The Berkshire Woodworkers Guild isn't just for professionals.
Photo by Warren “Vinny” Vienneau
Jim Law and Warren “Vinny” Vienneau are self-proclaimed “old-timers” when it comes to mastering the art of woodworking. The two are veteran members of the now-40-strong Berkshire Woodworkers Guild, which was established nearly 20 years ago.
“The guild is a great resource for everyone who works with wood,” says Law, guild president. “At first it was just comprised of professional woodworkers, but now we have homeowners and hobbyists. It’s transformed into an educational guild where people can see demos of new tools, work with experts in Shaker furniture, get connected with finish painters. It’s beneficial for everyone.”
Craftsmen from North Adams to Connecticut will display their wares at the seventh annual Berkshire Fine Woodworking Show at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge, July 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On display will be fine furniture, art pieces made from burls and slabs, mind-blowing veneer work, handmade standing harps, and a plethora of other unique labors of love all utilizing the natural mediums of mahogany, tiger maple, cherry, and other rare woods. A “meet and greet” is on July 15, 2016.
“People definitely want something special in their homes, something that isn’t mass-produced by a machine,” says Vienneau, who has been making high-end vessels, sconces, and bowls for 37 years.