Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Monthly Programs

Each month the guild conducts a general program that is informative, educational and enjoyable for our members. Topics cover a range of woodworking techniques.

Programs are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Multnomah Arts Center auditorium, starting at 7:00 pm, unless otherwise specified.  Social time starts about 6:30, a time to meet your fellow woodworkers and trade tips and stories.  A new member orientation session usually occurs off to the side about 6:45 pm.  The Board of Directors meets at 5:30 pm before the program. Anyone is welcome to attend.

We are always on the lookout for suggestions of topics or improvements we can make to these monthly programs.  If you have input please contact the program coordinator or any Board member.

Select Program Index for a summary of monthly programs.

Upcoming events

    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    Snow cancelled this great program in February.  It's back on for March.

    Historical Restorations from a Local Professional

    Join us at the Multnomah Arts Center on Tuesday, February 20 for a presentation from a local professional that does work on historical structures around the country.

    Amy McAuley will be giving a presentation on one of her more recent projects involving restoring the doors to Mt. Vernon. Her work at Mt. Vernon as with all of her projects emphasize working with traditional tools and techniques.

    Amy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and has had over 17 years of on-the-job experience. She is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry, Inc. which was started in 2002. Her business specializes in the conservation of historic windows and doors. Although many of her projects takes her around the country, she resides right here in Portland. Some of her projects over the years have included Historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, 1859 Historic Ft. Dalles, Historic 1850 Nishnabotna Ferry Building, 1883 Kirkbride Building in Salem and dozens of other locations.

    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    • 15 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    The Greatest Show on Earth.

    This eleventh Annual Intra-Guild show is an art show presenting projects from active Guild members.  Three skill levels represent some of the fine woodworking of our members.  Ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  There will be two sets for Intermediate and Advanced.  Judging will be performed by the visitors - known  typically as People's Choice.

    Registration is for members only.

    Rules for entering

    • You must have built it yourself
    • It must be mostly made of wood
    • One entry per member

    Previous entries

    Entry if in a previous show used to not be allowed.  For this year only, with so many new members since the last show, it would be a shame to hide away all that great work.  You can re-enter a previous project.


    By People’s Choice.  Every visitor, and you, will receive voting tickets to mark and drop in the fish bowl at the registration table.  It’s not about perfect judging.  It’s about having you show your work and appealing to others.


    There will Blue, Red, and White ribbons in each category.   Because of expected number of entries there will be two sets for Intermediate and Advanced.    There will be a George E. Dubois Best of Show plaque awarded by a select panel of judges.


    You choose your own category: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.   

    This is an exciting opportunity to see a lot of beautiful projects in the “wood”.


    To change you're entry, you wll have to cancel registration and enter a new one.

    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center

    The Maker Movement

    On Tuesday March 20 at the Multnomah Arts Center we will be welcoming back one of our members for another fantastic presentation.

    Former Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana will give a slideshow of projects from his upcoming book, “Handcrafted: A Hands-On Guide.” Coming out in fall 2018 from the Taunton Press, the book is a project-by-project guide to the maker movement. Just like the craft movement of the 1970s, the new revolution in handcrafts is a rebellion against mass-marketed goods and a return to working by hand--but this time the rules are a little different.

    In fact, there aren’t any. Today’s “makers” mix wood, metal, concrete, and other traditional media with unconventional supplies and digital tools, with an emphasis on creativity over perfection. Come find out what’s happening in this exciting movement, and why there’s hope for handcrafts yet.

    Asa worked at Fine Woodworking magazine for 15 years, eight of those as its chief editor. He now lives and works in Portland as a freelance writer, photographer, teacher, and furniture maker.

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