Timber Frame Construction Presentation

Come Join the Helena Woodworkers Guild for an opportunity to learn about timber framing from a master!



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How many of our woodworkers have woodworking “genes” running in their families? Judging from the photos in this article, it’s obvious guild member Dave Carlson’s woodworking talents have been passed on. Dave’s son, Scott Carlson, an accomplished timber framer from Ohio, will give a Power Point program on timber frame construction, history and techniques while he is in Helena visiting his family.

Scott’s presentation will be June 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the large meeting room of the Lewis & Clark Library (left.)

Please join us — looks like it will be fun, inspiring and educational.

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Scott, a professional timber framer from Ohio, owns his own timber framing business which specializes in traditionally hand crafted timber frames for homes, public buildings, barns and out buildings. Scott’s business website is Sweetgrass Joinery.

Here are a few more examples of Scott Carlson‘s work to get you excited about attending his timber frame presentation on June 30:


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Helena Woodworkers Last Meeting til Fall

Hey, everyone — that was a great meeting to wrap up the season! Here are just a sampling of the photos I took at the Barbagello’s shop on the 19th — please check our flickr Meetings Album for more photos and for updated photos. I will be adding more pics as I get them processed. One thing I have to say is you are all so photogenic, it’s easy taking good shots at our meetings!

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Helena Woodworkers Guild May Meeting

Members watching Gary's lathe work

Our next
Woodworkers Guild meeting will be held Monday May 19th. We will meet at John Barbagello’s shop this time. This will probably be the last meeting before summer, although I have heard rumors we might have one more meeting in June (they’re such fun, heh!)

Joshua, Jonathan and John Barbagello will be showing us mortise and tenon joinery. This will be the last meeting until September, so we need to talk about the Myrna show this fall and any other topics the members may wish to bring up.

Jonathan and Joshua Barbagello
Jonathan and Joshua at April’s Meeting

Anyway, we hope you all can make it to this meeting — don’t be shy, even if you are not an official member, please come and meet a bunch of great folks.

Date: Monday, May 19th
Time:
5:30 pm til 8:30 or whenever
Place:
Barbagello’s shop at 840 Silverette Street on the west side of Helena
Agenda:
After everyone has a chance to visit and chow down on the potluck dinner, our evening program will begin. Joshua, Jonathan and John Barbagello will be showing us mortise and tenon joinery. Again, this will probably be the last meeting until September, so we need to talk about the Myrna show this fall and any other topics the members may wish to bring up.

Please bring a side dish, appetizer or something to drink — or, just show up. There is always plenty to eat! Our host will provide a main dish.

Mike Flanagan
Mike Flanagan at April’s Meeting

How to get to our May Meeting: John Barbagello’s shop is located at 840 Silverette (turn left at the far west end of Hauser Blvd – head south to 840) Here’s a map:


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all photos in this post © Maureen Shaughnessy. These were taken at the Guild’s April meeting at Gary Duval’s shop.

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Helena Woodworkers Guild April Meeting

Is there a color of woodworkers' uniforms?
Is there such a thing as a woodworker’s uniform?

Our next Woodworkers Guild meeting will be held Monday April 14th. I guess we’re on a roll with second-Monday meetings instead of first-Mondays. We will meet at Gary Duval’s shop this time. This will be the next to last meeting before the summer break so we hope you all can make it!

Date: Monday, April 14th
Time:
5:30 pm til 8:30 or whenever
Place:
Gary Duval’s shop at 117 Elmwood Lane in Helena
Agenda:
In addition to our usual jawboning and eating, Gary will show us his lathe turnings including his intricate ornaments (see photo below and Gary’s gallery) Hopefully we’ll have time for a demonstration of Gary’s techniques too. We’ll hear subcommittee updates and take care of some business about the Myrna Art of Wood Exhibit and about our future meetings,

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Gary Duval’s wood ornaments and kaleidoscopes

Please bring a side dish, appetizer or something to drink — or, just show up. There is always plenty to eat! Our host will provide a main dish.

March Guild Meeting at Lance's new home
Lance Seaman showed us how he made the curved, laminated wood
mantel at our March Guild Meeting


How to get to our April Meeting:
Gary’s house is located in Sunhaven subdivision. If you are heading north on Benton Avenue, Elmwood Lane is the last left before Custer Avenue and Gary’s is the 5th house on the left.

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all photos in this post © Maureen Shaughnessy. These were taken at the Guild’s March meeting at the new home Lance Seaman is building for his family.

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Member Feature: Lance Seaman; custom entry door and mantel in new house

Lance Seaman Front Door

The Helena Woodworkers Guild March meeting was hosted by Lance Seaman of Seaman Cabinets, at the house he and his wife are building on the east side of Helena. They haven’t moved in yet, but that didn’t stop us from thoroughly enjoying a delicious potluck set up on saw horses and plywood along with his beautiful woodworking.

