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DuPage Woodworkers Activities

From time to time the DuPage Woodworkers holds activities for our members outside of our regular general meetings. Those activities include classes, shop tours, field trips and whatever other interesting activities members and the activities chair think up.

See the online calendar for other events (general meetings, board meetings, etc.).

Upcoming 2023 Activities

DuPage Woodworkers Activities Schedule - 2023

Date Event Information Registration
January no activity
Saturday February 18 Woodworking Show Milwaukee 9:00 AM Breakfast Mimosa Restaurant Franklin, WI
Saturday March 18 Ressler Guitars
Design Stairs
8:30 AM Breakfast - Sugar Grove Café 1942 U.S. 30; Sugar Grove, IL
10:00 AM Start at Ressler Guitars 4073 Somonauk Rd, Sandwich,
Saturday April 29 Toy Workshop Woodcraft 7440 Woodward Ave Ste A107 Woodridge, IL 60517
May Dugan Wood Products
Dave Dugan will provide a tour of his facilities which includes a sawmill. He will show different types of boards and different types of trees and their uses. Please bring protective eyewear and ear protection.
2284 North 45 th Road Leland, IL 60531 Click here to Sign Up
Sunday August 6 Antique Tool Show August – More information to follow
October 16 Dave Bianchin – Guitars (Scheduled)
December no activity

DDPWW Visit to Ressler Guitars and Designed Stairs.

Join us on Saturday, March 18, 2023, as John Ressler will provide us with a tour of both his facilities, which will make for an interesting visit.

We will first visit Ressler Guitars starting at 10:00 AM, located at his home at 4073 Somonauk Rd, Sandwich, IL 60548.

This will be followed by a visit to Designed Stairs located at 1480 E 6th St, Sandwich, IL

You can learn more about these two venues at:
Ressler Guitars
Designed Stairs

Register for this Activity

John Ressler is a lifetime woodworker. He had His first shop at the age of 12 using his grandfather’s tools that he found on his family farm. He had 12 acres of woods on the farm, which provided not only material for projects, but also a great education on the outdoors and trees.

Designed Stairs is a family business that was started by John’s father-in-law in 1969 and is currently owned by his daughter and John. We build stairs primarily for the luxury high-end residential market.
John has been a stair builder for 34 years.

John has played guitar since he was in Junior High and has always had a passion for them and a curiosity about how they worked. He had the opportunity to take an introductory guitar-building class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in 2000 and has been building ever since. He has built over 70 guitars, plus mandolins, ukuleles, dulcimers, and pretty much anything with strings. He has been teaching instrument building at MASW for 15 years and continues to enjoy sharing his knowledge with others

Breakfast: For those who wish, I have made a reservation for breakfast for 8:30 AM at the Sugar Grove Café, located at 1942 U.S. 30; Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Please contact me if you have any questions. Kramer123@hotmail.com or 630-926-3784

DPWW Trip to Woodworking Show Milwaukee – Milwaukee, on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

Join us for breakfast at Mimosa Restaurant in Milwaukee prior to the show

DuPage Woodworkers will be meeting at the Mimosa Restaurant (reservation under Kramer) at 8:45/9:00 AM prior to going to the Milwaukee Woodworkers show which opens at 10:00 AM. (NOTE: the restaurant is about 4 miles from the Milwaukee Sports Complex.)

Mimosa Restaurant
9405 S 27th St
Franklin, WI 53132

Please use this link to sign up for this event and breakfast

Milwaukee Woodworkers Show
(The show runs from February 17 to 19)
Information and tickets are available at The Woodworking Show - Milwaukee.

Tickets are $14.00 per person – $12:00 if you purchase your tickets online. Your tickets are good for the entire run of the show.

Milwaukee County Sports Complex
6000 W Ryan Road
Franklin, WI 53132


Join us for breakfast before the Antique Tool Show at 8:00 AM at:

Syrup (Formerly the Colonial Café)

552 Randall Road

St. Charles, IL 60174



Garfield Farm Antique Tool Show Sunday, August 7, 2022

Our August activity will be at the Garfield Farm Inn and Museum. The Museum will be featuring an antique tool show and sale. From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association will display, trade, and sell antique and collectible tools. There is An $8.00 fee for this event.

About Garfield Farm Museum

The museum offers a variety of educational, family, and entertainment events. Seminars are held on such topics as prairie, woodlands, and wetlands management; bat and blue bird box construction; and fruit tree grafting. Special shows bring rare breed livestock, heirloom garden products, and collections of antique tools. Prairie walks are conducted monthly. There are social events like barn dances and a candlelight tavern reception at the Inn in December. See their Calendar for more details.

