A united group of hobbyists and professionals

sharring a common passion for woodworking.







A united group of hobbyists and professionals
sharring a common passion for woodworking.


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 2nd Thursday of every month 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 list of monthly programs.

Upcoming events

    • 08 May 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Avenue, Portland
    Woodworking is a rigorous craft, demanding attention, precision and a particular order of operations to ensure success. This level of craftsmanship, while it is what attracts many of us to the field in the first place, can also prevent us from coming up with new ideas and having fun with our medium. In this talk, professional furniture designer and builder Amanda Wall-Graf will discuss and demo some of her methods for freeing up her thinking - tricks and techniques for letting go of the rules long enough to have some fun and get some new ideas. In discussing creativity, Amanda will kickstart your own explorations by introducing many unusual finishes such as sharpie, iron sulfate, tooling marks and flame.

    Located at the Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Avenue, Portland

    Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting and program begins at 7:00. Bring a chair if you would like to sit.

    There is no parking at the Guild shop. Park on the adjacent streets or in the Multnomah Art Center parking lot.


    • 12 Jun 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Avenue, Portland
    Brian Phillips presents Rustic Beauty of Willow Furniture.   Brian will be presenting and demoing his work building and creating furniture using twigs.  Brian Phillips has been perfecting his art for 35 years, building and creating furniture that is durable and safe for those who seek its beauty. Along the way, he has endeavored to pass his skills to others. Building this furniture is a time honored tradition in some cultures and its techniques are being lost in our fast paced manufacturing society. It is important to an artists like Brian to keep the craft alive. You might be interested to know how we go about building our furniture.  So attend the Guild meeting to hear directly from Brian.  Website:  http://willowstation.com 
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Bus Tour: Starts/Ends at McCoy
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    We will be visiting a wide variety of hardwood sellers on this Saturday trip. We will start (and end) at McCoy Millwork. After McCoy we will board a luxury, air conditioned tour bus and continue on to Woodcrafters, Crosscut, Gilmer, Goby and Hardwood Industries. You will see small, out of the main stream facilities and big lumber yards. Each yard will describe their unique capabilities and conduct a tour of their facilities.

    Lunch will be provided. And it's a great chance to visit with other woodworkers for almost 8 hours!

    Price is still being worked on but we'll shoot for the 2012 tour at $20.00. Registration will be enabled when we finalize the price.

    McCoy is located at 342 SE Caruthers St, Portland, 97214, a few blocks south of OMSI. Directions and more information will follow after you sign up.

    • 10 Jul 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland
    Cassandra Jackson


    Located at the Joinery, 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland

    Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting and program begins at 7:00. Bring a chair if you would like to sit.



    • 14 Aug 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Avenue, Portland
    Alexander Anderson, will be discussing the use and care of chisels, from sharpening for the intended use of the chisel to the methods of directing the edge into the wood. Chisels are very versatile tools, but control is key. With demonstrations of holding techniques and the use of the hammer to drive the chisel, Alexander will help shed light on how to get more out your chisels and how to keep them sharp as you work. 

      Alexander will also be showing the body dynamics of strong and controlled plane strokes. The even stroke that draws the plane through the wood and leaves a flat surface. He will talk about introducing camber in the sharpening process and the use of the " ruler trick" to help with getting that sweet edge you've been looking for.  With real time sharpening demonstrations of sharpening plane irons and chisels as you work, you will see the difference between sharpening an edge initially, running up through all the grits, and the honing process that gets you back to work quickly and easily.

    Jeff Zens will talk about the sometimes-confusing but always-useful hand saw. These wonderful tools come in a lot of sizes and shapes, but can easily be divided into two main categories: cross-cut and rip, based on the shape of the sawteeth. He will provide examples of several saw designs in both western and Japanese styles, and discuss their usefulness in different cutting operations. Finally, he’ll talk about the techniques and equipment needed to keep these

    great cutting tools sharp.
     
    Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting and program begins at 7:00. Bring a chair if you would like to sit.

    There is no parking at the Guild shop. Park on the adjacent streets or in the Multnomah Art Center parking lot.


    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • no location
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    • 13 Nov 2014
    • Rob Lewis and Gary Martin's shop at 8020 SW 35th Ave, Portland 97219,
    We will have a short presentation by Rob Lewis and Gary Martin showing the shop and explaining our mission at the 
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    They will then have a pattern making class showing a wide spectrum of work from reproduction machine parts to ornamental patterns to steam engine patterns being constructed as well as industrial patterns being produced by Martin Model and Pattern.

 

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