Vancouver Island Woodworkers' Guild
Workshop Tours for June 4th
- VIWG's Bandsaw Box Makers Challenge!
- Following up on last years successful 'Mallet Madness' event, the challenge to all members this year is to build a Bandsaw Box for display at our June monthly meeting.
- You now have a 'heads-up', so sharpen your tools and tune up the bandsaw! Let's have some fun with this. There are numerous designs available on-line, or put on your 'creative' hat and design a box from scratch. All participants will be entered into a draw for a Lee Valley gift certificate at the June meeting.
The Shuswap School of Carving and Arts are offering 9 classes as part of this year's 5-day School in Sorrento, BC from September 18th-23rd. More information is available by clicking here or visit their website at www.bccarvingschool.com
- 2nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Show, Art Victoria Now, which will be taking place on May 13-May 23 at the Atrium Building (800 Yates Street). Art Victoria Now showcases works of high calibre from emerging to professional artists. Last year, this event was a great success and included over 75 original local contemporary works in each 2-D, photography and 3D media, many of which were sold. The deadline for this exhibition is coming soon (Friday, April 15). Submission guidelines and form can be found here: cacgv.ca/events/art-victoria-now.
Our Guild is a non-profit organization of approximately 150 professional and amateur woodworkers, who are dedicated to the promotion of woodworking and the appreciation of fine craftsmanship in the southern Vancouver Island region. Founded in 1980 our guild has been able to create and maintain a community of people that promotes woodworking education, community service and collaborative projects of value to all skill levels and age groups. The Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Camosun College's Interurban campus in the Fine Furniture program shop. Get involved by being our guest at the next monthly meeting. The guild has a full suite of education programs including show and tell sessions, weekend clinics, such as hand cut dovetails, making wooden hand planes and much more, and our meeting feature excellent speakers and presentors.
We have several community projects underway. One of note is the Wood Recovery Program which donates a percentag of the wood recovered to schools on Vancouver Island. It is the only large scale wood recovery program operating in Western Canada. With municipal and private donations, we are able to use wood for artistic and community projects that otherwise would be burned. Members who participate learn all the steps from fallen tree to final processing. This includes cutting, grading, kiln and air drying and stickering with an emphasis on safety.
We have a long record of mounting high quality woodworking shows for novices and professionals alike. As a result, the Guild has a key role in the local artistic community. We thank our many sponsors who generously support our programs with specific donations and member discounts. We count on them for their financial assistance and for actively promoting the Guild to their customers.
The "Members Area" contains Guild information such as: Forums, Mentoring and Resource People, Guild Assets, Library listing, including woodworking information, videos, and a "Classifieds/For Sale" section for our members to post to.
Guests are always welcome at our meetings and we would hope to see you there one evening in the future.