Monthly Archives: November 2017

MIWG Newsletter November 20, 2017

Hello fellow woodworkers,

This brief newsletter is to inform members and non-members of the first of our scheduled mini-courses that we intend to offer to members only. (Did you see how I did that? We really want non-members to join us!)

Our first course is “Woodwork Shop Safety” and it is going to be held at Vancouver Island University at Building 110 this coming Saturday, November 25, at 9:00 a.m. for 3 hours. The course will cost $20 per member, and will be instructed by Stephen Pelley, the head of the Carpentry Program at VIU. The requirement to wear steel-toed boots in the workshop has been waived for this event, but you should bring safety glasses! The first 8 new members will be given FREE safety glasses!

The workshop is for a maximum of 16 people, so please get your name in to Dave Workman as soon as possible through the email: Let him know that you plan on attending and he will reserve a seat for you. You can pay him at the workshop. (Our insurance requires that non-members join the Guild. In addition to the course fee, a one-time initiation fee of $25 plus the pro-rated membership fee to December 31 of $12.50 will be required.)

At our November meeting we heard from Brian Rigby, from Jonanco about the club workshop that is out on White Rapids Road in Cedar. For anyone needing access to a workshop, this is a very low cost option with user fees of $6 per day, or an annual fee of $125! I have visited the workshop, and was very impressed with the quality of the tools and the activities that are undertaken there.

The second presentation was by Ed Tremblay who showed us how he has built a jig for using a router to flatten large boards. He brought the jig to demonstrate the process.

The third presenter was Nick Spronk who showed us a Moxon vice that he uses as well as some plywood corner clamps  that he has created for squaring corners.

The regular General Meeting was followed by our Annual General Meeting at which our new Board of Directors was elected. The Directors for 2018 will be:

President: Tony Dobson

Vice-President – Programs: Dave Workman

Vice-President – Membership: Ed Tremblay

Treasurer: Steve Neil

Secretary: Bill Beese

Our December meeting will feature our most popular agenda – members’ “Show and Tell” with folks showing off their favourite projects. In addition we will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a more relaxed social setting including food and drinks. If you are not already a member, we warmly invite you to come to the meeting to see what the excitement is about!

Best wishes to you all for a happy and safe holiday season!

Tony Dobson,

President, Mid-Island Woodworkers’ Guild

 A Wood Horse Whisperer

MIWG Newsletter November 3, 2017

Greetings woodworkers!

I hope that you have prepared for winter with snow tires, shovels, and salt! It is time to get out of the nasty weather and into our workshops after such a beautiful Fall.

Our next Mid-Island Woodworkers’ Guild meeting is on Wednesday, November 8, and the scheduled presentations will be Ed Tremblay on flattening boards with a router, and Brian Rigby – Vice-Chair of Jonanco.

After the presentations are finished at our next meeting, we will hold our Annual General Meeting with the election of our Directors who become the Executive of the Guild.

Several of us had a meeting with Paul Mottershead, Associate Dean – Trades and Applied Technology, and MLA Leonard Krog a couple of weeks ago to explore the potential joint efforts of MIWG and VIU to provide some woodworking instructional options to the community in the future. The most likely early outcome of this would be that VIU would provide a classroom venue for instructional activities. Paul also conducted us on a tour of the Carpentry Program shop, and the Heavy Duty Mechanics shop next door.

We have purchased a gallon of “End Seal” which should be painted onto any ends of any green wood that has just been cut. If you are a member, please contact me directly if you are planning on cutting or acquiring freshly cut wood and would like to add this End Seal.

Stay tuned here for the first of many woodworking courses that we hope to offer to our members on in the future. We hope to begin very soon with a Safety course and a First Aid course. There will be public announcements here when we have details on instructors, dates, times, locations and costs. Our Guild insurance will cover all members who take these courses! (If you are not already a member, see our Membership page if these courses are of interest to you.)

Anyway, as usual, I extend an invitation to any and all to attend our next General Meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at Meeting Room A, 355 Wakesiah Road, at 6:30 pm. Put it on your calendar, and we welcome all visitors!

Meanwhile, …while you are on your computer, we would appreciate it if you “Like” us on Facebook at

Hopefully, I’ll see you all soon!

Best wishes,