Lance Seaman Front Door detail

After jawboning over dinner, Lance showed us the mantel he designed and created, as well as his new craftsman style entry door (above)

Humor makes our meetings great

The mantel is from a design by Scottish architect and artist, Charles Mackintosh. Lance’s mantel is made of quarter-sawn white oak plywood; the top veneered with paper backed oak veneer, glued with Titebond III and vacuum-bagged. The finish is a red, water-based aniline dye under a vinegar/steel wool solution with a top coat of water-based laquer. Lance showed guild members how he bent the wood for the mantel in his vacuum bag, something that about half of our members had not tried before.

Scrutinizing Lance's technique for laminated curved mantel

It’s this kind of educational opportunities and comraderie that make our woodworkers’ guild such a great group. If you know of anyone who is interested in woodworking, as a career, skill or hobby, please invite them to attend one of our meetings and consider joining the guild. We welcome folks of every skill level, experts and newbies alike.

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Helena Woodworkers Guild March Meeting

Hi everyone, here’s the scoop on our March Guild meeting. Although we generally meet on the first Monday of each month, this month we’re meeting on the second Monday.


Date: Monday, March 10th
Time: 5:30 pm til 8:30 or whenever
Place: Lance Seaman’s new house at 3052 Early Bird in Helena
Agenda: In addition to our usual jawboning and eating, we’ll have a look at a mantle and entry door made by Lance. Also, Tim Carney will lead a discussion on upcoming meetings.
Please bring a side dish or something to drink — or, just show up. There is always plenty to eat! Our host will provide a main dish.

How to get there: Lance’s house is located in the Sunrise Subdivision near Nob Hill. From Helena, take Saddle Drive south and turn right on Morning Glory. Drive to the intersection of Morning Glory and Early Bird.

If you are coming from south of town, take the new interchange exit for South Helena. Exit the round-about on Saddle Drive, go west a bit, then turn left on Morning Glory. Lance’s house is at 3052 Early Bird. Call Lance at 442-8459 if you get lost (but you won’t …)

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all photos in this post © Maureen Shaughnessy. These were taken at the Guild’s December meeting at Mike and Priscilla Bode’s shop.

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Do you have an animal companion in your shop?

So, hey, Guild members and readers of our blog … how about sharing stories and photos of your companion animals, especially animals that spend time with you in your woodworking shops? You can share tales of shop companions in the comments of this post, or send an email to helenawoodworkers(at)gmail(dot)com along with photos if you have them, and I will add yours to this post. Let’s get some dialogue going on our website. Thanks — I’m looking forward to seeing the animals other woodworkers share their shops with.

Kita is the sweetest dog.
Kita, one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met, leans in for a “kiss” from Tim. Kita lives with Tracy Hamilton, who works at Timothy’s Fine Woodworking. She comes to the shop with Tracy every day.

Sadie at Tim's Shop
This is Sadie, who until late winter 2007, lived at Tim Carney’s shop. Sadie died in March this past year. She was a victim of some of the tainted pet food that killed and sickened so many other pets in the US. Before Sadie moved to Helena with Tim in 1996, she lived with him in an earth sheltered house in Pocatello, Idaho — she was an excellent mouser.

Sam and Kita, shop friends
Kita greets her old friend, Sam, who used to be the main shop dog before he became deaf. Sam is now 18 years old and stays at home with Maureen, supervising her design business. Sam occasionally visits the shop to greet customers and put up with Kita’s licks and frolicking.


For a couple of years, Tim’s shop had a resident toad. We never did find out the toad’s name. He/she hung out sometimes in the wet spot from a slow leak of the hot water tank. Good place to sit if you’re a cold-blooded creature. Our shop toad was a bit on the shy side — not quite as enthusiastic as Kita is, to greet customers.


Tracey (above) is Kita’s human

People Greeter, Kita
Kita

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How to Grow as a Woodworker: Invite a Critique

Our Guild had the pleasure and honor of being critiqued by three excellent commentators Tuesday evening, November 12. The three “jurors” this year were Liz Gans, co-director of the Holter Museum of Art, Janeen McCarvel, interior designer at Boxwoods, and Richard Notkin, a ceramics sculptor and former resident of the Archie Bray Foundation. Liz, Janeen and Richard shared their personal responses to the variety of functional and art objects crafted by our woodworkers.

This is the second year we have had a critique during the run of our woodworking exhibit, and it was again educational and inspiring to hear from three very different people who are all so knowledgeable in their fields.

Richard Notkin asked of the group, “How do you challenge yourselves?” I am not a woodworker, though I feel blessed to be married to a woodworker. Even so, I really resonated with Richard’s question because I make a living as a designer and artist, and that’s something I ask myself constantly. How not to become stale with my designs and my artwork? For me, being the recipient of a critique has been something of a challenge most of my life. It ain’t always easy to be open to criticism, even if the criticism is constructive. If you really put your heart into your work, you are personally invested in it. And it’s easy to take a critique too personally.

So …. I would say in some ways, the members of the guild who attended Tuesday night’s critique were challenging themselves. And hopefully everyone took away something positive from the critique — perhaps more self confidence, a renewed commitment to growth in your work, or maybe an affirmation that your woodworking is going in a good direction.

I hope the guild continues to invite critique as a regular part of our annual exhibits and as a way to challenge ourselves to look critically at our own artistic growth.

all photos Copyright © 2007 by Maureen Shaughnessy

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