Guild Events Calendar

October 2017
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Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:15 PM to 9:30 PM

Meeting will be held at Lee Valley in Colwood.

Geoff Vickers and Rick Lloyd will demonstrate the use of vacuum bags and show off two vacuum pumps. Veneer will be applied to a piece of wood in each bag. Shop making veneer, sanding and preparation of the veneer for application will also be covered.

Come early and do some shopping!

Tuesday November 14, 2017 7:15 PM

The next Guild meeting is November 14th, 7:15 pm at Lee Valley Tools Colwood.

Illtyd Perkins from Salt Spring Island will be the presenter. Illtyd has been a woodworker for more than 30 years. He will share his recent interests in traditional hand bookbinding tools and equipment. For more information about Illtyd please visit his website (

Come early and do some shopping!

Sunday December 3, 2017

The Aviation Museum

The current President of the British Columbia Aviation Museum, Mr. John Lewis has agreed to take the Guild Members and guests on a tour of the Aviation Museum. The Museum is located next to the airport in Sidney (directions). One of the features of the tour will be the replica wooden aircraft, Hoffar-h-1 that is under construction. The Hoffar-h-1 has some interesting history (click here). This tour will start at 10:30 and last approximately two hours. The cost will be $5.00 per person.

Craigdarroch Castle

This historical site has a tremendous amount of high quality wood work not only in the artifacts but on the walls, stairs and ceilings. However, there is a strict “no touch” policy with regards to all woodwork, artifacts and furnishings. The castle is not wheelchair accessible as there are 87 stairs. Cameras and flash photography are welcome. The tour will start at 2:00 pm and the cost will be $11.00 per person. For more information about Craigdarroch Castle, visit the website here.

If you are bringing a Guest please enter their name in the boxes below (“First” and “Last”) and then Submit.

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Saturday December 9, 2017 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Introduction to Routers
with Rob Blondeau
Date: December 9th , 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
The cost will be $20 per person. Materials, coffee, and doughnuts will be provided. Participants will need to bring a lunch.
Topics covered during the Session:
Features of the different routers (Eg: Makes, models, bases, speed control, etc)
Basic routing techniques including safety.
Basics of Router bits (straight, round-over, rabbet, chamfer, flush, cove, plus some decorative bits).
Routing Edge profiles
Free hand routing
Plunge routing
Edge guides
Guide Bushings and templates
Circle cutting
Dealing with grain
Time Permitting there will also be some basic work on the Router Table.
For Safety reasons the session will be limited to 6 people. These will be grouped into pairs and each pair will have one person operating the router, with their partner acting as the safety person.
A panel will be provided to each pair of participants upon which to do their test cuts.
There are a number of routers of different makes and models available (Triton, Boschh, Dewalt, Makita, Porter Cable, 31/4hp, 21/4hp,1 hp). All attendees will have the opportunity to try all of them out.
Fill out the RSVP below or for more information contact Dany Coulombe (

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Tuesday December 12, 2017 7:15 PM

The next meeting of the Guild is December 12th at 7:15 pm, Lee Valley Tools, Colwood. Come early and do some shopping!


Tribute to Cam Russell and Ken Guenter

The Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild would like to recognize the many years (decades) of participation and support that Cam and Ken have given to woodworking and in particular, support for the Guild. The Guild would like to invite all of the former Fine Furniture Program students to attend this meeting and join the Guild members in celebrating Cam’s and Ken’s amazing contribution to woodworking.


Solstice Challenge

Bring your projects for the fall/winter challenge. Each member bringing in a project will be entered into a draw for a Lee Valley gift certificate.

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Tuesday January 9, 2018 7:15 PM

The next Guild meeting is January 9th starting at 7:15 pm in Lee Valley Tools, Colwood.

Christine Fagan from Live Edge Design will be the presenter at our January meeting. Christine is a Sales Associate with Live Edge Design and has been involved with both of the oneTree projects. The presentation will centre on the current oneTree project. This oneTree involved a huge walnut tree taken down in the Rockland area of Victoria. Several Guild members have been involved in using the wood from this large walnut tree to make a variety of amazing projects.


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Saturday February 3, 2018 9:00 AM

The following are a series of tours for February 3rd 2018. They are not in order with times being set later.

