next meeting info

The next meeting is planned for Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 7 PM via Zoom.  

Our featured speaker for our next Guild meeting is furniture maker Paul Flessner

Join Zoom Meeting for October 29

Meeting ID: 382 722 6725

Topic: Design and Methods for Tables and Chairs.

photos by Hannah Rindlaub

Paul Flessner Bio and statement of work
photos by Hannah Rindlaub

Paul’s website:

“There is a simplicity to form.  It is immediately pleasing when right.  Even when struggling to describe why, we just know we like it.  In addition to form a woodworker must learn to draw upon the beauty and the strength of the wood.  The importance of this cannot be overstated. Working with organic material which moves and changes throughout its lifetime provides unique opportunities and challenges.  Learning to match and position the most beautiful wood grain adds to the overall beauty of the final piece.  In addition to the aesthetic the piece must be strong and functional. In the case of a chair it must also be comfortable which is sometimes the greatest challenge of all.  These design points: beauty, strength, function and comfort provide the tensions for designing and building great furniture.  For me, this is the essence of woodworking and what I enjoy doing. 

Each piece is handcrafted in my Bainbridge Island, WA workshop. Certainly I use power tools in this process but the curves and contours are done by hand making each piece uniquely beautiful. This is not the fastest way to make furniture but I prefer these traditional methods which provides me a way to express myself.

September 2020 Meeting 

Our presenter is Jennifer Angaiak Wood. Jennifer is the Yupik Tribal carver, 

Jennifer Angaiak Wood Bio
Jennifer Angaiak Wood an artist of Yup’ik, Irish and Italian descent, and was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. The Yup’ik side of her family comes from Tununak, AK, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Jennifer started carving masks when she took an Alaska Native Art class in high school and has been mostly self-taught after the unexpected passing of her teacher, Ron Manook. Since moving to the Seattle area in 2015, she has met and worked with other artists, who are helping her learn to use more traditional tools such as bent knives and adzes. Jennifer’s inspirations include historic masks, stories, and her time spent in Tununak growing up. She usually adds modern materials and concepts to her work, and she uses her art as a way to connect with her Yup’ik heritage and bring a little bit of Yup’ik history into the modern world. She has recently expanded her art practice to include printmaking, though masks are her primary means of artistic expression. 

July 2020 Meeting

Our featured speaker for our next Guild meeting is Patrick Remfrey.

Our presenter is Guild member Patrick Remfrey; Patrick is the creator of Catspaw Customs.
Topic: “Woodworking as a Profitable Side Hustle”

Patrick Remfrey Bio
Patrick Remfrey is a mostly self-taught woodworker who operates a custom fabrication business called Catspaw Customs.  He got his woodworking start as a child under his father’s instruction.  As an adult, he learned most of what he knows from experimentation, practice, and YouTube University.  He is currently a moderator of the woodworking forum on the website, which has over 2 million users ( ). 

Patrick started his business by making tables out of cracked or damaged airplane cockpit windows and progressed to various other items.  Currently, Patrick’s business centers around filling custom commission requests for smaller items that often have aviation or military themes.  He as built and shipped items all over the world, including Switzerland, Japan, and Hungary.  He has recently begun to produce YouTube videos under the name Catspaw Customs.

  • Date: July 28th, 2020
  • Time: 7 pm until 8:15 pm
  • Location: This is a Zoom call.

How to Join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 951 3980 4260
Password: 538985

Our meeting schedule 2020
We generally meet the fourth Monday of each month unless otherwise stated.
Monday, January 27, 2020
February 1, 220 (Special Presentation from Darrell Peart
Monday, February  24, 2020 John Corzine
Monday, March 23, 2020 Jennifer Angaiak Wood
Monday, April 27, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Saturday, June xx, 2020 – Annual Tour of Shops
Monday, June 22, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Monday, August 24. 2020 
Monday, September 28, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Program/Speaker information to be added later.
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Previously Held Meetings

Grady Mathews was our February 2020 Presenter

“I have been designing and building fine furniture and architectural cabinetry in the Seattle area since 1976. The evolution of my work has been evident in the various shows in which I have been featured. I show primarily in the Northwest, but my pieces reside in homes and businesses throughout the United States and abroad. I began my woodworking career designing and producing interior architectural accessories. Teaching myself the skills of the craft, I soon began designing and building larger furniture pieces as well as architectural cabinetry. I presented my first solo show of furniture at the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking in 1989; I also received an American Crafts Award for my Gazelle Table in the same year. Another of my pieces was included in a book titled Creative Designs in Furniture. I am a founding member of the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking and have been extensively involved in the development of this successful cooperative.”

