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Greetings!, this is your newsletter for March 25, 2020
Anniversary Celebration—30 Years

Note: Reserve the date on your personal calendar. The Guild calendar is closed to registrations at this time. Let's hope events will be back to normal in the near future.

We are planning a 30th anniversary cookout at Homestead Woodworking School in Newmarket, NH on Sunday, June 28. There will be a tent with catered food, music and family fun.
Spring Journal Coming in Late April

The next issue of The Journal is in the works. It is scheduled to go the printer by the end of March with delivery by the end of April.

Jim Seroskie—Editor
Message from
Sanborn Mills Farm

The safety and well-being of the guests and staff of Sanborn Mills Farm are always our primary concerns, as are the safety and well-being of our neighbors and community. Without exception, recent and future decisions at the Farm grow from this concern.

In light of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities to help control the spread of coronavirus, we are cancelling our April schedule of classes and workshops at Sanborn Mills Farm, including all blacksmithing and oxen classes/workshops. We are also closing the Farm to all outside visitors for April. Only essential staff will be present.

If you paid with a check and your mailing address is different from the one provided at registration, please contact Also, please continue to check our website for any new announcements regarding re-scheduled classes or further postponements.  

Colin Cabot
Message from
Homestead Woodworking School

As of today, classes at the Homestead Woodworking School are cancelled until further notice. The Corona virus is making quite an impact on our world, and I have been agonizing about whether or not to cancel classes. 

I know most of you want to continue and have something to look forward to. These are stressful times and things are changing by the hour.  I truly feel that it is irresponsible of me to keep going. We just never know who has been exposed and who hasn't, and I certainly don't want to be the one responsible for spreading it. 

My thoughts are, we will close for at least two weeks, and make a decision then to start up again, or not. My guess is, we may have to wait longer.  

Alan Mitchell
Message from
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is suspending all programs from today through August 30, 2020. This was an extremely difficult decision, and the Center’s Board of Directors, Staff, and I regret the necessity. However, we feel it is the most prudent response in the face of the escalating national health crisis. 

Our goals in suspending programs through August 30th are to
  1. Contribute to public health and safety,
  2. Preserve the health of students, faculty, and staff, and
  3. Emerge from the crisis as a healthy institution that can continue to deliver the best possible education in wood craftsmanship and design for generations to come.

We plan to resume operations in full on Monday, August 31, and will be monitoring the guidance of state and federal health authorities in the interim.

Call to Donate N95 Masks
for Healthcare Workers

The NH Associated Builders and Contractors is asking for donations of surplus N-95 masks for hospitals and medical workers.

Message from Goosebay Lumber

At this time, Goosebay's store is open for business. We are taking precautions and wiping down communal surfaces. If you prefer not to come inside, we are happy to prepare orders for "drive-by" pickup, home delivery, or, for smaller orders, for shipping via USPS or UPS.  
Orders can be submitted via email or by phone. We hope you stay safe and well.
Carl, Carl Jr., Jeff, Lydia & Mike
Message from
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Here at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks we are working to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. We wanted to thank you for being a valued Lie-Nielsen Toolworks customer in this time of uncertainty, and let you know the steps we are taking to minimize this outbreak while supporting you and our hand tools.

Our Showroom & Hand Tool Events
As many of you know, we canceled our remaining Hand Tool Events for Spring 2020 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, we plan to continue with our Summer Weekend Workshops and 2020 Open House.

We have also temporarily closed our showroom. If customers wish to pick up tools in our showroom they are welcome to contact us by phone or email and a pickup an be arranged. Owing to the nature of hand tool woodworking and the diversity of locations that our customers travel from, we feel these steps are necessary for the health and peace of mind of both customers and employees.

February, 2020

Welcome to each new member who joined the Guild last month. Please make these members welcome should you see them at your next meeting.

Check out the member directory (login required). Car pooling to a meeting is a great idea.

Current membership count = 591.
Guild Branded Merchandise

The Guild has sold guild branded shirts and hats at cost to the membership for many years.

You can order from the online store or contact Bob Wyatt at He may be able to bring an item to a mutual meeting.

You can find the new online store at
Small Meetings

These meetings are generally held in small shops or other environments which require limiting the number of attendees. They can fill up fast although cancellations do occur. Wait listing is available when registrations reach the limit set.

More small meetings are always being added, so check the coming events below.

To CANCEL your Small Meeting registration or if you have meeting ideas, comments and suggestions , email Steve Costain at
Coming Events

 How to Cancel your Registration

  • All Other Meetings—Simply reply to your event registration email or contact

In light of the growing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), effective immediately (March 13, 2020), the Steering Committee of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers has decided to err on the side of caution by suspending all scheduled events on our calendar until such time it is determined to be safe to resume these activities.

The health and safety of our meeting hosts, demonstrators, meeting attendees, and our general member population are of primary concern to our Steering Committee. As new developments related to this decision become available we will share that information with our members.

Robert Wyatt
President, Guild of NH Woodworkers—March 13, 2020
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Peter James at

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Buy Neat Stuff

Membership Cards

Membership card lists are generated quarterly for new or renewed memberships from the previous quarter. Batch dates are...

  • January 1
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • October 1

You can expect delivery approximately two weeks after your batch date. Cards are personalized and sent directly to you from our supplier in MN.

Renew early! However, when you do renew your membership, an email is sent which acts as your temporary certificate of membership until your card arrives.

Cards are used for member discounts at participating suppliers.
Member Discounts
Tools & Supplies
Dave' Shaves
Gary R. Wood & Co.
Liogier Hand Stitched Rasps
Rockler—Cambridge, MA
Rockler—Salem, NH
Williams & Hussey
Woodcraft—Newington, NH
Woodcraft—Woburn, MA 

Manchester Tool Repair
Northeast Saw (Sharpening)
Tru-Cut (Sharpening)

Wood Products
FBN Millwork
Goosebay Lumber
Highland Hardwoods
New London Wood Products
Northland Forest Products
The Millwork Shop
Wolfgang's Wood 

Epic Woodworking
Homestead Woodworking
Maine Coast Workshop
North Road Guitars
The Breed School