President’s Message

June 2020

John Champion – President

Welcome to the New Normal

As we step into the month of June, it is evident that the way we all interact is going to be different for a while because of Covid-19. In this new environment, your Board and the Programming Committee have been hard at work resetting our program plans for this year.  Before all this began, we had a complete slate of meetings and symposiums laid out for 2020.  We are now adjusting how to bring great content to and engage with our members.

Our meeting venue at Woodcraft is not available for now, so we are going to step up our digital presence. We made some excellent investments in cameras and equipment last year which will prove especially useful during this period.  Our plans are to do several things:

  • Video presentations
    Develop video presentations of meeting content that can be shared with our membership on a regular basis. We will also be looking to source other video content we think will be of interest to our members.
  • Live meetings in one format or another
    We do not know when we can reconvene regular meetings at Woodcraft and when we do there may be restrictions on the number of attendees.

    In the meantime, we are looking at ways to create the look and feel for live meetings in some of our video production content. We will look for ways to create some videos that still have an interactive element with a few individuals representing our larger audience.

We may try to set up some Zoom meetings where more individuals can be active in reacting to the presentation and asking questions/making comments. We can host up to 100 people on a Zoom call. If there is interest beyond that number, we will increase the total “seats” available.

  • Video “Tips from my Shop” from members
    We would like to develop a video program for you as members to video yourself in your shop with a tip or technique you can share. This might be only 1 to 2-minute segments and you can film yourself using your smart phone or computer propped up on your workbench. Just select the camera app and record. We can give you a Dropbox location to share the video. It will be great to have a high level of participation on this to help us continue to get to know more of our members individually.
  • Expanded toy making program
    One idea that has been emerging is to expand our annual toy making program so that members can make complete toys in their own shops. We are gathering some toy plan ideas and will be communicating further for how members can get these and work in the comfort of their own shops to create toys for kids.
  • Your ideas?
    What are your thoughts for how we can be effective and stay in touch with our membership during this period of social separation. We would love to hear your ideas. Drop me a note through our website. Just click Contact Us at the top of the page and follow the guide.

I look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon. It may be digitally for a period of time.


This video on storage solutions is NOW available to Guild members that Jim Milam, Tom Melcher and John Jones have utilized in their shops.  Each of these Guild members offer some unique solutions for storage in their shops.

The following article  was supposed to be published in the Marietta Daily Journal, but the reporter was laid off.   As a result, it was published on their website

The Art Of Woodworking

By Sally Litchfield

The Woodworkers Guild of Georgia (WGG) advances the art and understanding of woodworking. I spoke with East Cobb resident Gary Fader, an award-winning woodworker, about the art.

“WGG promotes the art of woodworking,” said Fader, Past President of WGG.

When not sheltered-in-place, WGG meets on the second Thursday of the month at Woodcraft (8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta 30022). The guild has 150 members. One of its objectives is to help charitable causes through woodworking.

Fader presents toys to the Craddock Center made by WGG

“In our woodworker’s guild, we have a whole variety of people and talent. We do have a number of engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, and some contractor people as well. They enjoy the challenge of creating something that is useful and high quality,” said Fader who retired from the Nuclear Power Industry.

Salt and pepper shakers made by woodworker

Fader works out of his home in a shop that he created in his basement. It is there he created his “Tree Bandsaw Box” that won the 3rd Annual Atlanta Woodworking Showcase hosted by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

Award winning Tree Bandsaw Box by Fader

“Woodworking projects can range from toys to jewelry boxes to clocks to cabinetry for homes. A lot of woodworkers work in the house and work on their house making shelving or furniture or cabinetry,” said Fader whose interest in woodworking sparked when he was in the 7th grade.

Example of items made by woodworkers

“Shop class got me started and developed my first interest in woodworking,” Fader said.
Fader created his first projects for his two children.

“My wife and I talked about whether we wanted to buy furniture or buy tools. We ended up at that time, buying some tools. I made a toy chest, a dresser, and a headboard for each of my boys. It was all pine. It was sturdy enough that it lasted through them and got passed down through my grandchildren. It’s actually still in use,” Fader said.

