What a difference a year can make

Geez … a year since our last website update? I should be drawn and quartered. Let me try to make amends by showing what our members have enjoyed in the months before and since Covid-19 became a part of our lives.

This past year has been successful for the Guild. In addition to what has already been posted, we gained over a dozen new members, had another successful Pybus show, learned about spray and wipe-on finishes, learned about furniture carcass and panel construction, learned how to use hot hide glue for veneering, and how to make bandsaw boxes.

Willy Joslin gave a demonstration on hand-applied finishes, explaining the pros and cons of each.

Willy Joslin demos the variety of hand-applied finishes available.

John Syre made use of a poly wipe-on to finish this cherry and walnut dining table last month.

Cherry dining table by John Syre
Selective curves give this table a light feel.

Autumn Doucet demonstrated how to veneer with hot hide glue and answered the question “What is a veneer hammer?” (hint: it’s not for pounding).

Autumn’s DIY veneer hammer made with lacewood and brass
A veneer hammer is used to press out the hide glue, otherwise known as “hammer veneering.”

Here’s a short 2:45 minute hide glue veneering video made by Paul Miller from the Canadian School of French Marquetry (CSFM), on Vancouver Island.

John Smits took the inlaying instruction to heart and produced the slickest ebony cribbage board ever seen. His brother Paul, the recipient of this marvel, was duly impressed.

A plain piece of Gabon ebony transformed into …
A beautifully inlaid cribbage board.
Paul Smits was the lucky recipient.

We had some great entries to our 2×4 challenge last year:

A wooden Tic Tac Toe game made by John Smits
Lamp made by Stephen Stoll
Stools made by Willy Joslin

Craig Dixon gave members a demonstration on spay finishing as a follow-up to the meeting on hand finishing.

Craig shows how important it is to first test the spray pattern.
Applying the finish

John Smits (thank you, John) took up the challenge of engaging members in a meeting on how to make a bandsaw box.

Bandsaw box by Willy J.
Box made during the meeting

Steve Voorhies gave us a peak inside his serpentine sideboard as we discussed carcass construction.

And he gave us a sneak peak at his next project …
with this miniature model.

The February meeting this year was all about turning. So many Guild members showed up that it was standing room only. As soon as it’s safe, we plan on continuing our journey into wood turning with introductory and project classes.

Wood turning with Guild members

Our Pybus Market show in January was fun and inspiring. Members displayed their wares – from turnings to rockers and everything wood – and the reception from Wenatchee Valley residents left us satisfied and super-charged for another year.

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