President’s Message

May 2020

John Champion – President

Let’s get back together … soon!

We took a meeting break in April as all group activity was shut down and as I write this, we will probably have to do the same for May. But there is an emerging light on the horizon, and I look forward to getting back with you all soon. Timing and format will depend a lot on what Woodcraft will let us do as well as the general guidelines that are provided for meeting events in the “new normal”.

Your Board will be meeting by videoconference in early May and at the top of our agenda will be discussing ways we can begin to reconvene our membership to talk about the joys of woodworking. The good news is we have some effective options to help reengage our membership in programming presentations.

Each of you as members can also engage right now with us through the website:

  • Watch past meetings
  •  Post pictures of your projects to our Instagram account and look at the work of others
  •  Look for and post tips, items for sale, and other general information in our Forums
  •  Look through past newsletters that go back 20 years
  •  Need help with a project? We have a long list of members willing to help with your questions and you can find those close to you using our member map

One of the best investments the Board has made was to improve the capabilities of our cameras and recording equipment at Woodcraft last year. We now record every meeting, and each is posted on our website a few days afterwards for members to enjoy. Go here to see what you missed!

If you did not make it to the February 13 meeting and March 03 hands-on-workshop, it is well worth your time to watch that on the video recording you can find on our website under meeting summaries. Both should be required viewing for any woodworker with an interest in finishing, specifically filling the pores in wood and adding color. Marion Smith and John Ogilvie did a masterful job of explaining this technique and much more. This will change your approach to finishing open pored woods.

Since that meeting, I have been practicing what I learned. I got the pore filling down pretty good and have since been tinkering with coloring techniques with a focus on how to get a darker color. I found it a little challenging on the shellac filled pore samples to get a dark stain to produce a dark tone. I used regular and gel stains, created a red toned wash of alcohol and TransTint which I brushed on, and even tried dyes. It has been a great learning experience. You can tell from my sample boards that my wash tone was a little heavy in spots, but I will get that worked out. Most importantly, it has been fun to test and try.


Try your own tests. Your Guild is here to help. Let us know how we can support you and your woodworking hobby.

I look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.


May 14th

After careful consideration of the current Coronavirus situation, we have decided to cancel the Guild meeting scheduled for May 14, 2020.

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

May 30th and 31st

The Spring Symposium with Matt Kenney has been rescheduled to October 17th and 18th due to the Coronavirus

June 11th

Designing & Making Banding

June 20th

Guild Picnic

July 9th

Jigs & Fixtures

August 13th

Bandsaw Clinic

September 10th

Making Christmas Ornaments

October 8th

Toy Assembly

October 17th

Fall Symposium with Matt Kenney

November 12th

Gluing & Clamping

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   

A decision regarding demonstrations and classes at Woodcraft is pending for the month of May.  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. 

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. 404-8724466.

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.

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