Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219
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Monthly Program-Chris Schwarz
Dovetail Class ~ Making Sawdust
Multi-router class~guild a table
Community Project: Albertina-Kerr Bench
Open House Ministries Dressers Project
Goby Walnut ~ Air Drying 1M BdFt
Beginner SIG
The shop machine room

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This page lists opportunities for events and position for running the Guild

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Next Meeting ~ Open to Public

03 Feb 2020 11:30 AM • 2850 SE 82nd Ave Suite 11 Portland, OR 97266
20 Feb 2020 7:00 PM • Multnomah Arts Center - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
21 Feb 2020 10:00 AM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
22 Feb 2020 10:00 AM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
02 Mar 2020 11:30 AM • 2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd Beaverton, OR 97005

Machine Safety

25 Jan 2020 5:00 PM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
28 Jan 2020 1:00 PM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
28 Jan 2020 5:00 PM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
04 Feb 2020 9:00 AM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
04 Feb 2020 1:00 PM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
08 Feb 2020 1:00 PM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
08 Feb 2020 5:00 PM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland

SIG-Special Interest Groups (Free to Members)

06 Feb 2020 6:00 PM • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
12 Feb 2020 7:00 PM • Multnomah Art Center
13 Feb 2020 7:00 PM • The Mutnomah Art Center
11 Mar 2020 7:00 PM • Multnomah Art Center
12 Mar 2020 7:00 PM • The Mutnomah Art Center

Classes & Events

25 Jan 2020 10:00 AM • Multnomah Art Center - Classroom 7
31 Jan 2020 9:00 AM • The Guild Shop
31 Jan 2020 9:00 AM • The Guild Shop
31 Jan 2020 9:00 AM • The Guild Shop
31 Jan 2020 9:00 AM • The Guild Shop

Basics Series

09 Feb 2020 9:30 AM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
13 Feb 2020 5:00 PM • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
08 Mar 2020 9:30 AM • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland

Total Guild Calendar

Upcoming Events

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • The Mutnomah Art Center

    CNC Special Interest Group

    When: Second Thursday of the Month
    Where: MAC Room 7 !
    !Note change of location!

    If you are a beginner or advanced CNC user or want to know how to get started, the CNC SIG is for you.  

    Agenda:

    7-9 PM - Introductions

    • Show & Tell - bring your projects or ideas to share
    • Discussion about router bit speeds & Feeds and Chip rate
    • Discussion on CNC for cabinet making
    • Presentation on use & programming CNC turning center
    • General Q&A
    See you at the meeting,

    For more information contact Craig Jones cjones3106@gmail.com 
    503-975-7541



    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 25 Dec 2020
    • 63 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    Register

    Toy Build Team

    When: Every Friday Afternoon from 1:00 - 5:00
    Where: Guild Shop
    Cost: Free

    Requirements:  The Toy Team gets beginners and intermediate woodworkers together to help each other learn about woodworking. Not only do Beginners benefit, but, also the kids that otherwise wouldn’t be getting a toy for the year. We meet every Friday from 1:PM to 5:PM at the Guild’s shop. No fee and the wood is supplied. Come and Learn and to have a Fun time.


    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 30 Dec 2020
    • 63 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    Register

    Project Build Team

    When: Every Wednesday Afternoon from 1:00 - 5:00
    Where: Guild Shop
    Cost: Free

    Description: This group makes wood products that are donated to worthy causes or sold at various venues, such as the Gathering of the Guilds. All proceeds from sales go to support our Guild programs. In the past year, the Product Build group has made clip boards, trays, stools, boxes, cabinets for the shop, and display fixtures for the Gathering of the Guilds. You will get a chance to learn design and build of a variety of woodworking projects.

    This is an ongoing project and new participants are welcome. It’s is a good opportunity for members…whether highly skilled or beginning woodworkers.  get acquainted with the Guild Shop, work with other members on a project that benefits the Guild, and enhance their woodworking skills. It is also an opportunity to develop machine skills needed for Green Card certification. As with other community projects, there are no shop fees for participation.

    If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ed Ferguson - edbikes@comcast.net 



    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Multnomah Art Center - Classroom 7
    • 0
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    Foundations of Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 20-1

    A White Card is Not Required


    This is a three week class that covers the essential topics with a lot of hands-on work, to prepare you for more adventuresome projects.  No prior carving experience is assumed, nor experience with long handled carving gouges.