1 – Richard Hunter – House visit: He has invited Eric Gesinger and Christine Gabriel, furniture maker and upolsterer, respectively to speak about the new chairs the group will see and be able to test out! Richard’s wife is Frances Hunter who is a book designer with special interest in paper making using the fibre from native Daphne.

2 – Phill Cottell – Workshop visit

3 – Jim Barker – Workshop visit

4 – John Dennison – Workshop visit

More information will be provided soon so check back later.

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Tuesday February 13, 2018 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM

The next Guild meeting will be Tuesday, February 13th starting 7:15 pm at Lee Valley Tools, Colwood.

Warren Bailey is our presenter. He is the son of a builder in England and trained initially as a furniture maker. But he fell out love with machinery and dust, so he quit to travel the world. For a number of years he did this, financing himself by tree-planting in B.C. That’s when he decided that he wanted to live here. He went back to England expecting to return in a year, but ended up going to the Newark School of Violin Making while he dealt with immigration requirements.

Thanks to his experience he excelled in instrument making and when he finished the program he was immediately offered a place in Florian Leonhard’s shop, whence he moved to J & A Beare, perhaps the premier violin dealers in the world, with a shop employing a team of highly skilled violin and bow restorers.

When he finally got to move here with his new family he arranged to do free-lance restoration work for Beares and Leonhard, and Christophe Landon. Now he flies to London or New York to pick up instruments by the legendary violin makers of the eighteenth century, and brings them here to work on them.

Given that these instruments are the most valuable artifacts crafted in wood, often valued in the millions, the level of skill and knowledge demanded of those who restore them is extraordinary. Exterior repairs have to be invisible, so matching grain and medullary ray patterns must be exact, as also the finish. Within the instruments, patching split and wormhole riddled wood, achieving just the right degree of rigidity and resonance, is a huge challenge.

That he can rise to these challenges means that if Warren is not the most skilled woodworker living in Victoria, he is one of them. Note his website: If you’re interested in reading about the strange world of these hyper-expensive instruments, check out the New Yorker article “Musical Gold” by Rebecca Mead. Or watch the YouTube video, “The Secrets of the Violin.” Both feature Florian Leonhard.

Warren’s talk aims to give us some sense of what’s involved in the work that he does—the tricks of his trade. He will bring with him some examples of his work.

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Saturday February 24, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

This is the first class of three for Intermediate Sketchup. The remaining two classes will be March 3rd and March 10th at the same time and place. The classes will be held at Erica’s Studio (5987 Oldfield Road).

The Intermediate SketchUp class is targeted to people who:
• Are competent with most basic SketchUp drawing tools
• Have completed at least one model in SketchUp previously
In this 3-session course, you’ll develop your own custom SketchUp template, practice using Layers, Scenes, and Styles, and get to know online resources such as the Component and Extension Warehouses.

Week 1 (2 hours)
• Advanced Drawing Tools – Tips and Tricks
• Fast Modelling – using shortcuts
• Using Layers, Scenes and Styles
• Creating your own SketchUp Template

Week 2 (2 hours)
• Components and Dynamic Components
• Component Warehouse
• Working with Rubies – Extension Warehouse
• In-class modelling support

Week 3 (2 hours)
• Working with custom materials
• Creating your own Libraries (components, materials)
• In-class modelling support

Each attendee will need to have a laptop with SketchUp Make 2016 downloaded or more recent 2017(this is a free download). An external mouse is highly recommended – touch pads are not very friendly when using SketchUp

A fee of $10.00 covers the three classes and must be paid one week before the first class. Payment options are as follows:

  1. bring cash or a cheque to the next Guild Meeting and give funds to Dany Coulombe
  2. mail a cheque to:
    Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild
    314-3980 Shelbourne Street
    P.O. Box 31015 University Heights
    Victoria BC V8N 6J3

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Saturday February 24, 2018 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Advanced Router Workshop
with Rob Blondeau
Date: February 24th , 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
The cost will be $20 per person. Materials, coffee, and doughnuts will be provided. Participants will need to bring a lunch.

Topics covered will include the use of router tables and the many different complexities of constructing and using router templates.

For Safety reasons the session will be limited to 4 people. Please bring safety glasses and hearing protection.


Fill out the RSVP below or for more information contact Dany Coulombe (


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