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2019 Spring Symposium

April 6th - 7th, 2019

Annual Spring Symposium

PRESENTS: Bob Van Dyke

Get More From Your Tablesaw
Cutting Dovetails by Hand
The Basics of Using Handplanes
Beyond the Basic Sand
Shaded Fan

 
 
Bob Van Dyke
Professional Woodworker 
 
 
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April 6th - 7th 2019

Weekend Paid Presentation

Saturday, 8:30am Registration   Presentation 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  Woodcraft
8560 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30022
770-587-3372
 

Guild & SAPFM Members $85 Should sign up by February 1st, 2019

Non-members $85 can sign-up begining March 1st , 2019

Printable Brochure   Mail in Registration form     Online Registration with Paypal

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The Presenter:

Bob Van Dyke
Professional Woodworker 

After 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, CT Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.

Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn "by doing rather than by watching". Successful contemporary 
furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that require mastery of a combination of handtools and machines.

                                                                                        

Demonstrations will provide information useful to all skill level woodworkers, novice and expert alike.

No– Your tablesaw is NOT trying to kill you!

Bob Van Dyke Photo 1This shop workhorse is frequently misunderstood and rarely used   to its fullest potential. Bob will begin with a review of basic   tablesaw techniques for safe and effective use of the saw but will   concentrate on the many uses of a little known tablesaw fixture   called an “L” fence. With this simple jig, tasks such as cutting any   angle, flush cutting to a pattern and cutting concentrically larger   or smaller shapes become safe, accurate and incredibly easy.   Cutting accurate tenons (straight, angled and tenons on   curved parts) are important furniture making skills to master, and   we will explore those along with safe and efficient ways to cut bevels on large panels without burning. 

This comprehensive demonstration will leave you wondering -“It is so simple! Why didn't I think of that!”

           

Not Just Another Hand Cut Dovetail Demonstration

Bob Van Dyke Photo 2In woodworking (like in most things) there is no one “right” way to accomplish a task. There are numerous ways to do the same thing and that is what this demo is all about.
Van Dyke draws from over 25 years of teaching to highlight the everyday stumbling blocks that students come up against and, more importantly, how to get around them. Essential skills like using a cutting gauge correctly, paring to (and not beyond) a line, cutting straight lines with a handsaw, using a sharp chisel and even simple layout techniques are crucial to successful dovetails.

This demo is much more than just cutting dovetails by hand. “Machine assisted”
dovetails give you the handcut look, but they remove many of the variables that contribute to poorly cut dovetails. Techniques using the tablesaw, trim router, bansaw will be used to increase your accuracy and speed. Commercial router dovetail jigs are NOT a part of this demo. Bob has no idea how to use those tools…

    

The Basics —and The Not So Basics- of Using Handplanes

Plane Photo

Handplanes are an essential tool for furniture making, but used incorrectly they can be extremely frustrating. What makes a good handplane and which handplane is right for a particular job? How are they “tuned up”? And most importantly, how are they sharpened? Bob will demonstrate his easy and extremely fast technique (under 2 minutes) to re-sharpen a dull iron or chisel.

After covering the basics Bob will quickly get into advanced techniques unfamiliar to many users. The handplane is one of the most precise tools available to adjust and fine
tune joinery, flatten stock perfectly, adjust squareness, create or remove a taper, and
create precisely accurate edge joints that will yield dead flat panels. Smoothing a
surface (with or across the grain without tearout), controlling tearout by varying
sharpening bevel angles, creating a spring joint, and then gluing up a panel using one
clamp are techniques that are sure to open your eyes and change the way you work
with wood.

.Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan

Shaded fans were a common decorative motif in Federal style furniture They were
often inlaid into the corners of table tops and drawer fronts and were made in many
different styles and sizes. The segments of the fan are shaded using hot sand and then
put together to create a three dimensional effect. After making the basic quarter fan
Bob will get into variations including creating circles, half circles and ovals with interesting curved segments. The process is fascinating, and the inlays can be used in all sorts of projects, from table tops, door panels, drawer fronts, boxes or trays.


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Don’t miss this chance to learn some new techniques that you can add to
your woodworking projects.


