Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tuesday Meeting, March 7th at 7 PM.

Phil White is our March presenter.  He is a sculptor and conservator who holds the position of Canada’s Dominion Sculptor, with the Department of Public Services and Procurement Canada.  He is primarily an architectural sculptor and designer, working in stone, bronze, and wood.

He will give an overview of his work, in wood, stone, and metal, with a focus on the carving and sculptural work in the Parliament buildings.  Finally, he will speak about the process of creating a sculpture in stone and in wood, with a few photos to illustrate the various steps.

Following the presentation, we will resume our Show and Tell session as well as the Q&A session that we intended to start last month.  Please bring your works and your questions!

And don't forget dry indoor footwear.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tonight's Meeting Cancelled due to Weather

After having monitored weather reports and forecasts the OWA Executive decided to cancel tonight's meeting. March 7th is when we will meet again. We predict it will be sunny and 17 degrees C.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Kingston Wood Artisans Symposium 2017

This is a friendly reminder that the special $45 Early-Bird registration fee for the Kingston Wood Artisans Symposium 2017 expires on 28 February.  After that, it goes up to $65.  For complete details about the Symposium 2017, go to:

You may also recall that all OWA members who've registered for the Symposium are eligible to enter pieces in the Gallery that'll be held at the Symposium.  There's no charge to enter your pieces, but you do have to submit an application; go to:  There you'll find the Guidelines, which also show you how to submit an on-line application.

Again, I hope you're planning to attend Symposium 2017 and, to enter a few of your pieces in the Gallery.


Robert M. Schlosser
President, Kingston Wood Artisans

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Meeting on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

We are back on our usual “first Tuesday of the month” schedule, so the next meeting will take place Tuesday February 7.  Here’s what you can expect:

1. A follow-up presentation from Igor Vasilenko.

"Last year I spoke at one of our meetings about woodworking as a business, and described the experience I've had with my little start-up and some of the perils and joys I've gone through.  At the conclusion of that presentation, I promised that, provided there was interest, I would do a presentation about my recent experience involving one of the biggest projects a woodworker may endeavor to complete - a new woodworking shop!

I'll share what I learned, from plans to completed building, about my adventures with buying and installing machinery of my dreams (and of my nightmares, too!), and lessons I learned and people I was able to meet along this long journey.  Hopefully, everyone will have a something new to learn from what so far has been an incredible experience." - Igor

2. Answers to your burning questions.

"We are going to try something a little different.  We are going to have an interactive Q&A session.  How it works: You bring your questions (preferably prepared beforehand and related to woodworking) and we, as a group, will try to answer them during the meeting.  Depending on the interest, this could be an ongoing feature and even better, we might see some opportunities to create some meeting content from it if we find some willing experts to elaborate." - Mark

As always, Show and Tell and the 50/50 Draw are still on the schedule, and the new segment from Jacques Breau highlighting notable online inspirations continues.  Please remember to bring along some indoor footwear.

See you next week!

OWA Secretary

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Books Books Books

Hundreds of books and printed materials have come into our possession from an estate.  Our intention is to make these available to the members in good standing for a nominal fee.  The proceeds will go to the OWA Treasury.  The materials are in good condition with no mold or water damage, though obviously used.

The process to get books is as follows: Each item has a unique number.  Review this list of titles, note the numbers of the items you desire, and email the numbers to Mark Allen, our program director, at:

The items are available on a first come, first serve basis and so if you really want something, don’t wait.  OWA webmasters and I will do my best to make the list on the webpage as up to date as possible so that requests do not come in for books that are already spoken for, though it could still happen.

I (Mark) will confirm what books are available from your desired list with a price.  Once you agree to the price, I will put the books aside for you.  Books will cost $2 each and other printed materials will likely be less, depending on the condition and format; for example, a number of items are simply photocopied materials so $2 could be an unreasonable price.

Delivery: Preferred method is at the OWA meetings.  Money must be paid at the time of delivery, without exception, so the paperwork and payment to for deliveries remains simple.

Mark Allen
OWA Program Director

Here again is the link to the list of over 500 books and other printed items that have been donated to the OWA.  Clicking anywhere on these two brownish sentences will bring up the list.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Resources Revision

Our Resources page is undergoing a face lift. Instead of using it to download a Word-based document into your computer, you can now see the vendors in one big colourful table. The table could use your input, either for new local vendors or for internet sources of special tools and supplies. Are there vendors (or entire categories) you think should be added? Leave a comment on the Resources page or mention it to George at the next meeting.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

January 2017 Meeting Delayed by One Week

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month.  January's first Tuesday falls during school break, and that means some of us would not be able to attend.  For that reason, and thanks to the flexibility offered by Marty and by the Bethany Baptist Church, we postpone the meeting by one week to the second Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  Following meetings revert to first Tuesdays.