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Guild of NH Woodworkers
Carving Symposium

May 17, 2014
Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH
Free admission to all

Choose presentations and demonstrations in sculpture carving, furniture carving styles, period furniture details including the ball & claw foot and the linen fold, design and organization, classical forms and styles, and of course carving techniques.

On going demonstrations are planned. Meet and talk informally with all the carvers as they work.

All presentations and demonstrations will be in the recently remodeled Career & Technical Education building, and relax and eat lunch, which can be provided, in Pinkerton’s new annex building.

See TouchUps in coming weeks for times, session details, presenters biographies, additional topics, and registration information.

Guild News

The Spring Small Group Meetings will be held on March 15, 2014. At present, five sessions are lined up consisting of:

  • Design, Construction and Application of Bandings—Roger Myers
  • Fine Box Making (a repeat for those who missed it in the Fall)—Bill Taylor
  • Metal Working for Woodworkers (a repeat from a year ago, but with additional content on welding and brazing)—Steve Costain
  • Finishing and Furniture Restoration—Harvey Best
  • Turning a Natural Edge Bowl—Marcel Durette
  • Introduction to Acoustic Guitar Construction—Jeb Hooker

Remember that all these sessions are conducted in the presenter’s shop, so space may be limited. Sign up early to assure your position.

Steve Colello

Guild News

The Guild’s next general meeting will be on February 15th at the shop of Owain Harris, 63 Nottingham Rd, Deerfield, NH. Our featured speaker will be NH Furniture Master Richard Oedel.

Please note that Richard's presentation will be before lunch—10am-12pm.

  • 9:00- 9:30  Coffee and Social
  • 9:30-10:00  Subgroup updates from Hand Tools, Period Furniture, BIG, Windsor Chairs Making, Luthiers, Boat Builders, GSWT for a Business, Woodworking as a business and Small.  Periodical updates: Old Saw, Journal and Touchups.
  • 10:00-12:00  Featured Speaker: Richard Oedel will present and demonstration. “Composites – an intro to using carbon fiber, Kevlar, and other fibers in your work”. This presentation will show methods and ideas how composites might be used along with a resource list of vendors and materials.
  • 12:00-12:45  Lunch Break
  • 12:45- 1:00  Brief Business meeting- Treasurer’s report, Membership report, Guild updates and announcements
  • 1:00-3:00  Two concurrent demonstration rotations. Bill Taylor will be demonstrating the very popular “building a simple box” session showing the 6 panel box process. Harvey Best will be demonstrating “Polishing out Finishes” which is one of the most checked out DVD in our library

Richard Oedel

Coming from an engineering and business background, the development and construction of form has always fascinated Richard. And living in Salem Massachusetts for 22 years has instilled in him an appreciation and respect for the furnituremakers of the 17th and 18th centuries, who lived and worked only steps from his front door. Now living in Boston, home in the 1700s to the Seymours and other master furnituremakers. Some of the finest furniture in America was crafted here. And still is.

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Merrimack High School (Merrimack, NH) is offering a bowl turning class Thursday nights that still has a couple openings.  Class registration closes on January 21st.

Bowl Turning #1 (8 weeks)

Course will cover many aspects of bowl turning including turning dry stock, green stock, making platters, bowls, natural edge bowls, chucking options, harvesting your own bowl blanks, and tool sharpening. Participants have the opportunity to make several projects related to wooden bowl turning. Prior experience is recommended such as participants who completed my Introduction to Lathe Turning course. Experience the beauty of what is under the bark! 

Link to more info & to register

Taught by Phil Carle

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Granite State Woodturners

Taunton Magazine Subscriptions

Deadline Feb. 15, 2014

This marks the tenth year that we have been able to offer special group rates on Taunton magazines for  Guild members. These rates represent a 20% discount on any magazine offered by Taunton Press, and surprisingly, these rates have not changed in the past 10 years.  The group discount is applicable to both new and renewal subscriptions, and since we do this only once a year (right after the February Guild Meeting), you may wish to renew now, even if your magazine expires midyear – Taunton will simple add to your current term.

Following are the group rates offered to the Guild:

  1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
Fine Woodworking $27.96 $47.96 $67.16
Fine Homebuilding $30.36 $52.76 $75.16
Fine Cooking $23.96 $39.96 $55.96
Fine Gardening $23.96 $39.96 $55.96
Threads $26.36 $43.96 $63.16

If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, send your name and address, the magazine/s and term/s you want [specify if this is a new or renewal subscription - I do not need your current label for renewals – Taunton will search their database using your name], and a check made out to the Guild for the appropriate amount, to:

Tony Immorlica
6 Purgatory Road
Mont Vernon, NH 03057

Orders will be accepted up to the February General Guild meeting on February 15.

Guild News

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your kind donations to our auction/raffle. It was a very nice addition to have such beautiful woodworking pieces displayed from folks at the woodworkers guild. They generated many tickets and I was very grateful to get the support from folks that understand the importance of our mission. It does take a village.

