The first meeting of the Woodwright’s Guild happened on Friday 19th April 2019. Twenty nine people attended, which was well above my expectations. A list of names was collected and each of these people is considered an initiate to the mysteries of the worshipful company. This list of members will be published on the Company Website after the 4th of May. Anybody who recorded their name at the meeting but does not wish to be recorded as a published member is urged to send an email to email@example.com and a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General agreement of the people at the meeting was to:
“Form a guild of Woodwrights, being focused on the production of objects predominantly of wood; with grading of work and achievement of rank. The Company to promote the activity of woodworking within the Kingdom of Lochac”.
The draft Ordinances presented at the meeting were broadly discussed and adopted in interim. The jurying criteria were presented, including a discussion of how they might be implemented.
A period of two weeks was allowed for member comments to be collected. Following this period, the amended ordinances and jurying criteria will be adopted.
Ordinances are at
Jurying criteria are at
Comments should be sent to Woodwrights@lochac.sca.org
An offer was made to use trees and lumber on a property in Tarago, NSW for Guild projects. This offer is to be confirmed by email. A suggestion of an weekend long event later in the year, teaching the green-work skills of turning a tree into furniture, was made. This is to be discussed with the property owner, and an event notice will be drafted once the details are worked out.
Guild members should all reach out to potential members in New Zealand who were unable to attend the meeting. It was noted that woodworking activities at Canturbury Fair and other Crescent Isles events were very much in advance of the rest of the kingdom, and should serve as a model for Guild activities. Both Hugh de Calais and
Lowrans Wilyamson were cited as exemplars.
Some concern was raised about the definition and composition of the Disciplines. The Provost Secretary recognised that there was great potential for boundary confusion, but suggested that this could be clarified through time and practice (“we’ll work it out over time”).
Politarchopolis Herald has been working with the Provost Secretary of the Company to determine suitable arms. A suggestion of arms is documented at https://woodworkers.lochac.sca.org/woodwrights-guild-armoury/