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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

  • Hilary Russell - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, September 26, 2014, Rm. 135 Basil, St. John Fisher College

    Hilary Russell will be the featured National Speaker at the first Friday night meeting of the 2014-15 season on September 26, 2014 at St. John Fisher College. This talk will begin at 7:45 PM, which is 15 minutes earlier than our usual start time.

    Hilary is a teacher, author, lecturer and founder of the Berkshire Boat Building School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. For over a decade he has helped teenagers and adults build more than a hundred canoes, kayaks, coracles, and umiaks. He formerly chaired the English Department at the Berkshire School, where he also taught boat building and led outing programs. Currently he directs the Berkshire Boat Building School. Hilary will also lead a one day hands-on canoe building workshop at Mark Rakestraw's cabinetry shop on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Participants will work with Hilary to frame up a skin-on-frame double paddle canoe (see the workshop description for more details). The resulting canoe will be available for purchase by one of the workshop participants. You can register for the workshop on the Workshop Registration page.

    Read more about Hilary's canoes, kayaks and the Berkshire Boat Building School and look over the Photo Gallery on his web site: http://www.berkshireboatbuildingschool.org/home/default.aspx.

     

  • National Speakers for 2014-15

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

    Hilary Russell, Canoe/Kayak Builder; September 26, 2014

    Mike Mascelli, Furniture Restorer/Refinisher; October 24, 2014

    Nick Cook, Woodturner; November 14, 2014

    George Perzel, Laser Engraving/Art; January 16, 2015

    Bob Yorburg, Carver; February 20, 2015

    Glen Huey, Furniture Maker; March 27, 2015

    Garrett Hack, Furniture Maker; April 24, 2015

     

     

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Upcoming Workshops

Hilary Russell: National Lecture and Workshop

Hilary Russell is a teacher, author, lecturer and boat builder. For over a decade he has helped teenagers and adults build more than a hundred canoes, kayaks, coracles, and umiaks. He formerly chaired the English Department at the Berkshire School, where he also taught boat building and led outing programs. Currently he directs the Berkshire Boat Building School, which he founded in Sheffield, MA.

Read more about Hilary's canoes, kayaks and the Berkshire Boat Building School and look over the Photo Gallery on his web site.

Hilary's talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. in room 135 Basil at St. John Fisher College.

 

Hilary Russell Lecture: 7:45 p.m., St. John Fisher College :  09/26/14

In his Friday evening address, Hilary will talk about building a skin-on-frame boat and discuss steps in both the design and the building process. He will also explore how the properties of his boats (dimensions, depth, beam, stringer shape, rib size and spacing) are influenced by the traditional skinboats: Irish Currachs, Welsh Corracles, Inuit kayaks, and kayak-form canoes.

A look at traditional skinboats: Irish Currachs, Welsh Corracles, Inuit kayaks, and kayak-Form canoes, the sit-on-the-bottom canoes of the Canadian northwest.
The influences of the above on my boats: dimensions, depth, beam, stringer shape, rib size and spacing.



Hilary Russell Workshop: Skin-on-Frame Canoe :  09/27/14

In the Saturday hands-on workshop, participants will frame up a skin-on-frame double paddle canoe and learn the following skills:

  • Bending gunwales over a jig.
  • Installing decks, knees, stems, and a keel stringer.
  • Steaming and installing ribs.
  • Lashing stringers to ribs and stems.

Date & Time: Saturday September 27, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Rakestraw Cabinetry, 850 St. Paul St., Studio 18, Rochester, NY

Driving instructions: Going north on St. Paul St. from the Inner Loop turn right (east) onto Scrantom St. Drive to the rear parking lot at the back of the building (about 100-150 yards from St. Paul St.) and enter through the loading dock. Follow signs to Rakestraw Cabinetry.

Cost: $60 for RWS members, $95 for non-members (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

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) (www.professionalrefinisher.com) 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)

Workshop Registration

 

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.

Outline:

· 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

 

Workshop Registration