Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Building a Shenandoah Valley Tall Case Clock with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton

Dates: 4/28 - 5/3
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $875
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

This 6 day class will be an in-depth study of the construction techniques used to build a tall case clock, commonly called a grandfather clock. These clocks were owned by the gentry of the day as a sign of success. The clock Jeff and Steve have chosen is one of many made in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with Germanic influences carried down the valley from Pennsylvania. These clocks were made during the Federal period but with Chippendale features. Students will construct a case that includes the waist, the base, and the hood. This is an extremely intensive project and not all aspects of the construction process can be covered, but it will be Jeff's and Steve's goal to send you off with a firm understanding of what is needed to complete this project at home. You will receive a rough cut list and will be required to bring wood that is pre-milled. Instruction will also include how to purchase movements as well as how to install them. During the week students will combine the use of both hand tools and power tools while investigating the period construction methods used in building what was in its time one of man's most cherished and admired possessions.

Key Points:

Build a family heirloom
Learn dovetail and mortise & tenon case construction
Cut quarter columns and ogee feet
Unusual period case construction
Develop traditional hand skills
Learn how to incorporate contemporary machine skills

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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