NRWG About Us
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The Northern Rockies Woodworking Guild (NRWG) was founded in mid 1980s by a group of woodworkers in Montana's Gallatin Valley. The group consists of a cross section of woodworkers with professionals, hobbyist and retirees. What brings everyone together is a love of woodworking. We meet at individual shops on a monthly basis September through June. A typical meeting will consist of a member sharing a technique or method to educate others in the group. Past activities have included making Toys for Tots, donations to the Bozeman Library and others. We have brought in professional demonstrators such as Al Stirt, Jimmy Clewes, Graeme Priddle, Clay Foster, Richard Raffan and other demonstrations such as wagon wheel making. Our members include everyone from professional turners to a horse drawn buggy restorer. We have active members from Butte to Townsend to West Yellowstone covering a 100 mile radius.
Interested in Joining? Contact any of the club officers for more information or attend the next meeting.
Part of the Guild history is stored in a plastic file box. The bylaws state that newsletters must be kept in a book for archiving. Now I back them up to a CD as well as the web page and drop the CD into the box. Digging through the history files there are some interesting events and names. I am sure that some of the long time members will recognize these names.
First Meeting: This appears to be the minutes from the very first meeting of the people that were looking to organize the guild. Many items still carry forward to the way the guild is currently operating. Page 1. Page 2. Click on the page to view then use the back button on your browser to return.
Membership list 1987: There are a few names that carry over from this early list. Membership 1987
Early Newsletters: Back before the Internet was available for our communications, the monthly newsletter was a tri-folded snail mail photocopied document. In some cases the newsletter was typed and in some cases it was printed on a dot matrix printer. December 1987 Inside. December 1987 Outside. February 1990 Inside. February 1990 outside.
Financials 1993: The dues back then were $25 per year but we had monthly expenses of postage for the mailings. 1993 Financials
Membership list 1995: Here the group is growing some. List 1995
Non turning events: The group was not just turners and they tried a few other activities. Wheelwright
|The Mentors in the group can help you with your woodworking problems|
|Every meeting has a show and tell session so you can show off your latest work|
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