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

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Guild Shop 7343 SW 34th Avenue

    Christopher Schwarz is contributing editor to Popular Woodworking,  publisher of Lost Art Press and the author of numerous books on subjects ranging from workbenches and hand planes to campaign furniture. 

    Two events at two different locations in Multnomah Village mark the evening.

    • A special “Come Meet Chris Schwarz Open House” will be held at the Guild shop from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. This is an opportunity to get to know him in an open environment.
    • From 5:30 to 6:30, you can grab a bite to eat locally and join us at the normal program time, 7:00 with social time beginning at 6:30.  The location will be at Rose City Works, formerly the Village Industrial Artists , 8020 SW 35th Ave., in Multnomah Village, just a few blocks from the Guild shop.  

    Chris covers the world of hand work, plus he writes about building furniture, visiting tool makers, and his travels. Long a woodworker of traditional techniques, Schwarz is dedicated to restoring the fine hand woodworking skills that have slowly disappeared from woodshops in the latter half of the 20th century. He is a firm believer in the role traditional tools play in the modern shop.

    Chris will be presenting some of his findings about early furniture design and how it was made.

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Rose City Works, 8020 SW 35 the Ave, Portland

    Christopher Schwarz is contributing editor to Popular Woodworking,  publisher of Lost Art Press and the author of numerous books on subjects ranging from workbenches and hand planes to campaign furniture. 

    Two events at two different locations in Multnomah Village mark the evening.

    • A special “Come Meet Chris Schwarz Open House” will be held at the Guild shop from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. This is an opportunity to get to know him in an open environment.
    • From 5:30 to 6:30, you can grab a bite to eat locally and join us at the normal program time, 7:00 with social time beginning at 6:30.  The location will be at Rose City Works, formerly the Village Industrial Artists , 8020 SW 35th Ave., in Multnomah Village, just a few blocks from the Guild shop.  

    Chris’ latest book in progress carries the title, Furniture of Necessity.  This is his term for “furniture for the rest of  us.”  Furniture without the fancy dovetails, veneers, carving and inlays, but sturdy enough to have withstood the test of time.  His research gowa back a few hundred years, examining surviving examples of the furniture and the tools and techniques used in its construction.  The book is scheduled to be released late next year.  He will share Chapter 1 from Furniture of Necessity in the evening  program.

    Chris covers the world of hand work, plus he writes about building furniture, visiting tool makers, and his travels. Long a woodworker of traditional techniques, Schwarz is dedicated to restoring the fine hand woodworking skills that have slowly disappeared from woodshops in the latter half of the 20th century. He is a firm believer in the role traditional tools play in the modern shop.

    • 10 Apr 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Elder Hall, 3929 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212.
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    The Guild will be hosting a fundraising dinner Friday evening, April 10, featuring a private evening with Chris Schwarz and other noteworthy local leaders in the woodworking community. The event will be held at Elder Hall, 3929 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212. Elder Hall is  a communal gathering space behind the restaurant Ned Ludd.

    Interested members  can click here for more information about Elder Hall. The fee for the fundraising dinner will be $145 per person with a no-host bar. Attendees will receive a receipt for the donation portion of the proceeds.

    Contact Alexander Anderson, 503-593-4423,  for additional details.

    • 14 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Lloyd Johnson, Presentation on SketchUp 2015


    • 11 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 8900 B NE Vancouver Way Portland, OR 97211

    The Guild is visiting Madrone Studio, the workshop of Alexander Anderson. Alexander, a native of the land of Redwoods, moved here to the land of Oregon White Oak a decade ago and started Madrone Studio in 2006. He is a graduate of the Northwest Woodworking Studio Mastery Program ('06), and teaches classes for the Guild, as well as serving as the Vice President of the Guild.


     His shop is based on an old idea, an idea based in the times of craftsmanship. A shop that works and a shop that teaches. Apprentices work on currant projects for local clients, as well as working on their own projects with direction and advice to help them along.

    With a love for the use of native species of woods and the promotion of local logging, Alexander has collected a small lumberyard of wood. Some wood will be for sale and raffle at the meeting. Also He will be talking about how he gets his wood from off the beaten trail of wood lots.

    With both high end commercial and residential clients, making a wide range of custom cabinets, furniture and architectural woodworking, Madrone Studio, keeps it changing. Every project is unique and custom.   Work will be on display.
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    8900 B NE Vancouver Way Portland, OR 97211.

    Directions are:
    From I-5 N. take the Columbia exit and turn left. 
    go to the first stop light and turn left. (Vancouver Ave.) At first stop sign, turn right. (NE Vancouver Way) Drive 1/4 Mi., pass through an overcross and turn into the drive around back.  

    From I-5 S take the 99E exit and head toward Marine Dr. Follow 99E to the Vancouver Ave. exit (about 2.5 Mi.) at the stop sign, turn left. (NE Vancouver way) Drive 1/4 Mi., pass an overcross and turn into the drive around back.


    • 09 Jul 2015
    • A beautiful picnic grounds somewhere (in the works)
    Details to be determined closer to the event.  This is a reminder.  As if February board meeting the picnic will include a 2x4 contest and the Intra-Guild show.


    • 13 Aug 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Ariel will show you how by using this tool, you can accomplish all the joinery needed for a table in a very short time. Not a trick! All the joinery will be stout and tight mortise & tenons. All done with the same.


    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop

    Details being determined.

    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions

    Contact Jim Madaras

     
    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions

    Contact Jim Madaras

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    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions

    Contact Jim Madaras

     
    • 08 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Got scrap?  Wish you had a higher use for your off-cuts than the wood-stove, bonfire, or scrap bin?  How about high art?  Or perhaps you'd rather use premium woods purchased just to make fine wooden sculptures.  Charlie Haughey moved from a career as a  master cabinet maker and outfitter of corporate executive jets in Battle Creek, Michigan to Oregon where he enjoys family and making art that pleases himself and excites us.  One of his sculptural spheres now graces Portland City Hall.  Learn how he does it and how you might activate your artistic side, or just be up to the challenge of joining odd shapes of wood into whatever shapes you desire.  See Charlie's art at squarepegsroundholes.com


    • 12 Nov 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions


    Contact Jim Madaras


    • 10 Dec 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church

    Guild Holiday Party   December  10th  6:30 – 9:00 pm


    An evening to relax and enjoy good foods and gifts!


    The Guild will supply Beverages, a few snacks and several main dishes.  Please bring a pot luck dish or dessert with serving utensils to enhance our choices.


    There will be a Secret Santa Gift Exchange.  The strong preference is a handmade gift but otherwise please keep a $20-$25 limit on purchases.  If you bring a gift, you will take one home.


    Tabor Space @ Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church

    5441 SE Belmont 97215

    Please try and park in the church parking lot on the corner of SE 54th and Belmont. The entrance doors are across the street and straight down the sidewalk to the left of the playground area.


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