“Things that are well made are lasting. Some of the toys I’ve made like trains and cars are already working their way down through generations,” Fader said.

Woodworking provides many benefits. “Woodworking has a lot of aspects that are enjoyable. The design of something that I hope will be enjoyed and useful to somebody. Secondly, it’s creative,” Fader said.

Intricate clock show detail work

WGG is supported by Patron sponsors like Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Woodcraft, Peach State Lumber Products, Peachtree Woodworking Supply, Highland Hardware, CAG Lumber, FinTech, Redmond Machinery, and Suwanee Lumber Company through monetary and in-kind donations.

Photography courtesy to Marietta Talks 


June 11th  Designing and Making Inlay Banding presented by Bill Markert

After careful consideration of the current Coronavirus situation, we have decided to cancel the in-person Guild meeting at Woodcraft scheduled for June 11, 2020.

In order to conduct the June Guild meeting, the meeting will be held as an on-line Zoom meeting.  Details of how to join the Zoom meeting on your computer will be coming shortly. 

We will keep you posted if there are any changes in other scheduled meetings and events, or check the calendar on our website.

July 9th

Jigs & Fixtures

August 13th

Router Clinic

September 10th

Making Christmas Ornaments

September 12th

Guild Picnic (Registration will be required)

October 8th

Toy Assembly

October 17th

Fall Symposium with Matt Kenney (Registration will be required)

November 12th

Paterae Design and Construction

December 7th

Holiday Party

December 10th

Stock Preparation (Sanding, Scraping & 4-Squaring)


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 prices.

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 as a member if you haven’t already.

If you would like to be automatically notified via email of any new posts in the Forum, go to the Forums, then click on “Subscribe to new topics”, or “Subscribe to new replies” at the top of any screen.


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. The Instagram post will always show as coming from the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia.

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.

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!

TIP: After the upload, if your photo is upside down or rotated in your profile, simple open the photo before uploading on your computer, make sure the photo is displaying properly (head is up), and save the photo. This trick also works with most recent mobile phones. Resaving the photo will “fix” the problem. Then upload THAT photo and you should be all set.

Show ‘N Tell

Please be ready to show some of your quarantine projects at the next scheduled Guild meeting.

Upcoming Events

International Woodworking Fair, August 25-28, 2020

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

Register for the woodworking industry’s must-attend show. You’ll find out all that’s new and next in manufacturing technology, innovation, product design, learning and networking.

IWF Atlanta. Where the woodworking business does business.SM

Free Demonstrations

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

All demonstrations and classes at Rockler have been cancelled until further notice. Please contact the store for updates.

Woodcraft: 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell

Classes at Woodcraft are now limited to six people until further notice. Please contact the store for updates.

Support Your Woodworkers Guild of Georgia Patron Sponsors

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.  Call them at 770-869-3377.

CAG Lumber is observing normal business hours.

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.

Fintech Abrasivesis observing normal business hours.

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.

Highland Woodworking retail store is currently closed, but they continue to accept online and phone orders for shipping or curbside pickup.

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.

Peach State Lumber is observing normal business hours.

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.

Peachtree Woodworking retail store is currently closed.  They continue to accept online and phone orders for shipping or curbside pickup.

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.

Redmond Machinery is open with normal business hours.

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.

Rockler stores are open for business with the following hours:  Monday – Saturday 10 am t0 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.  

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.

Suwanee Lumber is open with normal business hours.

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.

Woodcraft stores are open for business with the following hours:  Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm.  

The Guild Board of Directors

John Champion President 404-307-0817

Vice-President, Secretary

Gary Fader Immediate Past President 770-977-7271

Mark Haugland Treasurer 678-294-8043

Don Bolen Website Support 678-296-9074

Gary Fjeld Newsletter 4042345616

Bob Forsthoffer Mentoring 678-936-7588

John Jones Program Committee Chairman 678-5767263

Ken Kraft Membership 262-894-1725

Michael Lawsky Communications 770-329-6548

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 770-922-1933

Dan O’Shea At-Large 404-314-4593

Brent Richardson Scholarships 7049954920

Steven SheppardWebsite Technical Support 770-316-7160

Jim Wright Audio Visual 404-644-9156