Free to Good Home: Evans Royal T-Mold Applicator

Evans Royal T-Mold Applicator

A friend of the Helena Woodworker’s Guild found this (almost) vintage t-mold applicator in the back of a semi trailer she bought. They are looking for a good home for the machine.

It was made by Evans-Royal  in the 70s and was previously owned by a furniture-maker in Missoula, Montana. The guy at the Evans Royal website told them the current model is #1050 and that this one is probably model#1000.

The machine is located in Helena.   They are giving it away free — you would just have to haul it yourself. Take a look at the photos and if you are interested, please email Laurie at to see it or got get it.

Go forth and get this free if you think you’d make cool stuff with this weird machine! 

Evans Royal T-Mold Applicator Evans Royal T-Mold Applicator

Vintage Evans-Royal T-Mold Applicator — again, if you are interested in taking a look at this machine and getting it for free, email 


Progress on our Member Directory

Greetings to all Helena Woodworkers Guild members: I have recently been trying to update our online membership directory and wanted to let you know that I am making progress. Thank you so much, to everyone who has sent me web links, photos and personal information for the membership directory!

As of now, every paid member of the guild has a listing in the membership directory.

However … many of the listings are simply that — a listing — without a gallery of woodworking projects or a link to a personal or business site elsewhere on the web. There are still many members who have not sent me photos of their work, and I need these in order to make you a personal gallery page on the guild’s website.

This is just a screenshot of a section of our membership directory

The image above is just a screenshot of a section of our membership directory. Blue highlighted member names are links to their gallery or an off-site website of their own.

IF you are interested in having a link to a gallery of your woodworking on your member listing (see screenshot above,) please — please — send me some photos of your projects. Between 6 and 12 photos is ideal. These photos do not have to be professional photos, although that helps if you are trying to sell your work, and/or show off your work in the best light (pun intended, heh)

Check my member listing here for my email address to send digital photos. I am happy to answer any questions you have about how to take good photos and the best format for sending digital files to me. (Maureen)

Photo above is a screenshot of a member's gallery page. Each member who sends photos of their woodworking to me will have a page like this, with your name, business name (if applicable) phone and email address, photo of you, and a "gallery."

Photo above is a screenshot of a member’s gallery page. Each member who sends photos of their woodworking to me will have a page like this, with your name, business name (if applicable) phone and email address, photo of you, and a “gallery.”

Also, if you have not paid your dues, and you would like to be a member (having a listing in our directory) please send your dues check to Bill Pratt or give it to him at one of our meetings. Give your contact information to Bill Daigle and I will get all of this and be able to make you a member listing.

Thank you for your help in making our guild website a useful and dynamic site. The better we make it, the more you will want to use it to send to your friends, family members and clients, and to find helpful woodworking information. 

Ciao! — Maureen Shaughnessy, your web”mastress!” 😉


Guild Members host Gallery Talks and Reception

Helena Woodworkers Guild members, Tim Carney and Maureen Shaughnessy are hosting a reception and artist talks at their downtown Helena gallery on Friday night, November 29th.

Featured in the 1+1=1 Gallery are Tim’s furniture and Maureen’s paintings. Tim and Maureen will talk about their inspirations and media beginning at 6:30 pm, with a reception to follow the talks.

The gallery is located at 335 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana. If you are in town for the Thanksgiving weekend, please stop by their gallery Friday evening.



December Guild Meeting

Al Flinck Hand Plane
The guild’s next meeting will be Monday, December 2, 6pm at Superior Sharpening & Machine Works.  Bruce Ewals (below) has graciously offered to host our meeting this time

Bruce Ewals, member of the Guild

Here’s what’s on the program

  • Bruce will have some Festool tools on hand for testing and demonstrations.
  • We are also hoping Bruce gives us a tour of his shop
  • Re-cap of the Art Walk Guild exhibit (thanks to member, Matt Schmidt for the handful of photos he took during the art walk Art of Wood show, below)


Our awesome host will provide a pot of something yummy (chili, soup?)  Please bring food and beverage to share.  Any of you who haven’t attended recently, we would love to have you come.

Anna Baker, new guild president, is working on tracking down some non-member woodworkers we have heard about…..if you know anyone who might be interested in checking out the guild, please invite them to come to our meeting!
Just for a little reference for your woodworking, here is a link to Fine Woodworking’s online Tool Guides Topics page. Check it out and if it looks like it might be a helpful resource, bookmark the page so you can go back to it in a jiff.

Meeting Details:

  • Date: Monday, December 2nd
  • Time: 6:00 pm to around 8:00 ish
  • Where: Superior Sharpening and Machine Works at 1301 Orange Avenue in Helena. (click on map below to go to a detailed google map. Zoom out to see Helena on the map.)
  • Bruce’s phone: (in case you get lost) 406.449-0919
  • Please Bring: something to go with soup or chili, and … a beverage to share
  • Also bring: a friend who might be interested in joining, or who just wants to check us out!
See you there! 

