A group of Michigan woodcarvers will be showing their stuff at a woodworking show this weekend. The woodcarvers from Metro Carvers of Michigan are having their 32 annual woodcarving show at Madison Place in Madison Heights on Saturday March 17th and Sunday the 18th.
Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff
The gathering of skilled woodworkers and art enthusiasts is the largest for the Metro Carvers of Michigan, a satellite group of the Michigan Woodcarvers Association. About 2,000 attendees are expected from all over Michigan and a couple of outlying states, such as Ohio and Kentucky.
Expect a wide variety of artists working in wood burning, bark carving, chip carving, relief carving, “carving in the round” (three-dimensional) and …
…At last year’s event, many of the carvers were professionals in technical fields who never fancied themselves as the expressive type. They couldn’t grasp 2D art with a pencil or paintbrush, but given a knife and some wood to shape and form in 3D, they fell in love.
“You never know until you stop to smell the roses and pick up a knife,” said Paul Blanchard of Rochester Hills, president of the Metro Carvers of Michigan. “I know people who are heavy into computers, do programming and all that, and suddenly they pick up a knife and they have a talent for it, even though they always thought of themselves as an engineer or computer person.
The Eptek Art and Culture Centre on Prince Edward Island has a Canadian wood turners exhibit presently on display. The P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild will be displaying their turning thru March 28th. There are bowls, hollow forms, and even bird’s nests in the exhibit.
In the article from the Guardian, Mary Mackay talks with several of the wood turners about the craft.
Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit
“I’m interested in the weird, the wild and the wonderful — the stuff (people would) pick up and think ‘What? How did you do that?’ ” laughs guild president Glen Pye of Charlottetown, who admittedly leans more toward the artistic side of woodturning than the utilitarian end.
The P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild began with a slow start three years ago but…
…One of those longtimers is Darrell DesRoches of Miscouche, who has been a wood turner for nearly 20 years.
“The point about the guild is that there are people there from every skill level. We have novices to the intermediate and some semi-professional wood turners,” he says.
“And the one thing I found about being a wood turner is you’re always willing to share. You don’t keep secrets. If you got a cool way of doing things then you’re always willing to share with others.”
There are over 30 members of the P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild which is just three years old. They meet the last Wednesday of each month at two of Holland College’s locations on the Canadian island province. If you happen to be on P.E. I. it sounds like the Canadian wood turners exhibit would a great stop for any aspiring woodworker.
There will be a live web event for woodworkers coming from Fine Woodworking on March 2nd. The streaming web event, billed Shop Talk Live will take place this coming Friday at 3:30 PM eastern time.
Fine Woodworking magazine Editor Asa Christiana along with Michael Pekovich, Art Director will be fielding questions from the moderator Ed Pirnik, the Senior Web Producer. Readers are being asked to submit questions for the web event’s debut.
The Shop Talk Live event was announced on finewoodworking.com.
Live Web Event For Woodworkers
In a bid to better serve our readers and connect with you all even more directly, we’re gearing up to launch a new live stream event that will put our editors in front of the camera on a monthly basis to answer your woodworking how-to questions and even address a few of the comments that…
…That means Asa and Mike won’t have a clue as to what potential zingers the web staff will be lobbing at them during the live stream. Feel free to have fun with this and pitch any woodworking how-to questions you like. This is an open forum, and while we can’t answer or address every potential email that comes across Ed’s computer screen, we’ll do our best to pick the most entertaining, thought-provoking, “woodworky” items.
It sounds like the format of this will make the for some interesting possibilities. If you’re an aspiring woodworker who would like to have your questions answered on this live web event for woodworkers presented by Fine Woodworking be sure to get them in right away.
The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Woodworkers Guild has made a call for entries for a juried Woodworking Show coming up in March. The event called Branching Out will take place from March 13th thru the 25th at the society’s Parsons Gallery in Lexington, MA . The deadline for entry in February 29th and the entry form can be found here on the society’s website.
