Matt Nowak, Program Director

Matt Nowak, Program Director


The Program Director is always interested in volunteers and suggestions for programs.  No contribution is too small.  If you have time or ideas to contribute to the Guild please contact Matt at

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May 17 – Tim O’Neill
Urban Lumber – From Trash to Treasure

The Urban Lumber Company takes city trees that would normally be ground into mulch and turns them into beautiful and interesting lumber.  The company has a wide variety of local species.  The inventory changes regularly and the website usually has fairly up-to-date information regarding what is in stock.

“As a forester and woodworker, I owned a band sawmill for many years and processed plenty of urban trees myself, so I can really appreciate a young entrepreneur getting into the business.  Visiting Urban Lumber is like going into a candy shop for a kid or into a fine deli or restaurant for an adult.  It is an art shop full of slabs of trees with great potential.” – Matt Nowak, Program Director

See Urban Lumber’s website at

Urban Lumber
7200 E Why 40
Kansas City, MO 664129
(816) 797-2602

Matt Nowak, KCWG Programs Director


Monthly meetings of KCWG are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. Meetings are held at 3189 Mercier, Kansas City, MO. Prospective members are encouraged to attend a meeting. If you like, come early and get a shop tour!

The typical format of meetings is as follows:

  • 7:00 – Welcome, announcements, short reports from various departments
  • 7:15 – Show-and-Tell: This sounds kind of hokey but it is the most popular part of the meeting. Members of all experience levels bring recent projects (some might not yet be complete) and explain what they built, what methods they used, who helped them, and what problems they overcame. Questions are encouraged.
  • 8:00 – Break for cookies, coffee and soft drinks.  Show-and-Tell items are on display and the builder is available to discuss the project. Unsolicited opinions are offered; friendly discussions ensue. There is a raffle of donated items. Members gather in small groups to tell fish stories and related lies.
  • 8:15 – Formal program: typically an outside speaker or expert from membership ranks.
  • 9:00 – Adjournment
  • There is an informal gathering after the meeting at Birdies Pub & Grill (back room), 8889 W. 75th Street. It is located in the west end of the strip center at Antioch & 75th, across the street from Shawnee Mission Medical Center. All are invited.

Neal Ray Shoger

Show and Tell photos by Neal Ray Shoger

Show& Tell Items

(Double-click on individual pictures for larger images & slide show.)

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016