President’s Message

November 2019

Gary Fader

November Business Meeting Items

This year, the Guild Board of Directors has decided to move the annual business meeting from January to the previous November, as part of the regular programs meeting on November 14th. The reasons for this are two-fold: the membership will be asked to approve the 2020 budget and to elect the 2020 Board of Directors, both of which begin implementation on January 1 of the new year. Since there is no general meeting in December, it makes sense the start the new year with these items approved, the logical time to have the business meeting is in November.

We are very pleased to offer as candidates for Board positions the following people:

                                John Champion – President

                                David Hohman – Vice President & Secretary

                                Mark Haugland – Treasurer

                                Gary Fader – Past President

                                Dan O’Shea – Member-at-large

                                Bob Forsthoffer – Member-at-large

We also want to thank the following two people for their outstanding service on the Board as they will be rotating off the Board:

                                Art Sanders – Retiring (2 years on the Board as Treasurer)

                                Tom Risoli – Retiring (11 years on the Board, including as President)

As always, members can volunteer for Board positions at the business meeting.

Our 2020 budget proposal provides for operational expenditures of $15,100.00, which is in line with what we expect as income. This is similar to our 2019 operating expenses. Details of the projected income and expenses will be presented at the November meeting.

We look forward to your attendance and input at this important meeting. This is an opportunity for the Guild membership to provide oversight of your Board membership and how it functions.

Woodworkers Guild of Georgia
Monthly Meeting
7:00 pm Thursday November 14th, 2019

Mortise and Tenon Joinery

Bill Bowser will be demonstrating “mortise & tenon joinery”. He will be discussing and showing examples of various mortise and tenon joints such as haunched, pinned, tusk, loose, through, mitered-corner and wedged. He will cut a M&T joint using his shop-made tenoning jig and then hand cut the mortise.

This should be very helpful to new woodworkers, and a refresher for those who are more seasoned.

Our meetings take place at:

Woodcraft Of Atlanta
8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Be sure to arrive early in order to use your Guild membership to receive available discounts as you shop prior to the meeting. Please consider bringing a friend, neighbor or colleague as your guest!

*Image above by GreyCat, used under Free Art license 1.3 

Woodworkers Guild of Georgia

Annual Holiday Party and Show ‘N Tell

Please Register on the Guild Website by December 5th

The Woodworkers Guild of Georgia will hold its Annual Holiday Party at the North Atlanta Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dunwoody on Thursday, December 12th, at 6:00 pm.

The address is:  5123 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA  30338.


Guild Mini Symposium

By Roger Moister

The Guild Mini Symposium was held at Highland Woodworking on October 19th with Sabiha Mutjaba sharing some of her works with us. Sabiha is known to many in the Guild for the last 35 years as the helpful lady at Highland who can advise on anything woodworking. But there is more to know about her. Born and raised in Pakistan, she completed graduate studies in sculpture at a “trade school” in London in 1972. While a student, she admitted being drawn to the school’s wood shop which she loved. She came to the United States about 1986 and has been at Highland ever since.

In addition to her Highland job, it became apparent she is a highly skilled woodworker with creative and imaginative talent. She displayed her talents as a woodworker, sculptor, carver, and artist by showing us several works made in her small shop.

She started with slides of several commissions as shown on her website, One work was a wooden screen installed in a residence in a large door jamb to divide two rooms, mimicking the use of a cloth hanging for that purpose. Another work was a floor-to-ceiling tree installed against a wall in a residence having a large black snake coiled on a limb. (Snakes are a favorite creature for Sabiha.) Finally, there was the slide of a brown, three legged chair, partly draped in folds of cloth which were carved in wood. Cloth is significant to Sabiha as it can be beautiful, suggestive and also protective to ward off bad karma.

 Then Sabiha launched into explaining her commission to do the twelve stations of the cross for the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Each station was mounted on a flat surface about 18 x 24 inches by a fellow woodworker who shared the commission with her. Sabiha’s story was her steps in making the work. First, she conferred with her client, the church priest, for direction. She followed with several sketches for ideas for each panel to be created. Then she prepared drawings of each panel for approval and followed by making a clay model of a specific panel. She followed the clay model with a wood block buildup to be carved according to the clay model. Each station was approved by the priest, carved in wood and then painted in rich colors. Finally, it was backed on a panel by her associate and hung in the church.

Proof of Sabiha’s talent is that she made the entire set of stations, one at a time, in random order according to who in the church was paying for each one of them, and additionally that she is not a Christian. To capture the emotion, she depicted Mary on each panel with facial expressions showing her distress as a mother.  Sabiha was touched by the story, and her final product was a work of beauty displaying powerful pathos and emotion for church members.

