Guild Meeting April 17th

Hey, you thinking of actually finishing something? Want a suggestion of what to do with your work after you finished it? Besides your mother-in-law, who else would ask? But you know I’m talking about woodworking and the April Guild meeting on April 17th at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

Thinking about the finish you’ll use for your current project? The April meeting is featuring a Finishing Q&A. You ask the questions and one of the professional, highly regarded experts will answer. Check out the Guild’s website photo gallery pages to see members’ work or even see your own. The gallery pages are open to all to post to. And to make it easier we’re scheduling some help. The meeting will have a short presentation on photographing work, including tips on website posting.

So take this suggestion for your finished pieces and consider doing a little camera work. When you get to Pinkerton at about 9:00 the shop classroom will be locked; we’re not meeting there. We will be using the auditorium in the Shepard Building; familiar to those who attended finishing and turning events in the past. Take a few minutes to get coffee, check out and return DVDs, and see the latest Guild fashions. Take note, leave your butts and shellac thinner in your vehicle; Pinkerton Academy is a no smoking campus and alcohol is also not allowed. At 9:30

Tom McLaughlin will be giving a presentation on the new BIG. Tom has lead the group this year; it meets at his school in Canterbury. The Beginners and Intermediates Group, open to all, is highly successful and very popular. Find out why some of the most experienced beginners are attending. Everyone remembers the great article in The Old Saw on photographing furniture. You don’t? Pull out your November 2006 issue, its on page 12. Your collection doesn’t go back that far, then download it on the website.

At about 10:30 Paul Miller, the author of that fine article will be giving a short presentation on photographing work. Then Roger Myers will go through “photoshopping” and posting pictures. When Paul and Roger are done, you’ll really know what to do with your work after you finish it. Pay attention or you might miss half of lunch; we will break from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch. Those that wish to step out and get lunch will have time to do so. The business session will run from 12:30 to 1:00. Don’t even think of bringing cans of stain or old varnish to the Finishing Q&A; we’re not doing any finishing or messing around with any liquids. Just bring your practical how-to or why type questions, and maybe you’ll get answers. We’ll have Bruce Hamilton, of The Wood Finishing School in West Newbury, MA. Bruce works as a professional antique furniture restorer.

We will also have Dale Vigent of Vigent Custom Finishes in Rollinsford, NH. Dale finishes fine furniture, but specializes in less common techniques such as distressing and faux finishes, milk paints mixed from traditional Amish formulas, and architectural millwork. Some questions may take some preparation to answer so starting the week of March 28th, you can email your more complicated questions to me at I will forward them to either Bruce or Dale, and they will answer these questions during the first hour of the session. Save your more practical questions to ask live during the second hour.


9:00 to 9:30 BIG subgroup presentation
9:30 to 10:30 Photographing and Photoshopping                
10:30 to 11:30 Lunch                                                                          
11:30 to 12:30 Business meeting                                                    
1:00 to 3:00 Finishing Q&A                                                         


Click on this link for a map of the Pinkerton campus and the location of the Shepard Building. Click on this link for a Google map to Pinkerton or follow the driving directions below. ·  From 93 South/North to exit 4 (Rt. 102 Derry/Londonderry) ·  End of exit ramp head east. ·  Go through 2 sets of lights (after leaving the Exit Ramp) ·  After second set of lights follow for approx. 1 mile through downtown (Hoodkroft Golf Course will be on right) ·  When you come to a rotary (circle) go around the circle and take the 4th exit off. (make almost a complete circle) ·  This will be By-Pass 28 North. Go straight up the hill. Pinkerton Academy will be on the left hand side.

Alan Saffron

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