About Us

The Woodworker's Guild of Rhode Island

The Guild came into existence in 1996. We started as a small group of local woodworking enthusiasts in North Scituate, Rhode Island. At first, it was a parochial group receiving sponsorship from the town by being provided a monthly meeting place at the North Scituate Meeting House. The idea back then was as it remains today; to provide a place for networking and socializing among woodworkers. Group membership fluctuates between 60 and 100 members at any given time.

In 2019, the regular meetings were moved to Ocean State Academy at 1301 Elmwood Ave. in Cranston, Rhode Island. This location provides a central location for the group that has drawn members from all over Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. This meeting venue also allows the group to do hands-on demonstrations and training while utilizing a fully functional shop. Regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM with guest speakers, demonstrations and an opportunity for members to share their work.

"Shavings," the official Guild newsletter, is emailed to members and posted to the website on a monthly basis.

A number of events are regularly held, including trips to museums, visits to well known woodworker and woodworking schools, galleries of members' works and many other activities in which members express interest.

The guild also maintains an email address, WWGRI.wood@gmail.com, which is monitored by current officers, a mailing address for correspondence and this website for community and member communication.