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Welcome!

We are a group of men and women in Upstate NY dedicated to the enjoyment of woodworking. Membership includes lectures and workshops by renowned woodworking personalities and local professionals as well as free access to our extensive lending library of books and videos.

RWS welcomes everyone interested in the craft whether professional or hobbyist. Join the company of hundreds of enthusiasts - carvers, turners, furniture makers, boat builders, and other skilled craftspeople and take your woodworking skills to a new level.

 

 

 

Recent News

  • Greg Johnson - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, January 20, 2017, St. John Fisher College

    Greg Johnson is making an encore presentation to the RWS community. Members who attended his presentation in 2013 will be able to catch up on the latest developments in furniture finishing and restoration, while old and new members alike will take home information and ideas to apply to their next project.

    Greg will present a talk and workshop on the weekend of January 20, 2017. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, January 20 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College. His workshop will be held at Greg's workshop in Avon (see workshops page for details) on Saturday, January 21 starting at 9 a.m. Workshop Registration

    Every woodworker who has built or restored a piece of furniture knows the anxiety felt when approaching the final step in the process - selecting and applying the finish. Make one wrong move and you've ruined a project that took days or weeks to complete. Greg Johnson faces that situation every day and does so with ease. He has been in the furniture making trade for over 40 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative wood finishers in America.

    Greg began working at his father's cabinet making and restoration shop in Maryland in the early 1970's. After completing a two year furniture making program in 1981 at the Worcester Center for Crafts he worked at his brother Tom's restoration shop in Boston. It was during this time Greg found his niche in wood finishing. In 1989 he became the principal finisher for designer Wendell Castle in Scottsville, NY. In 2000 Greg took a management position running the finishing department at a new production company, the Wendell Castle Collection. In April of 2005 Greg went into his own business full time. He offers of full range of services including restoration, conservation and custom finishing. In addition to his duties at Johnson Furniture Restoration, Greg served as a presenter at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and contributed to the " Woodworking in Action" DVD.

    SILENT AUCTION

    Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out this  form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).

  • Have a Woodworking Problem? Try RWS "Consultants".

    If you're struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new RWS program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.
    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

    If you're an RWS member struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.

    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

  • National Speakers for 2016-17

    Click on a link for the speaker's web site, if available.

    Greg Johnson - Finisher; January 20

    Jim Altemus - Period Furniture; February 24

    John Beaver - Turner; March 17

    Jeff Miller - April 21 2017

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Upcoming Workshops

RWS Workshops for 2016-17

The following is a list of the National and Local workshops planned for the 2016-17 season. : 02/07/16

National workshops are led by nationally and internationally known woodworkers who are featured speakers at our Friday night meetings. Local workshops are led by RWS members with high levels of expertise in the topic of discussion. For a complete description of each, see our Workshops page. To register for a workshop, click here.

 

National Workshops (Topics will be added as they become available):


Greg Johnson - January 21, 2017

John Beaver - March 18, 2017

Jeff Miller - April 21, 2017

Local Workshops:

Sessions: 1) Saturday January 28, 9AM, 248 Haywood Gln, Victor NY
2) Saturday Feb., 11, 9AM, 248 Haywood Gln., Victor NY
3) Saturday Feb., Feb 25, 8 AM, 248 Haywood Gln, Victor


NOTE: The "Small Project Shaker Table" workshop dates have changed and now it is a 3 part workshop instead of just 2 parts.

Small Project Shaker Table part 1 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 28, 2017

Small Project Shaker Table part 2 - Alan VanDeMoere - February 11 2017

Small Project Shaker Table part 3 - Alan VanDeMoere - February 25 2017

Intro to Spindle Turning - Mike Brawley - February 11, 2017

Turning a Pepper Mill - Terry Lund - March 4, 2017

Pen and Stopper Turning - Mike Hatchy - April 1, 2017

NOTE: The "Making Edge Tools" workshop date has changed from April 15th to April 29th.

Making Edge Tools - Bob Couture and David Gilbert - April 29, 2017






Workshop Registration

 

Small Project Shaker Table (parts 1, 2 and 3)

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere : 01/07/17

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment.

To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to:

workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org.

