Scott Ruesswick hosts April Guild Meeting in Canterbury, NH

Take a break from routine woodworking for something different. The April guild meeting is featuring two uncommon topics, marquetry and lutherie. The presentations planned are really great. Both demonstrations will include skills not typical in woodworking, and both will mix in fine art or music as they apply to the craft. Not sure these topics are important?

Consider the world with only Shaker furniture or piano music. The meeting is going to be held on April 18 at the shop of Scott Ruesswick in scenic Canterbury, NH. Many of the woodturners know Scott’s shop as he has hosted many of their meetings. BYOW (bring your own water), the facilities don’t have plumbing. As usual the doors open at 9:00. The first hour is for getting settled, catching up with friends, returning or checking out DVD’s, buying shirts and caps and getting coffee and donuts when they arrive — generally 15 minutes late. There may be some fine work to see from members willing to bring something in for show and tell. At 10:00 the meeting is called to order. The Guild’s Luthiers are giving their presentation in the morning. They will tell you about the group, talk about their woodworking and give a condensed violin-making course. They will also tell you their motivations and creativity. You will see some fine detail work, inventive jigs, and even the complexities of repair work. And they will end with a special demonstration. The traditional one hour business part of the meeting, which all look forward to, will be conducted in about fifteen minutes during the lunch break.

The Guild is fortunate to have Silas Kopf for our speaker for the afternoon session. He is among the region’s most notable craftsmen and furniture makers, with work on display at museums and galleries around the world. His book, A Marquetry Odyssey was published in July, 2008. Marquetry is not limited to colorful patterns and flowers on fine furniture. It is the decorating of things wooden with small pieces of wood and other materials to create patterns, objects, and pictures. Some of Silas Kopf’’s work would make Norman Rockwell proud. He will present some history with many examples of marquetry in a slide show, followed by demonstrating cutting techniques. He is sure to inspire us to add a little flair and individuality to our work. — Alan Saffron Directions to Scott Ruesswick’s Shop

222 Intervale Road, Canterbury, NH
  • Take exit 18 off I–93
  • If coming from Concord, turn right onto West Rd — you should be going west on West Rd)
  • Turn right onto Sand Hill Road, and follow on Intervale
  • The shop is on the left.


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