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

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • The Guild Shop

    CNC Special Interest Group

    When: Second Thursday of the Month
    Where: The Guild Shop
    !Note change of location!

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

    Agenda:

    6-7 PM - Introduction to using CNC for production or fun

    7-9 PM - Introductions

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

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



    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 30 Dec 2019
    • 29 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    Register

    Guild Shop Maintenance Night

    When: Every Monday night from 6:00 - 9:00
    Where: Guild Shop

    Requirements:  You do not need to be an expert at anything, just willing to work.  It is a great opportunity to learn new skills such as maintaining equipment and proper procedures for your shop.

    Please register so we can know who is interested.  You can show up anytime during the 3 hours to help, even if you did not register.

    There is a lot of work required to keep a busy shop like ours operational, clean and inviting.  Tasks required include;

    • Power Machines maintenance
    • Hand tool sharpening
    • Dust Collector cleaning
    • Shop Cleaning & general upkeep
    • Building fixtures, cabinets or other physical structures

    For more information, please contact Ken Hall at ken@old-scholls.com 


    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Multnomah Art Center
    Register

    Professional Special Interest Group

    Leader - Vince Corbin

    Topic: Dennis Loveland, of Loveland Woodworks

    Where: MAC, Rm 4

    Time: 7:00 - 8:30

    The first "new" Professional SIG meeting will be Wednesday September 11, 7:00 pm in room 4 of the Multnomah Arts Center. Dennis Loveland, of Loveland Woodworks, a successful local fine furniture maker, will speak on his experience with the business aspects of founding and nurturing a woodworking company.

    Purpose of the SIG

    • Provide education and opportunities for aspiring professionals to grow their confidence and feel comfortable in the commercial woodworking field.
    • Provide opportunities for networking among Guild professional members.
    • Improve ways the Guild can be of benefit to professional members.
    • Promote opportunities for professional members to display and sell their products at Guild events.

    Here are the dates for the MAC meetings:

    • Room 4 is reserved on September 11th and December 11th from 7pm-8:30pm.
    • Room 7 is reserved for October 9th and November 13th from 7pm-8:30pm.

     Please register so we know who is coming. Thank you!

    • 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.

     


     

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 1
    Register

    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Chip Webster

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton


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


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


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

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at 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.

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

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Topic: Learn how to use your Bench Plane - a hands on experience

    Have you wanted more training in the use of your bench planes? Is your plane sharp enough? Do you need help adjusting your plane? Come to the meeting and become more familiar with the use of a bench plane.

    Bring the hand plane of your choice or use one of the planes in the Guild Shop, and learn how to use it to prepare a joint for glueing two boards together as you might when making up a wide panel. Suggested planes to bring are Bailey style bench planes numbers 3, 4, or 5. If you have a 6 or 7 and want to use it, that works too.

    You will also need to bring at least 2 boards of the following size.  3/4" thick by 3 - 8" wide by 10 - 24" long. Make sure it is a wood that is easy to plane (straight grain and soft). Species like pine, alder, beech, or poplar. A pine 1x4 that can be cut into a couple of clear pieces is a good choice.

    We will learn how to plain the glue joint between the 2 pieces so that the glued panel will be flat on the face side.

    Come and meet your fellow Guild hand tool enthusiasts and make some shavings. If you have other planes you want to know more about, bring them and your questions.

    I look forward to seeing you and your planes,

    Ken Hall


    If you have any questions, contact Ken Hall <ken.hall@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org>


    • 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.

     


     

    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
    Register

    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Chip Webster

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 1
    Register

    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Mike Chia

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


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

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

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

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

    Please register online and remit payment at once. Thank you

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

    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 2
    Register

    Instructor- Mark Klein

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

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


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

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at 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 remit payment at once. Your registration is not complete without payment. 

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


    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register
    WOMENS SIG (special interest group)

    The Women's Special Interest Group - SIG is now meeting every FIRST Thursday of the month at 6-9 pm, at the Guild workshop. Guild Special Interest groups are free events and perfect ways to meet new and old friends while working on a project or listening to speakers about woodworking. All women members are welcome. Not a member? visit the MEMBERSHIP page and JOIN now!

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

    Eddee Edson and Leslie Kantor


    • 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
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.

    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton


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


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


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

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at 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.

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

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 8
    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.

    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 24
    Register
      

    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 and lunch, but you must provide your own tools (must be sharp).  The list of tools is below.  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.


    The tools list is (using Swiss Made/Pfeil numbering):

    1/14 and 1/22 (plus bring other wide-ish #1's that you might have)

    12/3 and 12/6 (v tools, usually 60 degrees)

    3/6 and 3/14 (if Sheffield, these are usually 4/6 and 4/14)

    5/6 and 5/14 (if Sheffield, double check on numbering)

    7/6 and 7/10

    9/4

    plus bring any other gouges you might already own.


    The sweep widths can vary a little.


    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
    • 2
    Register
      

    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 is below.  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.


    The tools list is below.  The numbering is Swiss Made/Pfeil/Continental), so adjust if buying UK/Sheffield.


    1/14

    1/22

    12/6 (v/6)

    3/6 (usually 4/6 in Sheffield)

    3/14 (usually 4/14 in Sheffield)

    7/14

    8/10


    Sizes for each sweep can vary a little.

     

    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.

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
    Register

    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Chip Webster

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 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.  


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

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at 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 remit payment at once. Your registration is not complete without payment. 

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


    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 2
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Norm Baird

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


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

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

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

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

    Please register online and remit payment at once. Thank you

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    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Mark Klein

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 4
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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.


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


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

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

    Please contact Doug Drake at 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.

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

    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 6
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    Basic Introduction to Bench & Hand Tools 
     
    Instructor - Ken Hall        

    This class is an Introductory class to the common hand tools of the basic bench tool kit.  Ken will cover hand planes, chisels, saws and measuring and layout tools.  Ken will show you how each is used and talk about their care and maintenance and sharpening. You will have an opportunity to test some basic Hands-on techniques under his supervision.  Bring your questions and any hand tools that you'd like to talk about!

    If you have any questions about the class, please, contact the Class Coordinator, Doug Karleskint at dougkarleskint@msn.com. Thank you.


    This is one of the Basic Intro classes offered to beginner level woodworkers. We recommend that you take any of these classes that you feel you need, in any order that fits your schedule.

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    • 31 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    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.


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    • 31 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    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.


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