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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

  • Mario Rodriguez to Open 2015-16 National Speakers Series on September 18

    Internationally known woodworker/teacher/writer Mario Rodriguez will open the RWS National Speakers series with a presentation at St. John Fisher College on Friday, September 18, 2015. Mario's home base is the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, where he designs and builds his exquisite creations and holds classes for woodworkers at all skill levels. A prolific writer, Mario has authored two books and published numerous articles in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking and other magazines. On Saturday, Mario will lead a demonstration workshop at C.P. Rochester from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Well known for his expertise with hand tools, he will teach you how to design, fabricate and apply custom banding to enhance your woodworking projects.

    For more information about the presentation and workshop, see our Workshops page. You can read more about Mario and view his work on his web site at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.

  • Join RWS Before August 31 and Save $5

    Pre-season discount membership rates are now in effect for the 2015-16 season: $30 for an Individual Membership (one adult) and $40 for a Family Membership (two or more in the same household). Join RWS any time between now and August 31, 2015 and save on the Individual or Family Membership. Our Business Membership is still only $100.

    You can use the US Mail or the PayPal links on the JOIN page.

  • 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

    Stuart Batty - Wood Turner; 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

Mario Rodriguez National Lecture and Workshop

With over 30 years in woodworking as a builder/maker, teacher and writer, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop is now home for Mario Rodriguez. Mario earned a bachelor's degree in Art and Applied Design from H. H. Lehman College, and then began a four year apprenticeship with the Carpenters & Cabinetmakers Union in New York City, receiving his NY State certification in 1978.

After graduation and working in the field, Mario established his own shop in Brooklyn, NY serving the area's leading architects, designers and collectors. His shop handled projects that included new construction, renovation, millwork, furniture restoration and refinishing, architectural woodwork, and fixtures and furniture reproductions. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Country Living, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Hudson Valley, McCall's, Fine Woodworking and the New York Times.

Mario has taught in the Restoration Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for almost 18 years, as well as many of the leading woodworking schools in the country.

From 1992 to 1997, Mario directed the Warwick Country Workshops from a small barn behind his Federal period farmhouse. These specialized classes were devoted to traditional hand tool topics such as hand cut dovetails, carving a ball-&-claw foot, hot glue hammer veneering and plane making. Today, he still speaks at regional woodworking organizations and clubs.

For the past 16 years, Mario has written extensively for the leading woodworking magazines (Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Home Furniture, Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker), primarily focusing on traditional hand tool techniques and projects. He has written two books: Traditional Woodwork and Building Fireplace Mantels, both published by Taunton Press.

In addition to his work at PFW, Mario continues to write, pursue woodworking topics of interest and execute projects for architects, builders and designers.

Mario Rodriguez Lecture: 7:45 p.m., St. John Fisher College (Room TBA) :  09/18/15

In his Friday night talk Mario will present slides of his work and reflect on his career as an author, teacher and builder of fine period furniture.

Mario Rodriguez Workshop - Custom Banding Techniques :  09/19/15

In this one day workshop, Mario will show you how make the Seymour trademark lunette and line-&-arrow banding introduced by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston. His techniques can be adapted to many other types of banding, which are limited only by your imagination.

Date & Time: Saturday September 19, 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, $90 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

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Stuart Batty: National Lecture and Workshop

Stuart Batty is a third-generation woodturner, being a full-time production turner and teacher in his father's studio at age 16. At 18, he started working for Craft Supplies Ltd. in England, at the time the world's largest supplier to woodturners. During his 6 years at Craft Supplies, he was the in-house woodturning teacher and demonstrator. He set up Craft Supplies' first sawmill and was in charge of their import business that sold more than 300 exotic woods from around the world. Stuart also developed and tested woodturning tools for Robert Sorby, a Craft Supplies sister company.

During the past 34 years, Stuart has taught more than 3,000 amateur and professional woodturners. He has demonstrated and taught in 12 countries and for more than 180 AAW chapters throughout the US.

Stuart's style of work is greatly influenced by his background as a spindle turner with precise cuts and sharp detail. He uses very simple tools to create his pieces. His work is pure lathe work, with no carving or surface texturing. Stuart's artwork has been sold through prestigious galleries across Europe and the US. He also has artwork displayed in the permanent White House collection.

Stuart believes we have only skimmed the surface of the potential of a wood lathe. With production woodturning as his background, his foundation in woodturning helped him perfect the push cut style and other useful techniques, such as negative rake scraping.

Stuart Batty Lecture: 7:45 p.m., St. John Fisher College :  11/20/15

In his slide show presentation on Friday, November 20, 2015, Stuart will show examples of his work and talk about his unique perspective on the subject of turning.

Stuart Batty Workshops: Saturday-Sunday, November 21-22, 2015 :  11/21/15 - 11/22/15

Saturday Workshop

Part I: Perfecting the Art of Cutting

Learn the art of cutting without torn grain. Stuart will show how to perfect cuts with the three main gouge types - bowl, spindle, roughing - and chisels, including skews, parting tools, and beading/beading tools. Included will be the simple way to freehand grind each of the tools, allowing it to perform at its best for all wood types. He will break down the cuts into simple movements that everyone can learn - how the right hand controls the tool, the left hand assists, and the body movements that make cutting easier and repeatable. Stuart will also discuss and demonstrate how a negative rake scraper works and its advantages over a traditional scraper.

Part II: Bowl Turning with the 40/40 Grind

The 40° bevel and 40° straight swept-back wings on a bowl gouge make this the most versatile tool you can own. This demo will show you how to freehand grind the gouge on a platform and the motions used to make repeatable cuts with little physical effort and no torn grain. Stuart will show how this gouge is controlled for both spindle and bowl turning.

Date & Time: Saturday November 21, 2015, 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:

Stuart Batty Bowl Turning - Hands-on Workshop

Sunday will be your opportunity to apply the knowledge from Saturday's session to make some small bowls with Stuart's instruction and guidance. He will assist with tool selection and sharpening, bowl design, and turning techniques.

Date & Time: Sunday November 22, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

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

Fee: TBA

Enrollment: Limit of 6

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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 ( 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.


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