For another client, she created a large framed relief carving of Sarasvati Devi, the four-armed Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning. Her figure was rising from a lotus flower as she strummed a guitar-like instrument while sitting on the back of a swan and being announced by the cry of a peacock. Mostly done in brilliant white, the images were in sharp contrast to a Carolina blue background.

Finally, she shared a commission now in progress. This was the construction of another three-legged chair done in maple and covered with cloth folds. This chair was a different version of the earlier, brown three-legged chair she had done for the client.

Again, Sabiha revealed her method: first, she made several sketches, then she built a full-size, mock up of the chair from plywood and scraps. She unveiled her chair as built so far displaying the heavy cloth folds. Sprinkled on the cloth folds were embedded round mirrors about the size of a penny. These were decorative and again protective to reflect away bad Karma from the chair and its occupant.

Before closing, in answer to a question, she uses a three part finish: 3 parts turpentine, 2 parts alkyd varnish like Waterlox, and 1 part boiled linseed oil.  She applies it liberally, lets it soak in and then wipes it off, disposing of the rags properly. She was insistent on using turpentine and not mineral spirits.

By the end of her presentation, Sabiha had closed the loop to demonstrate her different orientation as an artisan and craftswoman, as being one strongly influenced by her native Pakistani and eastern culture.  As one having a western, Judeo-Christian orientation toward visual arts, I found her work and construction processes fascinating. Each piece was imaginative and creative, making her presentation enjoyable for all Guild members who attended. Thank you, Sabiha!


Upcoming Guild Meetings

Click to see the Guild’s Community Calendar

December 12th – Holiday Party

January 9th – Exploring Finishing Products; Dyes, Stains, Topcoats, etc.

February 13th – Exploring Finishing Application Methods; Brushing, Wiping, Spraying, HVLP Spraying


Find jobs, tips, and items for sale on our website FORUMS 

Looking for a paying job opportunity?  We have some opportunities in the Off-Topic section of FORUMS.  You can help restore a sternwheel riverboat, find a full time woodworking position in Dawsonville, or help with a local project to build a mannequin. 

You can also find tips that members have posted and items for sale. Go to Home > Connect > ForumsNote that members must be logged in to view and post.

Visit to see what is there and start a conversation of your own!


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.


Looking for some great tool buys for all of your shop needs?  Check out the 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 the first time you visit that page in a computer session.

Guild Mailing Address

Art Sanders has cancelled the Woodstock P.O. Box, and although the mail will be forwarded for the short term, please note the new address for the website, blasts and various Guild publications:

P.O. Box 921424

Norcross, GA  30010  

Show ‘N Tell

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

New Members

The following are new Guild members:

Desai Aashish – Atlanta
John Getz – Marietta
Lindsey Cary – Marietta

Please welcome these new members to the Guild.


“CNC Basic Training”

By John Jones

I attended the “CNC Basic Training” class at ShopBOT headquarters in Durham, NC which was taught by their training director. It was a full 2-day hands-on course, including a tour of their manufacturing facility.

The class was well organized, thorough and quickly introduced us to both the CAD/CAM machine software as well as V-Carve PRO, a popular CNC design software package.

At the beginning of the second day, I was able to engrave a complicated EPS design on both plywood and a glass mirror.

By the end of the second day, I had learned a great deal about the CNC machine and the software products, but realized that lots of practice and learning opportunities (trial & error) were ahead of me.

Many thanks  to the Guild for the scholarship. The 2-day on site training was invaluable!

Since the training, I have invested hundreds of hours in my CNC and am now producing carvings, engravings and surfacing/flattening boards and slabs.

My ShopBOT CNC is a 48″ x 96″ model with a 5hp 3-phase spindle.


Free Demonstrations

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

Nov 9:     9:30; 11:30; 1:30; 3:30   Turn a Pen for Ten Veteran’s Day Make & Take

Nov 16:   11:00       CNC Technology

Nov 23:  11:00        SawStop Professional Table Saws

Dec 7:     11:00        Home Made Holiday Gift Event

Dec 14:   11:00         Router Table Techniques

Woodcraft:   8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   

Nov 9:     1:00     Cutting Boards

Nov 16:   1:00     Small Projects

Nov 23:    1:00    Applying Finishes

Dec 7:       1:00    Food Safe Finishes

Dec 14:     1:00    Easy Wood Tools

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.

The Guild Board of Directors

Gary Fader   President   770-977-7271

John Champion    Vice-President, Secretary    404-3070817

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

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