    Each session is four hours of classroom time.  An additional but optional two hour carving "lab" time is scheduled from 2:00 - 4:00 for doing homework.

    Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 25 have included an extensive background in classical European carving.  This will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck taught carving classes in Rochester, NY before moving here in 2017.

    The class is limited to seven students because there is a lot of personal supervision and limited space for carving benches.

    This class requires specific carving tools, and a detailed list can be seen by clicking here, which shows tools in both major numbering systems (metric and imperial, Swiss and British).  If you don't have carving tools now, we strongly suggest that you rent a set from the Guild in order to make better investment decisions.  The cost of new tools can be $200-300, and many require sharpening or tuneup.  The Guild bought substantial collections from two estates, and we have sets to rent for $50 for you use and take home for the duration of the class plus a few weeks afterwards, already sharpened, as a way to keep your initial costs down while you explore whether you want to continue. 

    For the duration of the course you will be provided a mallet, stropping kit, plaster cast of the leaf, and the wood to do your projects (Basswood or Butternut).

    The four hours per session are mostly you carving, interspersed with demonstrations and lectures.  The culminating project is the leaf design shown above.  Preceding this are training projects on tool familiarity and handling, experiencing right and wrong ways to handle grain, using mallets, and how to be safe, 

    The class will be held in three weekly sessions at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC).  You should arrive at least 20 minutes early to set up your bench and get organized.  You will be encouraged to carve at home between sessions, and the more you are able to do the better, but we know time is limited for some.  .

    You will be required to buy or borrow  "Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual "(Fox Chapel), about $15 on Amazon, lower price if used, Powell's might have it, and copies are sometimes available in libraries.

    We strongly encourage you to register for the free section Mary May's online school of traditional carving (click here).  There are seven free lessons but watch the introduction video and the one on caring the donut (grain training).  Later on you can decide whether to watch the two sharpening videos or subscribe to more of her lessons ($15/month). 

    Students should plan to bring any food they need; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks and some snacks.

    The class coordinator is Larry Wade, 503-312-7745; contact him for any questions.

    In order to complete your registration payment must be made, preferably online when registering, but no later than 7 days before the class. Please go online and use PayPal or Visa, and if mailing a check make it payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line (especially the date code at the end, i.e., 20-1) and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes benefit members. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 21 Jan 2020
    • 28 Jan 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    • 0
    Registration is closed
      

    Japanese Bowl Carving and Texturing



          Instructor- Masa Nitani



    This class is for those with some carving experience, and a decent range of carving tools, either long handled or palm.  Most importantly, you must have sharp tools, either by yourself or a friend or helper. 

    Masa has not taught for us before so the early classes will be a bit of a learning experience for him and us.  The class structure will likely evolve after the first few.  Masa mainly teaches by demo and coaching, not lecture, so you must be willing to work in this format.  We will have a video camera projecting closeups of his hands and work for all to see.

    Masa Nitani has fifty years of carving experience and is now retired, having moved to Portland in 1983 from northern Japan, where he was apprenticed for three years.  Masa made his living here doing a variety of construction and specialty restoration projects, but has done carving all along the way.

    If you have taken Chuck's Foundations class those tools should work.  Masa uses mostly Japanese derived tools, many with his own handle designs, along with a few UK western tools but we don't expect you to purchase Japanese tools, or make your own.

    His English is OK, but not great, but he communicates well.  He likes to demonstrate his techniques irrespective of any design and wants to help you learn techniques so you can apply them to your own design.  This class is expected to be a combination of demonstration and practice, but is expected to result in a finished bowl but whether that happens depends mostly on your starting skills and the time you are willing to work between sessions..

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    COST of the class includes materials, but not the tools. The plan is to provide each student with a block of interesting Maple or Walnut 4" thick x 8" wide x 12" long for their bowl.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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    Simple, Solid Workbench for Beginners and Beyond

    with Asa Christiana

    White Card Required

    Fundamentals of Fine Craftsmanship with Asa Christiana

    During his 15 years at Fine Woodworking, eight as its chief editor, Asa Christiana encountered every woodworking technique under the sun, and was in the unique position to see which ones work best, and which ones readers actually used. This series presents best practices for every stage in the life of a furniture project: from refining the design to choosing wood, sharpening and tuning tools, prepping stock, cutting joints, assembly and surface prep, to a foolproof finish that will work wonderfully on 98% of the projects you build. 

