Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 23rd Season Marches On!
We are thrilled to finish out our 23rd season of classes; continuing a solid tradition of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our latest season brought you our best line-up to date of inspiring, 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. And next season promises to be even better!
We've had a tradition here at MASW for many years. Every season we start and end our season with our three longest serving instructors at the workbench. It's with great pride that we welcome our final instructors for the 2016 season!
In our front bench room, we are pleased to offer another session of our signature class "Joinery with Marc Adams." If you ever wanted to know all of the ways you can join two pieces of wood, this class is your answer! Marc will begin the class by teaching how to cut the hallmark joint in woodworking, the dovetail, by hand. From there, they will explore all manner of joints, cut by hand and machine, including: the mortise & tenon, the sliding dovetail and the hip joint (just to name a few). Before the end of the week, these folks will have an in-depth understanding of our school motto, "Layout is Everything!"
Meanwhile, in our Outpost, we've got another sell out crowd for "Designing Chairs with Michael Fortune." This workshop will be an intensive investigation into the design and construction of dining or desk chairs. Making a unique, comfortable, strong, and attractive chair is a wonderful challenge considered by most to be the pinnacle of woodworking prowess, and Michael will step his class through the steps to achieve success in this challenging discipline. His class will examine every step of the process. Starting with design and ergonomic considerations, then making scale drawings and accurate scaled models, Michaels students will proceed through discussions of compound joinery, special chair-making jigs. Finally, they will cover basic upholstery and final detailing. In just 5 days, Michael will show his class just how he creates his award-winning chair designs.
Finally, in our Lathe room, we're always excited to welcome back the renowned Alan Lacer for his introductory "Woodturning with Alan Lacer" class. Alan will be introducing another new group of students to the joys of turning wood. Along the way, they'll learn how to properly sharpen their tools, they'll learn how to turn spindles, bowls, and even make lidded boxes. There is no better introduction to the thrill of woodturning than Alan's introductory class!
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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