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Woodworking has many facets and our Guild has many members skilled in many areas. Toggle the buttons below to see a descriptions and images of some of the types of woodworking our members are skilled in.

Woodcarving

Wood carving is a form of woodworking by means of a cutting tool in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object.

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Woodturning

Woodturning is the craft of using a wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation. Like the potter’s wheel, the wood lathe is a simple mechanism that can generate a variety of forms.

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Pyrography (Wood Burning)

Pyrography or pyrogravure is the free handed art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning. The term means “writing with fire”, from the Greek pur and graphos.

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Scroll Sawing

The freehand cutting of intricate shapes in relatively thin wood. The scroll saw uses thin blades that allow cutting very small radius curves and delicate cuts, such as for inlays. Works can range from flat, plaque style, to elaborate 3-D structures.

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Intarsia and Marquetry (Wood Mosaics)

Intarsia: is the art of creating a mosaic-like picture from pieces of wood. Different species of wood are selected for their color and cut to size using a scroll saw. The woodworker can create an illusion of depth by carefully selecting the grain pattern and direction of each individual piece.

Marquetry: is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The technique may be applied to case furniture or even seat furniture, to decorative small objects with smooth, veneerable surfaces or to freestanding pictorial panels appreciated in their own right.

Marquetry differs from the more ancient craft of inlay, or intarsia, in which a solid body of one material is cut out to receive sections of another to form the surface pattern. The word derives from a Middle French word meaning “inlaid work”.

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Furniture

From the basic, functional 3-legged stool, to detailed cabinetry, furniture making remains a mainstay of woodworking.

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Boxes

At once functional and decorative, boxes can be made by many techniques, including (but not limited to) band sawing, turning, and traditional dovetail joinery.

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Boat Building

Wood is the traditional boat building material used for hull and spar construction. It is buoyant, widely available and easily worked. It is a popular material for small boats (of e.g. 6-metre (20 ft) length; such as dinghies and sailboats). Its abrasion resistance varies according to the hardness and density of the wood and it can deteriorate if fresh water or marine organisms are allowed to penetrate the wood.

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Miscellaneous

Many woodworking items do not fit neatly in categories. Here are a several examples:

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