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October Woodworkers Guild Meeting

September Meeting Helena Woodworkers Guild

Potluck Dinner and Socializing at our September meeting at Helena Hardwoods

At our September guild meeting, we decided to go back to meeting on the first Monday of every month. Our October meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 7th beginning at 6:00 pm. We’ll meet at Al Flinck’s shop on Raven Road.

Helena Woodworkers Guild MembersAl says, “Handsaws and all the related stuff is one of my current interests and also cleft wood parts for any and all projects. I will elaborate on those at the guild meeting.”

Here’s what’s on the agenda

  •    Art Walk – Tim Carney
  •    Election of new officers – Jeff Camplese **
  •    Treasurer’s Report – Bill Pratt
  •    Program – Al will discuss and invite feedback on several pieces he’s working on.

Location Al Flinck’s Shop at 7127 Raven Road, Helena, Mt 59602 (click on map below to go to a detailed google map. Zoom out to see Helena on the map.) Carpooling would be a good idea. 

Directions Take Country Club Road (past Spring Meadow Lake Park) to Fort Harrison; turn right at the ‘T’ (at the Fort) and continue 6.2 miles on Birdseye Road to Raven Road (there’s a road sign designating Raven Road and also a sign pointing to the Last Chance Church); go left on Raven Road for 2.6 miles to Al’s house. Enter at the overhead log entrance and park on gravel. Estimated travel time: 20 minutes from Spring Meadow Lake.

Please Bring: a food item and/or beverage to share. We typically eat dinner first, then move on to guild business and the program. Al will provide a large pot of chili. Maureen is bringing homemade corn bread to go with the chili.

See you all at the meeting!



Helena Woodworkers Guild on Facebook

screenshot of guild facebook page

The guild has had a Facebook page since 2009, and we want you all to know it’s there. As a Guild, we have over 430 “friends” on facebook, many of whom live in Helena. Every time we post something on our guild Facebook page, our “friends” are likely to see it in their newsfeed, so it is one way of promoting the guild and the things that are important to us.  Check it out here.

Guild members with a Facebook account can post on the Helena Woodworkers Guild Timeline. You can post photos, announcements, tips, humor, etc. You can share woodworking related things that are important to you, with the 430+ people who are friends of the Guild, by sharing on the guild’s page. It’s actually pretty simple once you try it. (See screenshot above for example of something I shared on the guild page.)

We know that not all of our members are on Facebook. You might want to consider it if you haven’t tried it out, although some of you may just rather eat a cockroach!

Guild members and Montana or Helena woodworkers who have Facebook pages (though they may not all be actively using FB): Bill Pratt, Tim Carney, Bill Daigle, Lance Seaman, Dan McArdle, Al Flinck, myself (Maureen Shaughnessy), Bruce Ewals, Bill Roberts, Tom Herrin, Michael Gottleib, Al Swanson and quite a few more. These are just the ones I know of.

Screen Shot Guild FB share

Another benefit of having a facebook page for the guild is that it is another way we can communicate — build community. The screenshot, above, is of a “share” from another facebook member, The Woodworkers Guild of America… we were just trying to get some of our guild members to jump in and comment.

If you are on Facebook occasionally, please check out our guild page once in awhile. And make a comment while you’re there. We know you don’t have alot of time, but if it’s something you are interested in, taking just a few minutes to comment and read might be worthwhile.

Thank you!



2013 Annual Art of Wood Exhibit is Scheduled

Art of Wood display by Gary Duval

At our September Guild meeting, attending members voted to go ahead and plan our awesome exhibit, the Art of Wood, during the Downtown Helena Fall Art Walk. Last year we were snowed out (or so we thought) and cancelled the exhibit at the last minute, but it turns out the folks at the Placer cafe said many people came into the Placer looking for the Guild show and when they found out it had been cancelled, seemed very disappointed. So … we must be a popular destination during the art walk. Maybe it’s the wine and outrageous food? Or, more likely, it’s the diversity of amazing woodworking the art-walkers come to see.

  • Who: all members of the Guild are encouraged to come to the show at the Placer and mingle with the public. This is a way for us to promote our membership, and tell people what the Guild is all about.
  • When: November 8, 2013 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Where: the Placer lobby on the walking mall, downtown Helena.
  • Please Help: we ask all guild members, even if you do not have a piece in the show, to come on down and help us set up the show. There is some moving, as well as arranging, lighting, signage, bio-boards, food table, etc. that all needs to be set up before 5:00 pm. We will be meeting at the Placer at 3:00 pm. This year, the cafe owners have promised us they will get help to move the furniture into the basement, to make room for our displays.
  • Food: please bring a food item to share with the public. Members typically bring at least one large tray of finger foods — appetizers, fruits, desserts … the guild provides wine and non-alcohol punch, plates, cups, etc. Several hundred people will visit the show that night. Our show has a reputation for having the best food on the art walk so, hey — we gotta live up to that, eh?
Wood Art by a Beaver

Should we invite this beaver to enter a piece in the Art of Wood?

