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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.

 

 

 

Recent News

  • Garrett Hack - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, April 24, 2015, 135 Basil Hall, St. John Fisher College

    Our final meeting for the 2014-15 season will feature Garrett Hack.

    Garrett designs and builds contemporary style furniture based on classic forms. Internationally known, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Preservation, Home Furniture and Fine Woodworking, where he is a contributing editor and regularly writes articles about design and craftsmanship. Garrett studied civil engineering and architecture at Princeton University and later attended Boston University's Program in Artisanry. Fundamental to his work are hand tools. He teaches hand tool classes throughout the United States and abroad and has written The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1997, 1999). Garrett is currently a member and past chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, a group of artisans dedicated to producing handmade furniture of the highest quality.

    Garrett's Friday evening presentation will highlight various aspects of his life and work as a furniture maker and teacher. He will speak about his sources of inspiration along with his design processes and construction techniques (and possibly a little about farming, too). There will be some design, some technique, some personal thoughts and, most of all, lots of useful ideas. His talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. in room 135 Basil Hall at St. John Fisher College.

    In his Saturday workshop, entitled 'Precision With Hand Tools', Garrett will demonstrate a dozen practical exercises using planes and other hand tools to smooth and polish surfaces, cut curves, shape edges, cut a joint, do an inlay, etc. He will also show you his techniques for sharpening and tuning and tell you which tools he believes are worth owning and learning how to use well.

    Register for Garrett's workshop

  • National Speakers for 2015-16

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

    Mario Rodriguez - Furniture Maker; September 18

    Kevin Rodel - Furniture Maker; October 23

    TBA; November 20

    Tom Lie-Nielsen - Tool Maker; January 22

    Craig Smith - February 19

    Mike Pekovich - Furniture Maker and FWW Art Director; March 18

    Lou Irion - Specialty Lumber Supplier; April 29

     

     

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Upcoming Workshops

Garrett Hack: National Lecture and Workshop

Garrett Hack designs and builds contemporary style furniture based on classic forms. Internationally known, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Preservation, Home Furniture and Fine Woodworking, where he is a contributing editor and regularly writes articles about design and craftsmanship. Garrett studied civil engineering and architecture at Princeton University and later attended Boston University's Program in Artisanry. Fundamental to his work are hand tools. He teaches hand tool classes throughout the United States and abroad and has written The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1997, 1999). Garrett is currently a member and past chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, a group of artisans dedicated to producing handmade furniture of the highest quality.

Garrett Hack Lecture: 7:45 p.m., 135 Basil Hall, St. John Fisher College :  04/24/15

Garrett's Friday evening presentation will highlight various aspects of his life and work as a furniture maker and teacher. He will speak about his sources of inspiration along with his design processes and construction techniques (and possibly a little about farming, too). There will be some design, some technique, some personal thoughts and, most of all, lots of useful ideas.

Garrett Hack Workshop - Precision With Hand Tools :  04/25/15

Garrett will demonstrate a dozen practical exercises using planes and other hand tools to smooth and polish surfaces, cut curves, shape edges, cut a joint, do an inlay, etc. He will also show you his techniques for sharpening and tuning and tell you which tools he believes are worth owning and learning how to use well.

Date & Time: Saturday April 25, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

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

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

Workshop Registration

 

A Note About Workshops

Workshop Location and Policy : 01/01/20

Many of our workshops are at CP Rochester, which is located at 3399 South Winton Road in Henrietta (see map).

If you schedule a workshop and can't attend, please contact the workshop chair (workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org) or the instructor. Many times we have a waiting list. If you contact us before the workshop, your fee will be applied toward a future workshop. Otherwise, your fee is non-refundable.

The workshop prices for non-members includes membership in RWS.

 

Workshop Registration