President’s Message

July, 2019

Gary Fader

 

Are You Sure You Know Everything?

Definition:  Mentor – An experienced and trusted advisor.

It’s been a year since we implemented the Guild Mentoring Program.  We solicited and posted on the website a list of members willing to be mentors in their respective areas of expertise.  However, to date, only about three people have taken advantage of the experience offered.

I think it’s human nature to try to figure things out without help.  How many times my spouse has said: “just like a man, you would rather get hopelessly lost than ask for directions.”  Maybe it really is a gender thing, but when it comes to woodworking, I would rather know what I’m doing than feed my fireplace an expensive piece of “firewood.”

So, I again invite you to peruse our mentoring program web page and see what mentoring topics and mentors are available.  Each person would enjoy sharing their expertise and making a better friend. I have personally benefited from being mentored in stringing, dovetailing, tenoning/mortising, and sharpening. All sessions have saved me wood and time, and significantly improved my designs and work quality.

We built it, but few people came!  Please, tell me why!

Better yet, talk to our Mentoring Director, Nuane Neely, or just click here to contact a mentor directly and ask for help.


JUNE TOOL SALE AND PICNIC

A great time was had by all who attended the Guild tool sale and picnic on June 15th.  We had 16 participants in the tool sale, and 65 members registered for the picnic! A special thanks to John Jones for hosting the event at his shop and to all the guild members who helped with the tool sale and picnic. Here’s a few pictures of the fun…


Upcoming Guild Meetings

July – Virtual Shop Tours

August – Using Social Media To Drive A Woodworking Business with Jason Bent

September – Toy Assembly led By Nuane Neely

October – Mini-Symposium – Exotic Carving led by Sabiha Mujtaba

November – TBD

December – Holiday Party


JOIN US ON INSTAGRAM!

Instagram!  We want to make this a platform that our members use to share pictures of their projects, shops, jigs, or anything else that might be of interest to fellow woodworkers.  

WHAT IS INSTAGRAM AND HOW DO I ACCESS  IT?

Instagram is a social media app/website for sharing pictures and interacting with other people. Here is a link to a video for Instagram beginners –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z4AEDyKGdI&t=2s

Instagram is a tool that is used on your phone.  Take a picture on your phone and post it to Instagram.

The easiest way to access our Instagram account is clicking on the button at the top of any web page on our new website. You can also follow our Instagram account by searching on Instagram for (WoodworkersGuildofGeorgia) or use this link instagram.com/woodworkersguildofgeorgia/. It doesn’t have many pictures at present which is why we are asking you to start posting.

HOW DO I USE INSTAGRAM FOR THE GUILD?  READ THIS … IT’S THE IMPORTANT PART …

      Approach 1 – Send pictures to the WWG Website Gallery 

Send pictures to the Guild so we can post them on our public Instagram account. You can send your pictures to the Guild by emailing them to wwggallery@wwgofga.com

Please include a brief description of the picture or project including relevant information such as kind of wood used, how it was finished, etc. You can include your name or Instagram account if you would like to be credited. 

The kind of pictures we are looking for are works in process or finished, recent or previous projects, shop pictures, jig pictures, cool tools pics or anything else you think Guild members or other Woodworkers would be interested in seeing. 

Please send us as many pictures as you can and as often as you can. 

      Approach 2 – Join Instagram and post images on your site that you share with the Guild

We would like to have as many members join Instagram as possible. When you join Instagram, you’ll be able to post your own pictures on your account. You will also be able to follow other guild members including the official Guild account. Then you’ll be able to see and comment on their pictures  

If you don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures, that’s okay. If you have an Instagram account, you can use it just to view other people’s pictures. 

In the future we would like to provide a list of suggested accounts for members to follow. Including other Guild members and famous Woodworkers. Having Guild members join Instagram will help the Guild and members out in many ways. 

  • The more people we have following our official account the easier it will be for it to grow. 
  • More people commenting on our photos will bring more people to our website that will hopefully join our Guild. 
  • Having Guild members follow each other on Instagram will help us stay in contact between meetings allowing us to help each other out by answering each other’s questions or just providing positive feedback on our current projects.
  • Please help us by contributing to our Instagram story.

Activate your account on the new Guild website

The Guild has launched the new Guild website at http://www.wwgofga.com/.  All members should have received an activation email directing you to create your new login and to update your profile. If you have not activated your account, we will be sending the activation email again, so be sure and check your spam or junk folder if you don’t see it.  Also, feel free to email admin@wwgofga.com and request that the activation email be sent to you again.

