A Few of Our Guild Members

Some of our Guild Members at the April Meeting
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1. Tim Carney 2. Mike Flanagan 3. Bob Zimmer 4. Priscilla Bode 5. Mike Bode, 6. Will Rex 7. who is this? 8. Dan Baugher 9. Bruce Ewals 10. Caleb Coder 11. Bill Brown 12. John Layton 13. who is this? 14. Lance Seaman and Tom Basso 15. Pete Donovan 16. Gary Duval demonstrating his lathe

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Helena Woodworkers Guild April Meeting

Is there a color of woodworkers' uniforms?
Is there such a thing as a woodworker's uniform?

Our next
Woodworkers Guild meeting will be held Monday April 14th. I guess we're on a roll with second-Monday meetings instead of first-Mondays. We will meet at Gary Duval's shop this time. This will be the next to last meeting before the summer break so we hope you all can make it!

Date: Monday, April 14th
5:30 pm til 8:30 or whenever
Gary Duval's shop at 117 Elmwood Lane in Helena
In addition to our usual jawboning and eating, Gary will show us his lathe turnings including his intricate ornaments (see photo below and Gary's gallery) Hopefully we'll have time for a demonstration of Gary's techniques too. We'll hear subcommittee updates and take care of some business about the Myrna Art of Wood Exhibit and about our future meetings,

Gary Duval's wood ornaments and kaleidoscopes

Please bring a side dish, appetizer or something to drink -- or, just show up. There is always plenty to eat! Our host will provide a main dish.

March Guild Meeting at Lance's new home
Lance Seaman showed us how he made the curved, laminated wood
mantel at our March Guild Meeting

How to get to our April Meeting:
Gary's house is located in Sunhaven subdivision. If you are heading north on Benton Avenue, Elmwood Lane is the last left before Custer Avenue and Gary's is the 5th house on the left.


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all photos in this post © Maureen Shaughnessy. These were taken at the Guild's March meeting at the new home Lance Seaman is building for his family.


Member Feature: Lance Seaman; custom entry door and mantel in new house

Lance Seaman Front Door

The Helena Woodworkers Guild March meeting was hosted by Lance Seaman of Seaman Cabinets, at the house he and his wife are building on the east side of Helena. They haven't moved in yet, but that didn't stop us from thoroughly enjoying a delicious potluck set up on saw horses and plywood along with his beautiful woodworking.

Lance Seaman Front Door detail

After jawboning over dinner, Lance showed us the mantel he designed and created, as well as his new craftsman style entry door (above)

Humor makes our meetings great

The mantel is from a design by Scottish architect and artist, Charles Mackintosh. Lance's mantel is made of quarter-sawn white oak plywood; the top veneered with paper backed oak veneer, glued with Titebond III and vacuum-bagged. The finish is a red, water-based aniline dye under a vinegar/steel wool solution with a top coat of water-based laquer. Lance showed guild members how he bent the wood for the mantel in his vacuum bag, something that about half of our members had not tried before.

Scrutinizing Lance's technique for laminated curved mantel

It's this kind of educational opportunities and comraderie that make our woodworkers' guild such a great group. If you know of anyone who is interested in woodworking, as a career, skill or hobby, please invite them to attend one of our meetings and consider joining the guild. We welcome folks of every skill level, experts and newbies alike.

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