The CDC has lifted indoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. We are going to trust you. In Nevada mask requirements for non-vaccinated folk have not been lifted. Please join us in person or online. Please check the calendar.

If you are not vaccinated, a mask is still required (on a personal note, your webmaster just cut a bunch of MDF up in his own shop. He sneezed for fifteen minutes. He should have turned on the air handler. Wearing a mask is good for multiple reasons.).

6.4.2021

We have four of these delicate votive candle beauties! They take quite a while to make on the scroll saw.  There are 5 pieces altogether: 3 for the basket itself, with different levels of cutouts on the base so they can be stacked; one for the handle which is also a side of the basket; and the ring which holds it all together. The detail work on the top of the handle requires drilling small holes in each cutout before the outer piece is cut. Then the top of the scroll saw blade must be detached and threaded through each hole and reattached to cut out each design. After checking to make sure all the pieces fit and stack correctly, they are glued in place. A coat of Danish oil is carefully brushed on to get all the nooks and crannies. The wood is only 1/4” thick, so the piece is very delicate.

In June of 2021 we made some garden planters for some of our veterans at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. We made these planter boxes accessible by putting them on stands so that our veterans do not have to kneel to work in the dirt. KOLO gave a shout out to us! Thank You KOLO.

We have a new donor of wood! One of our major yearly projects is creating toys for children with cancer, and children who will not receive Christmas or Hanukah gifts. At the Art Sale at the Pioneer Plaza for Earth Day 2021, Creative Wood Images on Mill St. owned by Ellen and Darren Gross were very impressed with our club and especially with the toy program. We have received several boards from them, including much needed MDF. It may be scrap to them, but it is gold to us! Thank you! 

In January of 2021, we went and scooped snow from one of our long time member and trainer’s driveway. We had fun. He and his wife were surprised. His daughter (who doesn’t live in Reno) was ecstatic! We have plenty of pictures, but well, some things don’t show up on the webpage. 
Russ and Bunny would like to thank all of the woodchucks who came to clear out our driveway on Saturday morning.  It was such a surprise and we are forever grateful.  Our daughter Emily wants to thank all of you—she lives in June Lake, CA and could not get up here because of the storm.   We hope we can “pass it on”  and return the kindness someday.  ~Russ L.

In December of 2020, we gave away 1,400 toys that we distributed to 13 non-profit organizations who work in our community with families and children in need. We do this every year. Most of the toys were made at home this year by dedicated volunteers.

Our club membership is comprised of women and men doing woodworking. Hand tools, power tools, and digital tools all are in our tool belts. We create toys, furniture, turning, carving…. The shop has most tools used in woodworking, power and manual – saws, lathes, sanders, planers, scroll saws and we have a 60 watt CO2 CNC laser. Coming online this spring (2021) is a CNC tool (a router on steroids).  

Normally, we have classes and group projects helping one another learn and promote the art and enjoyment of this craft. We are moving back into full operation with scheduled classes. Also, we will hold individual classes, when asked. Individual and family membership available.

Below is a segment on what we are doing, which was shown on our local CBS affiliate, in early December 2020. 

We currently use Zoom for our meetings. 

The shop is open, by appointment. 

We have six  – Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Toys, Lathe, Scroll Saw, Tools and Techniques, Carving, and Digital Workshop. Members attend and participate in the groups of their interest. We are dedicated to teaching the skills of woodworking, by classes, projects, and demonstrations, with safety and participation.

Some program/project are supported, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.