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Greetings!, this is your newsletter for March 18, 2020
Boatbuilding Subgroup

March 7, 2020 Meeting

The Boatbuilding Subgroup was once again drawn to the Maine woods to the shop of Bill Thomas Woodworking. Bill is an accomplished designer and builder of boats plus a fine teacher. He started with showing us how select and interpret boat plans.

Next we got to inspect one of his own designs, the Fox canoe, and turned over a stitch and glue shellback he was working on. The shellback will be the subject of his next class at WoodenBoat School this summer. This was the second time Bill hosted a meeting for the subgroup. He is always interesting and entertaining. Many thanks to Bill.

Stan Paras
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 likely delivery to you by the end of April.

This is another large issue with a good variety of interesting articles on tap. We are continuing the tradition of members and others sharing their special skills and talents with the membership at large.

Jim Seroskie—Editor
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.

The Guild was founded in 1990 by 18 serious woodworkers. From those humble beginnings, we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. The goals were written in this statement which still forms a pretty good foundation for the organization...

"The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers is an association of professionals and amateurs bound by a common interest in seeking and practicing excellence in woodworking. Through regular meetings, lectures, demonstrations, juried exhibits, and a newsletter, the Guild strives to bring together the diverse interests of the New Hampshire woodworking community."

The newsletters, going all the way back to that first meeting, are archived here. The newsletter was given the name The Old Saw in February, 1991.
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.

Bill Hart

Bill Hart, a long standing Guild member, of Newton, NH, passed peacefully at his home, early Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Bill was 91.

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 = 594.
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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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