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

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

    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 

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 21 May 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

    Shop Attendants

    When - 7:00 - 9:00, Third Thursday of every other month
    Where - Guild Shop

    Meeting for Shop Attendants and those interested in being a shop attendant to discuss operational issues regarding the shop.

    If you have any questions, contact Bill Hamilton 

    • 20 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Multnomah Arts Center - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

    July Guild Meeting
    Annual Guild Picnic at Summerlake Park

    Where - Summerlake Park
    When - August 20, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00


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

    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,

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