President’s Message

January 2020

John Champion


Get to Know and Help Us Grow Guild Membership

Welcome to 2020 and the start of a new and exciting year for the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia. I am pleased to be serving as your President and look forward to getting to know more of you in the coming year.  Say hello and introduce yourself at a meeting soon.

We have a lot of goals for the new year, and at the top of our list is membership – engagement, growth, and retention. And you can be a big part of that!

The more you get engaged, the more you will enjoy being part of the Guild and all that we can offer. The Guild is a woodworking group, but also a social gathering where you can meet a lot of others who share your passion for woodworking.  Wear your name badge to meetings so others can get to know you by name.  Say hello to someone you have not met at each meeting.  Ask what projects others are working on.  Ask for advice on questions you have.  Share advice and learnings with others.  Tell us how we can improve the experience for you.

As an active member, there is more than ever available to you and we are just getting started. Visit our website at and you will find information, links, photo images, videos, and much more to entertain and expand your woodworking knowledge including the following and more:

View past meetings on our website – As we move into 2020, we are planning to post a video recording of our regular meetings that will be available to active members only a few days after each meeting.  Can’t get to a meeting?  As an active member you can watch it later through the Guild website.

Newsletters – Look at current and past newsletters for information and ideas, archived back to 2001.

Scholarship – Take advantage of the scholarship program to attend woodworking courses and programs.

Mentoring – Need assistance from a Mentor?  We can help pair you up with someone to provide guidance and direction on your projects.  You can also volunteer to serve as a mentor to others.

Find members near you – Looking for members near you?  Need help with something in your shop?  You can now see a map of active members and easily contact those near you under the Members Only section of the website.

Trading Post – Post and find items for sale on our Trading Post.

Instagram – This is an emerging concept for the Guild, and we look forward to seeing this platform grow as a place to showcase projects our members are producing.  Find details in our newsletter.

Come to meetings and events to participate in the great programs and symposiums we have and spread the word about the Guild. Bring your friends to a meeting to see what we are about and encourage them to join us. 

I look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.

Annual Holiday Party

The annual Guild holiday party was held on December 12th.  A great time was had by approximately 60 Guild members and their guests.  A wonderful dinner of BBQ beef and chicken with sides, as well as cherry cobbler dessert was provided by Slope’s BBQ.  Tom Melcher provided ice cream which complimented the cherry cobbler dessert.  Thanks, Tom.  Numerous projects were displayed as part of the Snow ‘N Tell with awards presented to the contest winners.

Lifetime Membership Award

During the holiday party, a Lifetime Membership Award was presented by Nuane Neely to a surprised Tom Risoli for his numerous contributions to the success of the Guild over the past years.

The following are some of Tom’s contributions to the continued success of the Guild:

Member of the Guild Board for the past 11 years

Served as both Vice President and President of the Guild

Produced the Guild brochure for 7 years

Assisted with updating the Guild By-laws, policies, procedures and job descriptions

Assisted in the process to qualify the Guild as a 501(c)3 organization

Developed and maintained the Guild website for 6 years

Congratulations Tom, for your well deserved award.

Upcoming Guild Meetings

January and February 2020 Guild Meetings:

Our January 9th and February 13th meeting topics are Parts1 & 2 of “Finishing Woodworking Projects”.

The January 9th presentation will be on Finishing Products, including sealers, dyes, stains, waxes and protective top coats. Understanding the various finishing products and how to choose which product and why.

The February 13th demonstration will cover various methods of Applying Finishing Products, including brushing, wiping, spraying, all the way to HVLP spraying.

Both meetings will feature Marion Smith and John Ogilvie. They are long-time woodworkers known widely for their finishing expertise and high quality woodworking projects.

These are 2 meetings that you will not want to miss!

