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The July 8th, 2017, meeting WILL NOT be held at the Bayland Community Center.  Club members will meet at Crosspoint Church, 4601 Bellaire Blvd, just inside the I-610 loop. Our guests speaker will be Matt Cremona.

Matt will present 6 topics:

Card scrapers,

Milling your own lumber,

Hand cut half blind dovetails,

Integrating hand tools into a power tool work flow,

Working with live edge, and

Dealing with defects.

This meeting is free to members and the guest fee is $10.  Lunch is optional but there is a $10 charge and because the lunch will be a prepared sandwich, chips and a drink, it must be pre-ordered. Contact us to pre-order and pay for a lunch. You will need to pre-order by June 24.

Matt opens each of his videos with “Hey everyone, my name is Matt. Welcome to my shop.” He certainly does make you feel welcome. He has an easy going, simple style that makes you want to listen and learn.

He did not grow up in a family of woodworkers. When he was a child, his father taught him the value of self-sufficiency and the do-it-yourself mentality. His dad instilled in him the idea that you can learn to do things outside your area of expertise without formal training. His willing-ness to take on any project, no matter the area, is very inspiring.

He has been a full-time content creator since early 2015. He admits it hasn’t been easy, but he wouldn’t change anything and has never been happier. He clearly enjoys interacting with the community and teaching people about something he loves.

Matt describes what he does as “In short, I turn trees into fine furniture.” All his woodworking projects start with trees he harvests himself. He is obviously fascinated by all aspects of woodworking and enjoys sharing that with others. His videos follow the course of projects from tree to finished furniture. He does an admirable job covering the processes of furniture design, stock selection, milling rough lumber, cutting joinery, assembly, and finishing. He also produces videos about related topics including hand tool maintenance and use, tips and tricks he has learned along the way, useful shop projects, and even the fabrication of his log-hauling trailer. In the past year, he has designed and built his own over-sized bandsaw mill.

His projects have included furniture from various periods, and he continues to explore new styles and methods. His goal is to make educational videos about woodworking and related topics in the hope he can inspire others to hone their skills and try new things. He states it has been an incredibly rewarding experi-ence.

Matt produces weekly Shop Update videos that include short updates about the projects he is working on, and showcases projects made by his viewers. He also publishes step-by-step project videos on a regular basis. These videos make it clear he takes pleasure in explaining the techniques and processes behind the creation of fine wooden furniture. He is great at quickly getting back to you on any questions or comments you may have on his projects.

He also collaborates with Marc Spagnuolo, “The Wood Whisperer”, as an instructor in the Wood Whisperer Guild. He and Marc, along with Shannon Rodgers, produce an entertaining podcast, “WoodTalk”, that covers a wide range of woodworking, and sometimes other, topics.  You can follow him on Instagram at “https://www.instagram.com/mattcremona/”.

Matt lives in Brooklyn Center, MN, with his wife Lindsay, his sons JR and Max, and Pancake, the family’s French Bulldog.