• What we'll do
Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction
Book talk with Gary Rogowski - Friday 3/23, 7-9pm
Equal parts memoir, manifesto and meditation on the art and craft of making and making a life, Gary's book is sure to resonate with makers, tinkerers, and dreamers of all stripes. Join us at the studio for drinks and a discussion with the author.
"Gary Rogowski leads us gently but surely upon the path to a type of success we may not have previously considered. (Hint: it involves blisters)." --Nick Offerman
More info: www.makeville.com/events.htm
• What to bring
• Important to know
Come learn about wood turning and all the awesome things you can make on a lathe. We'll be doing live demos of basic turning techniques and sharing finished projects. Stand back and watch the chips fly or step up and take a turn. Have a lathe project you want to share with the group? Bring it!
We'll also be doing our usual scrap lumber giveaway, so bring a bag and take home some hardwood for small projects.
Please join us for Makeville's big holiday event...
- Shop for hand-crafted gifts made by studio users and staff
- Scrap wood give-away--lots of great hardwood for the taking
- Free stuff! Put your name in the hat for Makeville gift certs, merch and gear
- See what's new at the studio and learn about classes
- Mingle with other woodworking enthusiasts and talk shop
Stop by to check out the studio, learn about classes and connect with woodworkers of all levels.
AND bring a box, bag or truck to take home some scrap lumber from the studio.
The wood is free and so is the beer!
This month's meeting topic is "French Polishing with Matt Rubendall".
French polish is a classic finishing method used for everything from fine furniture to musical instruments. Learn the secret to getting that deep, mirror-like shine from Red Hook-based luthier, Matt Rubendall.
When: Monday 11/25, 7pm
Where: Makeville Studio, 119 8th St #208, Brooklyn NY
This meeting is free and all are welcome, but please consider becoming a member of NYCWG!
More about the NYCWG...
This fall the NYC Woodworkers Guild has begun accepting annual membership. As we grow there are financial responsibilities that need to be covered, such as administrative cost, insurance, website fees, speaker allowances, etc and we need to your help to offset the cost to allow the group to keep growing.
We hope you've enjoyed the events you've attended in the past and would like them to continue and become a member of NYCWG as we move forward. We are starting to really build a great community and we want you to be a part of it. As a member you'll be entitled to attend all NYC Woodworkers Guild events, voting rights and hopefully, as our numbers grow, sponsored discounts.
-September, October and Novembers meetings will be free and open to ALL. After that your 1st meeting is free, if you choose to come back (and we hope you do) a membership will be required.
-Annual membership dues are just $40.
-Promotional offer! If you join by Dec. 1st, join for $30!
If you've ever dreamed about living a self-sufficient life off the grid, this event is for you! Come meet Wendy Jehanara Tremayne as she discusses her inspiring new book, The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living.
More about the book...
Named one of the best summer books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly (a "rollicking, inspiring tale"), The Good Life Lab is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and tutorials to guide others in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less on money.
Wendy Jehanara Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-o-Rama-Rama, which has spread all over the world; a conceptual artist; a yogi; a gardener; and a writer. She has written for Craft’s webzine and Make magazine and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap.
**Arrive early for refreshments and mingling. Wendy's talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm**
This month's meeting will feature two local professional woodworkers who will talk about their work, their process, and how they got to where they are. It'll be a fantastic opportunity to chat one on one with professional artisans, hear their stories and perhaps pick up a few tricks.
We are thrilled to have two Brooklyn Woodworkers: Stefan Rurak and Candice Groenke.
May 20th 7-9pm ALL ARE WELCOME!
Makeville Studio in Brooklyn
119 8th St, Unit 208, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Stefan Rurak faked his own death on the French Riviera, renovated gilded-age hotels in Poland, and was questioned by the FBI over a misunderstood piece of performance art, all long before crafting furniture. It was Rurak’s fascination with Zen Buddhism, and the powerful parallels he found in the act of woodworking, that eventually drove him to apprentice under one of New York City’s most respected custom woodworkers. Stefan Rurak founded SR on the vision that furniture can not only fulfill functional needs but also have the expressive power of fine art.
SR furniture defies conventional boundaries. Founded by the artist Stefan Rurak, SR is a Brooklyn-based atelier that merges modern conceptual design with time-honored craftsmanship. The results are evocative, one-of-a-kind, solid wood furniture and accessories that are built to span generations. SR specializes in bespoke services for private clients and releases seasonal collections in boutique limited editions. By collaborating with the distinctive and profound properties of wood, SR is able to craft furniture that transcends utilitarian ends, and becomes art.
Candice is an award-winning furniture maker and a graduate of the College of Redwoods Fine Furniture
We are thrilled to be hosting a seminar series featuring author/teacher/woodworking guru Gary Rogowski later this month. Full details are below--buy your tickets now, this is going to sell out fast!
Join us on Sat 1/26 for three awesome lectures on sharpening, hand planes, and finishing. First up are David Yepez and Roger Benton, on the staff for Lie-Nielsen's Hand Tool Events. ash sampleThese guys travel the East Coast helping dozens of Lie-Nielsen customers better understand the mysteries of sharpening, hand plane choices, and hand plane use.
In the afternoon, noted author, designer and maker, Gary Rogowski of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, will give his great lecture on hand-applied finishes: 3 Simple Finishes.
Find complete details on this event and purchase tickets here: