January 2019 Newsletter


January 2018 Newsletter

A Message from the President

Happy New Year to all our VIWG family!  I hope your holiday season was full of friends, family and joy.  2019 will be full of shavings, fun meetings and great events.  I hope to see you at our January meeting on Tuesday.

Next Meeting

The next VIWG meeting will January 8th starting at 7:15 pm at Lee Valley Tools in Colwood. Come early and do some shopping.

Our presenter will be Richard Brown. “Pragmatism, Perseverance and Problem Solving”, this illustrated talk will describe the history, design, mathematics and construction of building this wooden 20 ft pocket cruiser, constructed for use in the coastal waters of the Gulf Islands. Moonfleet (named after the title of the book published in 1896 by John Meade Falkner) took 30 months to build, as a part time project. Although unconventional in its construction method and designed to be built by those with basic carpentry skills, it has proved to be both a seaworthy and comfortable vessel.

Richard Brown is a retired Architect. He received his architectural training in the UK and emigrated to Canada in 1977. He was a partner in a major firm of architects in Edmonton, Alberta for nearly 20 years, involved in the design of major institutional buildings and Health Care projects. For the past 17 years, and up until his retirement, he was Manager of Design and Construction for the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health). He has many interests and particularly in the visual arts, where his art work has been exhibited at many exhibitions sponsored through the Victoria Arts Council.


One Tree 2019

One Tree 2019 is a 200 year old big leaf maple that was growing in the Chemainus River Delta. For more on the story click here. Applications from artisans must be in by January 14th for more information and the application form click 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

Then bring them along to the Guild meeting and give them to Randy so they can be part of the evening raffle.


Wood Sale

A wood sale is being planned for March. The date and other details will be provided in the new year. More information is also available on the website “buy and sell”.



Neil Bosdet

President, VIWG

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