Meetings and Events
The Northeastern Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild holds monthly meetings and hosts events and programs throughout the year. Click location for information about where monthly meetings are held. Click events sponsored by other organizations to see other related events that might interest you.
Monthly meetings feature presentations of interest to woodworkers. They are typically held at 7pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please click Upcoming Meetings to check details below or look in the current newsletter in Newsletters. The exceptions when monthly meetings do not take place include the month of the Spring Woodworking Show, August Picnic, and December Potluck celebration.
Examples of past program topics include:
- Glues and adhesives
- 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.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7 pm
Why in the world would I buy a wood lathe? Answer-The most fun tool in your workshop.
After high school and the dairy farm, I spent 3 1/2 years in the Air Force as a carpenter. Then 24 years in the Army Reserve as a food service sergeant. After the Air Force I attended NWTC and earned an Associate’s degree in Instrumentation. I spent the next 40 years in a paper mill, mostly as an instrumentation supervisor.
While working full time and the Army Reserves, Cindy and I built our own home and horse barn with the help of family members. Just before retirement I bought a wood lathe, not sure why. I had never used one before but thought it might be something new to try. Watching videos didn’t do much to improve my woodturning abilities. I took the credit wood turning courses at the Artisan Center and got my Wood Turning Certificate in 2012. I taught my first class in the fall of 2014.
Note! Don’t take the first few classes someone is teaching. I sure learned a lot during those first few classes. Wednesday’s presentation will cover the parts of a lathe, including safety. We will discuss various features of wood lathes. Items will include size, drives, and speed controls. We will spend a few minutes on dust collection and hazards of dust to your health. Some questions are “what tools do I need to get started in wood turning”? “What are the costs?” “How do I sharpen my gouges?” “where do you get your wood?” I will try and answer these and would welcome input from the group. I will bring a few gouges and my sharpening system to the meeting. Hope to see you there. Pete Schuh
Upcoming Events & Programs:
Feb 20, 2019: Pete Schuh presentation on wood lathe.
March 16-17, 2019: Spring Woodworking Show
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. Read more in the monthly newsletter.
April 17, 2019: Building a Dulcimer by Rob Martens
May 15, 2019: How to Set Up and Use Hand Planes by Ken Quade
June 19, 2019: Taking a treadle Powered Lathe to Kenya by Kelly Bresnahan
Additional Program/Project Information
In 2017, members Al Herwig and Gary Emerich presented a program on making an “illusionist heart” pendant. They are now making that information available on the web site. Click Illusionist Heart.
Events Sponsored by Other Organizations
Algoma Bird Celebration
Here is the information for any bird carvers or wood burners who would would like to be vendors at the Algoma Bird Celebration on April 6, 2019. There is no vendor fee. As a not for profit, donations are always welcome.
Location: Algoma Community Center Gym (Youth Club near the Harbor)
Date: April 6, 2019
Contact: John Pabich
Cell: 608.235.7616 Text capable
Anyone interested should give me a call. By the way this is the City of Algoma on Lake Michigan not the Town of Algoma near Oshkosh.
Annual Milwaukee Woodworking Show
Monthly Meeting Location – Ashwaubenon High School
Current location for monthly programs 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 to direct you.
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