Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Skill - Tool - Project Development

 The Classes you find in this section represent a WIDE variety of woodworking topics. Once you have a basic set of skills with hand tools and machines,  you are going to want to explore different interests. You will find that you might like one type of woodworking and not another. Many woodworkers are exploring new areas of interest all the time. (So in one sense, you are always a beginner) 

Whether you are deepening a particular skill or trying a new woodworking technique,  this is a list of classes for those with some basic experience. 

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    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 1
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    Introduction to the PantoRouter  19-1

    Mac Sheldon          


    Green Card is Required


    The objective of this 4 hour class is to become familiar with the safe use of the PantoRouter.  Participants will build a small utility box while learning to use the PantoRouter to make mortise and tenon joint, box joint, and dovetails joint. You will also learn to setup the PantoRouter as a horizontal router table.   

    This will be an Introduction of the basic use of the machine and allow you to be certified (obtain the Advance tool sticker) so you can safely use this tool during Open shop.  Shop Attendants are allowed to take the class for free.

    Materials will be provided.  You will need to provide your own personal protection equipment (eyes, ears and nose).  You will also need a tape, a pencil and be prepared to take lots of notes.

    Check out PantoRouter website at https://pantorouter.com/ for more information and videos on the PantoRouter.

    For any other questions please contact the Class Coordinator, Steve Anderly at 503-422-3648 or seanderly@gmail.com

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

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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    Basics Lecture 1- Introduction to Woodworking 

    Instructor – Eddee Edson

    This class gives an overview to wood and woodworking. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the terms and vocabulary of woodworking, types of wood, how it is cut, graded and sold. The class will also review general safety issues including wood allergies, tools, hearing, sight, and dust control.

    This one of seven Basics Lecture classes that is offered to beginner level woodworkers. We recommend that you take any of these classes you feel you need in any order that fits your schedule. 

    This class does not cover the requirements for a White Card. You must take the Safety & Orientation class to gain the White Card.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.


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

    • 03 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 8
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    Basic Build - Make Your First Cutting Board    

    Instructor - Mike Chia    

    Green Card is Required

    This is an Introductory hands-on class where students will learn the steps to making a laminated cutting board.  During the 4-hour class students will glue up their own boards (first hour), then watch demonstrations of the milling steps and shaping used in constructing the board. Then will have time to practice these operations on demo boards. 

    Students will unclamp their own boards and begin the process of finishing their own boards during class. This involves using various tools (Planer, bandsaw, router table & sanders) to get their board to final “design” shape. The goal is that students will leave the with the hands-on experience on all the machines needed to take the blank to final cutting board form.

    If time runs out the Guild will allow students to come back during some Open Education times (TBD) to finish their board under the supervision of Shop Attendants.  

    Wood will be provided, student should bring their Personal Protective Equipment (ears, eyes and lung protection).

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

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Multnomah Art Center - Classroom 7
    • 0
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    Foundations of Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-3

    A White Card is Not Required


    If this class is full, please add yourself to the Waitlist so we can notify you about future class options.

    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, including for Mary May's hands-on classes.

    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 bench space.

    This class requires a modest investment in 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).  Cost of new tools could be in the range of $200-300.  Follow-on classes will require more tools, which you can acquire over time.  However, the Guild was able to buy a rather substantial collection from an estate, and we have rentable sets available for $50 for the duration of the class as a way to recoup our investment and to help you.  

    The four hours per session are mostly you carving, with some demonstrations and initial lectures.

    The class will be held in three sessions at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC) on consecutive weeks, but you should arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to set up your bench and get organized.  You will be expected to do carving between sessions.  Practice exercises are planned as a way for you to build specific skills and to expose you to a variety of tools and techniques.

    You will be required to purchase or borrow Chris Pye's popular book called "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.

    One exercise will focus on using a veiner (#11), which is described in the book, but you can also preview this exercise online by clicking here.  There will be additional exercises to introduce other basic tools.

