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First Guild Meeting was a Hit!

Wow, we had 20 people at our first Sioux Falls Woodworking Guild meeting last night! It was great to meet some fellow woodworkers in town. We had some really experienced woodworkers that will hopefully be leaders and a lot of new woodworkers that are passionate about learning. Josh was President of the Sioux City Woodworkers Guild and explained how they did things down there and how we can incorprorate that to our own guild. He also had a friend from that guild come up and show us his very cool mortising tool on a greene and greene mirror he is making. If you missed last night our next meeting is January 1st at the same location. We are looking for leaders and other locations to host the meetings at, so if you are interested in leadership or hosting please email us at browerj@gmail.com. [...]

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10 Tips on drying your own wood and wood movement

Period pieces or even ancient furniture were built out of wood that was sawn to as near the shape as possible for it’s use and then dried in the air till it was ready to be used for the project. Since logs, boards, and even later veneers were still sawn by hand, wood was an expensive material. It was very important to not waste this material, so stable wood to work could make or break your reputation and your pieces. Depending on the trees that were available in the region and the climate, wood could be used almost immediately after sawing or take several months of drying before it could be used. [...]

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Officially Closed On The New Space!

I've officially closed on the new space across from the air guard on 1108 w blackhawk. I will have unusual wood for sale, a gallery to sell furniture, and a shop that can be shared for a monthly fee. I will be bringing more tools in weekly, and will have bench space. I have just brought over my desk to start spray finishing it. I set up a Lucas sawmill there yesterday. Www.hardtofindwood.com is my wood site. [...]

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Workbench this week!

Josh has been busy resurfacing a large walnut slab for a stunning workbench. The Walnut top is 30" wide, 8 feet long, and 1 7/8" thick.  He will be installing a veritas twin screw vise and an emmert patternmakers vise.  He will also be cutting half lap dovetails by hand and through mortise and tenon joints for the bench base. [...]

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Makerspace Classes

Can be scheduled 1 on 1 for a specific project, technique, or skill.  Fee will vary based on time involved and tools needed. For group classes a  minimum of 6 people must sign up.  A sign up list will be put up and when 6 people are on the list the class will be scheduled.  Classes will go for 2 hours and can be about anything.  Handouts or drawings will be given for each class and suggested reading material. Group class fee is $50 per person which includes scrap wood for practice, access to the makerspace, refreshments, and the tools needed to learn the skill requested. Suggested topics for individual or group classes [...]

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