If you are serious about woodworking, you’ve come to the right place.
We are a non-profit organization where our primary mission is woodworking education. It’s wonderful how the internet has so many how-to videos, but since actual woodworking is not a digital experience, we invite you to join the Guild so that you can talk, see and touch wood with experts and with everyone else who wants to learn.
What you get—Members can participate in one or many of our working groups (see below) that collectively host 50+ how-to meet-ups a year that include lectures, demonstrations and symposia. Plus you get a 10% discount (or more) from our sponsors for buying wood, tools and more—that’s a savings that will easily cover your membership fee.
Typically, the Guild has four major meetings per year. These may be single or multi-presenter demonstrations. Topics have included everything from furniture design to “how-to” presentations on dovetails, compound laminations, sharpening, windsor chair making and more.
Special Interest Subgroups
These groups plan their own meetings and other activities, typically meeting three to six times per year at shops and other facilities around the state.
"The Guild is such a wonderful organization! Its magazine might be the best woodworking magazine I get, and I get a few. I took a class from Alan Mitchell six or seven years ago, built a few things, just loved it, and then somehow drifted away from woodworking.
I want to get back into it, and cannot imagine that such talent as that I missed this morning can be accessed just for the asking. Those of you who make the Guild work are doing a wonderful thing, and I very much hope to see myself much more involved in your activities in the future.
Meantime, let me just say, thank you all so much for what you do. It is very deeply appreciated by a great many people"—Charlie Leto
The Journal continues the tradition of giving members and others an opportunity to share their special skills and talents with the full membership by writing magazine articles. The Journal includes feature articles aimed at all skill levels.
Fine Woodworking Magazine has recognized The Journal for what it is—one of the finest woodworking magazines of its kind. You can find their comments on it in this 2009 article.
Printing is of high quality with a glossy cover. Free sample document downloads are available here.
As the Guild has grown and attendance at Guild meetings increased, we found it more and more difficult to meet in member shops. Many missed the opportunity of visiting other shops and the more intimate setting.
To fill this void, we organize twenty or more small meetings each year on a wide variety of topics.
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Discounts (10%) from over twenty advertisers—tools & supplies, wood products, woodworking schools and services. Some restrictions may apply.
The Guild organizes all day symposiums from time-to-time on major facets of woodworking. Past topics have included finishing, joinery, windsor chairmaking and turning.
The New England Woodturning Symposium is held once every three years. Other symposia are held on the off years.
Each February, we make subscriptions to Taunton magazines available at special group rates. Discounts are available on any magazine Taunton offers and are applicable to both new and renewal subscriptions.
Magazines include: Fine Woodworking, Fine Gardening, Fine Cooking, Threads and Fine Homebuilding: www.taunton.com
Booth at Sunapee
Each summer, the Guild of NH Woodworkers mans a large booth at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, NH. The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair always begins the first Saturday in August and lasts nine days. It takes roughly 60 volunteers to setup, teardown and staff the booth. The Sunapee Fair coordinator normally starts looking for members who would like to volunteer in early March.
Each year in June, we take a trip to an interesting and educational site such as a museum, a tool or furniture maker, boat yard, etc. These are family friendly events.
Interesting places we have been in recent years include Lie-Nielsen ToolWorks, Sanborn Mills Farm, a bus trip and tour of North Bennet Street School, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.