Meetings – 2016

November 16, 2016
The November meeting was held at Dave and Wally’s shop in Randolph. Approximately 20 members and guests were in attendance.

We have a few new members – Melanie DeMio, a recent graduate of William Paterson, Daniel Catizone, a student member, has graduated, set up shop and joined as a full member. And Priscilla Van Houten, who owns a maker space in Hoboken, reached out to us through our website – we hope to see her at our next meeting in January.

The website is now live and Bart will take on the task of maintaining it moving forward. We would like to have another member learn how to do it as well in case Bart is unable to do it. (Hint – someone who doesn’t have a shop to host meetings should step up and volunteer for this.)

Matt’s presentation on oil finishes is available if anyone would like a copy.

The holiday party will be held on Saturday, 12/10 at the Black River Barn. Invitations have been sent via Google Calendar. Please RSVP and remember to bring some cool stuff for the auction.

We will have a booth at this year’s Woodworking Show in Somerset 2/17-19. Volunteers will be needed to staff our booth. Please plan on bringing examples of your work or projects to demonstrate. If you work the booth, you will receive free entry to the show.

The January meeting will be held at Tyler’s shop in Chatham. We need a location and program for February and March meetings. ASAP.

Following the meeting, Frank gave an excellent presentation on the American Chestnut Tree. Once one of the most prolific species East of the Appalachian mountain range, the magnificent tree species was destroyed almost completely by a blight starting about 100 years ago.

October 19, 2016
The October Guild meeting was held at Matt Weiss’ shop in East Orange. 20 members and guests were in attendance.

President Matt Weiss reported that the new website is now up and running. It needs a bit of tweaking which Bart Goldberg will oversee and more content. Members are encouraged to send photos and info about anything they’d like to have on the site. There will be a page on the site listing members who would like to have their sites linked to the Guild’s – please send your info if you would like to have your url on there.

Elections, which were supposed to be held in November, were held at this meeting instead since no one not present had nominated themselves for any of the posts by the deadline. By unanimous vote our new leadership, thru 2018, is as follows:

President – Matt Weiss
Vice President – Giacomo Cocchiara
Secretary – Dave Pollak
Treasurer – Joe Corigliano
Events Coordinator – Tyler Merson
New Member Coordinator – Joe Fernandez
Website Coordinator – Bart Goldberg

We have one new member – Melanie DeMio

The Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, December 10th and the Red Barn in Randolph. The party is free to members (cash bar). Additional guest will each pay $35. There will be dinner and an auction to raise funds for Guild activities.

Next month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at Woodmasters LLC in Randolph. Frank Mangravite will give a talk on the Chestnut tree.

Hope to see you there!

Tyler C. Merson, Secretary


June 15, 2016
Bob Chapman showed off his home basement workshop in Montclair NJ. Glenn Guarino  give a presentation of his latest work. Glen Guarino says his love for woodworking began when he was in the fourth grade.

After graduating from college, he taught high school woodworking for 32 years. He now teaches a woodworking course in the fine arts department at William Paterson University, in New Jersey. He has also been designing and making one-of-a-kind furniture for more than 30 years.

He started Guarino Furniture Designs LLC.



April 20, 2016
Tom Casale of Thomas Charles Cabinetry gave a talk and demonstration at his shop in Long Branch NJ on the CopeMaster copying machine which will cut the cope of a crown moulding.

Tom also demonstrated his new edge banding machine.

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