  • If you are entering a piece: it’s time to make your plans and get your artwork information to Maureen (so she can make the labels, etc) get your entry fees to Bill Pratt and tell Tim Carney you are going to enter something. Here’s what to do: 

1) Contact Tim Carney ( regarding your interest, and to find out what you need to provide. He will tell you about the photos of your works, and the titles/prices and other information we need in order to make labels. Please don’t wait til the last minute to get this information in to Tim. Thank you! 

2) Send a check for the entry fee to Guild treasurer, Bill Pratt. Contact Bill by email ( about fees and where to send the check.

3) If you are a new member and you do not already have a bio on the boards we display at the show, please send a one-paragraph bio to Maureen ( by October 15th at the latest. Take a look at the bio board example below, from a past show. 

Bio Boards at a past Art of Wood show

One last piece of guild business — 2013 – 2014 Dues: for those of you who didn’t pay their 2013-2014 dues at our September 23rd meeting, or were unable to attend, please send Bill Pratt a check for $25.00 made out to the Helena Woodworkers Guild, and mail it to Helena Woodworkers Guild, c/o Bill Pratt, 1035 Avian Rd., Helena, MT 59602. Thank you!

Placer Hotel

The Art of Wood Guild exhibit will be held in the lobby of the Placer Hotel, seen here.


Pass on your Woodworking Skills

Helena Woodworkers Guild Members

Anna Baker, one of the committee members who will be planning a guild-sponsored workshop this year.

Helena Woodworkers Guild Members

Dan McArdle (left) and Jeff Camplese are also on the workshop planning committee

Helena Woodworkers Guild Members

Tim Carney is the fourth member of the workshop planning committee.

At last night’s Guild meeting, we set up a committee of 4 members whose task it will be to plan and organize a hands-on workshop that will be sponsored by the Helena Woodworkers Guild sometime this year. The topic is to be determined by the committee. Thanks to Anna, Tim, Jeff and Dan for volunteering to plan a workshop.

Through this furniture blog, I stumbled across a really cool video that fits right into our idea of teaching each other through a workshop setting. This is about passing our skills on to others, not holding them close to the chest, but giving our knowledge to younger generations so that the beautiful craft of woodworking stays alive.

Here are some quotes that may inspire you to share your knowledge however you can.

The craftspeople working today have inherited their skills from a previous generation and we’ve got a duty to pass those skills on to the next generation. It’s a little bit like the gene pool. you can’t capture it on films or in books. It has to be passed on from one person to another. — Robin Wood, traditional woodworker

If you don’t hand it on, all that’s not given is lost. So you must — if you get good at something — show other people how to do this. — Lida Cardozo Kindersley, letter carver

The video is by Creative Skills Awards. At 4:43 the video features Graeme Douglas who, through Impact Arts has worked with 368 unemployed youth, teaching cabinet making, product and furniture design and selling products in their own Glasgow shop. I love his accent!

They are just there and they are just willing, they don’t mind. you can ask them the most stupid question in the world and they will just answer it. Because in their eyes its not stupid it is a really simple question that everyone should actually ask and know the answer to as well. — quote from a young silversmith, speaking about her mentors at Yorkshire Artspace

Most people can make. And craft, when it’s at it’s best its the highest level of concentrated discipline, control and imagination. Thats where it crosses over into design and art. and then the barriers or the definitions fall apart because it’s about the highest level of making.– Daniel Charny, professor of design, Kingston University


Help us Promote the Guild

Howdy folks, we are trying to build up the guild membership and would like your help.  We have some posters available to hang up in local businesses and public places such as the library, Dave Ashley’s shop, and Bruce Ewals shop.  If you know of a business that would be willing to post one of these (see below. They are 11 x 17) please let us know in a comment below and we will get one there. Better yet, you could stop by Tim’s house and pick one up and post it for us. That would be awesome. Thank you for helping us promote the Guild to Helenans who might be interested.

poster advertising woodworkers guild


Membership Survey

Thanks to everyone who completed our membership survey that was emailed out several weeks ago. Twenty six folks did the survey. We will be posting the results — and more importantly, our ideas for moving forward with rejuvenating the guild — very soon. Please check back to see what your peers in the guild think about membership and our activities. If you subscribe to updates via email (the subscription box, right) you will be sure to get a reminder when we post the results. Below is an example of how the results came; this shows question #4.

screen shot of survey results