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The North Jersey Woodworkers Association or NJWA for short is a community of woodworkers of all types and levels of experience. We have some professionals, some beginners and every skill level in between. Our goal is to share our experience with one another and to support and grow the woodworking community in the Northern New Jersey area. Regardless of woodworking interest or level of experience, we invite you to join us. For directions, membership information and club activities follow this link: About NJWA.


October 2017 Meeting

This month’s main presenter was Sri Patankar, who’s topic was compound angle joinery. In his presentation he described the jigs and techniques that he used to cut joints at compound angles. In addition, Sri brought along some of the jigs that he constructed as well as several of the pieces that he’s built. These included chests and trays that were built using compound angle butt joints, finger joints and most impressively dovetail joints. Sri provided detailed descriptions of how he cut each of these joints as well how he puts a flat bottom in a box whose sides are all sloping away from each other. His projects were quite impressive as were Sri’s problem solving skills.
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September 2017 Meeting

This month’s presenter was furniture maker Michael Puryear whose work is a unique combination of Shaker, Scandinavian and modern. Many of his pieces can be found in museum collections including the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. His presentation covered a variety of topics including technique, his design process and the influences on his work, which include Japanese and African themes. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can do so at Michael’s website: www.michaelpuryear.com.
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August 2017 Meeting

Several members presented at this meeting. Chas presented his game table and chess set. The chess set was modeled after the Lanier Graham 1966 set on display at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s an interesting design in which the shape of the chess pieces mirror each piece’s movement pattern on the chess board. Brian followed with a talk on the traditional chess set that he built. Mike wrapped up the meeting with a discussion his woodworking school and his efforts to bring the craft of woodworking back into schools and into the lives of young people. Mike included a discussion of his efforts to build a minimalist workshop which balances portability and utility.
(For more information on the meeting, check out the Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)


July 2017 Meeting

Our featured presenter was turner Steve Antonucci whose specialty is creating tools used by spinners and weavers. Steve began with some background on his involvement with the fiber community. He then covered tools, techniques and fixtures used in this type of turning including modifications he’s made to commercially available items. He rounded out his presentation with a discussion of materials and finishes. Steve has an Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForestLakesTreen) where you can view his work.
(For more information on the meeting, check out the Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)


June 2017 Meeting

June’s meeting was held at the Saco and Birnbaum workshop in East Orange. Danny Birnbaum spoke on veneering, which is one of his shop’s specialties. He demonstrated a variety of techniques that he uses for veneering. While some of his techniques were geared to a production shop, most of the information presented was useful for the non-professional. Danny’s talk covered veneer material, the substrate, glue and glue application, pressing, drying and fixing defects in veneers. He also discussed some of the factors that determine when he uses veneers vs. solid wood.









May 2017 Meeting

Alan Ganek opened the meeting with a description of the Fine Woodworking Live Event that he attended. He gave an overview of the event organization, the general and breakout sessions along with his impressions of the each.
Our main speaker was Central Jersey’s Wilbur Pan. His presentation was on the art and craft of Chinese woodworking. Wilbur’s presentation covered a broad number of related topics including design, philosophy, construction technique, culture and the influence that of Chinese design on the Western craft. Wilbur has presented at a number of NJWA meetings in the past and is always an engaging speaker.
(For more information on the meeting, check out the Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)


April 2017 Meeting

The first order of business for this month’s meeting was to discuss planning for the club’s summer skill building sessions. Dave Petersen gave a brief overview of the sessions that have been planned to date. In order to manage these sessions in a more orderly fashion, Dave will be using a google registration facility. Keep an eye out for email from Dave with a course descriptions, dates and a registration link.
Pat Ascione was our first presenter. He described a hall table that he constructed for his son and daughter in-law. The hall had an irregular shape and Pat describe his method for fitting the table into a space that lacked 90 degree corners.
Our second presentation was from Sri Patankar. He spoke on the are of Kumiko which is a Japanese art for creating lattice works. Sri covered the material, tools, cutting and assembly techniques. He also brought scrap material for members to try their hand at creating Kumiko components.
(For more information on the meeting, check out the Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)










March 2017 Meeting

This month’s meeting covered three main topics. Gordon discussed club business including the club’s goals, responsibilities of the officers and committee members and planning for club meetings and activities. The workbench group presented on the design and construction of the club’s workbench. The workbench, which was completed in time for the Somerset show, will be used for demonstrations at the club meetings and will be loaned out to club members to use during the month. Roy capped off the night with a discussion of the design and build of a vanity for his wife. (For more information on the meeting, check out the Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)










February 2017 Meeting

Our February speaker will be furniture maker, designer and tool inventor – Yoav Liberman who will be speaking on design to execution in all his furniture styles. How does he decide and execute his design. What principals of design should hobbyists think about as are executing our projects. Tips and techniques to make our projects look more desirable, durable, and professional. 
Yoav is an active furniture designer and woodworker for over thirteen years. His primary interest is in Campaign, knock-down furniture and innovative metal hardware. He has creative, furniture and artwork designs from reclaimed wood and found objects. Exhibited at Saks Fifth Avenue NYC, the Fuller Craft Museum, The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, Penland Gallery, NC SOFA Chicago.
Published in Woodwork Magazine, American Woodworker, as well as several prominent Israeli design publications, Yoav’s new line of magnetic measuring tools is currently under production by Lee Valley, Inc. His most recent woodworking tool is made by Rockler, Inc. 

In February the club had a booth at the annual woodworking show in Somerset NJ. A large number of attendees stopped by to inquire about NJWA’s activities and membership. The club’s workbench also generated a lot of interest and was one of the most photographed objects at the show. (View Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)











(Use this link to see some of Yoav Liberman’s work)


January 2017 Meeting

Our guest speaker was Andew Hunter. An engaging speaker, Andew works largely with  traditional Japanese hand tools. He discussed his journey to becoming a woodworker, his philosophy as it applies to the craft and the techniques he employees for building furniture. In addition, Andrew discussed the design traditions of Japanese and Chinese furniture and contrasted them with western furniture design. (View Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)

Bob Sheppard gave an update on the club workbench project. Bob reported that the bench will be ready in time for the Somerset woodworking show.











December 2016 Meeting 

The December meeting was NJWA’s annual holiday get together for members and their guests. The meeting featured light refreshments and an exhibition of the recent work of a number of memebers. Here’s a link to a few of the items which were on display. (View Mortise and Tenon Newletter)








November 2016 Meeting

Dave Peterson began the meeting with a presentation on an ancient tool called a sector. More information re. sectors can be found at By Hand and Eye. The majority of our meeting was taken up by the club’s annual swap meet. Member brought surplus tools and materials which were put up for sale or available through a silent auction. In addition, Joel Moskowitz donated a collection of woodworking books that were auctioned off at the meeting. (View Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)

October 2016 Meeting

 Our featured presenter was Jet equipment representative Chris Chubbuck. He spoke about new developments in the Jet product line. Chris also answered specific questions from club members who own Jet equipment.

September 2016 Meeting

Joel Moskowitz of Tools for Working Wood and Gramercy Tools spoke about rasps. Joel discussed the uses of rasps and demonstrated a variety of rasping techniques. In addition, he talked about how rasps are made and the difference between high quality and low quality tools. Joel was kind enough to donate two Gramercy rasps to the club for a raffle. (View Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)

August 2016 Meeting

Club Vice President Jock C. spoke about his Line and Berry project. He demonstrated techniques for cutting line and berry designs, described options for tools to cut the designs and walked through the thought process for developing a design from scratch. (View Mortise and Tenon Newsletter)