Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

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Full payment for a class is required 7 days before the class start date to guarantee your reservation. Full refunds are available if canceled 7 days before the class, 50% refund 2-6 days before and no refund if canceled one day before.  See here for complete details.

Upcoming Classes

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Madrone Studio, 8900 B NE Vancouver Way, Portland OR 97211
    • 1
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    Green Woodworking Series: Make a Ladder Back Chair 18-1

    Instructor:  Norm Baird

              

    White Card Required



    There are two main objectives for this 5 1/2 day class:  learning to work with green wood and making a traditional ladder back chair.  It’s fun, rewarding and easier than you might think.  No prior experience is required and all the necessary tools will be available.  All you really need is a Guild white card.

    Students will be guided through all the steps to build their own hand-crafted ladder back chair.

     

    Green woodworking. We will start with small logs of Oregon White Oak, still full of sap, and split out rough blanks for chair legs and rungs.  Then we’ll shape them as far as we can go with drawknives, working at the shaving horse.  The sensations of guiding a sharp blade through a green workpiece are very satisfying to the senses.  With this approach, the parts will follow the grain of the wood, maybe not absolutely straight and square, but with maximum strength and fully functional.

     Making a ladder back chair. After swapping the green parts for dry, we will refine the rungs and legs to final shape and hand finish, using the drawknife and spokeshave. We’ll find we can achieve excellent precision when hand fitting round tenons on the rungs to mortises in the legs.  We will steam bend thin boards for back slats and heavier pieces for back legs.  Some assembly, some finish, weave the seat, and we will have finished chairs. Each student should be able to leave at the end of the class with a finished chair, even those who have never used these tools or made a greenwood project before.  

     Tools.  As with many areas of woodworking, if this is your first time working greenwood you may be using some tools new to you.   Please rest easy.  We have plenty of all the tools available, and you are welcome to use them throughout the class.  We have both vintage tools and tools purchased new from a variety of makers in a variety of styles.  If you are thinking about buying some tools of the greenwood trade, you might consider waiting until you have the opportunity to test drive” various ones in class.  Some of you may already own drawknives, spokeshaves, and shaving horses, and you’re encouraged to bring them to class. 

     Homework.  You should be aware of one other aspect of this class.  Expect some homework”.  These chairs have multiple rungs, legs, and back slats.  We have planned the schedule so that we can teach and you can practice each operation during class, then you can make some of the parts at home during the roughly 2 week intervals between sessions.  We are trying to avoid using class time for doing repetitive work you have already mastered, and to give you opportunity to fit these operations into your own shops.

    Schedule: 6 sessions

    #1  15 Sep 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    #2  16 Sep 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    #3  29 Sep 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    #4  6 Oct 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    #5  20 Oct 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    #6  3 Nov 2018 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Questions?  We realize that some aspects of this class may be a bit different.  We encourage you to contact instructor Norm Baird, or class coordinator Rick Alexander to discuss tools, schedule, homework, or just chair making in general.  Both of us love this work, and enjoy sharing the experience of greenwood with others.



         


    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


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    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: Steve Poland

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)
      

    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

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

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    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 1
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    Sharpening and Using your Card Scraper for Wonderful Results

    Instructor: Jeff Zens          



    A White Card is Not Required




    A card scraper can be a wonderful and low-cost addition to your woodworking arsenal, or it can frustrate you beyond belief. Not surprisingly, getting the most from this simple tool comes from careful preparation. In this four-hour hands-on workshop, Jeff will help you get your card scrapers in peak condition to produce nice, curled shavings, even on the toughest wood. As an added bonus, learn how to reduce your sanding time by at least half! A tool and supply list will be sent to all registrants in plenty of time to gear up for class, but sign up early to allow for long lead time items. We’ll get started slowly to accommodate those who can’t get to the shop exactly at 5 p.m. due to work or traffic issues. If the class fills up, jump on the wait list and we’ll schedule another class as soon as we have a large enough group. 


    Please note that your registration for this class is not complete until the class registration fee is received by the registrar.In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days. You can pay online using PayPal, or by check made payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title and number on the check’s memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007. 


    Because of the expected popularity of this seminar, early registration is strongly encouraged. 

         

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    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Eddee Edson

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

    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.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.
    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 dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    Please register 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. Your registration is not complete without payment. Your name will be removed from the class list if payment is not made within 7 days of registration. THank you.

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    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Instructor - Ed Ferguson

    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.  Our Guild shop has a two bench style sanders; a combination Disc/Belt Sander and a Spindle Sander.