Branching Out Woodworking Show
Hosted in cooperation with the LACS Photography Guild
Call for Entries
Juried Wood Artisan’s Show
Deadline for entry: February 29th
Notification of selection March 4th
The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society is a non-profit organization located on Waltham Street. Consisting of nine independent guilds for different disciplines, the organization hosts regularly scheduled showings, fundraisers and meetings.
This annual event displays some great works from local woodworkers. Woodcraft of Woburn is the event’s sponsor and there are prizes for the winners in various categories. If you would like to show your stuff at the Branching Out woodworking show you need to act fast as the deadline for entry is rapidly approaching!
The Northeastern Woodworkers Association will be having their annual Woodworker’s Showcase in Saratogoa Springs, NY from March 31st thru April 1. This event features display’s of all kinds of works, free lectures and demonstrations.
Northeastern Woodworkers Association Woodworker’s Showcase (March 31 – April 1)
This premier woodworking event each year is a two-day show held at the City Center in Saratoga Springs. It provides an opportunity for amateur and professional woodworkers to exhibit their work and to learn from their peers. More than 500 items are exhibited, from small accessory items and turnings to large pieces of furniture. Exhibitors can elect to have their work judged by a panel of nationally known woodworkers.
There will be lectures covering many woodworking topics presented by nationally known as well as local woodworking experts. If you are in the area, this will be an event all aspiring woodworkers will not want to miss.
Well it’s the last day of Get Woodworking Week 2012, from what I can have seen this has been a pretty popular topic among woodworkers who post on the web.
As has been the tradition here I will start off this post with Tom Iovino (founder of Get Woodworking Week) of Tom’s Workbench. Today Tom asks the question where to now, what should we as woodworkers do to continue the cause. His hope is that this eek was enough to inspire woodworkers everywhere to get out and continue to introduce others to the craft.
Get Woodworking Week: Saturday
Well, here we are. The last day of Get Woodworking Week, and I have got to tell you, I have been thoroughly impressed by the outpouring of support from the online woodworking community. The blog posts I have linked to have been funny, thought provoking and inspirational. As I have told several of the posters… if it wasn’t for these awesome posts and active participation, Get Woodworking Week wouldn’t be worth a bucket of warm spit.
As this week draws to a close, we are left with one nagging question: Where to now?
I for one hope that we can all continue to spread the word and look forward to Get Woodworking Week 2013!
Here are the Get Woodworking Week links that Tom had Posted as of this writing. His first article that he linked to was at The Joiner’s Apprentice by Rob Campbell. Rob does a great job describing how to hand cut dovetails for a box using his words, pictures and a video.
[basics] Simple Dovetailed Box
Use dividers to mark the shoulder of the half-pins on either side of the board. Use the same setting for both sides. Note that this whole process shown here is cutting away the pins to leave the tails. This is called “Tails First” and is just one way to do this. “Pins First” has its own pros and cons, but will not be covered here. The size of these half-pins is up to you, but its suggested they be about (or at least) half as wide as your stock is thick. I have just been using this one setting, about 1/2″, on all my dovetails, conveniently having this tiny pair of dividers set to that size and leaving it there.
As was the case with the earlier post this week, Rob has made a highly detailed article showing the steps needed to hand cut dovetails for a box, great job!
The next Get Woodworking Week article is from Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals, His post is primarily a video post which shows how he made a cabinet to store his cutoffs. He does a great job describing and showing the steps involved.
Here’s a simple shop cabinet I built to store small cut-offs. Those pieces of wood that I save for all sorts of reasons. I used 3/4″ plywood for most of the cabinet. Easily adaptable for any storage use.
In addition to the shop cabinet video Steve posted another video discussing the new table saw that was donated to him and how it all happened.
The next Get Woodworking Post is by Scott Morgan from scottmorton.com, he talks about how kids love woodworking and posted a great video showing the kids at work.
