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Greetings!, this is your newsletter for May 6, 2020
Membership Milestone

We passed the 600 member level last week—a noteworthy milestone. Current membership stands at 603.

We have seen an unprecedented number of new members join our Guild since early December along with a fairly high existing member retention rate.
The Journal

The Journal is on its way to you. It has been an unusually long print process this time. Actually we are lucky to have it printed/mailed at all given the essential vs non-essential business situation we are in. You should receive your copy in the next week or two.

And a big thank you to the ~30 contributors who made this issue possible.

Jim Seroskie—editor
Hand Tools & Carving Subgroup

Register for “Morning with a Plane Maker”

We are pleased that Dan Schwank, owner of Red Rose Reproductions, will join us Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. to talk all things wooden planes and custom-made tools.

As with the successful virtual program with Patrick Edwards this past Saturday, we will have a presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. This one will run about two hours and be on the “GoToMeeting” platform. There is no charge to use GoToMeeting or to join the meeting. Instructions will be included in email after you register.

Dan struck out on his own in 2017 after years as a Tool & Die Maker to open “Red Rose Reproductions.” Some of you may remember that in 2018, he supplied custom, tapered and radiused blades and beech blanks to many members when we did our reproduction, Dutch hand-plane series.

Dan will explain his journey into tool-making. Then he will show and discuss some of the molding planes he makes. Many of these are based on successful British designs. To get a flavor of the planes and other tools he makes regularly in his Illinois shop click here.

You can read more about Dan and see his fine tools at Red Rose Reproductions.
Virtual Online Meetings
The Guild has conducted a number of virtual online meetings over the past few weeks. Some have been experimental and others more traditional. Recently, the Hand Tools & Carving subgroup even had a demonstrator located in California.

It is unclear how long or how frequently these type of meetings will continue before we get back to physical meetings. Some may continue long term as we explore different types of meetings such as guided discussion groups.

Please indicate your interest in this simple Yes/No poll.
Do virtual online meetings interest you?
If you do have interest, please select from the day/time options below
Please choose one or two options
Wednesday Evening
Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon
Saturday Evening
Sunday Afternoon
New Videos Added to Our Library

Guild library videos are a long standing tradition with the Guild. What began as a lending library documenting many Guild demonstrations and lectures at general meetings, subgroup meetings and symposia presentations, was eventually converted from VHS tapes to DVD format and later available on our website.

We have two new videos from our recent foray into video conferencing.

More will be added as they are developed in the coming weeks.
Hands-On CAD
with Bruce Wedlock

This class in Hands-On CAD is an online meeting designed to teach the essentials of 3D modeling for woodworkers. Students will download a free demo version of the software Argon to enable them to do exercises and practice. The live online classroom sessions will be recorded so they can be reviewed at one’s convenience.

Learning CAD software programs requires a substantial investment of time. This demo version of Argon will not allow saving, printing or exporting drawings, but will allow you to create drawings with no time limit on usage. Basic drawings created in class will be available for you to upload and work on. Should you decide to acquire the software, the cost for retired, non-commercial use is $525. This is a fixed fee, not a subscription.

Instruction will involve learning the CAD operations and their vocabulary to create a solid model like learning the steps in the shop to create the real thing. We will start with creating a table with increasing complication like dovetailed drawers, tapered legs, reeded legs and turned spindles.

We will start with one class a week, date to be determined. You will have homework assignments for your practice. If you wish to participate, send Bruce Wedlock an email at, and you will receive the download instructions. You will need either at PC or Mac to run this software.
New Guild
Discount Advertiser

Finishing Focus hosted a recent Small Meeting (online) on abrasives with the emphasis on sandpaper. They have signed up as a Guild discount advertiser.

If purchasing online, enter code "NHWW10" at checkout to receive a 10% discount on anything in the online store.

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 = 603
April Members
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
Event List and Calendar are Back (Online Meetings Only)
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 06:00 PM

Classified Ads
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Peter James at

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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
Finishing Focus
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
Wolfgang's Wood 

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