    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.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com 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 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

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


    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 2
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    Overview of the Maloof Joint with Bob O'Connor 18-1

    White Card Required

    Sam Maloof was a world-renowned furniture maker, famous for creating what is now called the Maloof Joint that he used on the critical back seat chair joint to make it extremely strong and beautiful.

    Bob O'Connor is a long time Guild member and instructor who has built a a fair number of Maloof chairs using this joint and will be our instructor.

    This first class will be a lecture and demo only.  If there is enough interest we will schedule a companion hands-on workshop so you can experience making this joint.

    This exposed joint is both strong and beautiful. It has a sculpted look and can be used with tables as well as chairs.

    We will explore cutting and fitting the joint in its several varieties, primarily with a router using a pair of matched bits, and table saw and router plane.

    This first overview class is open to the curious as well as the experienced. It is a rather complicated joint and the class would best benefit advanced and intermediate woodworkers, especially for a follow-on workshop. 

    Comfort and skill using a router table, table saw and router plane are a prerequisite for the eventual workshop.

    Please address questions regarding this workshop to class coordinator Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com, or 503-312-7745.

    In order to complete your registration 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 check's memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 17
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    INTEREST LIST

    Sharpen Like a Pro, Part I, with Jeff Zens 18-1

    Sign up here if you are interested in taking this class. When we have a enough people to schedule the class we will contact you if your name is on the list.

     

    In this new and re-designed sharpening clinic, professional woodworker and Next Level author and instructor Jeff Zens will guide you through the essential steps to achieving a razor-sharp edge on your chisels and hand planes.  Knowing how and when to sharpen your cutting tools is a gateway skill, a “must have” for every woodworker who aspires to fine work.  Working with sharp tools is a revelation: once you experience the safety and effectiveness of a sharp hand plane or chisel you will never look back.  Advertisements to the contrary, tools do not come to you sharp and ready to use right out of the box.  No matter where they come from, a new cutting edge can always be improved.

     

    Now you can achieve the same results that the Guild’s Next Level students obtain, without committing to the entire NL series.  In this day-long, hands-on session, Jeff will walk you through the theory behind creating a keen edge on your cutting tools. You will quickly move beyond theory and put each of the sharpening steps into practice.  At the end of this hands-on workshop, most students will go home with at least one tool ready to work.  More importantly, you’ll have the knowledge necessary to get all of your edges into top condition and keep them working for you.

     

    This workshop is fast-paced and intense; be ready to go to work.  Bring your sharpening questions - there is always time for interesting discussion.

     

    A tool list will be sent to students upon registration.  Achieving success in this class requires that students be properly equipped, and some necessary class items might have a longer lead time.  Early registration is a good idea, because this workshop always sells out: don’t delay!


    If you have questions about this class, please contact our class coordinator; Gary Weeber at siweeb@gmail.com or 503-680-3827



    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

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    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 18
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    Build a Stool from Scratch

    Instructors: Dennis Dolph, Ed Ferguson, Julie Niemeyer

    This is the Interest List for this class. If you are interested in taking it register here. When we have a critical mass we schedule this class, probably in early winter 2019

    This two day, hands-on class is designed for beginning woodworkers, however, all skill levels are welcome. In this class the students will start with a 4 inch slab a wood and proceed to build a custom sized stool using loose tenon joinery. During the class the students will learn to use the Jointer, Plainer, Horizontal Mortiser, Multi- Router, Table Saw, Band Saw, and Glue- up and Clamps.

    Materials are an extra cost of $35, cash or check written to the Guild, payable at the first class. This gives the student the option to bring their own wood, if desired. Please speak with the coordinator about dimensions. There will be four instructors so there will be plenty of help available. Lunch is included both days.

    Class Dates: TBA


    Price: $195

    No Green Card required

    If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Dolph at damd@spiretech.com or Ed Feguson at ed@edmundferguson.com

    Please register 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.

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 3
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    Introduction to Incise Letter Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-1

    A White Card is Not Required

    Prior Carving Experience Required


    If this class is full, please add yourself to the Waitlist so we can notify you about the next class. If you are interested in this topic but can't take it now, send an email to lpwade@gmail.com.

    This is a three session class on consecutive Tuesdays to learn the basics of incised (not raised) letter carving.  This is a big topic and the class will cover the basics following the methods developed by master carver Chris Pye from the UK, as described in his book and on his web site.  Chuck will explain and demonstrate the various processes and coach you to create a practice board.  The class has a lot of hands-on and you will be expected to practice between sessions.

    This class will use the Times New Roman font.  The basic techniques include cutting the straight letters, serifs on all, and the curves on complex letters.  You will need several carving tools to support this work.  A wide straight chisel for the straight portions, two fishtails for the serifs and a variety of curved gouges are needed for the round portions of letters.  Details will be provided ahead of the class.

