February 2024 Meeting – Dale Brotherton

Tuesday, February 6th, 7:00pm
Hillcrest Lodge
1717 South 13th Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Unlocking the Mystery of Japanese Tools

Dale began working in his field in 1978. He spent 6 1⁄2 years in traditional full-time apprenticeship with a well-known Japanese teahouse carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. This apprenticeship was dedicated to concentrated practice with traditional hand tools and learning refined joinery methods. Dale then spent 2 years as a “journeyman” in traditional residential construction in Nagano-Ken, Japan expanding his skills, studying building design and structural layout.

For the past 36 years, as a builder based in Seattle, he’s undertaken hundreds of projects ranging from detailed interior finishing, to furniture, to whole house construction, along with garden structures located in private and public gardens. As designer and consultant, his expertise in authentic Japanese Architectural Woodworking helps project teams achieve extraordinary results. Devoted to integrating this ancient craft into the culture of the Pacific Northwest, Dale also teaches classes annually at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and often makes presentations at Japanese cultural festivals and woodworking venues in the Seattle area.

This meeting is a “do not miss” and takes place at the Hillcrest Lodge.

January 2024 Meeting – Tim Lawson

Tuesday, January 9th, 7:00pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Tim Lawson, founder of Port Townsend School of Woodworking, talks about traditional wood finishes.

December 2023 Virtual Meeting – Year-end Wrap Up

Tuesday, December 5th, 7:00pm

Due to weather and flooding concerns, tonight’s in-person meeting has been changed to a Zoom meeting.

Come celebrate another year of shop time, cool new projects, acquiring new skills, buying new tools, hanging with other woodworkers, buying new tools, making lots of sawdust, and, of course… buying new tools.

• Recap of the year
• Special Raffle Prize
• Recognizing The 2023 Spirit Award Recipient
• Election of 2024 Officers
• And more!

November 2023 Meeting – Vacuum Veneering

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

“THE THREE VACUUM-ers” – Greg Koenker, George Knutson, and Charley Drake

Three of our very own talented club members will lead a lively discussion about the uses of vacuum techniques in woodworking, and giving some demonstrations of vacuum veneering — flat and curved panels, and bent laminations.

Topics will include choosing a vacuum system, advantages of veneers vs solid wood, glues and substrates, and so on. Bring all your questions about vacuuming and veneering. This will be a very informative session by these experienced woodworkers.