October 2021 Virtual Meeting – David Fisher

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 6:00pm

David Fisher is fascinated with the flow of the line, the sensation of texture, and the play of light and shadow. His designs are guided by those elements, as well as the unique nature of each piece of tree.

Green woodworking can imply more than just the general notion of working with wood that is relatively fresh with a high moisture content. The term connotes the idea of working with nature, sensitively considering the unique attributes of each bit of tree, including them flow of the fibers. The carver adapts to what nature has provided. This can be a serendipitous journey between the hands and material as the destination is gradually revealed.

Dave will present examples of his work and working methods. And he’ll explain his approach to design and how we can take inspiration from nature to imbue our pieces with a sense of movement and life. He will encourage the same sense of playfulness he had as a boy looking for sticks.

For more on David’s woodworking philosophy, this short video is highly recommended.

September 2021 Virtual Meeting – George Knutson

Building a Greene & Greene-inspired End Table

George spent several years building Greene and Greene-style furniture under the tutelage of our July presenter, Darrell Peart. At a monthly general membership meeting presentation three years ago, George walked us through his process of building a Greene & Greene-inspired end table. During that presentation,
he talked about…
• wood selection and layout
• mortise and tenon joinery
• wood movement
• and breadboard ends

As a follow-up to that informative session, our next meeting brings George back for Part II. He’ll begin with a brief recap of highlights from Part I, then he’ll discuss …
• the sequence of steps he goes through in building the table
• shaping with templates
• glue-up techniques

August 2021 Virtual Meeting – Jeff Miller

Please join us this Tuesday, August 3rd at 6:00 PM, as we welcome Jeff Miller to present ideas and techniques on working with curves in your woodworking projects.

Jeff is an extremely accomplished furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of several woodworking books. His furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, and he has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum. To learn more about Jeff and his work, visit https://www.furnituremaking.com/about

Please Note: To accommodate Jeff presenting to us from the Midwest, we will start the meeting at 6PM, and follow Jeff’s presentation with our announcements and Bring and Brag.

July 2021 Virtual Meeting – Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart, born in Wenatchee and currently resides in Seattle, started his career making and selling small wooden items at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. To broaden his experience, he then worked for many years in various high-end custom shops throughout the Puget Sound area gaining an extensive background in both commercial and custom furniture making. The influence of Greene & Greene can clearly be seen in Darrell’s work, but he rarely does exact reproductions anymore. Exploring new design work is where his passion lies, and it has brought him acclaim in the woodworking world.

Darrell also writes and lectures about design, woodworking, and the history of Greene & Greene. He has written articles for well known woodworking media. His first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published in April 2006 by Linden Press. His second book, In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker, was published in 2013 and he is currently at work on his third book which will be on furniture design.

Three of his furniture making videos are available through Popular Woodworking Magazine. He more recently produced a video with Marc Spagnuolo, available through the Wood Whisperer Guild.

Darrell teaches woodworking and furniture design as well from coast to coast. Darrell is well known for his innovative woodworking jig and tool designs. His Square Hole Punch is currently in production by Lee Valley Tools.

In 2011, Darrell was voted on to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Thorsen House (FOTH), a restoration effort of one of Greene & Greene’s Ultimate Bungalows. His work has appeared in various galleries; has been featured in both local and national newspapers, magazines, and books; and in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.