Unless stated otherwise:

Past Meetings:

The next meeting is Monday, January 27th, 2020 at the Arbutus Folk School Woodshop. 

Our featured speaker at this meeting is John Corzine.

Our presenter is John Corzine. He will show his lampshade making processes. Jerry Kehoe visited John’s shop and was impressed with his design and use of jigs to make these shades out of thin wood. You can check out John’s website at

Our meeting will also include the usual attractions; the audience Q&A, a Safety Segment, and of course, Show and Tell. 

Another reminder for you is that the Guild is no longer keeping your name badges. You must bring them (and take them home!)

Mark your Calendars for Darrell Peart on Saturday, February 1, 2020!

We will be having a special Saturday meeting with Greene and Greene expert Darrell Peart. It will be on Saturday, February 1st, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Arbutus Folk School workshop. Darrell will be presenting his work and designs to our group.

Darrell writes and lectures about design, woodworking, and the history of Greene & Greene. He has written articles for Home Furniture, Today’s Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, Woodworker West, Style 1900, British Woodworking, 360 Woodworking, The SAPFM Journal, and Australian Wood Review.

His first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published in April 2006 by Linden Press. His second book, In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker, was published in 2013, also by Linden Press. He is currently at work on his third book (to be published by Linden Press in 2020), which will be on furniture design.
You are welcome to bring a friend!

August 27th, 2018 Meeting; Mini-Symposium

Hard and somewhat sad that we are well past midsummer and easing ever so steadily into the Northwest autumn. But of course, the cooler weather has many benefits and the season is glorious in its own ways. Our aim for our last summer meeting is to prepare you for that extra woodshop time we hope you can find. The leaves can wait.

The August meeting will feature a member symposium; that is, a collection of topics presented by guild members. Our agenda includes the following topics and presenters:

  • Terry Liberty – Dovetail Joint Demonstration
  • Hathan Gullickson – Sharpening (Bring out your tools!)
  • Bill Cogswell – Router Basics
  • Ron Fuller – Tuning a bandsaw

The details of the August meeting follow:

  • Where: Arbutus Folk School Woodshop; 610 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501
    • Downtown Olympia, next to Olympia Coffee Roasters and across the street from City Hall. Street parking is free after 5:00 pm.
  • When: Monday, August 27th, 2018.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and ends around 9:00 pm.
  • Who: The Olympia Woodworkers Guild.
  • Also: Bring your show and tell items and any woodworking questions for the meeting.

Upcoming Guild Meeting July 23, 2018

 Our next meeting will NOT be held at Arbutus Folk School.

The meeting will be held in Rainier Washington. Our speaker is Bruno Hergevieux of Normandie Woodworks.

The address is:

  • 10915 128th Ave SE
  • Rainier, Wa 98576

Map directions are here.  It is about a thirty-minute drive from downtown Olympia. We encourage you to carpool due to limited parking. We also ask that you bring your own chair (and an extra perhaps?).  No show and tell at this meeting due to the time constraint of being out of town.


Bruno Hervieux is the master woodworker behind Normandie Woodworks. A native of France, Bruno learned his trade in the Compagnons du Devoir, a French guild of craftsmen and artisans dating from the Middle Ages. After completing three years of technical schooling, Bruno spent seven years in an apprenticeship program traveling the country to study with the masters of his trade. Upon finishing his tour with the Compagnon, Bruno moved to New York City, where he spent the next ten years working in different shops for some of the most prestigious designers and architects in the world. He then moved to the Northwest where he spent another ten years working in the Yacht industry, captivated by the design challenges it has to offer. A lifetime of experience has provided Bruno with an incomparable level of expertise. This, coupled with his passion and dedication to his trade, has made him a true master of his craft.

Normandie Woodworks also includes Bruno’s wife and partner Shannon Hervieux. Shannon studied art at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and now works alongside Bruno to create furniture in straw marquetry.