January Guild Meeting: the 32mm System for Cabinetry

Our January Guild meeting will be held at Tim Carney’s shop at 3025 East Bozeman Avenue on Monday, Jan. 19th at 5:30 pm. Tim will provide a main dish.

Members, please bring a side dish (salads, garlic bread, dessert) or something to drink.

Tim will demonstrate the 32mm system (European system for cabinet making.)

He also has a table for members to view and critique. The table will be featured in the upcoming Live Auction benefiting the Florence Crittenton Home at it’s annual black-tie fundraiser, Pink.

Directions to Tim’s shop: Heading east on Highway 12, pass Walmart and turn left (north) on Carter Drive. Go over the RR tracks, turn right (east) on Bozeman Avenue. Tim’s shop is 3025 East Bozeman Avenue. You’ll see all the trucks unless you’re the first one there.


December Guild Meeting: Sharpening Demo

Our December Woodoworkers Guild meeting will be held at Mike Flanagan’s shop at 2925 Castle Rock Rd, on December 15th at 5:30. Mike will provide a spaghetti main dish. Members, please bring a side dish (salads, garlic bread, dessert) or something to drink.

Mike will be giving a sharpening demo.

Directions to Mike’s: Head east on Canyon Ferry Roadd from Costco about 4 miles to Wylie Drive. Ttake a left heading north 1-1/4 miles to Castle Rock Road. Take a left and an immediate left again, heading back to the shop. The shop is a large green building with a white roof.

To see a map of Mike’s address, double-click on the Google Calendar in the sidebar (right) on the Dec. 15th square and it should take you to our Guild’s calendar where you can see and print a map.

Just a quick update on our November event — the Art of Wood Guild Exhibit during the Downtown Helena ArtWalk was the hit of the evening. Held in the Placer building which is being remodeled as condos and an elegant lobby with fireplace, soaring ceilings and balconies and tile floors, we had a huge crowd coming in off of the walking mall. Our legendary refreshments and wine were nearly gone after the first hour. And the woodworking exhibited in the show was exceptional. Our exhibit just keeps getting better and better. Maybe we should consider doing it twice a year — the Spring ArtWalk is always fun … 🙂

Here are a couple of shots from the exhibit evening. I’ll try to post an article with more photos as soon as I have time. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped.


October Woodworkers Guild Meeting

Helena Woodworkers Guild October Meeting

Our meeting last night was hosted by Tom Doland in his (very organized and clean) woodshop. Tom had cooked a delicious stew — reminiscent of chili, but better — on his shops wood cookstove.

As always, our meeting started out with informal chewing the fat, catching up with each other and checking out some of Tom’s woodworking.

Later, Tom showed us a huge chest-full of tools he had inherited from his grandfather, some of which we passed around so we could figure out what they were. Anyone know what this tool is?

The business part of our meeting was mostly about the upcoming Art of Wood Exhibit which will take place November 14th during the Helena Fall Art Walk. This year the show will be up for only one night — November 14th, and not the entire month of November as it has been in the past. This is because the Myrna Loy Center is undergoing renovations and we had to find another venue for our show.

If you weren’t able to attend the October Guild meeting, below are some important dates and facts to know. If you have any questions, please contact one of the exhibit committee members, or Tim Carney.

ART OF WOOD set-up and reception:

  • The exhibit will be held at the Placer Building on the Walking Mall downtown Helena (see map below.)
  • The ArtWalk runs from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • If you would like to put a piece in the show and haven’t already turned in your entry form, please contact Tim Carney at 461-8621 or Mike Flanagan at 459-6580. Please do this right away.
  • The entry fee is $15 for the first piece and $10 for any subsequent piece.
  • Those participating in the show must bring their pieces to the Placer Building between 10 am and 12 pm on November 14th.
  • It will take longer to set up the show this year. We need to install lighting because the Placer does not have the gallery-type of lighting we have enjoyed at the Myrna in the past. Please plan to stick around for at least a couple of hours if you can, to help set up the show.
  • We will have to take the show down after 10pm that same night. So be prepared for that. We do not want to leave pieces in the building overnight.
  • All guild members are asked to help by bringing a platter (or 2!) of hors d’oeurves for the reception. The Guild will provide punch and wine, cups, napkins, tables, tablecloths
  • ART OF WOOD promotion & preparation
    We are printing up 4×6 announcement cards for guild members to invite their friends to the show. Watch the website for when they are ready.

    Other guild business:

    • Guild members who have not already done so need to pay their dues ($25) right away. Mail your check to Bill Pratt, our new treasurer, at 1035 Avian Rd. Helena, MT 59602.

    Tom Doland's Shop


October Guild Meeting at Tom Doland’s Shop

The October Helena Woodworkers Guild meeting will be held at Tom Doland’s shop at 140 Fairway Dr. on October 13th at 5:30. Tom will provide a main dish so bring a side dish or something to drink.

Tom has some projects he is working on to show us, and we will be talking about the final details of our upcoming show.

The show will be just the night of the Art Walk (Nov 14th)and will be in the Placer Building on the walking mall. Please bring your entry form to the meeting.

Directions to Tom’s

Heading north on Benton take a left on to Meadow. Take the 1st right which is Fairway. Tom’s house is 140 Fairway Drive. Phone: 443-2387

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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


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!


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
5:30 pm til 8:30 or whenever
Barbagello’s shop at 840 Silverette Street on the west side of Helena
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.


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
5:30 pm til 8:30 or whenever
Gary Duval’s shop at 117 Elmwood Lane in Helena
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,

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.