Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 23rd Season Marches On!
We are thrilled to present our 23rd season of classes with a solid tradition of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our latest 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 finish out the month of September with three more talented instructors at the workbench. Our front bench and machine rooms is home to Stephen Proctor and "Trompe L’oeil: Sculpting & Shaping to Trick the Eye". Stephen was one of the first people to do contemporary trompe l’oeil, which means to trick the eye. This week his students will study, construct, and then carve a small table that has the appearance of being covered with a tablecloth. Using traditional gouges, disc grinders, surforms, and rasps, his class will learn how to carve wood to look like cloth. They’ll leave with their table and all the “tricks” of the trade to continue this ancient tradition.
Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room, we are pleased to welcome "Hand Forging a Craftsman Style Flared Copper Wall Sconce with James K. Davies". In this class, students will make a hand-forged wall sconce using an original design by James that employs many of the celebrated design elements of the American Arts & Crafts movement. He will demonstrate many of the most important techniques in hand forging this stylish copper wall sconce. Students will learn to cut, shape, texture, and join copper components with copper rivets and silver brazing to create this unique fixture. By the end of class, each student will have completed their sconce and will leave with a sense of pride in completing this challenging project!
Finally, in our back bench and machine rooms, we are pleased to welcome "Create a Graceful Hepplewhite Bow Front Chest with Alf Sharp". During this seven-day class, Alf's students will make a piece of classical Federal furniture while learning the about the details that make this piece one of the very best examples of the Federal period. His students will have the opportunity to craft a French Foot and explore different inlay schemes for the front drawers. By the end of the week, they will be well on the way to crafting this wonderful piece of American furniture.
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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