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Meetings and Events

The Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild holds meetings and events throughout the year.


Monthly meetings feature presentations of interest to woodworkers. They are typically held at 7pm, recently moving to the 3rd Wednesday of the month.There have also been some changes to the location of the meetings. Please click Upcoming Meetings to check details below or look in the Newsletter.

Examples of past program topics include:

  • Glues and adhesives
  • Turning
  • Spalted wood
  • Flute making
  • Many more

Suggestions for programs are always welcome. Past programs are recorded and available in the library under the category “meeting.”

Meetings also include time for questions, help from other woodworkers, and sharing of accomplishments (Woodworker’s Show and Tell).

There is also a “sub-group” of carvers who hold an additional monthly gathering with “hands-on” sessions focusing on carving techniques, sharpening, design, and painting.

Upcoming Meetings:


Beginning with the October 18th meeting, the location is Ashwaubenon High School, 2391 S. Ridge Rd. Enter from the west side of the building, 21W, and turn right to the meeting room. There will be signs and people to direct you.

Wed Nov.8:7 pm:  Mark Hawkins: The Great Lakes Mackinaw Boat                                                                                                 **      * Note date change to second Wednesday in Nov.   

The Great Lakes (wooden) Mackinaw Boat

With Mark Hawkins and Roger C. Swanson                          Article by Steve Lockhart and Mark Hawkins

A number of years ago I said to myself, “I’m interested in woodworking and boats so………… I guess I must be really interested in wooden boats!”  Since the advent of fiberglass boats, new wooden boats are pretty rare so most wooden boats in existence today are at least 50 years old.  Building wooden boats usually involves restoring an old one or building a replica of an old design.  The Guild is fortunate to have Mark Hawkins as a member who, along with Roger Swanson, will be discussing the evolution, construction, and use of the the Great Lakes Mackinaw Boat.
The Mackinaw Boat dates back to the 18th century, and was the “pickup truck” of the Fox River, Green Bay, and the Great Lakes for over a century.
“A double-ender of 18-30’ plus in length, plumb stemmed, marked rake to sternpost, half decked, two masts (usually gaff ketch), round bottomed, fitted with a centerboard, and sporting a jib set on a hogged bowsprit. Planked, either lapstrake or carvel. Original waters of use – the Upper Great Lakes. Often associated with the Straits of Mackinac. Certain specific variations associated with time and place.”  – Swanson
The term “Mackinaw Boat” began to appear in accounts written by military personnel, traders, merchants, clergy and travelers around 1790.  Examination of these records indicates that “Mackinaw Boat” as a defining term was not at all precise.  Accounts refer to a wide variety of “small craft” (18 to 40-plus feet) types observed throughout the Great Lakes area, particularly in the vicinity of the Straits of Mackinac. Examination of these accounts indicates that hull forms included barges, bateaus, canoes and a variety of fishing craft. The only clear consensus seems to have been:
1. A craft observed  in the vicinity of the Straits of Mackinac;
2. A craft associated  (however obscurely) with the Straits in terms of its origin though, not necessarily observed there; and,  3. Usually  (but not always) a sailing craft.




Upcoming events & programs:

Dec.  2 (Sat)  Holiday Party  at  UWGB Ecumenical Center.

Jan. 17  Dan Wieske           Cutting Boards & Tumbled Forms

Feb. 21  Bill Strey              Overview of General Finishes






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Map Ashwaubenon High School

On Campus directions

Ashwaubenon High School

Enter from the west side of the building 21 W. Turn right to meeting room


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The exceptions when monthly meetings do not take place include the month of the spring show, August picnic, and December potluck celebration.

Upcoming Events:







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Woodworking Show:

The NEWWG has hosted a woodworking show in Green Bay each spring since 1983 to bring greater awareness of woodworking to the larger community. Members display their work, with some woodworkers demonstrating techniques as well. Some will also have items for sale. A raffle of donated items draws a lot of interest, and provides revenue to the guild. Dates and details announced as they are developed.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

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