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

    The class coordinator is Larry Wade, 503-312-7745 (text and cell); 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 to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line (especially the date code at the end, 19-2) 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.

    • 08 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 13
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    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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 Ray Curtis, Safety Chair at colleenandray@comcast.net

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


    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time 19-9

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or those preparing for Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is required because we have limited bench space.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and ready to leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening alternatives will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    There will likely be coffee, tea, water and sodas, but no food.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 17 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time 19-10

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or those preparing for Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is required because we have limited bench space.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and ready to leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening alternatives will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    There will likely be coffee, tea, water and sodas, but no food.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 9
    Register
      

    Basics Lecture 1- Introduction to Woodworking 

    Instructor – Eddee Edson

    This class gives an overview to wood and woodworking. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the terms and vocabulary of woodworking, types of wood, how it is cut, graded and sold. The class will also review general safety issues including wood allergies, tools, hearing, sight, and dust control.

    This one of seven Basics Lecture classes that is offered to beginner level woodworkers. We recommend that you take any of these classes you feel you need in any order that fits your schedule. 

    This class does not cover the requirements for a White Card. You must take the Safety & Orientation class to gain the White Card.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.


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

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time 19-11

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or those preparing for Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is required because we have limited bench space.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and ready to leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening alternatives will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    There will likely be coffee, tea, water and sodas, but no food.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 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.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 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.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 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.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 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.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 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.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 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.

    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time 19-12

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or those preparing for Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is required because we have limited bench space.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and ready to leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening alternatives will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    There will likely be coffee, tea, water and sodas, but no food.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time 19-13

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or those preparing for Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is required because we have limited bench space.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and ready to leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening alternatives will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    There will likely be coffee, tea, water and sodas, but no food.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 3
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    Introduction to SketchUp for Woodworkers

    Instructor - Mike Chia          

    This class is an introduction to 3D modeling using SketchUp Free, a free browser-based modeling tool.  The class assumes no prior experience with SketchUp and will cover the basics of getting started with the software, understanding how the tool deals with objects and groups of objects, and provide time for guided, hands-on practice on the student’s own laptop with time for questions and discussion.

    Students are required to bring their own laptop (either Windows or Mac okay) with WIFI networking capability and a mouse with two buttons and a clickable scroll wheel.   It is possible to use the tool without a mouse, but it is not recommended and not covered by the class.  A wired mouse costs about $7 and a wireless mouse about $10.  The instructor uses a wireless Amazon Basics mouse that cost $10.

    Using SketchUp Free requires an account with SketchUp, which in turn requires an email address.  Students are required to set up an email address before the class if they do not already have one.  If possible, students should try to set up a SketchUp account before the class.  However, the instructor can provide some guidance on how to set up the SketchUp account at the beginning of class if needed.

    Students are encouraged to bring their project ideas to practice their new Sketch-up skills on!

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

    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 29
    Register

    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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 Ray Curtis, Safety Chair at colleenandray@comcast.net

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


    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Multnomah Art Center - Auditorium
    • 26
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    Carving Hints & Helps with Mary May 19-1




    Mary is a nationally-known wood and stone carver specializing in the traditional European style.  She teaches extensively in the US and Germany, has been the featured guest several times on Roy Underhill's TV program, runs an online carving school with a large and wide variety of lessons, and does commissions.  Most of her classes are five days long and she always includes side tidbits about things she has learned along the way.

    In this program, Mary will present a variety of those tips and techniques that are valuable to beginning and intermediate wood carvers.  There will also be an opportunity to pose questions in writing, and if time, they will be answered.

    This will be a large audience format in the MAC auditorium where she will use slides and projected closeups of demos, but will not involve hands-on by attendees.

    COST of the session is $50 and includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.  For information about Mary May and her online school, click here.


    Registration and payment required online.  The normal 7 day Guild cancellation policy will apply to this event.


