2018 Spring Symposium - with Rollie Johnson

2018 Spring Symposium -  with Rollie Johnson

From April 28, 2018 9:00 am until April 28, 2018 5:00 pm

At Woodcraft 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

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April 28 - 29, 2018


Bandsaw Set-up and Use,

Handplanes and Card Scrapers,

Basic Sharpening,

Finishing, and more!

Rollie Johnson
Professional Woodworker for over 40 yeasr
Rollie Johnson headshot

April 28th - 29th 2018

Weekend Paid Presentation

Saturday, 8:30am Registration   Presentation 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

8560 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30022

Guild & SAPFM Members $85 Should sign up by March 31st

Non-members $85 can sign-up begining April 1st

Printable Brochure   Mail in Registration form     Online Registration with Paypal

Rollie Johnson scraper

Rollie Johnson headshot 1

The Presenter: Roland Johnson

Is a passionate, self-confessed "gearhead" who's drawn to iron. But that magneticImpulse isn't just for power tools - he's been known to cling to old hand tools as well.

A professional woodworker for more than 40 years, Johnson left the pro world to work in his home shop; a semi-retired state that allows him to build whatever suits his mood.

He's been a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine for 14 years now, often being the go-to guy for tool tests and evaluations.

He is the author of Automotive Woodworking (Motor books 2001) and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Band saws (Taunton Press 2010).

When not in his shop, you may find him mowing his grass, making his sports cars go faster, tending his Vegetable garden, or at a bluegrass festival somewhere in the Midwest with his wife, JoAnn.


Demonstrations will provide information useful to all skill level woodworkers, novice and expert alike.


Rollie will discuss what attributes make a good bandsaw, how to set up guides accurately and quickly, and thoroughly explain blade technology and how to choose the best blade for any sawing situation. All considered this should be a thorough look at how to set up a bandsaw for accurate resawing and general use.


Rollie will discuss the basics of bench planes, how to find and buy good used planes, how to rehabilitate a vintage plane, and using a plane. Card scrapers are frequently partnered with bench planes for refining surfaces, and Rollie has a dead-easy, foolproof method for achieving a great burr that will be a hit with woodworkers who struggle with those little pieces of steel.


Dull tools are frustrating to use and can rob you of some of the joy of woodworking. In his own shop Rollie tackles this issue with sandpaper glued to granite blocks to sharpen

Planes Irons and Chisels.

A honing guide keeps angles accurate and makes sharpening faster and more precise. The system is relatively inexpensive, and simple to set

up and use. Rollie describes this as a back-to-basics system that can achieve results that will rival, or beat, any sharpening system. Time permitting; Rollie will also delve into creating a portable sharpening station, one of the best additions to any workshop.


Rollie has developed a finishing procedure using shellac and varnish that is quickly and easily hand applied and yet be durable for most furniture projects, especially case goods. The complete finish takes about 15 minutes to apply and is usable as quickly as the varnish cures. Surface preparation (according to Rollie the most important aspect of finishing) will be included.

Rollie prefers audience interaction rather than monologue as a teaching style; so come prepared with questions and a willingness to roll your sleeves up and participate in his demonstrations. Time permitting, Rollie will discuss other subjects if interest.

 Rollie Johnson bansaw 1



 Rollie Johnson sharping


Guild & SAPFM Members $85 *

*Should sign up by March 31st

Non-members $85 **

 **Non Members can sign-up begining April 1st.

Online Registration with Paypal


Directions: The Symposium will be held at Woodcraft 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30022 770-587-3372 Take Georgia 400 to Holcomb Bridge Rd. (Northbound- Exit 7A; Southbound Exit 7). Go East on Holcomb Bridge approx 3.5 miles. Rivermont Shopping Center is at the Southeast corner of Holcomb Bridge Rd & Nesbit Ferry