Woodworking Guild

The Olympia Woodworkers Guild is an organization within Arbutus Folk School that has a mission focused on ‘developing a community of woodworkers‘.

As a group, we meet monthly at the Arbutus woodshop facility. Our meetings consist of social time, announcements, show and tell of member projects, a program/speaker related to woodworking, and a question and answer time. We support Arbutus by informing members about upcoming classes being offered by the school.


Our next meeting is Monday, December 3rd, 2018, at 6:30 pm.

Our December meeting will feature Robert Ray from RL Violin Shop in Olympia. 

Our December 3rd meeting will feature Robert Ray from the RL Ray Violin shop in Olympia. In 1984, Robert began repairing violins and bows. By 1992, he directed his full attention to the making, repair, and history of bows. Robert spent the next seven years making bows and doing bow restoration. Robert is a member of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative (IPCI), and the Violin Society of America (VSA), has written several bow-making and restoration articles which have been published in various books, and is a contributing author for the book The Conservation, Restoration, and Repair of Stringed Instruments and Their Bows.

The details of the meeting are below:

  • Where: Arbutus Folk School Woodshop; 610 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501
    • Downtown Olympia, next to Olympia Coffee Roasters and across the street from City Hall. Street parking is free after 5:00 pm.
  • When: Monday, December 3rd, 2018.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and ends around 9:00 pm.
  • Also: Bring your show and tell items and any woodworking questions for the meeting.

Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows (same time and place unless otherwise noted):

  • December 3, 2018
  • January 28, 2019
  • February 2019

Again, always on the fourth Monday (evenings) unless otherwise noted.

Please feel free to visit one of our meetings to find out more and decide whether you want to be a member!  You can become a member online at this link.

Sign up for our newsletter by filling in your name and email, then select “Interested in Olympia Woodworkers Guild” in the menu on the right side of this page. ——>

Membership has many benefits, not the least of which is access to mentors who have significant woodworking knowledge. We encourage you to support the Guild by donating to Arbutus Folk School!

For more information please email Bill Cogswell or call Bill at 360-584-7667.


We also encourage you to visit the Guild Facebook page.