Bowl turning with John Andrew

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Metalworking for Woodworkers

At our December meeting, Bill Pratt led discussion about the types of iron and steel that woodworkers can use for hardware and tools. He demonstrated the “spark test” for identifying mild and high carbon steel and will discuss how carbon content of steel, hardening and tempering can be used for creating small tools for woodworking. Bill trained as a blacksmith in the late 1970s at Skunk Hollow Forge outside Denver, and worked at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site as a living history blacksmith before setting up his own shop in Durango, Colorado.  Scott Walters also brought some example of woodworking tools that he has created over the years

 

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Small boxes and some very unique wood

Guess that wood!

Guess that wood!

Meetings at Paul workshop are always a treat.  This time he showed a couple of small boxes that he put together a some pieces of bird’s eye red oak…yes, red oak.  No one at the meeting at had ever come across birds-eye red oak so it was quite the topic of conversion.  The second strange hardwood that Paul passed around was roasted maple.  It is essentially maple that is baked at high temperatures in vacuum press so it has minimal oxygen.  The end product is reminiscent of walnut and the smell is sweet.

The June 1st meeting will be held at the MOP shop in the old state nursery building on route 12.  Hope to see you all there!

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May 4th Guild Meeting

Cartoon for Carving by Paul Anderson of Helena, Montana

Paul Anderson  will be hosting our May meeting.  He will be sharing a couple of boxes he has made using small scraps of wood, as well as sharing some really unusual wood that he has been using.

Paul is one of Helena’s most talented and inspirational woodworkers, with a house full of interesting work that he has created, from furniture to elaborate carving and so much more. He is a very humble woodworker who mostly builds for himself and his family, so a meeting a his shop is great opportunity to see what he has been up to.

Paul will have some hand planes for sale as well.  The main dish will be either be roast turkey or ham!  Yum!

MEETING DETAILS
Date and Time: Monday, May 4, 2015 6:00 pm to around 8:00-ish
Location: (click here to go to a detailed google map. Zoom out to see Helena on the map.) Written directions are below.
Potluck: A ham or roast turkey will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert  and beverages. Thanks!  

To get to Paul’s shop at 14 North Spike:
  1. Take the Interstate south from Helena and exit at the South Helena Exchange.
  2. Use the round about and continue to go south on Colonial Drive in the direction of Montana City (the frontage road will parallel the highway).
  3. Turn left at the first stop street  (Highway 282 that leads to the old Asarco plant).  You will go over the viaduct that spans the highway.
  4. The first subdivision on your left is Big Sky Acres.
  5. Turn left into the subdivision on Antler (you will pass a group of mail boxes on you right).
  6. Turn right at the next street, Brow Tine.
  7. The next street that intersects is Spike Street.
  8. Take a left on North Spike. You will drive to a cul-de-sac.
  9. From the cul-de-sac drive up the hill to a beige, two story house with dormers.
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  1. Take the Highway 12 to East Helena (from Helena)
  2. Turn right at the stop light (the American Chemet plant/old Asarco plant will be on your right)
  3. Turn right at the light, passing American Chemet (you will be on First Street/Highway 282)
  4. Go approximately 3 miles until you are almost at the viaduct that crosses Highway 15 going to Montana City.
  5. Right before the viaduct will be the Big Sky Acres subdivision to your right.
  6. Turn right into the subdivision on Antler (you will pass a group of mail boxes on your right).
  7. Turn right at the next street, Brow Tine.
  8. The next street that intersects is Spike Street.
  9. Take a left on North Spike. You will drive to a cul-de-sac.
  10. From the cul-de-sac drive up the hill to a beige, two story house with dormers.

 

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All Wood Designs

Kevin and Gary giving us a tour of their shop at All Wood DesignsA big thanks to Kevin and Gary at All Wood Designs for hosting last week’s meeting at their shop.  For those of us that weren’t familiar with their shop and what they do, it was am eye opener.  All Wood Design’s boosts an impressive array of tools and Kevin and Gary have a wealth of experience.  They are always willing to open their doors to new customers or fellow woodworkers and are a great resource for the Helena community.

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April 6th Guild Meeting

All Wood Designs Custom KitchenKevin at All Wood Designs has generously offered to host the April meeting. It should be a good opportunity to see a productive shop that puts out some great products!  Hope to see you on Monday.

MEETING DETAILS
Date and Time: April 6th, 2015 6:00 pm to around 8:00-ish
Location: All Wood Designs shop at 1310 Boulder Ave, Helena
Potluck: Fried chicken will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert  and beverages. Thanks!  
Directions: All Wood Designs shop is just east of Montana Ave near malfunction junction.

