This page lists the monthly meeting calendar and dates of Guild events.

In the first section you’ll find a tabbed layout of the current and prior year’s meeting presentations.  And below, a descending order list of each event’s agenda page, with minutes, and in some cases video links.


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  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
    • April 6thMonthly Meeting
      Creating a Woodworking Workbench by Joel, Mark and David, slides and talk about why and how to bench design.  
  • May
    • May 11thMonthly Meeting
      Bench Appliances and Jig Walk-About, by stations – using mini benches, demos, showing how it’s made it, and how it works. 
  • June
    • June 1stMonthly Meeting
      Layout, measuring and marking, by Joel LaFerriere and David Knipfer
    • Membership Renewal Starts
  • July
    • July 13th – Monthly Meeting
      Enhanced Show and Tell:  Steve Parker: The story behind heirloom Bridge City marking tools; Al Goldsborough: Chippendale style dining chairs in walnut; Paul Whitehouse: Planing beam, saw horse and shaving horse; Ron Fico: Live Edge box elder table with resin, apron design and construction, tapered legs; David Forester: Converting two flat boards into bowls-using a band saw and lathe
    • Start Toys for Tots
    • Board votes to adopt new budget.
    • July 26 – 28 – Wednesday to Friday, 5-8pm each day, HoCo Fair Woodworking Entry Drop Off
    • July 29 – Saturday, HoCo Fair Judging and Setup 
  • August
  • August 3rd – Monthly Meeting
  • Simple Tools and Techniques for Elegant Carved Designs in Wood- Tom Blinka, Woodpeckers Guild (Baltimore)                  
  • Membership Renewal regular ends in August 3rd & the late fee begins at 12:00pm August 4th.
  • August 5HoCo County Fair Starts and Home Arts Building opens (woodworking location)
  • September
    • September 7th – Monthly Meeting
      Technology in the Workshop: CNC machines, 3-D printers and laser cutting machines :  John Biggs
      Election – President and Secretary
    • September 14th – Annual Picnic
    • September ?? – Robinson Nature Center Open House
  • October
    • October 5th – Monthly Meeting
    • The Woodworking Shows of Baltimore – start planning
  • November
    • November 2nd – Monthly Meeting
      Enhanced Show and Tell
    • The Woodworking Shows of Baltimore, get ready
  • December
    • December 7th – Monthly Meeting
    • Toys for Tots turn-in
Volunteer to Present
  • December 2nd – Fixing Mistakes – Gary Rogowski (NW Woodworking School)
    •  Toys for Tots: Turn toys in at the monthly meeting
  • November 4th – Tricks and Tips to Cabinet Design and Planning, a panel discussion, featuring guild members: Steve Dunbar, Doug Douglas, and Mark Fradkin.
    • Design and drawings
    • Project planning
    • Accurate layout (what is coming out of where on lumbar, grain direction, accurate measuring, use of patterns
    • Techniques
  • October 7th – Hand Saws – David Hickson
    • October – renew Bain Center rental agreement (in-progress)
    • Pay Federal Taxes (Treasurer to file)
  • September 9th – How to Evaluate and Purchase Used Hand Tools – Wayne Precht
  • August 5th – Construction of Skin on Frame Solo Canoe – Bill Skinner  
    • August 4th, starts – HoCo County Fair Starts / on scene reporting live during the meeting on the 5th
  • July 8th – Extended Show-n-Tell – 5-6 members / 10 mins each
  • June 3rdHow to Evaluate and Purchase Used Hand Tools – Wayne Precht (missed the meeting)
  • May 6th – How to Make Beautiful Legs! – Tom McLaughlin
  • April 1st – Restoring and Tuning Hand Planes – Paul Mermelstein
    • April 18th – Bain Center woodworking presentation.  Ron Lambert (contact)
  • March 4thSharpen-O-Rama
    • Stations and Leaders
    • Chisels:  Fred Schock
    • Plane blades: Paul Mermelstein 
    • Spokeshave blade: Joel Laferriere
    • Card scrapers: Mark Fradkin
    • Hand saws: David Hickson
    • Knives (Paper Wheel): Brian Graham (tentative)
  • February 4thBench and Block Plane Essentials – Joel LaFerriere & Mark Fradkin
  • January 14thEnhanced Show-n-Tell, David Hickson, Joel LaFerriere, (tbd)
  • January 5th to 8thThe Woodworking Shows of Baltimore (tentative, our event homepage)
  • December – What’s on Your Bench
  • November – Premium Presentation – David Hickson – Special Hand Planes Part Two
  • October – Enhanced Show-n-Tell,
  • September – What’s on Your Bench
  • August – Mike Heavner – Live at Howard County Fairgrounds, Home Arts Building, featuring Woodcraft entries from local and Guild woodworkers.
  • July – Enhanced Show-n-Tell, 
  • June -What’s on Your Bench
  • May – Fred Schock – Condo or Apartment Workshop Build (?)
  • April – Enhanced Show-n-Tell, 
  • March – David Hickson – Special Planes for the Beginner
  • February – Julie Bender, Pyrography (?) (minutes)
  • January – Enhanced Show-n-Tell (minutes)
  • December – John Linz, Celtic knot turning pepper mill (virtual)
  • November – Don Keefer segmented turnings (virtual)
  • October – Enhanced Show-n-Tell (virtual)
  • September – Enhanced Show-n-Tell
  • August – Joel LaFerrier, Wall Tool Cabinet (virtual)
  • July – MEETING CANCELLED Due to Corona Virus Concerns
  • June – MEETING CANCELLED Due to Corona Virus Concerns (Mark Supik (tentative), tbd)
  • May – MEETING CANCELLED Due to Corona Virus Concerns (Paul Jackman, Musings on running a woodworking website)
  • April – MEETING CANCELLED Due to Corona Virus Concerns
    (Don Angberg, Live Edge Timbers: Surface Treatment; and Richard Winchester for Edge Treatment)
  • March – Fred Schock, Maloof and Taylor Style Rocking Chairs
  • February – Brian Graham, Tuning a PorterCable 14” Bandsaw with 6” Riser Block.
  • January – Joel LaFerriere, Riffing on Files and Rasps, using rasps and files in woodworking
  • December – Edwin Keath – Wooden Threaded Rods, & Hot Wax Finishing
  • November – Mark Supik – Turning for Non-Turners
  • October – Joel LaFerriere – Jogs and Techniques
  • September – Joel LaFerriere – all things Shaker considered
  • August – Richard Brand – Restoring Windows (Richard is a building preservationist)
  • July – Doug Douglas – Built-in Kitchen Cabinets
  • June – Jack Nesbitt- Mitered Boxes with Sliding Lids
  • May – David Hickson – One Approach to Hand-cut Dovetails
  • April – David Knipfer – Maintenance and Care of your Woodworking Machines
  • March – Brian Graham – Building a Wooden Lantern
  • February  – Gerry Headley – Stabilizing Pen Blanks Part Two
  • January – Ed Fischer – Safety