    This session is open to Guild members and the public  If interested or curious about Guild membership please visit the Membership webpage and consider Joining.

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    October Guild Meeting -Mary May Carving Presentation
    Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland

                         

    The meeting is 7:00 - 9:00, she will start around 7:15.  Social time starts at 6:30.

    This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required but is encouraged so we can plan.


    Mary May is a nationally-known wood carver, who is teaching classes for us this week, returning after her first visit five years ago.  She was trained in and practices European traditional style carving, with a wide variety of examples.  She lives in Charleston, SC and spends her time in thirds - commissions, teaching, and running an online carving school.

    For this evening's presentation, Mary will focus on topics and examples that relate to mostly non-carver furniture makers.  The broad topic is Carving Examples for Furniture Makers, but the underlying theme is, Why Consider Carving?

    Woodworkers understand that a blend of power and hand tools is usually needed for most projects.  Hand tools considered essential are usually saws, planes and chisels, but not so often gouges.  Traditional woodworkers in the past frequently embellished their projects with decorative or functional carving.  Carving will be held up as an essential skill, not just for those who want to carve per se.

    In addition to this free evening program, Mary is teaching in three for-fee classes that are listed on the Education Calendar:

    - Tues Oct 15th, Hints and Helps for Carvers, 10:00 - 2:00
    - Wed/Thur Oct 16/17 - two day class, Letter Carving and Personalization
    - Sat/Sun Oct 19/20 - two day class, Scallop Shells and Fans, Convex and Concave

    For more information, click here.  Her online school has six free lessons that are very helpful to new carvers, including two on sharpening by hand.

    For any questions, contact Larry Wade, 503-312-7745, lpwade@gmail.com.



    • 16 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 4
    Register
      

    Letter Carving with Mary May - Signs and Personalization 19-1



            

    This two day, hands-on class will focus on carving letters as a means to enhance your own furniture and perhaps create your own signs.  Font styles will include cursive as well as straight (Roman) letters.  Everyone will carve the same lettering the first day using Basswood, but on the second day you will be able to create your own lettering and practice carving on the hardwood if you choose.  The photos above are examples of possible lettering.

    The class is for advanced beginners and intermediate level carvers.  You must have some prior experience with long handled tools, using a mallet, working with and understanding grain, and keeping your tools sharp.  Success with Chuck Rinehart's Foundations of Classical Carving class provides this experience.

    COST of the session is $350, including materials but and lunch, but you must provide your own tools (must be sharp).  The list of tools will be supplied well before the class starts.  They are long-handled, mallet-ready tools which may be purchased at local suppliers (Woodcraft or Woodcrafters) or online.  Some carving tools and complete kits are available to rent from the Guild.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.  The class coordinator is Heidi McNamee, and can be reached at heidimcnamee@gmail.com.


    A different cancellation policy applies to this class.  Thirty (30) days advance notice is required to cancel in order to get a refund unless your slot is filled by someone else. However, cancellation within seven days forfeits payment.


    This session is open to Guild members only.  If interested or curious about Guild membership please visit the Membership webpage and consider Joining.

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 0
    Join waitlist
      

    Shell and Fan Carving with Mary May 19-1




         


    This two day, hands-on class will focus on shells (concave and convex) and get you started on carving concave and convex style fans.

    The class is for advanced beginners and intermediate level carvers.  You must have some prior experience with long handled tools, using a mallet, working with and understanding grain, and keeping your tools sharp.  Success with Chuck Rinehart's Foundations of Classical Carving class provides this experience.

    Everyone will use Basswood at first, but later you will have the a choice to work with hardwood, probably Walnut or Mahogany.

    COST of the session is $350, including materials and lunches, but you must provide your own tools (must be sharp).  The list of tools will be supplied well before the class starts.  They are long-handled, mallet-ready tools which may be purchased at local suppliers (Woodcraft or Woodcrafters) or online.  Some carving tools and complete kits are available to rent from the Guild.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.  The class coordinator is Ruth Warbington and she can be reached at ruthwarb@aol.com.


