Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Kinetic Sculpture: Toying with Wood with John Morgan

Dates: 7/14 - 7/18
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $750
Materials: $75
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

This class will provide you with the opportunity to make a creative moving object from wood. This category of woodwork is called automata in Europe, but you might describe them as executives' toys. The result of your participation in this class will be a unique piece of automata that expresses your inner child. Starting with discussions about mechanisms, John used his 31 years of experience teaching college students to walk you through the design and prototype stages. Critical problem solving and troubleshooting will be covered, ensuring that your final piece performs as you anticipated. Starting with printed patterns, participants will work with basic shop power tools, including table saw, band saw, scroll saw, disc/belt/spindle sanders and drill press to produce a rough prototype or poplar and aircraft plywood. Each participant will then proceed to make a finished working model out of cherry and maple. Through the design and creation of your machine, you will realize the ability to communicate your unique vision through an inspired piece of woodwork designed to intrigue your friends and build confidence in your creative ability.

Key Points:

Design process
Converting one input to multiple output
Troubleshooting mechanical issues
Safety measures for making small parts
Scroll saw cutting
Bandsaw cutting
Drill press operation
Fitting and assembling
Finishing

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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