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November 15th (Wednesday) meeting:

"Artistry in Wood" Show

Fall is upon us as the final touches are being applied to projects throughout the region. Artistry in Wood 2017 Show opens in a little over a month. As I write this, Thursday, November 9th (drop-off day for show entries) is less than four weeks away, and the Judging and general meeting is a mere six days later.

On Wednesday, November 15th, the membership will gather for its monthly meeting with the Judges at the Sonoma County Museum. The judges will have spent the afternoon considering the various qualities of this year’s entries. At 7 PM we will hear the judges express their opinions and extend awards to those lucky few who got things “just right.”

Between now and then a great deal of energy must be expended to get those pieces on display. Several members will be preparing the exhibit space, helping take down the previous exhibit, painting walls and display pedestals and doing whatever is necessary to make the gallery worthy of holding the artwork.

Following Entry Day, the Guild members will review all of the entries to make certain everything is within the guidelines. The displays then must be arranged in a pleasing and logical layout. Not surprisingly, this doesn’t “just happen.” Under the direction of the Show Chair, volunteers will arrange the entries in preparation for the Judging and photographs. The judges will spend a full afternoon examining each of the entries, which are identified only by a number and title at this point, concealing the maker’s name to ensure fairness. After the judges break for dinner, the membership meeting will convene in the Museum to hear the judges’ impressions, comments and verdicts. This is an event not to be missed.

Two days later, on Friday, November 17th, the Show opens to the public. The Museum will host an Opening Reception for Museum members and SCWA members starting at 6pm that evening to kick things off.

The next membership meeting will also be held at the Museum, on Tuesday, December 12th. This is always an enjoyable evening: the makers of the various pieces in the Show will be there to discuss their entries and answer questions. Don’t miss this one either!

The show closes on Sunday, January 7, 2018, and all entries must be picked up the following day. 

For full details see events page.

SCWA Artistry in Wood 2017 

The Artistry in Wood 2017 exhibit will run November 17th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. Information about the displayed pieces and the awards from the 2016 show can be found in our Newsletter the Wood Forum starting with the October 2016 issue.

AIW 2017 Entry Forms Available NOW

(click on links below):


Woodworking Internet Roundup

Six Around One

Another really cool video submitted by Joe Scannell. Enjoy.  CLICK HERE

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images:

Harpsichord Videos - Kevin Fryer

Harpsichord Making: Bentside

Harpsichord Making: Voicing the 4'

Harpsichord Soundboard Installation

Harpsichord Soundboard Installation 2

Chaconne by JunHae Kim

Making Lumber

I don't know about you; but I am very jealous after watching this video.  Anybody recognize one of the co-stars?  CLICK HERE


For his dazzling “Woodswimmer” video filmmaker Brett Foxwell, who goes by bfophoto, used a process he describes as “brutally tedious.” The results, though: Wow. What you’re seeing are cross-sectional scans of hardwood, burls, and branches sequenced in stop motion. It’s like his camera is moving through the wood.  CLICK HERE

Thank you to Bob Roudman for sharing!

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