David Ellsworth (May 21st)

Virtual Visit: David will do his Friday evening presentation via Zoom. David Ellsworth’s first experience with the lathe was in a woodshop class in 1958. He continued to turn through high school, then spent three years in the military and eight years in college...

Mary May (April 16th and 17th)

Virtual Visit: Mary will do both her Friday evening presentation and her Saturday workshop via Zoom. European trained woodcarver, Mary May, has been carving for over 30 years and currently works out of her studio in Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in...

Mike Korsak (March 19th and 20th)

Virtual Visit: Mike will do both his Friday evening presentation and his Saturday workshop via Zoom. Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Mike possesses a strong...

From The Chair – December 2020

“Hands and Love” Years ago, while picking out brick to pave a patio, I shook the hand of a master mason. I was astonished by the roughness of his calloused hands and immediately felt sorry for him, wondering how he could feel anything with his hands or express any...

From The Chair – October 2020

“Keep trying new things” Current restrictions make the facilities at St. John Fisher Basil Hall, St Michael's workshop and CP Rochester unavailable. So now we “Keep trying new things”. We’ve learned about on-line production through our members, other similar groups...

From The Chair – August 2020

2020-21 Season News Greetings RWS members, As promised, here's a rundown of how RWS will operate this year (September 2020 - June 2021). The short story: We are still going to have monthly national speakers and SIG meetings and some local workshops. These are all...

From The Chair – February 2020

The Joy of Woodworking Greetings RWS members, You are reading this because you love woodworking. (OK, maybe you are just curious.) You like to make things. You love the beauty of wood. You admire the beauty of design. Whatever specific aspects of woodworking move you,...

From The Chair – December 2019

Grateful Greetings RWS members, The holiday season is in full swing. I know this because of those lingering feelings that I should: Catch up with family and old friends Make somebody a gift Volunteer someplace Donate someplace Sing Shop Dig out annual decorations Make...

From The Chair – October 2019

Experience Teaches Judgement Greetings RWS members, Have you ever surprised yourself by selecting the right size socket for a bolt or hex key for a set screw on the first try? You probably had thought about the vintage and origin of the fastener at hand and guessed...

From The Chair – August 2019

Collaboration of the Long Distance SIG Greetings RWS members, Welcome to the 2019/2020 season of RWS. Another new beginning for the organization with more opportunities to learn and do. High in my attention lately has been my impending retirement from the world of...

From The Chair – April 2019

Finding the artist within Greetings RWS members, At the most recent RWS national speaker workshop, as Yoav Liberman reviewed his work, I was struck over and over by the same question: “How did you come up with that design choice?” These were his artistic choices, not...

From The Chair – February 2019

And the sign said, “Help wanted” --- You may have heard that Connie Gates will soon step down from her position as RWS Librarian. Thank you, Connie, for your years of service to RWS members. You have been a joy! But her position won’t go vacant, because John Alescio,...

From The Chair – December 2018

Tis the season for reflecting --- As this year winds down with the holidays upon us, my mind has been going a million miles an hour thinking about how fast life flies by, about this charmed life I have been given, about what I have and haven’t yet done with it, and...

Local Workshops for 2020-21

  • Making Tools with O1 Steel – David Gilbert; October 21, 2020
  • Scroll Saw Use – Gary Buck; November 18, 2020
  • Making and installing small pyramid-top ebony plugs – Al Kupchella; December 16, 2020
  • Working with a Live Edge I and II – Alan Van De Moere; January 27, 2021 and February 24, 2021
  • Bandsaw 101 – Alan VanDeMoere; March 24, 2021
  • The Desk for Success – Steve MacIntyre – April 28, 2021
  • Shaper Origin – Ed Houghton – May 26, 2021


National Speakers for 2020-21

  • Scott Grove – Fine Furniture and Finishing; September 18 and 19, 2020
  • Matt Kenney – Furniture and Box Maker; October 16 and 17, 2020
  • Tim Coleman – Custom Furniture Maker; November 20 and 21, 2020
  • Owain Harris – Furniture Maker; January 29th and 30th, 2021
  • David Fisher – Bowl and Spoon Carver; February 19 and 20, 2021
  • Mike Korsak – Furniture Maker; March 19 and 20, 2021
  • Mary May – Traditional Woodcarver, April 16th and 17th, 2021
  • David Ellsworth – Wooden Vessels, May 21st, 2021

That’s it for 2020-2021! Our next meeting will be in September.

Monthly Show & Tell sessions

Enjoy a bit of socialization and see some friendly faces again! Interested members will get a few minutes to share their projects. Now you can show us your at-home projects that were normally too big to carry to the (past) meetings.

Upcoming sessions are currently scheduled through April 2021 (see schedule below). All RWS members will receive an email with a link to join each Zoom session. Socializing begins at 6:30PM and the Show & Tell speakers start at 7PM. Any questions can be directed to: showtell@rochesterwoodworkers.org.

November 24, 2020 January 26, 2021 March 23, 2021
December 22, 2020 February 23, 2021 April 13, 2021

We are a group 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.