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Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America

Our 22nd Season is Going Strong!

We are thrilled to continue our 22nd season by providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. This season promises to bring another stimulating line-up of woodworking classes and workshops, taught by the very best woodworkers the world has to offer, in the very best equipped facilities in North America.

Headshot of Zane Powell Headshot of Doug Dale Headshot of Patrick Edwards Headshot of Dixie Biggs

We’re closing out the month of August with three diverse classes covering a breadth of woodworking skills you won’t find in any other place. In our front bench and machine room, our own Zane Powell and Doug Dale lead a class through a week of making Great Shop Fixtures & Accessories. Over the course of the next 5 days, participants will each make three common shop fixtures that every woodworker should have: a router table, cross cut box, and a cope and style fixture. Best of all, each of these fixtures are the same ones we use here at MASW, so you know they’re the best! When these lucky students return home, they’ll be that much more prepared to tackle their next big project safely!

In the Outpost bench room we continue where we left off last week with another 5 days of Patrick Edwards and French Marquetry: Advancing Your Skills Piece by Piece. Patrick continues by teaching the old-world method of cutting intricate marquetry using the French Chevalet. Students in this class will be cutting and assembling a delicate rose, the same project taught at the renowned École Boulle in Paris France. His students will leave with an understanding of how to achieve a flawless fit on multiple intricate parts using the chevalet, as well as how to use hot hide glue and paper to assemble their work of art.

Finally, in the back lathe room, we welcome a new instructor to MASW with Need Some Relief: Add Interest & Life to Your Work with Dixie Biggs. In this class, Dixie will lead her students through the process of adding personality and flair to their woodturnings with a variety of surface enhancements and relief carvings. Some of the techniques to be covered include: adding simple textures with Dremels and engravers; enhancing these with dyes, grain fillers or colored waxes; relief carving with rotary power carvers; wood burning for texture and detail; and adding color to your work using a dry brush technique. One thing is sure, when they leave they’ll have a whole new repertoire to help make their work stand out from the rest of the pack!

Just another 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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Masters

Masters

MASW has an incredibly strong teacher base which gives our program diversity and depth. Students that pursue our Master's designation are assured of receiving a well rounded education by teachers that make their living as Master woodworkers. Read More

Fellowship

Fellowship

The Michael Fortune Fellowship program picks up where the Master's program leaves off and is open to all who have completed their Masters designation. This program leads the student towards a profession or a passionate avocation as a respected woodworker. Read More

Wood Turning

Wood Turning

Working closely with program director Alan Lacer, MASW has created this unique opportunity for wood turners to challenge yourselves and broaden your woodturning skills while exploring a the wide array of different techniques that is woodturning. Read More

Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops

Super weekend specials are designed to give you an opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the masters in the field of woodworking. Classes are scheduled just Saturday or Sunday or both Saturday and Sunday. Read More