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

    • 26 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Guild Shop

    Guild Family Woodworking Program – Orientation Meeting


    Class Leaders: Eddee Edson and Ray Curtis

    26 May 2018

    2-4 PM

    Guild Shop

    Free – no white or green card required


    This meeting is for all families interested in the Family Woodworking Program.  This is an experimental program to bring interested families, adults and youths 8-18, into the Guild shop to learn and enjoy woodworking via a training program. This orientation meeting will review the program in detail including the basic rules of the shop, an overview of expenses, tools and parental participation requirements. A subgroup of 7 couplets, one youth and one responsible adult family Guild member will be picked to be in the first pilot, a set of three classes.  At the end of this first set of 3 classes, each member will leave with a completed woodworking project.  If you are interested in this program you must attend this orientation meeting.


    The Family Woodworking Program has an emphasis on family participation, adults and youths in the shop together, including, family access to the shop, safe participation, education, engaging families in Guild volunteerism, and the promotion of woodworking. 


    Family participation is a critical element of this program.  Parents (or adult family representatives) must be actively engaged with the youth in all activities in the shop at all times.


    Youths are separated into three groups, each group with various privileges or restrictions:

    Early Adolescents  - Ages 8 thru 13

    Mid Adolescents – Ages 14 thru 15

    Late Adolescents – Ages 16 thru 17


    Topic to be introduced in this meeting:

    1.      Introduction of the meeting leaders and participants

    2.      Discussion of the goals of the program as well as safety and tools to be used

    3.      Discussion of the roles of both the adults and youths in the program

    4.      Review of the project to be built in the first classes


    For questions please contact Gary Weeber (, Bob Sokolow (, Ray Curtis (, or Eddee Edson (


    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • The Guild Shop

    First Women’s SIG is coming up: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Guild Shop!

    Please register on the Guild website if you plan to attend so that we can get an idea of how many people will be attending.

    Topic: New Special Interest Group for Women!

    Organizer: Eddee Edson-VP Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

    This is a new SIG designed by and for women! We are encouraging our new and old members to meet for the first time and discuss what our interests are, classes we might like to see, SIG projects and enjoy a wonderful gathering for the Women of the Guild.
    Our hope is that we will gather, share information, give tours, answer questions and create a great an inviting space for future projects to be built.
    Do you have a project you’d like help with or input on? Please bring it!
    We will have experienced woodworkers, hand tool specialists and beginners at the gathering.
    We would like to hear your voice! Please join us at the guild shop!

    • 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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