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.
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)
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)