Click to see the Guild’s Community Calendar

Craddock Center Toy Donation

On December 4, the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia delivered to the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, Georgia, 50 wooden toy trucks, 44 hand cut puzzles, and crayons to color the puzzle parts.  The presentation of the toy trucks and puzzles was made by Gary Fader, President of the Guild, and Nuane Neely, a Guild Board member.  Ms. Pam Colvin represented The Craddock Center.  The Craddock Center provides support to preschool age children, typically 3 to 5 years of age, located in the mountains of North Georgia.  It was noted by the Craddock Center that the toys presented by the Guild were very appropriate for the children served by that agency to be used as holiday gifts. The toy truck and puzzle components were fabricated by several of the Guild members at their home workshops, with the final assembly occurring during the regular Guild September meeting at Woodcraft Supply, LLC, in Roswell, Georgia. The many members that were present assembled and glued the components for the toy trucks and puzzles.  The Guild appreciates the help provided by Herman Clark, local resident of Ellijay and long-time Guild member, in arranging this donation to The Craddock Center. The Guild sincerely hopes that the trucks and puzzles will provide some measure of joy to the children that receive them and subsequently be passed on to other children.

The mission of Woodworkers Guild of Georgia is Advancing the Art and Understanding of Fine Woodworking.  One of the Guild’s primary objectives is to help charitable causes through our woodworking skills. The Guild meets on the second Thursday of most months at the Woodcraft store, Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Ga 30076.  More information can be obtained regarding the Guild at its website: The Guild also provides teaching sessions during its periodic symposiums on dates shown on the Guild website.













Looking for some great tool buys for all of your shop needs?  Check out the Trading Post on the main menu or under Forums on our website!  There are some great tool buys including some full shop liquidations.  Big tools and small tools alike are available at great deals. 

Also, check out the Off-Topic Forum for service offerings.

To get there, go to and under menus, select Connect > Forums.  You will be asked to log in if you haven’t already.

Here is a way you see if there are new forum entries and responses without having to go to the website to check.

In Forums, you can subscribe to be notified by our website anytime there is a new entry.  That can be done at the Main level or at the individual Forum level such as Trading Post. 

Under the Forum category there is a Subscribe RSS link you click to set it up. 

Please Note: 

In addition to clicking the RSS link, you will need to subscribe to an RSS feed service and use their “feed reader”. After subscribing to a service, you tell it which RSS feeds to monitor ( and the service will regularly scan for recent changes and inform you with an email message. There are many free feed readers available on the market for all operating systems and devices (e.g. iOS, Android, Mac, Windows). Some popular readers include “Feedly”, “Inoreader”, “Bloglovin”, and “TheOldReader”; a Google search will show you may others.”


Let us see your projects, jigs, tools on Instagram

  1. Take a picture with your phone
  2. Display the image on your phone and select Mail on iPhones or the Share button on Android phones
  3. Enter the email address in the “To:” field
  4. In the text field area where the image shows, write a few words to describe the image. Include your name in the description if you want to be credited or leave the name out if you want to be anonymous.
  5. Press “Send” … when prompted to select the image size, select “Actual” which will give us the best resolution

That’s it and you can do it in less than a minute!

You can view these images on your desktop or laptop computer by clicking on the Instagram icon at the top right of our Guild homepage, then click any image to see a description of it.


Download the Instagram app on your phone or tablet and follow us by searching for  WoodworkersGuildofGeorgia. Be sure to choose the one with our logo.

Tool Sale

The following letter was received from Lesley Satterlee regarding the tool sale managed by the Guild and held on December 7th:

Words cannot convey the appreciation I feel for the Woodworkers’ Guild in helping me to find new homes for my late husband’s woodworking equipment and tools.  

The guys came to my house multiple times to organize; putting tools with their respective machines.  I’m sure hours were spent in investigating items in order to price them appropriately and “to sell.”  They had a plan and worked well together arriving on Sale Day 7:30 in the morning in advance of buyers showing up for the “doors opening” at 9:00.  Most everything was sold.  