Map: 

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January 5th Guild Meeting

Anna-Cedar2Anna Baker will be hosting our January Guild Meeting at her newly built house!  Anna’s new house is at 3996 Springhill Road. The meeting will take place on the first Monday in January (January 5). She is excited to show off her small and intentional house project, built with many recycled woods and parts. She has learned a bit about patina in the process of building cabinets, trim and refinishing old doors and a workbench and is anxious to share with us.

MEETING DETAILS
Date and Time: January 5th, 2015 6:00 pm to around 8:00-ish
Location: Anna Baker’s House at 3996 Springhill Road, Helena
Potluck: Anna will provide stew or chili. Please bring a side dish or dessert  and beverages. Thanks!
Program: Anna will show us her new new house, which incorporates many reused and recycled materials.  
Directions: Go ~3 miles south of the Lewis and Clark Library, staying left at the split of grizzly and oro fino. Spring hill is the second road on the left after the split.   Go past arrastra and turn left on springhill, which has a row of mailboxes.  Follow springhill up and around to the very end.  Anna’s driveway is at the end of the road on the left. Parking is limited, so probably best to park in the turn around rather than up the driveway.   Springhill can be slick, four wheel drive is highly recommended!

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December 1st Guild Meeting

Wooden boat project at Fred Goughnour's shopFred Goughnour will host our December Guild meeting on December 1st, at his shop in Montana City.  Fred has been restoring wood boats for over 20 years.  He currently has two boats that he working in his shop.  One is almost finished and will provide an opportunity to talk about varnishing and final assembly. The other boat is in the early phases, so should provide some talking points on structure and wood replacement.

Fred Goughnour applying finish

Chili will be provided for the main course.  Please bring a side dish (green salads, baked beans, chips are some ideas …) or dessert. Also bring beverage to share. If you are new to the guild and just checking us out, please be our guest at the potluck — there is always plenty of food!

MEETING DETAILS
Date and Time: December 1st, 2014 6:00 pm to around 8:00-ish
Location: Fred Goughnour’s Shop at 14 Ponderosa Rd, Montana City
Potluck: Chili! Please bring side dish, dessert, beverages. Thanks!
Program: Fred will talk about a couple wood boats he is in the process of restoring.
Directions: Take I-15 to the Montana City exit (exit 190). Travel west towards the roundabout.  Exit the roundabout onto Hwy 282 heading north. At the first intersection, turn left onto South Hills Road.  Turn left onto Ponderosa. Fred’s house is the second driveway on right. Look for two Easter Island heads guarding the entrance! Shop is on left, narrow driveway with limited space, suggest parking on street.

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September 8th Guild Meeting

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Guild Member, Matt Schmidt, will be hosting our September meeting

Important Note: September Guild Meeting takes place on September 8th instead of the first Monday, because … the first Monday is Labor Day and we bet most guild members are going to be out playing with their families! Hope you all have an awesome holiday on the 1st!

Matt Schmidt's New Shop

Matt Schmidt’s New Shop — pretty clean, eh?

Matt Schmidt will host our September Guild meeting on September 8th, at his brand new shop. He has already finished a new pulpit cross out of his new shop, for his church, and is slowly putting things in their place from his old shop. Matt will talk about how he does his inlays and give us a tour of his new digs.

Inlay work in progress by Matt Schmidt

Inlay work in progress by Matt Schmidt

Matt will provide the main course, classic Montana pulled pork and buns. Maureen and Tim will bring coleslaw to go on the buns and pork. Please bring a side dish (green salads, baked beans, chips are some ideas …) or dessert. Also bring beverage to share. If you are new to the guild and just checking us out, please be our guest at the potluck — there is always plenty of food!

MEETING DETAILS
Date and Time: September 8th, 2014 6:00 pm to around 8:00-ish
Location: Matt Schmidt’s Shop at 3855 Pioneer Park Drive, Helena
Matt’s Cell: 406-266-1194
Potluck: Pulled Pork & Coleslaw with Buns. Please bring side dish, dessert, beverages. Thanks!
Program: Matt will talk a little about how he does his inlays, and how excited he is about his new shop. He might even give us a demo since he is currently working on a couple of inlays.
Directions: Take York Road Exit off Custer heading east, go about 4 miles. When you see the convenience store on the right hand side of the road, Pioneer Park Dr is a half mile on the right from there. Turn right,  My house is the first house on the left that is on Pioneer Park Drive. You will see the shop. It has a brown metal roof with brown siding. My house is a two story light tan/gray color with a camper out front. You can park along side the road and in the driveway.
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