design skills that can open up the world of design.

An avid woodworker for decades, like many I started wondering about design. Curiosity led me to dive into historic literature about architecture and furniture design. I began writing about what I was learning until my path crossed with Jim Tolpin. Together, we teamed up and wrote “By Hand & Eye”, which was followed by three more books about design, and a fifth is in progress. Our goal is to uncover the timeless design skills that inspired our ancestors and re-ignite them for modern woodworkers.

April 2023 Meeting – Russ Yerger

Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

The Amazing World of Wood

Russ Yerger is a Washington native who grew up in Everett, went to WWU, and has been a resident of Skagit County for 33 years, hiding up in Alger. He has been working in wood-related businesses since 15; starting at a small cabinet shop in Everett, at one time was with the second largest manufacturer of cabinets in Washington, many years with Builders Alliance in Bellingham, a stint with Pacific Woodtech in Burlington, and recently the past 19 years with Edensaw Woods out of Port Townsend.

He does not claim to be an expert on anything but has many years of experience and exposure to many aspects of the wood world. At Edensaw he has the everyday pleasure of helping solve “wood” needs for professionals and hobbyists throughout Northwest Washington. He will share some of the information that he has gathered about wood with NCWA and of course give a little information about Edensaw Woods.

March 2023 Meeting – Brian Griffin

Tuesday, March 7th, 7:00pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Brian Griffin retired as an insurance broker 32 years ago and soon found himself in another business selling and writing about Orchard Mason Bees. After a dozen years in the bee business he retired again to relax and play his homemade ukulele. His retirement did not last. For the last dozen years he has found himself in another business, Lutherie, the making of stringed instruments, namely the ukulele.

Griffin will tell of the unexpected growth of his new business, show us some of his instruments and discuss the methods and materials used in building a ukulele. He might even play us a tune. Visit his website here.