I feel, in retrospect, that the Woodworkers’ Guild not only helped me, but also provided help to its membership and others allowing them to acquire tools and equipment at a lower cost.  May God bless everyone of you who worked so diligently to help me do something I could never have done by myself.  

Happy holidays!!


Post your photo to the Guild website

We need a photo of you from the shoulders up on your profile page.  This can be done from your phone or your computer.

Go to Members Only > Member Profile in the top left of the home page.

You will be asked to log in if you haven’t already.

Under the placeholder for your photo click on “Upload

Follow the prompts to find your photo on your computer or phone (you will have to have already taken your photo in order to see it). You can even take a selfie of yourself if  you’re using your phone.

Select the photo and it will automatically upload. When complete you will see the photo in your profile. You’re done. Yay!

If your photo is upside down or rotated in your profile, simple open the photo before uploading on your computer (your phone will probably not work for this trick), make sure the photo is displaying properly (head is up), and save the photo (as a jpg if the program asks). Then reupload THAT photo and you should be all set.

Show ‘N Tell

A wonderful Show “N Tell was held during the Guild holiday party.  Each attendee was able to vote for three of their favorite projects in each of the Craftsman and Masters categories.

In the Craftsman category, Larry Faulkner won first place with his Green and Green chair.  Jesse Johnson placed second with his assortment of platters made while attending John Campbell Folk School and third place was won by Roger Moister with his Charleston Tea Table set for tea.
















In the Masters category, Gary Fader won first place with his Bandsaw Boxes.  Gary Fjeld placed second with his 3-D Fruit Bowl and third place was won by Doug Pisik with his Wood and Glass Art Piece.












Other Show ‘N Tell  participants included Kelle Risoli with several of her miniatures.  People were in awe of how she was able to make these miniature pieces.   Jim Milam showed a mirror frame he made and several turned Christmas ornaments.  Jim also shared two veneer pictures made by his son and showed how age and light can affect the change in appearance of different species of wood.  Nell Rodgers showed two boxes she had made, Gary Fjeld shared a Santa sleigh made on his CNC and Gary Fader showed a jewelry box as well as a car he had won an award on several years ago. 

The next Show ‘N Tell will be during our January 9th meeting.  Bring your latest projects to share with Guild members.

Upcoming Events

 International Woodworking Fair 2020

Get ready: Registration for North America’s largest woodworking event opens January 7.

1.7.2020. Your first chance to register for the woodworking industry’s must-attend show. And as a frequent IWF attendee, you know that all that’s new and next in manufacturing technology, innovation, product design, learning and networking is here.

IWF Atlanta. Where the woodworking business does business.SM

 Scholarship Reports

Woodturning at John C. Campbell

By Jesse Johnson

The class I took was Turning Platter Detailing and Finishing.  The instructor was Andy Gunning.

The instructor first did a demonstration showing the skills and techniques needed to turn unique gallery quality platters.  He showed several types including traditional, modified rolled-rim and laminated platters.  He also showed various bases, including multi-axis, three-footed and traditional.  He showed embellishment techniques like spiraling, texturing and beading.

The class was for one week.  After each demo, the class went to their lathes and turned a platter themselves.  I was able to turn and complete six platters during the class.


Weekend with Wood-2019

By Robert Hayes

For about 5 years, I have been aware of Wood Magazine’s annual ‘Weekend with Wood’ event, held at the Meredith Corporation’s headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. It has been on my wish list, but scheduling conflicts did not allow me to attend previously.  In 2019, I was determined to attend.  This is a multi-day event which began on Thursday, May 16th and concluded on Sunday, May 19th

The process begins with registration in late fall of the year prior to the event. The cost for the past 2 years has been $595.  After registration, you must select the specific courses you want to attend.  The schedule allows for you to participate in up to 10 sessions from roughly 60 that are offered.  These courses are offered by a combination of regular magazine contributors, industry professionals, YouTube personalities and magazine staff. 

