July 2022 Virtual Meeting – John Parilla

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 at 6:00pm

John Parilla is a custom furniture maker and YouTube content creator working out of Coral Springs, Florida. Mostly self-taught, John began woodworking in 2014. He has found a niche with his “apothecary“ style furniture, featuring intricate multi-drawer cabinets. Many of his projects can be found on the parillaworks YouTube channel in the form of build videos with detailed voice-overs. He also offers detailed plans for some of his more popular projects.

Before becoming a furniture maker, John worked in the intelligence community near Washington, DC. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. He resides in Coral Springs, Florida with his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Nora and Joey.

June 2022 Virtual Meeting – Garrett Hack

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 6:00pm

Garrett Hack is an internationally known furniture maker, educator, writer, and farmer from Thetford, Vermont. A furniture maker for almost 50 years, he has created his own style with designs that continually push his skills to the next level. He’s also an in-demand woodworking instructor, teaching classes in Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, and the US.

Garrett has a great love of hand tools and uses them in everything he builds, from shaping curves to delicate details. He is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999), a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine (30 years), and former chairman of the Furniture Masters.

His presentation is titled DEVELOPING A DESIGN.

How do you get started planning out and designing a new project? To illustrate his process, Garrett will show images of some of his furniture as well as use two projects now in his shop. He will discuss choosing appropriate materials and how to use them optimally, planning out a logical construction strategy, deciding what techniques might efficiently and accurately get you to your goal, and which details could enhance and enliven the work.

His previous presentations to the club have been widely praised. In fact, if you recall, Garrett was our first presenter to do a session via Zoom in 2020, when we decided to conduct our monthly meetings virtually due to Covid.

This is a presentation you will not want to miss.

May 2022 Virtual Meeting – Brian Boggs

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 at 6:00pm

Brian Boggs, owner of Brian Boggs Chairmakers, will be discussing how and why he works the way he does. From log selection for different products, to joinery and finish. He will tie the story of his work process into a complete picture.

Brian will also do a few demos like bandsawing complex compound-oriented curves with precision, and steam bending 1.5” thick hard maple to a 15” radius. He intends on touching on handtools as well, as he is designing a completely new kind of plane.

With each demo or section Brian will discuss important specifics of the task at hand. This presentation will definitely inform and inspire.

April 2022 Virtual Meeting – Doug Stowe

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 6:00pm

Doug Stowe’s April 5th presentation will revolve around two ideas, with one being the design of work, and the other the design of life. With the release of his new book, The Wisdom of our Hands, Doug will discuss the role of the woodworker in the construction and preservation of human culture and building community. On the one hand, we may be wondering how to make a better box. On the other are underlying imperatives urging us toward making life itself better for us all and for each other.

He’ll start the presentation with examples of boxes along with an explanation of the principles and elements of design that help us to design more meaningful work. And of course, those principles and elements are rooted in deeper human forces that we will discuss in the framework, “The Wisdom of Our Hands.”

Please visit his website at DougStowe.com, and/or visit his blog wisdomofhands.blogspot.com. It covers the last 16 years of teaching and exploring the relationship we have with our hands, so in it can be found reflections on work in his own shop, working with kids at the Clear Spring School, work on various woodworking books, and teaching woodworking to adults.

He also has many videos on his YouTube Channel.