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May 2020 Newsletter

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Next Meeting

Our May meeting at Lee Valley has been cancelled however the VIWG Executive would like to have a "virtual" meeting using a program called Zoom. The meeting will be hosted by our President Neil Bosdet. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 12th with access to the "virtual" meeting starting at 7:00 pm. Phil Makin will present a session on making chairs. The following is the Zoom meeting invitation:

Neil Bosdet is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: VIWG May General Meeting
Time: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 9152 9325

We really hope you will join this "virtual" General Meeting! Please login 5 minutes or more early if you haven't used the program before. You may need to download the app. It's a great program and I'm sure it will be fun.

Wooden Spoons and Other Utensils

The Guild was recently contacted by Rob Brown, Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement. Rob is looking for a few photos of carved wooden spoons and utensils to include in an upcoming edition of Canadian Woodworking. He will need the final images and a bit of information on each piece (name of maker, title of piece, material) by Monday, May 18th. If you're interested, contact Rob at or by telephone at 705.931.3126

Visions in Wood - 2020 "Virtual Show"

Visions In Wood 2020 - the Virtual Edition is now available to view on the Guild website ( Also included are artistic contributions from members of the Al Frescoes group of painters who were invited to display their artwork on the Gallery walls during our Show.

Thank you to all the member-makers for your craftsmanship and for your efforts in support of The Show!

Check it out...and check back often. New pictures will be added as pieces are completed and submitted.

Spring Challenge

Please remember the Spring Challenge, build a "container". Even if our June meeting is of a "virtual" nature, the presentation of projects is still possible. Pictures of the projects could be viewed on the website in a similar way as the Guild Visions in Wood - 2020. Therefore, keep up the good work and get those "containers" finished.

Mid-Island Woodworkers (MIWG) Wood Sale

The Mid-Island Woodworkers Guild conduct wood sales on a regular basis and VIWG Members are welcome to participate. Check the MIWG website for dates and times ( Getting to the location of the wood sales can be a bit tricky the first time so check the directions here.

Do You Have Some Workshop Items You No Longer Use?

If you have tools or jigs that are taking up valuable space in your workshop and
  • you are no longer using them
  • they are in good condition
Put them away in a safe place and bring them along to the next Guild meeting and give them to Randy so they can be part of the evening raffle.

We Want to Hear From You

The following articles have been provided by you to share with other VIWG Members. Thanks to all of you for your input!

Busy Spring

Spring has seen a busy time around home. We expanded the garden with new raised beds that are made from Dfir that I had milled from trees on the property.
I finished a spinning wheel for a client in Comox, it is made from reclaimed arbutus and finished with osmo. Currently working a cherry wheel with lots of accessories.
Staying close to home and practising social distancing, everybody take care and stay safe.
Wally Slobodan

Something for the Bedroom and the Kitchen

Hello Fellow Guild Members,
I hope you are all staying well and keeping productive in the shop in these crazy times.
As for me my major project of the Covid Era was this blanket box. I made it from Alder that I picked up at one of the Guild wood sales.
_Finished Blanket Box - 06 copy
Other than the blanket box I finished up a few small projects. These included some kitchen utensils and a serving tray.
Kitchen Tools 2
Epoxy Tray 1
Wishing everyone all the best!
Glenn Bartley

The Covid-19 Hutch

When the world shut down around March 16th, it gave me the impetus to start a Kitchen Hutch that my wife and I had been talking about. It has now been given the name, “The Covid-19 Hutch”. It’s the first cabinet style piece I’ve attempted as woodworking is a new endeavour since retiring. Needless to say, every time I pick up a piece of wood, it’s a learning experience. The hutch is a very simple design and the idea was to inlay strips of a contrasting wood to soften the hard rectangular lines of the cabinet. The cabinet is Alder with Jatoba for the inlay strips, countertop, drawer and door pulls. The cabinet is finished with Osmo Poly-X. There is a narrow slot at the rear of the countertop to a recessed back in the cabinet for a power bar. Many of our iDevices are housed here for charging and this allowed the cabinet to be flush with the wall and provided cable management. The inlays were a good exercise in shaping, gluing and clamping (… and cussing). I used tapered sliding dovetails for the top two shelves. I got them to work and, in the process, learned several things I could do better next time.
All in all I’m quite satisfied with the outcome. It was a challenging project that pushed my skills and resulted in plenty of good learnings.
Eric Koob

Sam Maloof

As with all of you I've found my routine, schedule, and life dramatically disrupted by the Covid 19 epidemic. Suddenly, every trip outdoors brings with it risks and challenges. I've found myself retreating to, and spending much more time in my shop than was otherwise the case.
I've begun to explore some of the design and joinery techniques of Sam Maloof, first with a small three legged hall table that used his famous double shouldered bridle joint on two of the table legs.
I'm now working on two low backed chairs with armrests and solid wood sculpted seats, again inspired by Sam. The wood I'm using is Arbutus (legs & armrests) from VIWG, Sepele (sculpted seat) from Westwind, and two pieces of Port Orford Cedar (curved backs) leftover from a previous rocking chair project. I'm enjoying the hand shaping involved in the construction.
Like all of you I long for a return to normalcy, and saying goodbye to Zoom or FaceTime for any social interaction. Until that happens, stay safe and well.
John Dennison

Hi Ya all!

It really is starting to look like we are definitely on the right track here in B.C. regarding the virus. Well done everyone! Keep it up, our efforts are paying off. Hoping we can get together again maybe by June.
I have been working full time, but am also attempting to finish my bed. A project I began in 1998. I have some large maple burls that I need slabbed. Can anyone please let me know if you know anyone with a wood mizer? Otherwise I might need to have them cut with a chainsaw. I would hate to do that, but these burls have been waiting patiently for 25 years. And I am really wanting to see this bed completed. I will also need the help of a woodturner to make two burls into two short posts. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. By the way I do have more burls than I need to polish off my bed.
Norm Nicholson

Neil Bosdet
President, VIWG