I would recommend bringing a 2nd suitcase (or larger primary one), as they have quite a bundle of goodies for attendees. Thursday evening is a reception during which you can grab a couple of drinks, enjoy a slide show of attendee’s projects, and get an overview of the weekend’s festivities. 

Friday morning begins at Meredith headquarters for snacks and coffee before beginning the program. A spiral bound book is provided which includes the notes, outlines or PowerPoint slides from the instructors of most of the classes. 

My classes were constructed around a basic theme of furniture making. In addition to the classes, there are a few other optional events like a group trip to ACME tools and a charity build. 

 Each session lasts 1 ½ hours. One of the best aspects was that the instructors made plenty of time for discussion and questions and most were accessible outside of the classroom for further discussion and conversation. 

It was an amazing weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed as my first formal instruction in woodworking. I just finished registering for 2020 and if you have contemplated attending, but not gotten around to doing so, I highly recommend you do so!

Free Demonstrations

Rockler:   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs and 425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw

Jan 4:     11:00         Cabinet Hardware Installation

Jan 11:    11:00         SawStop Tablesaws

Jan 18:    11:00        Spray Finishing

Jan 25:    11:00        Cabinet Door Making

Feb 1:       11:00        Bandsaw Techniques

Feb 8:       11:00        Box Making Techniques

Feb 15:      11:00        Power Carving

Woodcraft:   8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   

Jan 4:       1:00     Sharpening Chisels & Plane Irons

Jan 11:     1:00      Making Drawers Using Dovetail Jigs

Jan 18:     1:00     Drawer Slide Installation

Jan 25:     1:00     Finishing Turned Bowls

Feb 1:        1:00     Wood Grain Filling

Feb 8:        1:00     Carving Caricature Faces In Wood

Feb 15:      1:00      CNC In The Woodshop

Support Your Woodworkers Guild of Georgia Patron Sponsors 

Proof of Guild membership is required by Patron Sponsors that offer discounts. Your membership card can be printed from our Guild website.  Login and go to Guild Info > Members Only, and click on Membership Card. If you would like to pick up your membership card at the next Guild meeting, email us with your member name.

CAG Lumber – CAG Lumber is known for the largest selection of live edge slabs and unusual woods from all over the world. They sell by the net, not the gross, so you take home what you pay for with no added on or hidden fees.  They can saw your logs, kiln dry, resaw lumber, plane, straight line, and glue up ready.  They are large enough to handle your needs and small enough to give one-on-one personal service.  Guild members show membership card to receive 10% off most items, except items on clearance or discounted.  Check out their web site, they stock a lot more than is listed. 

Fintech Abrasives – For over 25 years, Fintech Technologies has been fabricating belts, sheets, rolls and other abrasives. They also have extensive experience with the application of the newest materials in coated abrasives. Family owned and operated in Belding, MI, Fintech is a highly respected company that takes pride in its excellent product quality, unmatched customer service, and superior technical support. Guild members are welcome to order products, as well as contact them with questions. Call them at 1-888-223-8768.

Highland Woodworking – Providing fine woodworking tools and project supplies since 1978, Highland defines itself as a learning community. The store has attracted nationally known teachers and authors including Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Michael Dunbar, Rude Osolnik, Toshio Odate, Dale Nish, Mark Duginske and many others in Highland’s ongoing program of seminars and workshops. They have some great woodworking class opportunities coming up with classes and seminars every week that include basic sharpening techniques, turning, finishing, project builds, and much more!  Visit their website to see their class schedule. Their catalog of fine woodworking tools and workshops is available online, or visit their fully-stocked store at 1045 N. Highland Avenue in Atlanta, 30306. 404-872-4466.  

Peach State Lumber Products – They are dealers of high grade/cabinet quality hardwoods, plywood, softwood, veneer and also carry a full line of cabinet grade plywood and turning blocks. They welcome small quantity orders and have a retail sales area open to the public. They also carry Hettich brand hinges and drawer slides and have hardware screws and pocket hole screws. They also have live edge slabs in multiple species, great for bar tops, mantels, etc. Show your Guild membership card to receive their 500 b.f. price on any qualifying purchase. Located at 4000 Moon Station Road, Kennesaw, 30144. 770-428-3622.  

