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Greetings!, this is your newsletter for February 5, 2020
Discounted Taunton Magazine Subscriptions
DEADLINE February 15, 2020

Once again, we’re taking orders for Taunton magazines at special group rates. These rates represent a 20% discount off the regular subscription prices and are applicable to both new and renewal subscriptions on any magazine that Taunton publishes. Since we do this only once a year, in February, you may wish to renew now, even if your subscription expires mid-year – Taunton will simply add to your current term.

Tony Immorlica
GNHW Books and Subscriptions Chair
6 Purgatory Road
Mont Vernon, NH 03057
Hand Tools & Carving

Drawer Making | Dovetails and more:
Part of “BuildYour Own Hand Tool Cabinet Series”

February 8—9:00am to 1:00pm

Attend one or all of this Hand Tool Cabinet series. Each session features skills worth knowing on their own, but also useful toward building your own hand tool cabinet. 

The Hand Tool Cabinet Series will run over the 2019/ 2020 season. Each of the three co-leads will offer their own design for a cabinet, with full-size plans provided for at least the smaller of the three. All three co-leads and guest presenters will be leading the sessions.

The very talented Jerry Olson will demonstrate drawer making and the cutting of dovetails. Jerry is currently making a reproduction 18th Century Secretary with sixteen or so drawers. Jerry will also be showing off some of his beautiful tool cabinets and talking about how they have served him and what he'd do differently if making them today.

Jerry Olson's Shop
30R Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844
Granite State Woodturners

New starting time... February 22—9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Granite State Woodturners Feburary 22, 2020 at the Merrimack Public Library, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.   Please note delayed start time of 9:30. We should plan on wrapping up at 12:30 as the library closes at 1pm. 

Tom Mikulis will introduce methods of close-up photography for woodturners. He will show us several lighting systems, macro lenses, filters and many of the fine details needed to expertly showcase your turnings, large and small.  

There will be coffee and donuts and possibly wood for sale to support the GSWT scholorship fund.  

Please bring chairs and what else? Cash!

See you there!.  Register here

Merrimack Pubic Library
Daniel Webster Highway, Rte.3
Merrimack, NH 03110
Room Number: Basement Conference Room

Roy Noyes—1924-2020

One of the founding fathers of the Guild has died. 

Although Leroy C. Noyes was never president, his guidance was of prime importance in the early years. He had a clear vision of what the Guild could become, and kept us working toward that goal in a time of rapid expansion. 

When he assumed the role of editing the Old Saw, he expanded the size and mission of the publication to include technical articles, and he contributed his own work including a memorable piece on abrasives. His computer knowledge allowed him to improve the quality of the newsletter to include color pages, moving it closer to the magazine it eventually became. 

Roy's contributions set the Guild on the path that led to the success it is today. Jon Siegel


I met Roy at my first Guild meeting in late 2001. My memory of that day was of someone constantly poking around taking pictures as people were talking or demonstrating. Everyone seemed to give deference to him. It was only later that I learned he was active in writing for and publishing the Guild newsletter. Roy was doing both the Old Saw (editing, printing and mailing) and also what was called the database at that time. The database was the mailing list for the newsletter. Roy needed someone to take that job over and I volunteered not really knowing what I was in for.

I will always remember how gracious both he and his wife were toward my wife and I. He lived in a rambling old farmhouse connected to a barn and workshop. And the kitchen had seven doors—a point of pride I think!

Roy was an avid and talented woodworker even after moving into a retirement community. He was instrumental in setting up a shop within the facility. And of course, he also took on the task of doing a regular newsletter—this time for the residents. You can read about this and what retirement was like for Roy in The Journal No. 7 - p31.

Roy was presented with a special award and recognition a few years back at a Guild Annual Meeting for his ground breaking service to the Guild. Roy and his son (also present at the founding meeting) were there, and I think that was the last time most of us saw him.

Roy will be missed. Jim Seroskie

New Guild Advertiser
Our focus is traditional hand-tool techniques, small class size, world-class instruction and classes for all skill levels. Learn more in one week than many years on your own!

10% discount to Guild members. Hosted by William Francis Brown

January, 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.
About Event Registrations

The new event system lacks a useful feature we have had in the past... the ability for members to see how many and who has registered for any given event.

Registration lists are available to system administrators in the backend of the NeonCRM. However, backend data is not available on frontend forms like you find at There are many positives to NeonCRM over membership systems we have used in the past, but this is not one of them.

  • I have submitted a feature request to Neon management to give logged in members access to registrant data on frontend forms.
  • I am also exploring how we could use an existing Neon API to retrieve and display event registrant information to logged in members.

The bottom line is that although this is a top-of-the-list issue for me, it may not have an easy near term solution.

Jim Seroskie
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

How to Sign In
to New Membership System

Nearly 400 members have logged into the New membership system.

If you had an account or membership in the OLD system but have never logged in to the NEW system, here is how to do it...

Step 1

Step 2

  • An email with subject GNHW Reset Password should arrive in ~15 sec.
  • Click on the link provided (or copy/paste into your browser address bar).
  • This opens a new web page which shows your unique Login Name.
  • Input a password of your choosing.
  • Click the Submit button. You are now logged in with your new password.
  • Please keep both Login Name and Password in a safe place.
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
02/08/2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Methuen, MA
Drawer Making | Dovetails and more: Part of “BuildYour Own Hand Tool Cabinet Series”

02/15/2020 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Newmarket, NH
General Meeting at the Homestead Woodworking School with a featured presentation by Owain Harris on Router Joinery

02/15/2020 09:00 AM - 12:05 PM ET
Auburn, NH
PFG will be continuing a Queen Anne side chair project. This is a Boston-style Queen Anne side chair, circa 1730-50.

02/22/2020 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Merrimack, NH
Please note: START TIME CHANGE: 9:30 am Tom Mikulis will be introducing methods to PHOTOGRAPH your work

02/22/2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Peabody, MA
Make a Federal-style oval inlay from start to finish (Paterae)

02/26/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Concord, NH
Monthly SC meeting

02/28/2020 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM ET
Bennington, NH
Join us on a tour of Gritec a professional tool and cutter sharpening company.

03/07/2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
South Berwick, ME
Topic: Selecting, Reading, and Understanding Boat Plans

03/07/2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Newburyport, MA
Part 2 - Completing a Federal-style Oval Table-Top

03/21/2020 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Canterbury, NH
Claude Dupuis will be demonstrating basic set-ups for segmented turnings.

03/21/2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Amherst, NH
Join Ric Closs as he explains what he uses his CNC router for

03/25/2020 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Concord, NH
Monthly SC meeting

04/04/2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Rollinsford, NH
Topic: Reserved date
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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