Get Woodworking: Teach the Kids
Kids love woodworking. As Wilber Pan recently wrote all you need is to hand a kid a tool, a piece of wood and watch them have a blast. I recently carved out a space in my shop for the kids, hung their tools on the wall and made some workbenches.
…This Arts and Crafts table with a turquoise inlay in the top was made by one of our members. This table was the first woodworking project she had ever made. And she made this table out of pallet wood, no less.
This will be ironic considering that Get Woodworking Week is an internet-based initiative, but one of the most effective ways of getting started in woodworking is to find a local woodworking club and meet real live woodworkers in person…
Their group build process is interesting and from the looks of the table, the methods work.
The last Get Woodworking Week article on Tom’s list is from WV Woodshed. This article discusses a project he is about to begin to build from materials he purchased over the internet. This project is for an end table that has a floating top. He also discussing working with his son in the shop and the interest that was piqued.
Get Woodworking Week 2012
In other Getting Woodworking related news; I have finally begun to peak the interest of my 11year old son, John. Over the last week he and I have spent about 4 hours in the shop together. He seems particularly interested in sawing stock and I have been explaining and demonstrating how to use the wheel marking gauge, the square and other marking instruments to layout his cuts. We still haven’t jumped into a project together, but I think he wants to be involved in the end table build, so with that let’s Get Woodworking.
So as Get Woodworking Week 2012 is coming to a close I would like to say that I have enjoyed reading and writing about all the articles. Great job to Tom and everyone else who participated, I for one am looking forward to Get Woodworking Week 2013!
Woodcarvers from the Chip-O-Tex woodcarving club got together for their annual woodcarving show Friday. This is the 22nd year that they event has been held. The club has member from the US and Canada meets every Tuesday to spend the day carving and learning from each other. While the club is active throughout the year, the “Winter Texans” who join in from October thru March increase the overall activity.
The member displayed their carvings which included wooden saws, nature scenes, tractors, and other items. I found this article by Danielle Altenburg of the Brownsville Hearld about the event.
Craftsmen showcase skills in Chip-O-Tex woodcarving exhibit
The creativity of woodcarvers can be seen in the intricacy of their wooden wares, such as clocks, miniature farm tractors, flower arrangements and walking sticks.
Many of these craftsmen and craftswomen gathered Friday for their 22nd annual Chip-O-Tex woodcarving show and displayed their works of art.
The Chip-O-Tex woodcarving club has 50 to 55 members, most of them Winter Texans.
Fine Woodworking has released the schedule where and when their contributing woodworkers will be attending events or teaching classes. There are numerous appearances scheduled throughout the US and Canada with several in Germany as well.
Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us
Find out where Fine Woodworking frequent contributors (like Christian Becksvoort seen here) are teaching or attending events
Get Woodworking Week is coming next week. Tom Iovino of tomsworkbench.com came up with the idea of getting people into woodworking as a hobby. From February 5 – 12 numerous woodworking bloggers are going to be covering subjects and techniques that will help the beginning woodworker get started.
Tom will be keeping a list of these posts at his site as well as adding sites that he find that will be useful to novice woodworkers. He is asking that all woodworkers bring someone new into the craft.
The most important part of Get Woodworking Week is that each of you reading this takes the time to get out of your comfort zone and invite someone new into the craft. It could be a child, niece or nephew, a neighbor who has always admired your work – and talk to them about what you do. If we can expose woodworking as a hobby that is interesting, fun and educational – that challenges both the left and right sides of your brain – AND can leave you with an attractive, useful project at the end, well, we’re on our way to ensuring that woodworking will be alive and well for years to come.
Tom already has begun his Get Woodworking Week listings of sites that will be helpful to aspiring woodworkers everywhere. Be sure and check his site Tom’s Workbench if you are interested in getting into the wonderful craft of woodworking.
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