Peachtree Woodworking Supply – Peachtree is a producer and retailer of high quality woodworking products with a goal of providing the woodworker with the hard to find tools and accessories. They stock over 6,000 different woodworking items. Those items include a wide selection of abrasives, books, DVD’s, clamps, router bits, glue, t-track, dust collection, and much more.  Peachtree also carries the major brands. The store is located at 6684 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite 100, Norcross, GA 30071,   770-458-5539.  Store Hours: Mon – Fri 9 am.- 5 p.m., Sat 9 am – 3 pm. 

Redmond Machinery – Specializes in new and used woodworking and metal working machinery in a 25,000 square foot showroom. They stock machinery, accessories, and supplies from top-name manufacturers. Bargain hunters, check out their large inventory of used and scratch and dent machinery and accessories. They are a source for older American made Powermatic and Delta parts. Guild members are invited to stop by and visit. They are located at 58 Weldon Rd.,  Palmetto, GA 30268, 770-683-7297 or 800-428-9898. 

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware – (Two Locations) – Rockler began as a mail order woodworking supply company and today the retail chain stretches across the United States. Their magazine, Woodworker’s Journal, is dedicated to offering plans, techniques, product reviews and tips to woodworkers. Their goal is to be your go-to woodworking resource. Please mention you are a Guild members BEFORE your purchase to receive 10% OFF everyday (normal exclusions apply). You are invited to visit them at 6690 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs 404-460-1000, OR 425 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy in Kennesaw 678-383-0087.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. On Saturdays they have free demos. 

Suwanee Lumber Company –  Is a specialty hardwood supplier for custom cabinet and furniture makers as well as the general public. Suwanee features hardwood lumber with matching plywood and other materials to make every project a work of art. Please show your Guild membership card when shopping to receive Level 4 pricing (1,000 b.f. pricing). Their location is 540 Satellite Blvd. in Suwanee, GA 30024.  770-945-2102. 

Woodcraft – (Two Locations)  –  Has been a woodworker’s favorite source for quality hand and power tools, equipment and supplies (including wood). Cabinet makers, wood turners, carvers and woodworkers in general rely on their friendly, experienced staff that is always available to help with the selection of tools and supplies as well as provide helpful advice on individual projects. They have fully equipped classroom facilities. Guild members receive 10% OFF qualifying purchases during the monthly Guild meeting or Symposiums at the Alpharetta store. Stop by their store at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, GA 30022, 770-587-3372  OR their west side Store at 351 Thornton Road in Lithia Springs. GA 30122, 770-485-5636.

Guild Mailing Address

Any mail communications with the Guild should be addressed to the following:

Woodworkers Guild of Georgia

P.O. Box 921424

Norcross, GA  30010  

The Guild Board of Directors

John Champion   President  404-307-0817

David Hohman  Vice-President, Secretary    

Gary Fader  Immediate Past President  770-977-7271

Mark Haugland Treasurer   678-472-9117

Don Bolen Website Support 678-296-9074

Gary Fjeld    Newsletter   4042345616

Bob Forsthoffer  At-Large  678-936-7588 

John Jones   Program Committee Chairman   678-5767263

Ken Kraft   Membership   262-894-1725

Michael Lawsky  Communications770-329-6548

Tom Melcher    Website-Membee, Patron Sponsors, AV   770-851-1098

Jim Milam     Symposium, Tool Sales  404-255-2314

Roger Moister    Librarian   404-355-5033

Nuane Neely  Charitable Projects/Mentoring    770-922-1933

Dan O’Shea  At-Large  404-314-4593

Brent Richardson   Scholarships   7049954920

Steven Sheppard    Website Technical Support   770-316-7160

Jim Wright    Audio Visual   404-644-9156