General Meeting

November 20, 2010

The Guild’s second General Meeting of the year will be on November 20th, and hosted by Scott Ruesswick at his shop in Canterbury.  For those with déjà vu, last year’s November meeting was also hosted by Scott.

The meeting will begin with a conversation with Donald Briere, a local wood turner of some accomplishment. His work is beautiful, but it’s his training that is of interest.  He started with basic carpentry skills and became a

craftsman wood turner. His training was special, but the only easy part of it was his commute.  Donald Briere developed his woodworking skills in the NH Furniture Masters Prison Outreach Program in the state prison in Concord. We’ll talk with Donald and hear about his obstacles and challenges, like having sharp objects in prison, among others. We’ll learn more about the program and Donald’s accomplishments.

The featured presentation of the meeting won’t be there; it was sold and delivered to its new owners in Connecticut. But, it’s maker, Mr. Terry Moore will be, and he will be telling us about the Carlton House Desk he made for the 2010 Furniture Masters auction. For about an hour in the morning, he will give us some background on the Furniture Masters, and particularly on the auction process and requirements, such as any design or construction considerations that may be needed. For the afternoon session, Terry will tell us about the desk. You won’t see sophisticated drawings and such; his design process dealt primarily with refinements on an earlier work. It’s those refinements that will be of interest. Needless to say the rosewood casework, including those gallery curves, and the maple veneering will prompt a comment or two as well.



9:00 to 9:30 Donald Briere                                          

9:30 to 10:30 Terry Moore on the auction              

10:30 to 11:30 Business meeting                                    

11:30 to 12:00 Lunch                                                          

1:00 to 3:00 Terry Moore on the desk                       

Remember the first half hour is for getting settled, checking DVDs in and out, buying shirts and caps, greeting friends, and getting coffee and donuts. Besides a chair, bring your lunch and your water; Scott’s shop is not convenient to any fast food places, and has no plumbing.

Directions to Scott Ruesswick’s shop at 180 Intervale Road in Canterbury

From Interstate 93 take exit 18. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto West Road. Go 3/4 mile on West Road. Turn right onto Intervale Road. Go 1.8 miles on Intervale Road. The shop is on the left.

Alan Saffron

Guild News