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Hello Jim, this is your newsletter for Decemb 7, 2022

  • The Journal
  • Hand Tool Restoration Meeting - This Sunday
  • 1st New England Woodworking Competition Update 
  • Mentoring is here and connections are being made. Contact Mike
  • A great time to shop at the "Guild Store" for your Woodworker
  • New from the "Gary and Mike - Tool Talk"
  • Classifieds - More New Ads

The Journal—Fall Issue

The fall issue has been printed and will hit the post office shortly. There were a couple of delays this time and being the holiday season, it may take a while to arrive at your mailbox.

We publish two issues per year now—Spring and Fall. The Spring issue is the larger of the two—80+ pages. The Fall issue is 48 pages this time.

Our print run was 770 copies this issue. Our printer/mailer is Puritan Press in Hollis, NH. They have been our printer since issue No. 1.

If you have an idea for an article (Spring deadline is end of Feb), please contact us at [email protected]

Hand Tool Restoration

Sun Dec 11, 2022 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST 

10 Woodbine Lane, Merrimack, NH, 03054

The focus of our next meeting is on hand tool restoration and.............

Click HERE to learn more and register.

Lou Yelgin

[email protected]

Guild Logo

1st Annual New England Woodworking Competition

Sponsored by

The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers


We are honored to announce our judges for the event:

Owain Harris, Garrett Hack, David Lamb

As you may already be aware, we are also honored to have Dan Faia, the 2023 Cartouche Award winner, given by The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) as our Keynote Speaker.


In addition, Furniture Master Tom McLaughlin will be Master of Ceremonies. 

Elliot Savitzky

Committee and Event Chair

Mentoring "follow me, I'll show you the way"

Please, when contacting me provide your address and phone number. This will facilitate my efforts. Thanks

Anyone interested in receiving support from a mentor should contact Mike DiMaggio. Email ([email protected]) or cell phone 917-292-0989

Mike DiMaggio

Mentor Coordinator

New Website Coming This Month

Our website is a fundamental piece of our Guild's infrastructure. It is our store front aimed at prospective members and hosts our classified ads, event calendar, member forum, video & document archives and much more.

12 Month Statistics:

  • 46K visits
  • 93K pages viewed
  • 49% of visits viewed using a phone, 47% with a computer. 4% with a tablet

The current site was built nearly 10 years ago using Drupal with some upgrades along the way. This new site is refreshed and revamped using Wordpress which I find today to be a more capable and easier to maintain platform.

If you are interested in helping to maintain content on this site, please contact me at [email protected]

Jim Seroskie — Webmaster

The Guild Store

Check out our marked down sale prices on select Guild branded merchandise in the GNHW online store at Look for the word “SALE >> “ with details in the description below the image of the item.

Avoid shipping charges if you are in the Concord area at a mutually convenient time for a merchandise pick up at the Guild Store. Email Bob Wyatt to coordinate a merchandise order and pick up without shipping charges. Bob’s contact information is listed in the services/membership/member directory.

Bob Wyatt, Guild Merchandise Manager

Classified Ads and Opportunities

Gary & Mike: Tool Talk

                            Tool Bytes from Gary’s Shop

Fine woodworking is not only building fine furniture and cabinets, but installing architectural millworks falls into this realm. Installing tight miter joints is a very important aspect to a professional looking trim job. I have been working on a 18,000 square foot home and some of the trim casing I am installing is very expensive and up to 5 inches wide. I like to clamp and glue my miters; clamping them has been a challenge until I was introduced to a great device called the Hartford clamp (see pic). These clamps put pressure on the inside and outside parts of your miters for a tight fit.

Unfortunately, these are no longer available, but the good news is that you can get a similar device call the Clam Clamp miter clamp. Made by chestnut tools

Woodcraft has a knockoff (


The following U-Tube video does a great job explaining their uses and compares the different models.

They are a bit pricy, but if it makes the job easier and improves the quality of work, then they are worth investing in.


Until next time


Buy Neat Stuff

Classified Ads

Classified ads are posted to the “Classified Ads section of the Guild website, not “Touchups”. On Wednesdays each week when Touchups comes out, there is a listing of the more recent ads.

To have an ad posted, contact Steve Costain

December 6, 2022

Wood for sale

December 5, 2022

Wood at Goosebay

December 4, 2022


December 4, 2022

Drum sander

December 2, 2022

Chain saw carver

December 2, 2022

Someone to repair a chair

December 2, 2022


December 2, 2022

Table Saw

December 2, 2022

Panto router

December 2, 2022

Wood Lathe

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). Carpooling to a meeting is a great idea.

Current membership = 719

November Members

Guild Videos

The Guild has been making more videos in the past couple of years than ever before.

Guild YouTube Channel

Recent videos on the channel...

Member Discounts

Some restrictions may apply. Please check the advertisement for details.

Tools & Supplies

  • Finishing Focus
  • Gary R. Wood & Co.
  • Liogier Hand Stitched Rasps
  • Rockler—Cambridge, MA
  • Rockler—Salem, NH
  • Woodcraft—Newington, NH
  • Woodcraft—Woburn, MA 


  • Manchester Tool Repair
  • Tru-Cut (Sharpening)


  • Making Matters NH
  • PortCity Makerspace

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
  • The Breed School