    You will need to checkout, buy or borrow Chris Pye's book (Lettercarving in Wood, A Practical Course), which is out of print but sold used on Amazon.  You will also need to subscribe to his online school for one month.

    Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 30 have included an extensive background in Classical Carving.  This class sequence will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck has taught this class in Rochester, NY before moving to Portland in 2017.

    The class is limited to six students because there is a lot of personal supervision and limited bench space.

    The four hours per session will give you time to carve and experience a variety of techniques.  Most of the class is you carving, with some demonstrations.

    The class will be held in three weekly sessions at the Guild Shop from 9:00 AM to 1:000 PM, but you can arrive 15-30 minutes early to help setup.  You will be expected to do carving between sessions.  

    Students should plan to bring a snack; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks.

    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 quickly, preferably online when registering, but no later than 7 days. 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, 18-3) 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.

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 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 - Bill Hamilton


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

    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.

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com 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 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 page and JOIN now.

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Guild Shop
    WOMENS SIG (special interest group) is starting September 6 and October 4 (Thursdays)! 5:30-9 pm

    We will be talking about growing into the future and exploring Japanese saws, backsaws, jigsaws, circular saws and bandsaws.

    Come explore and learn how to select and use saws, when to use each one and why!

    Come join the group and help us form this ongoing group! 


    Eddee and Leslie


    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Multnomah Art Center Classroom 8
    • 0
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    Intro to Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-3

    A White Card is Not Required


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

    Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 30 have included an extensive background in Classical Carving.  This class sequence will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck has taught this class in Rochester, NY before moving to Portland in 2017.

    The class is limited to six students because there is a lot of personal supervision and limited bench space.

    This class requires a rather extensive investment in specific carving tools, and a detailed list will be emailed to registrants.  Chuck has arranged a good deal from Woodcarvers Supply in Florida for a complete kit for those who need a new set that will cost about $300 for 20 tools, a mallet and tool roll.  However, most students have some tools and need to buy ones that are missing, and those prices and sources will vary.  

    Recently the Guild Board approved acquiring several sets of the required carving tools and these might be available rent as an option for those who are sure yet whether they want to invest in the tools.

    The four hours per session will give you time to carve and experience a variety of techniques.  Most of the class is you carving, with some demonstrations.

    A two hour Orientation Session will be scheduled several weeks before the class to discuss the required tools, sharpening, and to answer questions.

    The class will be held in six sessions at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC) on consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 to 2:00 PM, but you can arrive 15-30 minutes early to help setup.  You will be expected to do carving between sessions.  Practice exercises and two carving projects are planned, and they will expose you to a variety of tools and techniques.  The second one will be a quite complex Acanthus leaf and the first one will be preparation.

    A paperback copy (used, out of print) book will be given to each student.  This will be the reference "textbook" we will use, called Woodcarving, The Beginners Guide by William Wheeler and Charles Hayward.

    Students should plan to bring a snack; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks.

    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 quickly, preferably online when registering, but no later than 7 days. 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, 18-3) 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.

    • 09 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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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.

    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.

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

    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.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. 

    Please register 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-Education Committee, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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    NL-8 Milling (Dimensioning) Work Pieces Using Machines 18-1

    INSTRUCTOR:  Dennis Rodrigues         


    Green Card is Required

    This class is part of the Woodworking at the Next Level series, open only to Next Level students.

    This class is the power-tool equivalent to NL-6, Milling Workpieces by Hand.    The class will address the basic steps involved in using power equipment to turn rough lumber into useable workpieces for furniture projects.  Once students have a good grasp of these techniques, instruction will shift to more challenging milling problems, including dealing with twist and other defects, working with salvaged lumber, and other common milling issues.  Students are encouraged to share milling problems with the class so that everyone can benefit from the experience. 

    A list of required tools and materials to bring to class will be provided ahead of the class. 

    If you have questions, please contact class coordinator Gary Weeber, by email, siweeb@gmail.com(enter Guild NL in subject line.)

    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.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 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 - Bill Hamilton


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

    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.

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com 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 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 page and JOIN now.

    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 4
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    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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.

    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

    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.


    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: Steve Poland

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)
      

    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

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


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


    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 4
    Register
    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: Steve Poland

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)
      

    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

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

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


    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 3
    Register

    Follow-on Project 2: Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-1

    A White Card is Not Required

    Prior Carving Experience Required

     

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

    This is a three session class on consecutive Tuesdays to carve a border of your choice.  You will pick a border design that you want to carve and will be encouraged to make one that fits a real need in your life, like a picture or mirror frame, an enhancement to furniture or a decorative border in your house.  You will choose and purchase your own wood.  You will likely pick a design from a book of existing designs, and learn how to size it to fit your project dimensions.

