Marc Adams: The Man

A Letter from Marc



Marc Adams - Founder of the School I know, I know, we are in the middle of corn fields. I hear it all the time. But I am close enough that if I stand on the roof of my building I can see downtown Indianapolis, and Indy is a great Midwestern city. Clearly, Indy is the sports capital of America with both the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway -- the greatest spectacle in racing -- and Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts and past host of Superbowl XLVI. Both the NCAA headquarters and NCAA Hall of Champions are located here, and our very own IUPUI Natatorium has hosted 11 Olympic swimming/diving trial events plus hundreds of other world and national events. The Indiana Pacers were just one game away from making it to the NBA Championships this past year, and of course, who could forget that it was the Indianapolis Racers who first signed a 17-year-old hockey player by the name of Wayne Gretzky.

Our museums are among the best including our Children's Museum which is listed as one of the top 10 museums in America. Our Indianapolis Zoo is one of the top tourist attractions in all of America, and we are one of only a handful of cities left in America that still has a full time symphony. Indianapolis is the host of many national headquarters including the American Legion, the FFA (Future Farmers of America), Roche, Wellpoint and the best of all -- Festool.

What's this have to do with MASW? Well, a few years ago when the men's NCAA basketball finals were played at Lucas Oil Stadium (by the way, Butler University, also located in Indianapolis, was just a shot away from winning) Air Trans magazine listed MASW as one of the top 10 things to do or see when in central Indiana. Hard to believe, but true.

What would cause MASW to earn a place among so many great Indiana attractions? First is YOU! The people who have attended workshops here year after year have shaped and supported us into what we have become. Our alumni are among the finest people on the planet. Second is our remarkable list of instructors, who are clearly the best craftsmen of modern time. They are passionate for their work, devoted to their students and committed to perpetuating their craft. Third is our staff which combined have over 130 years experience at MASW. Through their hard work, they will make your time here both satisfying and memorable. Fourth is our commitment to education. Our curriculum is strong with the right philosophy, spirit and mission. It is possible to obtain a Masters Certificate, and for those who want even more, MASW offers two world class Fellowship programs. Lastly, our facility, equipment and food services are simply over the top.

Every MASW workshop is an opportunity: an opportunity to learn new skills, develop lasting friendships and gain confidence in your abilities. My goal is help you experience those opportunities - right here in the middle of an Indiana corn field. Maybe we don't really deserve to be listed as one of the top places to visit while in Indiana, but from where I stand, there is no place better to be!

Thanks for your support.

Signed by Marc Adams

About Marc Adams

Marc Adams MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 28 years. In 1991, he became a technical consultant to the WWPA, SFPA, AHEC, and the U.S. government, representing the United States on International Quality of Furniture Making. His work has appeared in Design Book Six and Design Book Seven, and his shop was featured in The Workshop by Taunton Press. In addition, his work has appeared in many national publications, and has been featured on the front cover of Woodshop News magazine. Marc has worked with the EPA in Washington on current woodworking issues, and has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair. Marc has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times and periodically does TV and radio talk shows on woodworking topics. He co-authored the book Working With Plastic Laminates and currently consults for both the laminate and adhesive industries. His “Technical Technique” video series is the largest-selling video series in the history of woodworking, and he was recently awarded four “Telly” awards.

Marc just completed an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine and was a judge for the 2008 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows and does train-the-trainer programs for today’s biggest tool manufacturers. In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community.