    No matter what level of woodworker you are, you need a strong, flat surface to work on, with a solid woodworking vise for holding work vertically. While there is nothing wrong with attempting a massive, traditional workbench a la Tage Frid or André Roubo, those big benches are brutal to build, especially for beginners.

    In this all-day class, former Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana will help woodworkers of all levels build the simple but very solid workbench he presented in his award-winning video series, Getting Started in Woodworking. In fact, he still uses a version of this bench today in his Portland shop.

    Using basic tools, absolutely anyone can build this bench. The base is made from kiln-dried Doug fir construction lumber, connected with a simple bolt system, while the top is a double-layer of MDF with a bolt-on vise attached. 

    Our goal is to have every attendee go home with a workbench, along with simple instructions on how to mount a vise and drill dog holes in the top. There will be lots of teamwork, and we’ll all be good friends by the end of the day.

    All materials will be supplied except a vise. The instructor will provide guidance on the type of vise to purchase as well as demonstrate installing the vise. Lunch will be provided.

    If you have questions, contact the class coordinator,  Michael Rothman, at holtzwurm@gmail.com 

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.


    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class; also known as the completing the White Card requirement.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    The router is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It is commonly used to do routine cutting of slots with a straight bit, but has great flexibility in edge profiling and in use with jigs. The router is a simple motor 1, 2 ¼ or 3 ½ horsepower with a changeable collet that can hold thousands of bit styles. It can be mounted in a table for exquisite control or hand held when the project is too large to get onto the table.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of this machine, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.


    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 28 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Instructor-Dennis Dolph

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Band Saw is considered one of the most versatile tools in a woodworking shop. It can cut boards from logs and slice thin boards from thick ones. On the other hand, it can cut delicate curves and precise joints.  


    If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on the Bandsaw and an introduction to the sanding machines.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please register online and remit payment at once. Your registration is not complete without payment. 

    This is a Guild Member only class. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.


    • 28 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor -Mark Klein


    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.


    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.


    Two of the major tools in most shops are the Table Saw, used for ripping, crosscutting, and bevel cuts, and the Chop Saw, also used for crosscutting. If you feel that you are lacking in knowledge about these saws, then this class is for you.

    We will discuss the best practices for each operation of the Table Saw and the Chop Saw. We will demonstrate these safe practices and help you practice them in this class. The small class size will allow plenty of time to ask questions and provide individual attention. By the end of the class you will feel more comfortable in using this machine. Materials will be provided.

    Please contact Doug Drake at Doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines,  they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the six week class to introduce you to Classical Carving.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart



     Chuck Rinehart has now taught this class four times for us, and has taught it many times before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    Tool sets of eleven carving tools are available to rent for $50 for the class plus an extra month, and unless you have your own tools, or intend to buy them (about $200-400), we encourage you to rent and focus instead on learning to carve.

    The class will be three sessions, each four hours, spaced roughly once a week.

    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  You will need to buy or borrow the Chris Pye book called "Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual", about $15 from a variety of sources, including Amazon, Powell's and Woodcrafters.


    The class outline is:

    Week 1:  Tools nomenclature and handling, grain exercise (the donut), and exercises from Chapter 4 of Pye's book

    Week 2:  Review of homework, discuss the V tool (aka parting tool, #12 or #41), and the small veiner (#11/3), and do the Pye Burhead Bull project in Chapter 7 using both.  Demo relieving the background using a large #11/16, trace the outline of your shallow leaf project, and get started with your homework.

    Week 3:  Arrive with your leaf project background complete and carve the leaf.  


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - Carving a Border with Chuck Rinehart- not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the six week class to introduce you to the wonderful world of carving a border.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart



     Chuck Rinehart taught this class once for us but has taught it before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    This is a three week introduction class based on classical patterns useful for frames and borders for furniture and architectural (decorative) purposes.  In three weeks you will learn enough to accomplish quite a bit, but you will also learn this is a big field with lots of options and time required.   Hopefully this class will whet your appetite, and it will also teach you some techniques for other types of carving.

    You are required to have long handled tools useful for lettering, along with having a carving mallet and access to a variety of gouges.  The Guild ownssome tools that might be useful for you in case you don't have any.

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    The project for this class will be a floral pattern from antiquity, about 36" long by 4" tall.  You will learn how to create the pattern by copying, enlarging and repeating an existing design, trace it onto your wood, and then use a plunge router with small straight bits to remove the bulk of the background before shaping the elements of the floral design.  It is a challenging, but interesting and practical project.