    The class is intended for those who have completed Chuck's Introduction class, or have equivalent experience, tools and sharpening experience.  If in doubt, contact the class coordinator.  The project will use Basswood, and students will be required to use a scroll saw to cut out the design before the first class using the provided pattern.  The cutout will be temporarily glued to a plywood base at the first class so students can concentrate on the carving and not relieving the background.  Homework is expected.

    Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 30 have included an extensive background in Classical Carving.  This class sequence will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck has taught this class in Rochester, NY before moving to Portland in 2017.

    The class is limited to six students because there is a lot of personal supervision and limited bench space.

    This class requires a rather extensive investment in specific carving tools, and a detailed list will be emailed to registrants.  Chuck has arranged a good deal from Woodcarvers Supply in Florida for a complete kit for those who need a new set that will cost about $300 for 20 tools, a mallet and tool roll.  However, most students have some tools and need to buy ones that are missing, and those prices and sources will vary.  

    Recently the Guild Board approved acquiring some carving tools from an estate and some of these might be available for rental to augment your own set.

    The four hours per session will give you time to carve and experience a variety of techniques.  Most of the class is you carving, with some demonstrations.

    The class will be held in three weekly sessions at the Guild Shop from 9:00 AM to 1:000 PM, but you can arrive 15-30 minutes early to help setup.  You will be expected to do carving between sessions.  

    Students should plan to bring a snack; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks.

    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 quickly, preferably online when registering, but no later than 7 days. 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, 18-3) 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.

    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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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.  Our Guild shop has a two bench style sanders; a combination Disc/Belt Sander and a Spindle Sander.

    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.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com 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 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

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


    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Eddee Edson

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

    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.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.
    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 dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    Please register 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. Your registration is not complete without payment. Your name will be removed from the class list if payment is not made within 7 days of registration. THank you.

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

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Multnomah Art Center, Classroom 7 (near west entrance)
    • 5
    Register

    Carving Tool Sharpening  with Jeff Harness 18-1

    No White or Green Card required

    This six hour class focuses exclusively on carving tools, not chisels or plane blades.  Carving tools will include gouges, V tools and carving knives.

    There will be a dual focus - sharpening by hand and power.  Most of the emphasis will be on honing, but grinding will be covered using the 1" belt sander method.

    Experienced carver Jeff Harness is the instructor.

    No experience is necessary; Lunch will be provided.

    You are encouraged to bring your carving tools, even dull or questionable ones, and any sharpening stones or methods that you have.  You will be coached on how to use what you have, or advised on how to improve or replace your existing system.  Leather strops and honing compound will be available to use during the class, but bringing your own is an option.  Tools to sharpen will be available to practice with if you don't have your own.

    Two grinder-based powered honing systems will be used in the class. They run at half speed to avoid overheating tools, and have two wheels, one with a buffing rag, and the other and MDF/paper wheel, both loaded with honing compounds.  In addition, there will be two conventional 1" belt/5" disc sanders to use when edges need to be reshaped or ground down.

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

    Please register 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

     


     

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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    NL-9 Router Set-up, Bit Selection and Use 18-1

    INSTRUCTOR HERE:  Jeff Zens          


    Green Card is Required

    This class is part of the Woodworking at the Next Level series, open only to Next Level students.

    This class has a number of goals.  Routers are useful machine tools in a wood shop, and have applications from joinery to making moldings.  They’re loud, and they demand respect, so much of what we’ll cover will focus on safety.  The class will begin with router selection, and we’ll discuss the different applications for palm routers, full-sized handheld units, and routers mounted under tables.

    We’ll spend a fair amount of time on ten bits that can handle the majority of work in your shop.

    We will construct a simple template, and use it to create floating-tenon joinery, a technique that will prove to be of great benefit in subsequent Next Level classes.

    A separate tools and materials list will be provided for class registrants.  The list will include stock which must be milled to specific dimensions and brought to class.

    If you have questions, please contact class coordinator, Leslie Kantor at email lekan59@comcast.net (enter Guild NL in subject line.)

    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.

    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 30
    Register

    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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.

    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

    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.


    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 4
    Register
    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: Steve Poland

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)
      

    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

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


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


    • 21 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 4
    Register
    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: Steve Poland

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)
      

    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

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


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


    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 30
    Register

    Meeting Leader - TBD

    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.

    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

    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.


    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 4
    Register
    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: Steve Poland

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)
      

    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

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

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


    • 31 Dec 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Various Shops
    Register