Learning Opportunity in Port Townsend

Rafter Tail Table Workshop

Portland School Of Woodworking Workshop on Building a Rafter Tail Table Greene and Greene style

Coming Soon in the Middle of May! Get your class on!

The Port Townsend School of Woodworking offers a variety of woodworking classes throughout the year.  Students from around the country spend from two days to ten days or longer (in their Foundations Class.) learning from professional woodworkers, many of them nationally recognized experts.  The Port Townsend School website lists the details about classes, lodging, activities, etc.

Coming up this May 13 – 17, is a workshop taught by Darrell Peart (above),  a nationally recognized American Arts and Crafts furniture expert who has specialized in the work of Charles and Henry Greene, commonly referred to as Greene & Greene. There is still room in Peart’s five day class on building The Rafter Tail Table which is a versatile design that can be used for many types of tables from plant stands to coffee tables. Peart will also be teaching two classes in Greene & Greene Detail this year but both of those classes are already full (with waiting lists.) The full description of the 5 day class in May, plus details, can be found here.

Please click this link for a full list of classes and information about the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

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Your Time, Helena IR article about Woodworkers Guild

Dave Carlson & Tim Carney

This post has been resurrected from our way-back-machine (2007) but the Independent Record article is gone, so this post will have to do for now … let’s get some more of this kind of press soon, guys! 

Our guild members got some great publicity in the Helena Independent Record, Your Time.

Reporter and YT editor, Emily Donahoe, interviewed Dave Carlson and Tim Carney about the history and purpose of the guild and about the large number of talented woodworkers in Helena. Excerpts from the YT article:

If a piece of handmade furniture is no less than a work of art, then there are many artists among us.

According to Helena Woodworkers Guild (then) president Tim Carney, however, a lot of them are still, shall we say, hidden in the woodwork. The Helena Woodworkers Guild is a group of professionals and hobbyists who meet once a month to share tools and techniques, and a potluck dish or a few. The guild is exhibiting a variety of work at the Myrna Loy Center through the end of November.

Seated in an elegant, sculptural rocking chair he made himself, the tall, soft-spoken Carney and his physical opposite, the compact Dave Carlson of D. Carlson Woodworker Fine Furniture, discussed their craft and the wealth of talented woodworkers based locally.

Dave Carlson & Tim Carney
Dave Carlson and Tim goofing off in Dave’s shop

all photos in the YT article and in this blog post Copyright © Maureen Shaughnessy

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Fall Art Walk: Art of Wood Exhibit

Just a quick note that the postcards for the Guild’s “Art of Wood” show at the Placer on Nov. 12th, will be ready to pick up next Tuesday evening, Oct. 26. All members who would like to help us promote our exhibit are welcome to come pick up a handful of the cards, to send to your customers, family and friends. We appreciate your help getting out the word.

For more info and to pick up the cards, call Tim at his shop 449-2730.

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Art of Wood Annual Exhibit 2009

We’d like to invite everyone to attend our 6th annual Art of Wood Exhibit on Friday, November 13th, at The Placer, in Downtown Helena. The exhibit will be open during the 2009 Fall Art Walk from 6 to 10 pm.

Guild members, please remember to bring appetizers or dessert between 5 pm and 6 pm, so we can continue our tradition of having the best spread on the ArtWalk.

See you all there!

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Sweetgrass Joinery Timber Framing

Dave Tim Bill Scott Nancy
Guild members visit with Scott Carlson (right) and his wife, Nancy, after Carlson’s Timber Framing presentationin Helena, Montana on June 30th.

Thank you, Scott, for a wonderful, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable evening learning about traditional timber frame construction. I’m sure all who attended gained valuable insights not only into the techniques of timber framing and the difference between what many builders call “timber framing” and traditional timber framing …. but we also saw how connected you are with the spirit of the trees and forests. You’re one of those rare souls, Scott, who follows your heart in your career and consequently connects with the hearts of your clients. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and artistry with the Helena community.

Nancy Dave; Joshua Jonathan John and Scott
Left, Nancy talking with her father-in-law, Dave Carlson. Right, Jonathan, Joshua and John Klesch visit with Scott Carlson

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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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