If you'd like to learn more about our mission that you supported through your donation you can see us interviewed on MSNBC just this past Friday and also if you go to TedxAmoskeag2013 I presented on Saturday. My spot is after Dick Anagnost presenter in a red long sleeve tshirt. It's been a whirlwind of a weekend, but despite it all your support was still greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

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What is it: A gathering of people interested in woodturning, to learn or share knowledge, tips and tricks, try out some tools, gadgets and equipment, and enjoy some good food. Everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday, November 30, 2013, starting at 10:00 am and going until the last person leaves the barn.

Where:  My barn, 130 Fordway Extension, Derry NH 03038

Why:  This is in part, my "Thank You" for all the help that Dave and I received from the woodturning community when we needed a lot of bodies at certain points in the building and construction phase of my barn - raising the bents, or timber frame walls, raising the roof trusses, and putting the roof on the barn.

This is also my way of 'Paying it Forward' to help out people who may be just starting out. I had the benefit of so many willing mentors in my early years, when I didn't know which end of the tool to hold.

What to Expect:  Previous years the Open Turning was loose and unstructured.  This year will have a theme:  Hollow Form Turning.  I will have a Monster Hollowing Rig set up on the Oneway, and Jerry Sambrook, AAW Demonstrator and a regular in the Monster Booth at Symposiums, will have one set up on a mini-lathe. Jerry had one here last year, and I was so impressed that I ordered one for my Oneway.  If you're never done a hollow form and would like to see how they're made -- more important -- actually use one of the Monster Hollowing rigs to turn and hollow, and see how smoothly and simply hollow form turning can be with the right tools and proper instruction, then you don't want to miss this.

I'm told that Jerry will have at least 2 Monster rigs for a mini lathe, and one for  full-size lathe for sale.  These are usually a custom order purchase; you order and wait 4-6 weeks for Monster to make it.  But on this day, if you love it (and I think you will), you could take one home with you.

Johannes Michelsen (The Original Range Rider Cowboy Hat) will be here, with his latest tools and equipment, including his Vector jig and the new CBN wheels.  I have one of his CBN wheels on one of my grinders, and you can test the difference yourself. If you've been looking at his tools with the 'unique bevel grind' that he uses, try one of his gouges out, and judge for yourself the difference it makes in turning.  My Delta Midi-lathe will be set up for bowl turning for you to try them out.

If you've been thinking about ordering anything that Hannes carries, contact him, and he'll make sure your order is here.  Save the shipping and sales tax!  Here's his website and contact information: and

I know that this falls on the same date as the Granite State Woodturner's meeting.  Make that meeting in the morning, and come by my barn in the afternoon.

No need to 'pre-register';  come for an hour, or come for the day.  Just show up!

Guild News
Granite State Woodturners

Curved, Tapered Laminations with a Twist

Presentation to the Guild of NH Woodworkers—November 23, 2013


-Personal introduction
-Description of music stand
-Summary of Topics to be covered

  1: Why are laminations useful?
  2: Materials and equipment
  3: Form construction
  4: Lamination preparation
  5: Glue-up
  6: Clean-up
  7: Shaping

Purpose of Laminations

- Strength
- Design Possibilities
- Material Conservation
Materials and Equipment
- Wood Choice
- Glue vs Epoxy
- Clamps

Form Construction

- Form Material  (MDF vs. Plywood)
- Making a pattern
- Flush cutting
- Adding a twist
- Prep for glue-up

Lamination Preparation

- Blank Preparation
- Resawing
- Tapering sleds


- Everything in its right place
- Don’t do it by yourself


-  Strategies for getting your final shape


-  Considerations


-  Summary of Important Topics

Guild News

Roy Noyes (left) and Bob Couch (outgoing President)Roy Noyes was recognized with a Membership Appreciation Award at the September general meeting. Roy served as the Old Saw editor for 10 years at a time when creating, printing and mailing a publication was a bigger task than today. Roy was recognized for life long contributions to the Guild. The letter below is from Roy.


To: Bob Couch (

From: Roy Noyes
Date: October 18, 2013
Subject: Member Appreciation Award.

Dear Bob,

Because I don’t have your addresses I am using this rather formal way to thank you and the other members of the Guild (especially Jack Grube and Jon Siegel) for the 2013 Member Appreciation Award that I received at the annual meeting. The plaque is beautiful and the thoughts behind it are priceless. It is on my desk and reminds me every day of my friends in the Guild and how it started as 10 woodworkers in John McAlevey’s shop in 1990 and has grown to over 500 members today!

I am humble and grateful to have had a part in the Guild.  Although at almost 90 I can no longer do woodworking, I have not lost my interest in woodworking, the wonderful creations of Guild members and all the great activities put on by the Guild. Please convey my appreciation to all the other members.

Thank you again.

Roy Noyes

Leroy C. Noyes  Email:

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Ted Blachly conducted a personal tour of the Furniture Master’s exhibit on Saturday October 19. Ted has provided a sketch of the wide panel joint he spoke about.

Some of the Guild members ears perked up when I mentioned the "Drop in Sliding Dovetail" joint for wide panels yesterday. Here's the sketch. I know I wrote about this in an early newsletter...maybe when I was president?

Pretty good turn out at the exhibit—Ted

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