Blog Newsletter: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Greetings to all you woodworkers!

We are now into the glorious days of Fall, and it is a toss-up as to whether I head down to my workshop, cast off for a few days of sailing, or head off down the road with our camper to look for some cycling, kayaking and fishing. What marvellous choices we have on Vancouver Island! (Of course, I am ignoring calls of duty to the yard, but I have a wonderfully energetic wife who loves landscaping as an alternative to sailing, and as a break from quilting.)

Our first Guild barbecue at the property of Peter and Doris Hentze in Cassidy was a wonderful time on Saturday September 23. The day began mid-morning with a wood sale. (Members of Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild also visited to purchase some wood.) Then, almost 30 members and their wives and families showed up in the mid-afternoon for burgers, bratwurst and salads and desserts. It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day on this lovely farm. After the meal, Peter gave us a demonstration of the operation of the Wood Mizer. This is always an impressive show!

Our next Mid-Island Woodworkers’ Guild meeting is on Wednesday, October 11, and the scheduled presenter will be Christine Fagan from Live Edge Design to speak on the upcoming LiveEdge display at The Robert Bateman Gallery in Victoria. Steve Neil, who has a product in that display will assist with the presentation.

The Executive is working on plans for offering some woodworking instructional opportunities. These activities seem to be strongly supported by the membership, and the intention is to soon offer both mentoring and course instruction opportunities. Details are being finalized.

An email questionnaire from (using Survey Monkey) has been sent to the membership requesting input on MIWG future activities. Please respond to it with your input if you have received it.

Vancouver Island University has offered us an opportunity to meet with educational officials and one of our MLAs – Leonard Krog, on October 20 to discuss possible parameters, obstacles and opportunities for fine woodworking education in the mid-island area. Hopefully, we will be able to see a way forward to offering Fine Woodworking in our vicinity at some future point in time.

Anyway, once again, I extend an invitation to any and all to attend our next General Meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at Meeting Room A, 355 Wakesiah Road, at 6:30 pm (one week from today). Put it on your calendar, and we welcome all visitors!

Hopefully, I’ll see you all soon!

Best wishes,


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