    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - Carving a Monogram with Chuck Rinehart- not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the six week class to introduce you to the wonderful world of carving monograms.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart





    Chuck Rinehart has not taught this class for us yet but has before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    This is a three week introduction class based on classical patterns useful for decorating furniture and making stand-alone designs.  In three weeks you will learn enough to accomplish quite a bit, but you will also learn this is a big field with lots of options and time required.   Hopefully this class will whet your appetite, and it will also teach you some techniques for other types of carving.

    You are required to have long handled tools useful for lettering, along with having a carving mallet and access to a variety of gouges.  The Guild owns some tools that might be useful for you in case you don't have any.

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    The project for this class will create a pattern of your design, using elements from classical books on stylized lettering from antiquity.  The design can be as simple or complex as you want, and what you choose almost doesn't matter, because you will be learning the techniques needed to create a wide variety of patterns.


    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)


    Carving an Acanthus Leaf with Chuck Rinehart


    Green or White  Card not Required


    Carving an Acanthus leaf teaches you many skills that can be applied to other forms of carving.  The leaf itself comes in many styles, and has evolved over at least two thousand years and many are stylized forms of an ideal, even though you can find actual leaves in gardens in Portland.

    Chuck Rinehart has now taught this class several times for us, and has taught it many times before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  His design is quite challenging and was developed by his mentor, a British Master Carver named Ian Agrell.  This is a three week class, which was originally part of the six week Introduction to Classical Carving class, but we broke that into two sequences of three weeks each, the Foundations class and one on the Acanthus leaf.

    There is a fairly large set of tools that are required and some sets are available to rent from the Guild at a cost of about $75 (TBD), if you don't have or don't want to invest in your own tools at this time.

    Chuck's class will be three sessions, each four hours, spaced every other week for you to do the required homework.

    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  


    You must have prior carving experience with mallet-capable tools, nominally Chuck's Foundations of Classical Carving.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)


    Carving (and Designing) a Sign


          Instructors- Chuck Rinehart and Steve Hickcox


    We are exploring the possibility of creating a three week class to design and carve a sign.

    Steve Hickcox has professional experience making signs and will partner with Chuck Rinehart, who will help with the carving.  

    This is an outgrowth of Chuck's letter carving class.  The design issues are significant and will likely take two of the three sessions to work through choices for fonts, wording, inter-letter and inter-word spacing, wood choices as well as decorative treatment and finishing alternatives.  You will largely be doing the actual sign construction and carving on your own.

    While you chose your own sign, one idea is to develop a sign for your own home shop, or perhaps for the studio of your mate or friend.

    Prior carving and woodworking experience is expected.

    Cost of the class is probably $180 but does not include the wood for the sign or tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  

    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop or MAC
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - Introduction to Letter Carving - not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the three week class to introduce you to Letter Carving.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart



    Chuck Rinehart taught this class twice for us but has taught it before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    This is a three week introduction class based on the techniques created and documented by Chris Pye in his book and on his online school.  In three weeks you will learn enough to accomplish quite a bit, but you will also learn this is a big field with lots of options and time required.   Hopefully this class will whet your appetite, and it will also teach you some techniques for other types of carving.

    You are required to buy three long handled tools useful for lettering, along with having a carving mallet and access to a variety of gouges to cut the curved shapes.  The Guild owns some tools that might be useful for you in case you don't have any.

    The class uses Chris Pye's text that is out of print but you will be able to borrow one of the Guild's copies or get one from a library.  The used copies have gotten ridiculously expensive, approaching $100.

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop or Multnomah Art Center
    Register
      

    INTEREST LIST - Japanese Bowl Carving - not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking this five hour class on carving bowls in the Japanese style


          Instructor- Masa Nitani



    Masa Nitani has fifty years of carving experience and is now retired, having moved to Portland in 1983 from northern Japan, where he was apprenticed for three years.  Masa made his living here doing a variety of construction and specialty restoration projects, but has done carving all along the way.

    The requirements for this class haven't been determined yet, but if you have taken Chuck's Foundations class those tools should work.  Masa uses mostly Japanese derived tools, many with his own handle designs, along with a few UK western tools but we don't expect you to purchase Japanese tools, or make your own.