 


New Website Launched

The new Guild website is up and running!  Please visit the site and check out what is there.  You can find…

  • current and past newsletters
  • announcements about upcoming events
  • directory of our excellent DVD library resources
  • information about our scholarship award programs which every member can use
  • outline of our mentoring program and available mentors
  • link to our new Instagram account where you can view and contribute content
  • documentation of the Guild Board policies, guidelines, position descriptions, and members
  • and much more

We are continuing to develop further new content for our members to enjoy.


Show ‘N Tell

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


Let us see your projects, jigs, tools, and shop pictures on Instagram

It is easy and fun to participate in our Instagram Gallery, and very simple!  Here’s how…

  1. Using your phone, take a picture of something you’d like to share with other members
  2. Select the image on your phone and select Mail
  3. Enter the email address wwggallery@wwgofga.com in the “To:” field
  4. In the text field area where the image shows, write a few words to describe the image.  For example … “Here is a work aid I use to help me do glue ups – John Smith” Be sure to include your name, as well as any hashtags. Hashtags allow your photo to be searched on in Instagram, and they look like this: #woodworking #jig #glueups #
  5. Press “Send” … when prompted to select the image size, select “Actual” which will give us the best resolution

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

You can visit our Gallery by clicking on the Instagram icon at the top right of the Guild website  (see below).  Click on any image to see a description of it.

We are looking for pictures that show all types of projects and activities from the beginner to the advanced level.  Remember we are trying to attract the interest of people who want to learn more about woodworking and most of them are probably just starting out.  So there is nothing that is too basic to share.


Add Your Picture To Your Guild Profile

On the new Guild website you can now include a photo in your profile.  Doing so will help your fellow members get to know you faster since they can more readily associate your name with your face.

It is very easy to do from your computer or your phone.  

     1.  Identify a “head shot” picture that you can use, or take a new photo with your phone.  You can continue the process from your phone or transfer the image to your computer and do it from there.

     2.  Go to the Guild website.

     3.  Go to the Members Only section found at the top left of the web page and select Member Profile.  You will be asked to log in if you have not already done so.

     4.  When your profile comes up, you will see a placeholder for a photo.  Press the “Upload” link and browse to the picture on your device that you want to use.  Click on the selected image file and voila!  You’re done and your picture will show in your profile.


What will you be displaying at the 2020 Woodworking Show?

The Woodworking Show is expected to be in town next March, 2020.  That seems like a long way off, but now is the time to start thinking about the project you want to plan and build to display in the Show.  We like to see a lot of member participation in the show as it helps to draw traffic into our booth where we recruit new members.  You can contact John Champion at if you want to learn more about the Woodworking Show.


Free Demonstrations

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

Jul 13:    11:00      Router Table Techniques

Jul 20:   11:00      Cabinet Hardware 101

Jul 27:    11:00      SawStop Professional Cabinet Saws

Aug 3:     11:00      Cabinet Door Construction

 

Woodcraft:   8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   

Jul 13:    1:00   Preparing A Surface For Finishing   

Jul 20:   1:00   Compact Routers 

Jul 27:   1:00    Kreg Adaptive Cutting System

Aug 3:    1:00      Hand-Cut Dovetails


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 http://www.caglumber.com/, 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.  http://www.fintechabrasives.com/

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. http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/  

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.  http://www.peachstatelumber.com/  

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.    http://www.ptreeusa.com/ 

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.  http://www.redmondmachinery.com/ 

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.  http://www.rockler.com/retail/stores/ga 

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.    http://www.suwaneelumber.com/ 

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.  http://www.woodcraft.com/stores/atlanta


The Guild Board of Directors

Gary Fader   President   770-977-7271

John Champion    Vice-President, Secretary    404-307-0817

Art Sanders   Treasurer   678-472-9117

Ken Kraft   Membership   262-894-1725

John Jones   Program Committee Chairman   678-5767263

Roger Moister    Librarian   404-355-5033

Brent Richardson   Scholarships   7049954920

Tom Melcher    Patron Sponsors     770-851-1098

Michael Lawsky  Communications    770-329-6548

John Champion    Woodworking Show 2019   404-307-0817

Nuane Neely    Community/Charitable Projects    770-922-1933 

Jim Milam     Spring Symposium 2019   404-255-2314

Steven Sheppard    Website Technical Support   770-316-7160

Tom Melcher    Website Membership Support   770-851-1098

Jim Milam    Tool Sales   404-255-2314

Gary Fjeld    Newsletter   4042345616

Jim Wright    Audio Visual   404-644-9156

Nuane Neely   Mentoring    770-922-1933