Two years ago, Tom Dolese gave an excellent program on his woodworking and is now a member of our association. This month, he will demonstrate the mortising machine he uses for most of his joinery. Originally made by Stanfield, this new machine is produced locally by Jerry Couchman’s nephew Dave Green and his son Andy. Tom also plans to demonstrate his method for cutting sliding tapered dovetails.
Our April meeting will be held on the SECOND Tuesday, April 10th, at the Burlington Public Library. The meeting room is the first door on the left as you enter the library. Hope to see you all there.
Don Wood is not only an accomplished wood sculptor, but also makes handcrafted knives, 18th-century firearms and is an expert scrimshaw artist. Don’s interest in art began as he grew up in Toronto. His family moved to Southern California and he eventually enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After a cruise on the Lexington, even the USMC recognized his talent and assigned him as a draftsman and illustrator. After the Marines, he studied art, and his lifetime profession was in Lithography. Along the way, he continued to refine his artistic abilities. Don will talk about his work and show examples of all four of his crafts with pictures and several of his favorite pieces.
Are you interested in working with burls? Ever wonder how to design wild edged planks into contemporary furniture? Are you looking for inspiration for new designs? Then you won’t want to miss the March membership meeting. Art Learmonth spends countless hours in a small but fully equipped shop in the basement of his Anacortes home, creating a huge range of furniture, art and cabinets from all kinds of wood. His sense of design and attention to detail is very impressive. Often the structure of the pieces is an important design element, rather than something to be hidden. Woodworkers, both new and seasoned, will come away with something to think about after our meeting on the 6th. See you there!
Bob Gaubatz will show tricks and techniques he uses to work through design and build details before committing to expensive wood. Save time and money through quality planning!
The January Meeting is another idea from Ed Pysher. He has arranged for one of the Seattle Woodcraft store’s regular instructors, Steve Dando, to give a demonstration of the features of three different dovetail jig systems. Normally, there is a charge for his time, but the Woodcraft store is picking up the tab! According to Jay Geisel, a few years ago Steve conducted a router class in Anacortes for six of our members who each paid $100, and they all felt the class was well worth it.