Our Christmas Social, December 4th, 2018

Once again our December meeting features an informal milling about of members and guests.  You do NOT need an invitation to be a guest: Just drop in. The list of activities planned is: Chop a Mortise Challenge (With Prizes Generously Donated by Lee-Valley Tools). Tenons of 1/4 and 3/8 inch thickness will be provided. Tool Swap & Sale Display your Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus Gifts Or Display a Show-And-Tell Item (Dean, we're looking at your chair.) Show off your Kitchen Cred with Pot-Luck Treats You've Baked. Nibbles, Refreshments, and Decaf Coffee Where again?  In the Basement of the Bethany Baptist Church, South-East corner of the Western intersection of Baseline and Centrepointe (roads meet twice).  And when?  First Tuesday in December (the 4th) 7-9 PM.  Doors should be open up to half an hour early.

Registration for Artistry in Wood

At the November meeting, Marty Schlosser told us about his upcoming show in Kingston titled: Artistry in Wood. It comprises a juried and an unjuried selection of wood pieces on display for an entire Saturday, April 6, 2019. Whether you plan to submit your own work, attend the show, or merely learn more about it, you will want to visit the information and registration page for Artistry in Wood.

Tools Tools Tools

A meeting or two ago, Brian Greene told us that he was handling sets of woodworking tools that sought new forever homes.  He promised to compile a list along with reasonable prices given their light use and like-new condition.  The list is in the form of a down-loadable Word document.  You may approach Brian about these tools at an OWA meeting or by emailing him at

November: Marty Schlosser Presents Joseph Walsh

Once again, Marty Schlosser drove up from Kingston to deliver a mesmerizing presentation of his tour of Joseph Walsh's workshop, installations, and methods.  You may take a look at Mr. Walsh's web site if you need a reminder or want to kick yourself for missing November's meeting.  The Ottawa Woodworkers Association is through and through grateful for Marty's generous sharing in the form of his feature presentations.

2018-19 Season Launch: 11 September 2018

Are you geared up for the 2018-19 season of meetings of the OWA?  Has the finish properly hardened on your summer opus for Show and Tell?  No problem if you need an extra week, since our first meeting for 2018-19 will be on the .S.E.C.O.N.D. Tuesday in September, the 11th.  We move back to first Tuesdays in October. Meetings run from 7 to 9 PM, and doors usually open at 6:30 if you'd like to help set up.  We meet at the Western intersection of Baseline and Centrepointe, in the basement of the Bethany Baptist Church.

Rust Junkie Recap

Another very successful Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest was held at the Wadkin Temple (AKA Jack Forsburg's place).  Jack once again ordered perfect weather for the sixth annual event with well over 100 people in attendance.  There was a good number of OWA members both presenting and taking in all the activities.  Some of the familiar OWA faces such as Vic Tesolin (dove tail marker made with hand tools), Karen McBride (molding a Wadkin badge), James Ferris (spoon carving), Nick Verbree (blacksmith forging) and of course the High Priest himself Jack Forsburg (machine made joinery) putting on demonstrations through the afternoon.  Other demonstrators Brent Stanley (timber framing) and Serge LevesQue (motor and switch wiring).  A good number of vendors had items for sale from stone sinks to power tools, hand tools, wood, and more. Once again OWA member Ken Dixon dusted off his shop apron and worked the grill, with much appreciated help from Rob Suarez, to feed the hungry lunch-time …

June 2018: Karen McBride on Vacuum Veneering

June 5th saw over 40 people come out to the final, regularly scheduled meeting of the 2017/18 OWA season.  Rob reminded everyone of the upcoming Great Canadian Rust Junkie Fest held at the Wadkin Temple, also known as Jack Forsberg's place, on Saturday July 7. Also a special note from our friends in the Kingston Wood Artisans group: This coming spring, on the 6th of April 2019, a juried exhibition of wooden objects will beheld at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning – Kingston’s centre of art.  Artistry in Wood 2019, the first ever exhibition of its kind to be held in Kingston, will afford artisans such as yourself the opportunity to exhibit your work in a very unique and impressive gallery setting, open to the public.  We are anticipating hundreds of visitors that day, many of whom undoubtedly recognize and appreciate finely designed and crafted objects.  What better way could there be to show case your work and talents to such a discerning audience? If I’ve piqued your…