 

NOTE: The "Small Project Shaker Table" workshop dates have changed and now it is a 3 part workshop instead of just 2 parts.

In this three part series each participant will construct his or her own shaker table.

In the first session we will establish the design then layout and select the stock for the table.  Participants may bring their own stock, or select material from Alan's wood storage.  There will be a modest charge of about $5/board foot for material used.  We will need four 1 ½" square rift sawn blanks about 30" long for the legs, four flat or quarter sawn 7/8" material about 20" long for the aprons, and enough 7/8" flat sawn material to complete an 18x18" top.  Rough milling of the stock will be demonstrated but the majority of milling will be done after the session.  For that reason, participants are strongly encouraged to utilize standard leg with dimensions and standard apron thickness dimensions.  The milling will then commence smoothly.  Although there are a number of methods available to create a mortise, we will concentrate on using a mortising machine.  Anyone wishing to do mortising by hand with a mortising chisel is encouraged to do so.

In the second section, participants will mortise their legs and fit tenons (previously milled into the aprons).  We will demonstrate final finishing of all show surfaces with hand planes, or alternately participants can sand all of their parts.  We will wrap up the fitting of the aprons, top, and legs then glue up the bases.  Important finishing details like tapering the top or creating a bead on the aprons will add elegance to the tables.

In the third session we will fix any problems, catch everyone up on completing their table and finally finish the table with shellac.

Date and Time:

Part 1: January 28, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Part 2: February 11 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Part 3: February 25 2017, 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Sessions: 1) Saturday January 28, 9AM, 248 Haywood Gln, Victor NY
2) Saturday Feb., 11, 9AM, 248 Haywood Gln., Victor NY
3) Saturday Feb., Feb 25, 8 AM, 248 Haywood Gln, Victor NY



Location: 248 Haywood Gln, Victor NY

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $65 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

Greg Johnson: National Lecture and Workshop

Every woodworker who has built or restored a piece of furniture knows the anxiety felt when approaching the final step in the process - selecting and applying the finish. Make one wrong move and you've ruined a project that took days or weeks to complete. Greg Johnson faces that situation every day and does so with ease. He has been in the furniture making trade for over 40 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative wood finishers in America.

Greg began working at his father's cabinet making and restoration shop in Maryland in the early 1970's. After completing a two year furniture making program in 1981 at the Worcester Center for Crafts he worked at his brother Tom's restoration shop in Boston. It was during this time Greg found his niche in wood finishing. In 1989 he became the principal finisher for designer Wendell Castle in Scottsville, NY. In 2000 Greg took a management position running the finishing department at a new production company, the Wendell Castle Collection. In April of 2005 Greg went into his own business full time. He offers of full range of services including restoration, conservation and custom finishing. In addition to his duties at Johnson Furniture Restoration, Greg served as a presenter at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and contributed to the " Woodworking in Action" DVD.

Greg Johnson is making an encore presentation to the RWS community. Members who attended his presentation in 2013 will be able to catch up on the latest developments in furniture finishing and restoration, while old and new members alike will take home information and ideas to apply to their next project.

The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. in room 135 Basil Hall at St. John Fisher College.

Greg Johnson Lecture: 7:45 p.m., 135 Basil Hall, St. John Fisher College :  01/20/17

In his Friday night presentation, Greg will show slides of projects that have gone through his shop in past years, including a custom finish project, conservation treatments and repairs.

Greg Johnson Workshop: Furniture Finishing :  01/21/17

In this one day seminar at Greg's shop he will teach the basics of how to achieve a fine wood finish.  Let's face it, as much enjoyment as we get from building our project, the finish is the first thing that is noted in judging the quality of the piece.  With a better understanding of the basics you will start enjoying the finishing process.

Highlights:

-Proper surface preparation
-Staining (if desired)
-Touch up during finishing
-Getting a good final coat
-Rubbing out the finish

Greg's Saturday workshop on finishing and restoration techniques will be held in his workshop in Avon, NY. Space is limited, so register early.

Date & Time: Saturday January 21, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Johnson Furniture Restoration, 216 Wadsworth Avenue, Avon, NY 14414

Fee: $60 for RWS members, $80 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration