Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 24th Season Marches On!
We are thrilled to offer our 24rd season; providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our 2017 season promises to bring you an inspiring line-up of hands-on woodworking classes and workshops, taught by the very best woodworkers the world has to offer, in the best equipped facilities available anywhere in North America.
We complete the last week of July with four more amazing classes taking place within our halls. In the Outpost bench room we've got "Decorative Veneering with Paul Schürch." In Paul's class students will learn history of veneer and marquetry and how it has developed into what it is today. Paul will discuss using raw veneer, ways to make veneer, handling, flattening, and buying, and there will be hands-on practice sessions in book, slip, reverse, diamond, and four-way matching. This class not only teaches traditional veneering techniques but also covers modern day veneer cutting, joining, assembly, and finishing techniques done in today's shop setting. His students will leave knowing how to choose substrates and glues and practice preparing and pressing several veneer and marquetry panels.
In our back bench room and machine room, we are always pleased to welcome back Steve Latta; this time for "Fundamentals of Woodworking with Steve Latta." In this class, students will be laying down a solid foundation for the how's and why's of safe and effective woodworking. This class will give students an understanding of all the essential skills, including hand and power tool set-up and safety, sharpening, layout and joinery and even design and finishing. Best of all, they will have learned Steve's systematic approach to woodworking as they work on the class project, a cherry end table with drawer. The skills these participants will gain this week will be part of every project they make going forward!
Meanwhile, in our dedicated turning center we are thrilled to have Dr. Sara Robinson back with a week-long class, "A Week for Sara's Research: A Rediscovery of Spalted Wood." Sara wrote the book (literally) on her research into the science and aesthetics of using spalted wood in furniture parts and woodturnings. This special course on spalting will take an in-depth look at all aspects from the rich historical uses to modern science applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of wood anatomy and fungal biology, experiment with old styles of spalted woodworking, and learn to use the latest, cutting-edge spalting techniques fresh from Sara's lab at OSU to create their own spalted wood and control its color. It's hard to cover six hundred plus years of spalting history, but Sara will give it her all!
Finally, in our new technology center John Knight returns with "Make Your Own 3-Axis CNC: Let the Future Begin." A CNC can be a valued addition to any shop. From performing repetitive tasks to making cuts that would be impossible with other power machinery; including making precise templates, carving, engraving and even working with soft metals - the CNC stands supreme. This week John's students won't just learn about the CNC - they will actually build their own. But John won't just teach them to make the machine, he'll spend significant class time making sure they understand how to use the machine. With long days and lots of effort, these students will be taking home functional CNC machines that are ready to start cutting.
Just a typical week here at Marc Adams School of Woodworking!
Craftsman May Be Lying To You
By Scott Grove
The last time Scott Grove taught at the school, he shared this presentation, prepared for the TEDxFlour City Talks, during our Tuesday Night slide shows. In it, Scott addresses the rise of technologically driven production methods and its relation to our definition of traditional, hands-on craftmanship. Ultimately, he asks us to consider just what hand-made means in the 21st century and how do we communicate that our customers. It generated lots of discussion that week and we felt it important to share it with all of you. Enjoy!
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