    Masa said his teaching technique is to demonstrate a lot and lecture a little.  His English is OK, but not great, but he communicates well.  He likes to demonstrate his techniques irrespective of any design and wants to help you learn these techniques so you can apply them to your own design.  This class is expected to be a combination of demonstration and practice, but is not expected to result in a bowl or other finished project.

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    COST of the class will likely be $75 - 100, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.  As we pin down class details you will be notified and a new class event will be posted on the web.  At that point you will register for real.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM
    • 2850 SE 82nd Ave Suite 11 Portland, OR 97266
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    All Guild members are invited to the monthly Guild Meet-up

    When: Monday, February 3 @ 11:30
    Where: So Kong Dong Korean Restaurant
    Location: 
    2850 SE 82nd Ave Suite 11 Portland, OR 97266

    Located in the Fubon shopping center

    Great Korean food, soups for both carnivores and vegetarians. Plenty of parking and handicap accessible. sokongdong.net

    Many of us joined the Guild because woodworking can be a lonely vocation.  It's fun to get together with other woodworker’s to swap stories, share successes and failures, and ask questions.

    We will gather at 11:30 am, but late comers are welcome. Everyone in the Guild is welcome to come and get to know your fellow woodworkers.

    I look forward to seeing you there,


    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor -Dick Rohrbaugh


    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.


    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.


    Two of the major tools in most shops are the Table Saw, used for ripping, crosscutting, and bevel cuts, and the Chop Saw, also used for crosscutting. If you feel that you are lacking in knowledge about these saws, then this class is for you.

    We will discuss the best practices for each operation of the Table Saw and the Chop Saw. We will demonstrate these safe practices and help you practice them in this class. The small class size will allow plenty of time to ask questions and provide individual attention. By the end of the class you will feel more comfortable in using this machine. Materials will be provided.

    Please contact Doug Drake at Doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines,  they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor -  Mike Chia

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class. Please do not register for the waitlist, either, unless you've completed the S&O.


    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    The Jointer and the Surface Planer work in concert to make our boards straight, smooth, and square. If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate both of these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    Please register online and remit payment at once. Thank you

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    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
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    Instructor: Asa Christiana

    Tea box project is a beautiful gift

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    White Safety Card Required

    A useful, attractive gift is a great way to share your woodworking passion with friends and family, and this tea box is perfect for the job. Sized for a stack of tea bags, the box is also perfect for cooking salt or other small items. Better yet, it's a great way to use those beautiful scraps you’ve been hanging onto.  

    In this fun, four-hour class, each student will build a box and learn a host of invaluable lessons for future box-making, including cutting accurate miters on the table saw and miter saw, clamping miters, cutting apart a closed box to separate the lid, fitting an attractive liner, and adding keys that strengthen the joints and beautify the box. 

    Emphasis will be on jigs and setups that allow you to make multiples in plenty of time for the holidays! You’ll even learn a basic oil finish that’s just as fast and foolproof.

    Tools and material to be supplied by the Student:

    • Sanding block of some kind (I recommend the Preppin’ Weapon)
    • Sharp block plane if possible
    • Tape measure
    • Combination square
    • sharp pencil
    • If desired, a piece of attractive wood from home, at least 1/2 in. thick by 4 in. wide by 20 in. long.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (eyes, ears, nose)

    If you have questions, please contact our class coordinator, Heidi McNamee at, heidimcnamee@gmail.com

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    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Multnomah Art Center - Room 7 (west entrance)
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    Japanese Bowl Carving and Texturing



          Instructor- Masa Nitani



    This class is for those with some carving experience, and a decent range of carving tools, either long handled or palm.  Most importantly, you must have sharp tools, either by yourself or a friend or helper. 

    Masa has not taught for us before so the early classes will be a bit of a learning experience for him and us.  The class structure will likely evolve after the first few.  Masa mainly teaches by demo and coaching, not lecture, so you must be willing to work in this format.  We will have a video camera projecting closeups of his hands and work for all to see.

    Masa Nitani has fifty years of carving experience and is now retired, having moved to Portland in 1983 from northern Japan, where he was apprenticed for three years.  Masa made his living here doing a variety of construction and specialty restoration projects, but has done carving all along the way.

    If you have taken Chuck's Foundations class those tools should work.  Masa uses mostly Japanese derived tools, many with his own handle designs, along with a few UK western tools but we don't expect you to purchase Japanese tools, or make your own.