Directions to the Museum

Garfield Farm is in Campton Hills, IL on Garfield Road just north of Illinois Route 38 between Geneva and Elburn, Illinois. It is about 3 miles west of Randall Road, which is at the west edge of Geneva and St. Charles. From Illinois Route 38 turn north on Garfield Road and go about ¼ mile to the museum's entrance.

Please contact Jeff Kramer (kramer123@hotmail.com) 630 926 3784 if you plan to attend or have any questions.

DuPage Woodworkers is planning a visit to the UDSA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, WI on Friday, June 24, 2022. PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE WAITING ON A FINAL CONFIRMATION FROM THE FPL BUT WANTED TO GIVE YOU A HEADS UP.

Since its opening in 1910, the FPL has provided scientific research on wood, wood products and their commercial uses in partnership with academia, industry, tribal, state, local and other government agencies.

I will advise everyone once I have final confirmation from the FPL. I will also provide other relevant information such as parking.

The FPL is located at:
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI

The tentative schedule will be as follows:
8:30 AM Breakfast – Location to be determined
10:00 AM FPL Tour


Please let me know if you are interested in attending and if you will have others in your party.
If anyone would either need a ride or be willing to drive others, please let me know at kramer123@hotmail.com
I plan on driving up the day before (Thursday, June 23, 2022). If you also plan to come up the day before, please let me know. I am looking at potential hotels to get a block of rooms for you to register for. I will provide information on this as soon as I get it.

The DuPage Woodworkers will be hosting a toy making workshop on Saturday, April 16 at the Woodcraft store in Woodridge. It will last from 9am to 3pm. Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning along with pizza and pop at lunchtime. Bandsawing, routing, sanding and assembly of wooden vehicles and doll beds will take place.

Previous 2021 Activities

The following information from Colonial Williamsburg is provided to you as a member of the DuPage Woodworkers. This is not an official DuPage Woodworkers event.

Working Wood In The 18th Century

“After a year of strictly virtual gatherings, we’re pleased to welcome guests back to Williamsburg, Virginia – in person or virtually – for an exploration of this city’s rich legacy of fine furniture, architectural woodwork, and craftsmanship. Whether immigrant or native-born, deeply rooted in the community or transient, Black or White, enslaved or free, Williamsburg’s craftspeople responded to ever-changing British fashions with techniques that run the gamut from idiosyncratic to conventional. Join our presenters as they explore the work and world of these many makers.”

For information about this program and to register: https://web.cvent.com/event/25a6f08a-af1d-4ca6-9690-81c38cccc684/summary?RefId=CWFWebpage.

As mentioned above, you may choose to participate either in person or virtually.

Postponed Due to Coronavirus
Tour of USDA Forest Products Lab in Madison WI

Madison, WI

Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.

Cafe Hollander-Hilldale
701 Hilldale Way (on the grounds of the Hilldale Mall)
Madison, WI 53705

Tour: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

USDA Forest Products Lab
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, Wi 53726

Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Visit to ReTool and ReStore in Rockford.


Saturday, September 11, 2021. Visit to Ron's Colliander's sawmill.

Saw mill.

Sunday, August 1st, 2021: Garfield Farm Inn and Museum Antique Tool Show & Sale.


Previous 2020 Activities

February 29th, 2020: Bull Valley Hardwood.

February 22th, 2020: Milwaukee Woodworkers Show.

Woodworkers at the show.

Woodworkers at the show.

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at the Chicago School of Woodworking.

Assorted Planes

Walnut Bowl

Previous 2019 Activities

November 16th: Tour of the Village Woodwright Shop.

Village Woodwright Shop Tour

Village Woodwright Shop Tour

October 12: Toy Making Workshop.

The DuPage Woodworkers made doll beds and wooden block dolls. This involved cutting, drilling, sanding, routing and gluing. We started at 9:00 am and went until we finished about 3:00 pm. Coffee, donuts for breakfast and pizza/pop for lunch.

Routing Outside

August 4th: Antique Tool Show and Sale at the Garfield Farm Museum.

Browsing Tools Shave Horse Demo

July 20th: Auction.


May 9th: Kirkland Sawmill.

The saw The wood

April 20th: Carkhuff shop tour.

Carkhuff shop tour Carkhuff shop tour

March 30: Toy Making Workshop.

Box of toys

February 23rd: Milwaukee Woodworking Show.

Jan 26th: ClaySpace tour.

ClaySpace ClaySpace