June 2020 Virtual Meeting – Garrett Hack!


Garrett will give us a look into three projects in his Vermont shop: a six drawer side table, an Edward Barnsley cabinet recently restored/repaired, and a curvy desk underway. 

The six drawer table is a bowed front variation of a much older piece. It has the challenges of building a strong case with the facade almost entirely drawers and only light stiles and rails, laminating curved drawer faces and then dovetailing the sides to them, fitting and fixing solid wood bottoms, working with highly challenging curly birch, and building in two secret drawers. 

Edward Barnsley was an important British furniture maker of the mid-20th century. His cabinet has many lessons: how symmetry can be powerful, the punch of repeating, varying and changing the scale of details, how our work ages from the stresses of wood movement, and how Barnsley built the cabinet strongly and efficiently using hand tool techniques.

If there is time Garrett will discuss his latest project, a complex curved desk with some very secret compartments and drawers. He’ll talk about the design, making full scale working drawings, patterns, and laminations.

April 2020 Meeting – Canceled

  • The March Board meeting was canceled.
  • The Shop Tour scheduled for March 21 was canceled.
  • The April 7 General Meeting is canceled.
  • All classes between now and the end of April are canceled.
  • WoodFest 2020 scheduled for April 25 & 26 is canceled.

March 2020 Meeting – Andy Rudy

Tuesday, March 3rd at 7pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

This quotation on Andy’s website will give you some idea of what to expect from his presentation. If you’ve seen his wide range of projects at Bring and Brag, you already know that he is an artist and master craftsman, working with wood and metal.

In case you were thinking about skipping the next meeting, take a quick look at his website — https://www.sawdustmaker43.com — That should be enough to change your mind!

February 2020 Meeting – Sean Carleton

Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm
Mount Vernon Christian School
820 W Blackburn Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Carleton Fine Work fine art furniture and sculpture studio based in Bellingham, WA, founded by Sean Carleton in 2013.

Fine work is not common. Contemporary craftsman Carleton creates from his humanity, hand, and intuition from organic materials that imbue physical shape. Welding imagination with skill, technology, and artisan technique; each original piece is unique, one-of-a-kind handcrafted from its initial vision.

Carleton Fine Work reveals the vibration of steel and wood as sculpture and functional furniture resonating peace and beauty beyond form. Designing with steel, wood, and glass comprises elemental art, focused on the essential elements of life: Sustainability and a desire to make the world a more beautiful place.