    His English is OK, but not great, but he communicates well.  He likes to demonstrate his techniques irrespective of any design and wants to help you learn techniques so you can apply them to your own design.  This class is expected to be a combination of demonstration and practice, but is expected to result in a finished bowl but whether that happens depends mostly on your starting skills and the time you are willing to work between sessions..

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    COST of the class includes materials, but not the tools. The plan is to provide each student with a block of interesting Maple or Walnut 4" thick x 8" wide x 12" long for their bowl.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


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    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
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    The Women’s Special Interest Group (SIG) holds free events once a month to build skills, projects, and friendships.  Women members of all skill levels are invited to learn from each other and expert guests as they collaborate on wood projects. Please RSVP by registering online. Not a member? Visit the MEMBERSHIP page and JOIN now!

    In 2019 we worked together to build a workbench and then worked on individual small boxes.  January 2020 we will all begin a small Arts & Crafts side table project.  Some gals will want to end up with a table and will get advice on buying wood; all will share the work and the learning in the builds.  Machines and hand tools will be used to shape straight and curved sides and to cut through-mortises with tusk tenons.  There will be lots of opportunities for practice and skill-building.

    At the January 2020 meeting Tim Moore will give an overview of the table project plus some practice on existing table parts. The Tim will provide expert guidance during much of the builds.  Project work will continue through April or so.  Then on to another project: what will it be?

    Ruth Warbington

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    Please be sure to get your White Safety Card ASAP. (Take the free Safety and Orientation class.) Please RSVP by registering online. We're looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!



    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor -  Norm Baird

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class. Please do not register for the waitlist, either, unless you've completed the S&O.


    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    The Jointer and the Surface Planer work in concert to make our boards straight, smooth, and square. If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate both of these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    Please register online and remit payment at once. Thank you

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and Join now!

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class; also known as the completing the White Card requirement.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    The router is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It is commonly used to do routine cutting of slots with a straight bit, but has great flexibility in edge profiling and in use with jigs. The router is a simple motor 1, 2 ¼ or 3 ½ horsepower with a changeable collet that can hold thousands of bit styles. It can be mounted in a table for exquisite control or hand held when the project is too large to get onto the table.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of this machine, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.


    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

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    • 09 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
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    Meeting Leader - Jeff Hilber

    You must bring these items to the meeting or you will be required to take this class again;

    1. The completed Tool Safety exam Answer Sheet

    2. The completed Self Assessment form

    The Safety and Orientation is a no charge (free) class and is the first step toward earning your Guild Green Card and access to our power tool workshop. (The second required step is to complete all four of the Machine Skills classes OR take the comprehensive HOST test.)

    The purpose of this class is to familiarize you with the core power tools in the Guild’s workshop, and provide you with our safety criteria and procedures for using them. In this class you will view a video on safety, grade your written safety test (that you have completed prior to class), and review the Guild’s shop practices

    Prior to the Safety and Orientation meeting you must:

    1. Study the Tool Safety Manual on how to use the tools safely

    2 . Take the Tool Safety Exam with answers recorded on the Answer Sheet  You should have no trouble passing this test since it is open book and the answers are in the Tool safety manual

    In addition to the video and written test, we will also introduce you to all of the basic machines in the shop as well as what you have to demonstrate to pass the HOST (Hands On Safety Test)

    We will then discuss whether you are ready to take the HOST or if you need additional training. A self assessment form is available to help you decided. We will review of the training options that are available.


    IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, RETURN TO THIS CLASS.  Click the ALREADY REGISTERED BUTTON AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

    Questions? Please contact Jeff Hilber at: jeff.hilber@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org

    This class is for Guild Members only. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.


    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Chip Webster

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class; also known as the completing the White Card requirement.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    The router is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It is commonly used to do routine cutting of slots with a straight bit, but has great flexibility in edge profiling and in use with jigs. The router is a simple motor 1, 2 ¼ or 3 ½ horsepower with a changeable collet that can hold thousands of bit styles. It can be mounted in a table for exquisite control or hand held when the project is too large to get onto the table.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of this machine, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.


    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Instructor-Mark Klein

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Band Saw is considered one of the most versatile tools in a woodworking shop. It can cut boards from logs and slice thin boards from thick ones. On the other hand, it can cut delicate curves and precise joints.  


    If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on the Bandsaw and an introduction to the sanding machines.

    Please contact Doug Drake at doug.drake@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please register online and remit payment at once. Your registration is not complete without payment. 

    This is a Guild Member only class. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.