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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.




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Upcoming Workshops

Mike Mascelli: National Lecture and Workshop

Furniture conservation and restoration are areas that Mike Mascelli knows well. His expertise spans a broad range of topics from the refinishing and upholstering of classic furniture to the world of classic cars. His articles appear in such publications as American Period Furniture, Sports and Exotic Cars and Hemmings Special Interest Autos. Mike has taught and presented a number of upholstery and restoration related programs and workshops for various organizations, including the National Institute of Wood Finishing. He's a regular instructor at The Marc Adams School of Woodworking and has collaborated on minimally intrusive furniture projects with Don Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator of the Smithsonian.

Mike is a charter member of the Professional Refinisher's Group (PRG) ( and has published a number of articles for the PRG website on both upholstery and restoration topics. He maintains a full schedule of projects in the shop, which include all aspects of repair, restoration, and conservation.

When not in the shop, Mike can be found producing custom tools for the upholstery trade and driving his classic MG roadsters or his faithful old blue '48 Chevy truck.

Mike Mascelli Lecture: 8:00 p.m., St. John Fisher College (Room TBA) :  10/24/14

RWS members and guests can look forward to an evening filled with useful woodworking information on finishing, restoration and conservation when Mike Mascelli presents his talk entitled "A Lively Look at "Brown & Shiny" in 2014". Mike will describe techniques used by professional finishers and refinishers to enhance and protect the appearance of a surface with dyes, pigments and various finishes as well as present the results of new research on shellac and historic varnishes. He will also discuss the qualities of a professional finish with regard to grain enhancement, feature highlights, color, sheen and smoothness and will touch on standards that apply to the home craftsman. Finally, Mike will walk through the Northeast Woodworkers "Showcase 2014" looking at award winning pieces through the eyes of a wood finisher.

Mike Mascelli Workshop: Brown and Shiney :  10/25/14

Basic "Brown and Shiny"

A lecture-demonstration specifically designed for furniture makers which will cover the most common wood coloring and finishing tasks, using readily available "off the shelf" materials and equipment.  Scope will include finishing new and antique wood, using brush, pad, and aerosol techniques (does not cover spray equipment).

Topics will include:

  • How surface preparation affects the look
  • The basic chemistry of dyes and pigments
  • The irreplaceable organics: Shellac, asphaltum and linseed oil
  • A primer on lacquer, poly, and water-base finishes
  • Getting a professional look with glazing, toning and shading
  • Matching an existing finish
  • Simple spot repair techniques - Faux finishing
  • How to figure out what is in the can

Demonstrations will include the creation of a number of well-known finishes including Pumpkin Pine, Aged Oak, Perfect Cherry, and Classic Mahogany, on various woods, as well as techniques for "popping the grain" and creating custom appearances.  Students are encouraged to bring small projects and/or wood samples.

Date & Time: Saturday October 25, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Fee: $60 for RWS members, $95 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

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Hand Planes 201 - Sharpening

Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere : 11/08/14

Date & Times:

.....AM Session:  Saturday November 8, 2014, 9:00AM to 12:00PM

PM Session:  Saturday November 8, 2014, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Location: Alan's Shop
Class size:  4 - 6 people
Cost:  $20

.....PM Session:  Saturday November 8, 2014, 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Location: Alan's workshop,  52 Wilelen Rd., Rochester, NY

Cost: $20 for members, $55 for non-members (cost includes membership in RWS)

Class size: 4 - 6 people


Goals: To understand plane blade sharpening and to leave with a completely sharpened blade that is so sharp you can shave with it. This blade will also work for its intended purpose, planing wood.  Reference material includes: Leonard Lee "Sharpening".

Overview: This workshop will focus on sharpening (forming, sharpening, & honing) and adjusting hand planes. This sharpening process is applicable to all wood cutting tools.


· Plane bed angles

· Cutting iron bevels

· Mouth opening and chip formation

· Overview of sharpening materials: ceramic, water stones, diamond plate, oil stones

· Detailed process of Veritas MarkII sharpening jig with water stones and micro bevels

· Cambered cutting edges and when to apply them


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Nick Cook: National Lecture and Workshop

Nick Cook owns and operates the only full service woodturning studio in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He turns a variety of work including one-of-a-kind bowls and vessels along with his unique gift items-wine stoppers, baby rattles, rolling pins, spinning tops, honey dippers, and the like. His work can be found in gift shops and galleries from coast to coast. He also provides turned parts for local furniture makers and millwork shops. He will be sharing his experiences with us the weekend of November 14 - 16. On Saturday, November 15, Nick will do a demonstration workshop where he will make a variety of spindle turned items. On Sunday, November 16, he will run a hand-on workshop where you will be able to make some of these same items demonstrated in the Saturday workshop.


Nick Cook Lecture: 8:00 p.m., St. John Fisher College :  11/14/14

In his slide show presentation on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00pm, Nick will show examples of his work and talk about his unique perspective on the subject of turning.

Nick Cook Workshops: Saturday-Sunday, November 15-16, 2014 :  11/15/14

Saturday Workshop:

At Saturday's workshop, Nick Cook will demonstrate how to make a wide variety of turned items. Most of the items will be spindle turned. At one of his recent workshops Nick demonstrated how to make 22 different items ranging from simple to complex. Here are some examples of the items you will learn to turn: spurtles, spinning tops, wine stoppers, baby rattles, rolling pins, honey dippers, rolling pins, coffee scoops, salt urns, pepper mills, plates, bowls and more.

Date & Time: Saturday November 15, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Fee: $60 for RWS members, $95 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)


Sunday Workshop:

Sunday's workshop will be a hand-on event where the students will be able to produce some of the items demonstrated at the Saturday workshop. Each student will be able to choose the objects he/she wants to make. RWS has eight lathes and sets of tools so we are limiting the attendance to that number. There will be a modest materials fee for the hands-on workshop.

Date & Time: Sunday November 16, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Fee: $90 for RWS members, $125 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

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