Date Title Description
May 2018 Bandsaw Bowls William Peirce
Apr 2018 Chairmaking Doug Douglas
Jan 2018 Jig-a-Thon Various HCWG members demonstrate their homemade jigs
Oct 2017 Curves Joel LaFerriere
Sep 2017 Rosettes David Hickson
Jun 2017 Segmented Bowls Tom Rollins
May 2017 Wooden Spoons Don Nalezyty
Apr 2017 Tool Tuneup Tips Brian Graham
Oct 2016 Carving Fish Skip Wenk
Jun 2016 Fluting and Reeding Jeff Headley
May 2016 Elegant Boxes Dave Knipfer
Apr 2016 Greene and Greene Style Furniture Joel LaFerriere
Feb 2016 Walking Sticks Tim Jackson
Jan 2016 Turned Eggs Rick Munzer
Nov 2015 Crown Molding Ed Fischer
Oct 2015 Stringing and Inlays David Hickson
Oct 2015 Tuning Bandsaws Part 2 Brian Graham – Learn how to setup your bandsaw perfectly
Aug 2015 Bowties Richard Winchester
Apr 2015 Scrollsaw Baskets Rick Munzer
Mar 2015 Working with Wood Arnold Sewell
Oct 2014 Using Dyes for Finishing Joel LaFerriere
Sep 2014 Tuning Bandsaws Brian Graham
Mar 2013 Dovetails for Dummies Richard Winchester
Feb 2013 Sharpening Hollow Mortising Chisels and Bits Brian Graham
Jan 2013 Custom Stain Finishes Joel LaFerriere
Dec 2012 Turning a Christmas Ornament Lou Rudinski
Nov 2012 A Custom Router Jig for Making Chairs Fred Schock
Oct 2012 Green Woodworking: Carving a Wooden Spoon Mike Clarkson
Sep 2012 Making a 17th Century Stool Phil Parsons
Aug 2012 Lazy Susan Bowls Tim Jackson
Jul 2012 Custom Wood Carving Tolson DeSa
Jun 2012 Wax Finishes Joel LaFerriere/Ed Keith
May 2012 Turning A Live Edge Bowl using D. Elsworth’s Signature Gouge Tim Jackson
Apr 2012 Using Bowties to Repair Turned Bowls Lou Rudinski
For in-person meetings:
  1. Sony Player Instructions – PDF file
  2. Presenter’s Release Agreement
  3. Demonstration Guide Lines
  4. Demonstrators with files they wish to share should to make arrangements to email them to the webmaster for proper storage and link.
  5. Guild Canon camcorder manual Model vixiahfr70-72-700-im-en (for Guild videographer reference).


For virtual ZOOM Meetings:
  1. Presenter’s Release Agreement
  2. Demonstration Guide Lines
  3. Demonstrators with files they wish to share should to make arrangements to email them to the webmaster for proper storage and link.
  4. State your name
  5. Say what it is and why you made it
  6. Is it an original or did you follow a plan , was it modified
  7. Describe key features without getting into minute details
  8. Talk about 1 or 2 challenges encountered in making item
  9. How did you finish it
  10. Ask for questions
  11. Limit time to  8 to 10 minutes
  12. If you have a tablet you can make a very simple book stand type holder.  And set it on a small table or shelf.
  13. Laptop: set on a table or fixed object
  14. It is best if you can stand next to the object and point to it to illustrate a feature while describing or explaining how it was made
  15. Talk loudly as the microphone may be further away than usual.

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