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.
Our December meeting will feature long-time member and expert craftsman Larry Tomovick. Larry will present pictures of much of his work (courtesy of Charley Drake), and talk about his woodworking style, technique and current projects. He’ll also have examples of his work for us to admire.
This year our annual Toys for Tots presentation and dinner will be in November instead of December. Moving this up to November gives the Marine Corps League more time to make their distribution to families that need toys for Christmas. This is one of NCWA’s most important missions, so let’s all help dedicate the great toys our members have made for Toys for Tots! This meeting will start with a pizza and salad dinner at 6:00 pm and the meeting and Toys for Tots presentation will begin at 7:00 pm. I encourage all members to bring their spouses and other guests to help us celebrate this great event. Cost for the dinner is $5/person.
Don’t miss the October meeting in the Hillcrest Lodge! We have invited another professional woodworker who will be doing a presentation about his woodworking experiences and style of work. David Gray has been building beautiful arts and crafts furniture since 1978. His shop is in Langley on Whidbey Island, and he currently displays in several galleries in the Northwest, including Artwood in Bellingham , Northwest Fine Furniture in Seattle, The Wood Merchant in LaConner, and several others. David likes to keep his furniture simple with clean lines with you can often see elements of the Green and Green style in his work.
Our next regular membership meeting will be Tuesday, September 6 in the Hillcrest Lodge in Mt. Vernon. The program for this meeting is Jigs and Tricks. This is where all of you get to show off all those clever ways you’ve discovered to get things done in the shop. It might be a jig that you created to solve a woodworking problem or to speed up a process, or it could be any kind of trick or technique that you’ve discovered that works for you. When we share our ideas, everyone benefits! And don’t forget to bring those projects you’ve finished recently for our Bring & Brag session.