April 2019 Meeting – Kevin Reiswig

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

Our April program will be a presentation by Port Townsend woodworker Kevin Reiswig. Kevin’s creations stem from his fascination with plants, animals and the land. A natural born forager, his work frequently incorporates scavenged materials from his environment. Since moving from Chicago in 2010 his work has consisted mostly of studio furniture and projects that reimagine wood salvaged from alleyways and gutted buildings.

From Kevin: “Work builds me as much as I build work. I have spent the last decade studying traditional craft techniques and expanding my understanding of wood. I have spent thousands of hours practicing the processes of milling, joinery and shaping wood as well as more obscure methods such as steam bending and coopering.”

Kevin is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio where he studied sculpture under the guidance of Walter Zurko. He has lived at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado twice, once as an intern and again as an artist-in-residence. He also had an artist residency in China

March 2019 Meeting – NCWA Spotlight

Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

The March Program will be given by three of the top woodworkers in NCWA.
It will focus on design and design choices.
Andrew Pellar will discuss selecting wood for a major piece.
Tom Dolese will use his chair design to illustrate the evolution of a design.
Mike Chaplin will talk about his current project and some of the design choices he has made.
The program promises to have a lot of great information and useful “takeaways”.
Come and learn from your talented club members!

February 2019 Meeting – CANCELLED

Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Due to icy road conditions, we’re going to opt for the safety of the group and cancel tonight’s General Meeting. I’ve gathered input from Board members spread across the four corners of our club’s membership area, and the consensus is that the risk of injury is too high to take the chance. While a few small areas are reasonably clear, many are still quite treacherous. Main roads are mostly dry but the side streets getting to them are still very icy. Also, the school was closed yesterday and is closed again today, so the parking lot is not completely cleared of ice yet.

If you know of any other members who may not check their email regularly, please contact them with this info.

We’ll hold our next General Meeting on March 5th. Thank you for your understanding.

January 2019 Meeting – Grady Matthews

Tuesday, January 8th at 7pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Our January program will be a presentation by Seattle woodworker Grady Matthews.

Grady Matthews has been designing and building fine furniture and architectural cabinetry in the Seattle area since 1976. He shows his work primarily in the Northwest, but his pieces reside in homes and businesses throughout the United States and abroad. He began his woodworking career designing and producing interior architectural accessories. He presented his first solo show of furniture at the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking in 1989; he also received an American Crafts Award for his Gazelle Table in the same year. He is founding member of Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking and has been extensively involved in the development of this successful cooperative. He has held several positions on the Board of Directors of the cooperative as well as serving as President. His presentation titled ‘My Life in Woodworking’ will cover his development as a woodworker as well as lessons learned along the way.

Come and enjoy seeing what Grady has worked on in the past and his plans for future projects.