   

Guild & SAPFM Members $85 *

*Should sign up by February 1st , 2019

Non-members $85 **


 **Non Members can sign-up begining March 1st. 2019

Online Registration with Paypal

Directions: The Symposium will be held at Woodcraft 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30022 770-587-3372 Take Georgia 400 to Holcomb Bridge Rd. (Northbound- Exit 7A; Southbound Exit 7). Go East on Holcomb Bridge approx 3.5 miles. Rivermont Shopping Center is at the Southeast corner of Holcomb Bridge Rd & Nesbit Ferry

Mentors List

WOODWORKERS GUILD OF GEORGIA

MENTORING VOLUNTEERS

Updated: June 2018

Name Area of Atlanta Contact Info: Mentoring Areas
Ken Gregg Dunwoody This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">kThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Furn repair & touch-up
Bill Bowser Ballground This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. General & cabinets
Ken Kraft Avondale Est. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">kThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Basic hand tool use
Bob Forsthoffer Alpharetta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cabinetry
John Jones Cumming This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Veneering, keepsake boxes, shaker boxes,others
Mike Clark Cumming This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Scrollsaw, pen turning, basic toolwork
Michael Lawsky Dunwoody This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Guitar necks
Mark Haugland SW Gwinnett P-Tree Corners This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Picture frame, small boxes
Mark McClurg Cent Gwinnett   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. General
John Nielsen Marietta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Carving/whittling
Jim Milam Sandy Springs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Most everything
Gary Fader East Cobb This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Wood toys, bandsaw boxes, wood clocks
       
       
       
       
       

Woodworking Show 2019

Woodworking Show

Woodworker’s Guild of Georgia

2019 Woodworking Show of Atlanta, GA 

March 15th thru 17th, 2019

at the Cobb Galleria Centre

Show off your work at the Woodworking Show in the Guild booth! You can bring projects to display or compete in a judged competition for ribbons. Categories will be Furniture, Boxes, Turning, Carving, and Other Woodworking.

      Click on this to open  Entry Form

More information about the Guild’s project competition is available from the Guild’s Woodworking Show Director John Champion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information about the Woodworking Shows in general can be found at www.thewoodworkingshows.com.

How do you enter the competition? Entry forms are available to print from the wwgofga.com website or from the Entry Form link above. We will have entry forms as a hand out at the January and February meetings as well. Entries for the competition must be solo projects where you are the sole woodworker. Any prefabricated or purchased components must be disclosed. You must be a paid member of the Guild to enter.

How will my piece be judged? Two to three outside judges will review the projects from 11 am to 12 noon to complete their evaluations. The judges will look at workmanship, complexity, design, and finishing. Some of the details considered will be how well the piece was designed, are the joints appropriate for the piece, any planner snipe or sanding swirls present, does the finish have any runs in it or orange peel, ergonomics if applicable (does the chair sit well). If your piece is unusual and you want to let the judges know why, just leave a note with the piece explaining (i.e. chair was built for a 6’4” person who weighs 275 pounds). When the judges finish, the booth volunteers will help total the scores and ribbons will be placed. A few minutes for some pictures and at noon sharp the doors to the show will open.

When do I bring my piece to the show? On Thursday afternoon during set up or Friday morning before 10 am. Please contact the Guild’s Woodworking Show Director for more information and directions for getting your piece into the show. If you are bringing a large piece, there will be members from the Guild who can help you unload and bring it inside. You may have to come to the booth to recruit some helpers if none are by the loading dock. Check in with the Woodworking Show Director at our booth. If you have signed your piece, please cover your name with a piece of tape.

Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia Competition Rules

  1. An entrant must be a current member in good standing of the Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia.
  2. All pieces entered in competition should be registered in advance by end of day on Monday prior to the show.
  3. A piece may be entered for judging at one public Guild showing (Woodworking Show) and one additional Guild showing (e.g., Holiday party).
  4. You may enter up to three pieces in each category.
  5. A piece cannot be entered in more than one category.
  6. The entrant must perform all work on pieces entered competition. Prefab elements are allowed, but must be declared.
  7. Each category must have a minimum of three entries to be judged. Any category with fewer than three entries will be dropped, and the entries will be moved to the most appropriate category by the show committee.
  8. All signatures, logos, or identifying marks must be covered prior to judging. They may be uncovered after judging is completed.
  9. Pieces cannot be removed before the official closing of the show.
  10. The Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia reserves the right to deny an entry at our sole discretion (such as safety, size, subject matter, etc.).

Mentoring Program

 

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    Note: Mentors List can be found under the Guild Info tab in the Members Only section. You must login for access. 

Purpose 

The purpose of the Mentoring Program is to assist Guild members in the development of skills or specific projects, especially the person new to woodworking. Mentoring can also be useful to set up a shop that would be consistenta person’s skills and budget. This can help avoid the purchase tools not needed for a person’s interest and skill level. A list of volunteer mentors and their areas of expertise is available on the WWG Website.

Mentoring may involve a visit to the mentors shop and also provide a resource to call for answers to woodworking  questions.

The Guild is also looking for volunteers for the Mentoring Program program. If you would like to volunteer, contact Nuane Neely (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).This is a great opportunity to assist a member who is searching for our help and can be very rewarding to you as well by sharing your knowledge

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