    A different cancellation policy applies to this class.  Thirty (30) days advance notice is required to cancel in order to get a refund unless your slot is filled by someone else. However, cancellation within seven days forfeits payment.


    This class is open to Guild members only.  If interested or curious about Guild membership please visit the Membership webpage and consider Joining.

    • 10 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 30
    Register

    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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 Ray Curtis, Safety Chair at colleenandray@comcast.net

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


    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 30
    Register

    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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 Ray Curtis, Safety Chair at colleenandray@comcast.net

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


    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 10
    Register

    TEST CLASS. PLEASE LEAVE UP ON THE WEBSITE.THANK YOU

    ~JULIE


    White Card Required


    Green Card is Required


    (note: delete whichever card is not required for the class)



    CLASS DESCRIPTION HERE



         


    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days.Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


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

Past events

11 Aug 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
20 Jul 2019 BUILD A GARDEN BENCH AND PLANTER SET with ASA CHRISTIANA 19-1
16 Jul 2019 Shellac Finishing: A Short Course 19-1
14 Jul 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
09 Jun 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
08 Jun 2019 Designing a Monogram with Chuck Rinehart
04 Jun 2019 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING 19-5
01 Jun 2019 BASICS LECTURE #4- CABINET CONSTRUCTION 19-2
28 May 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-8
21 May 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-7
16 May 2019 BASICS LECTURE #3- BASICS OF POWER TOOLS 19-3
14 May 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-6
12 May 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
06 May 2019 GARRETT HACK: CABINET CURIOSITIES 19-1
04 May 2019 GARRETT HACK: WORKING WITH CURVES 19-1
30 Apr 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-5
15 Apr 2019 Make A Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench/Coffee Table 19-1
14 Apr 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
13 Apr 2019 Plane Like A Pro with Jeff Zens 19-1
11 Apr 2019 Foundations of Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-2
11 Apr 2019 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING 19-4
11 Apr 2019 Border Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-1
10 Apr 2019 BASICS LECTURE #3- BASICS OF POWER TOOLS 19-2
02 Apr 2019 BASICS LECTURE#5- JOINERY 19-2
23 Mar 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-4
21 Mar 2019 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING 19-3
12 Mar 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-3
10 Mar 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
09 Mar 2019 Sharpen Like a Pro with Jeff Zens 19-1
26 Feb 2019 BASICS LECTURE#5- JOINERY 19-1
23 Feb 2019 Build a Stool from Scratch 19-1
21 Feb 2019 BASICS LECTURE #3- BASICS OF POWER TOOLS 19-1
19 Feb 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-2
16 Feb 2019 Relief Carving 102 - 19-1
13 Feb 2019 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING 19-2
12 Feb 2019 Band Saw Clinic 19-1
10 Feb 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
31 Jan 2019 BASICS LECTURE #4- CABINET CONSTRUCTION 19-1
29 Jan 2019 Free - Open Carving Time 19-1
26 Jan 2019 Make A Folding Cocktail Sized Table 19-1
22 Jan 2019 BASICS LECTURE #2- BENCH & HAND TOOLS 19-1
22 Jan 2019 Letter Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-1
19 Jan 2019 Foundations of Classical Relief Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-1
13 Jan 2019 Safety & Orientation meeting
10 Jan 2019 BASICS LECTURE #6- DESIGN 19-1
09 Jan 2019 BASICS LECTURE #1- Introduction & Safety - 19-1
18 Dec 2018 Free - Open Carving Time 18-4
12 Dec 2018 BASICS LECTURE #3- BASICS OF POWER TOOLS 18-3
11 Dec 2018 BASICS LECTURE #2- BENCH & HAND TOOLS 18-3
11 Dec 2018 Free - Open Carving Time 18-3
09 Dec 2018 Safety & Orientation meeting
08 Dec 2018 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION & SAFETY 18-3
04 Dec 2018 BASICS LECTURE#5- JOINERY 18-3
27 Nov 2018 Free - Open Carving Time 18-2
24 Nov 2018 Sharpen Like a Pro, Part I, with Jeff Zens 18-1
20 Nov 2018 Free - Open Carving Time 18-1
13 Nov 2018 BASICS LECTURE #2- BENCH & HAND TOOLS 18-2
11 Nov 2018 Safety & Orientation meeting
08 Nov 2018 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION & SAFETY 18-2
03 Nov 2018 BASICS LECTURE#5- JOINERY 18-2
27 Oct 2018 Carving Tool Sharpening with Jeff Harness 18-1
23 Oct 2018 Follow-on Project 2: Classical Border Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-1
18 Oct 2018 BASICS LECTURE #3- BASICS OF POWER TOOLS 18-1
11 Oct 2018 BASICS LECTURE #2- BENCH & HAND TOOLS 18-1
10 Oct 2018 BASICS LECTURE #1-INTRODUCTION & SAFETY 18-1
06 Oct 2018 BASICS LECTURE#5- JOINERY 18-1
06 Oct 2018 Intro to Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-3
02 Oct 2018 Introduction to Incise Letter Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-1
25 Sep 2018 Overview of the Maloof Joint with Bob O'Connor 18-1
20 Sep 2018 Sharpening and Using your Card Scraper for Wonderful Results 18-1
15 Sep 2018 Green Woodworking Series: Make a Ladder Back Chair 18-1
14 Sep 2018 Michael Fortune Stool with Steam Bent Footrest 18-1
13 Sep 2018 Learn to Make an Upholstered Slip Seat with Michael Fortune 18-1
10 Sep 2018 Chair Mock-up Workshop with Michael Fortune 18-1
08 Sep 2018 Woodworking at the Next Level: NL-7 Machine Maintenance and Set-up 18-1
28 Aug 2018 Chair Design Workshop 18-1
17 Jul 2018 Sliding Table Saw Skills 18-2
10 Jul 2018 Band Saw Clinic 18-1
26 May 2018 Guild Family Woodworking Program-Orientation Meeting
22 May 2018 Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-2
18 May 2018 Building Confidence for the Beginning Woodworker with Kelly Parker 18-1
17 May 2018 Shaping Clinic: Creating Identical Compound Curve Parts with Kelly Parker 18-1
15 May 2018 Design Boot Camp: Finding Your voice with Kelly Parker 18-1
01 May 2018 Sliding Table Saw Skills 18-1
28 Apr 2018 Simple, Solid Workbench for Beginners and Beyond with Asa Christiana
20 Apr 2018 GARRETT HACK: PRECISION WITH HAND TOOLS 18-1
18 Apr 2018 GARRETT HACK: ELEGANT DETAILS 18-1
17 Apr 2018 GARRETT HACK: PRACTICAL DESIGN 18-1
11 Apr 2018 Become a Guild Class Coordinator 18-1
03 Apr 2018 Sharpening and Using your Card Scraper for Wonderful Results 18-1
27 Mar 2018 Introduction to Project Milling 18-1
14 Mar 2018 Foolproof Mortises and Tenons with Asa Christiana 18-1
13 Mar 2018 Make a Veneered Panel with Chip Webster 18-1
03 Mar 2018 Introduction to Carving in the Round - 18-1
27 Feb 2018 Fundamentals of Fine Craftsmanship: 3. Tune Up Every Machine in Your Shop with Asa Christiana
23 Jan 2018 CNC Basics - Getting Started
30 Dec 2017 INTEREST LIST - Introduction to Carving in the Round - 17-1
13 Dec 2017 Introduction to Project Milling 17-1
09 Dec 2017 </