Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 23rd Season Is Off to a Great Start!
We are thrilled to kick off our 23rd season of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our new season promises to bring you an inspiring line-up of 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.
Our first month of the 2016 season wraps up with 3 sold-out classes led by 3 phenomenal instructors. In the front bench room and machine shop we’ve got the our own Marc Adams teaching “Basic Woodworking”. During this 5 day introduction to the world of woodworking, students will explore joinery, parquetry, veneer and furniture construction while learning the basic skills necessary to safely use hand and power tools in the workshop. They begin as relative novices and they’ll leave with their first piece of furniture, a whole lot of knowledge and a whole new world of woodworking to explore!
Next up, occupying the Outpost bench room is “Leaded Art Glass: Painting with Light with John Hamm”. Students in John’s class will participate in a hands-on, in-depth exploration of the techniques used to create leaded art glass. Beginning with an introduction to the proper tools and their use, his students will proceed to learn about glass selection, and the artful use of colored-opaque glass, glass cutting, copper foil construction, soldering a copper foil panel, and the design and production of original designs. Students will also explore the secrets and techniques of Greene and Greene style leaded glass. By the end of the week, each participant will have made an original art glass panel designed by John specifically for this class. They’ll also have the skills to pursue adding leaded art glass to their fine woodworking.
Finally, in our back lathe room, we pleased to welcome back “Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes”. Jimmy is recognized world-wide for his ability to make woodturning accessible to new (and experienced) woodturners. This week he’ll help them master sharpening their lathe tools before beginning a series of spindle turning exercises to learn the basic cuts. After spindle turning, comes bowl turning. They will learn how to easily obtain a pleasing curve which then can be refined to the finished piece. From there, the class will branch out to boxes and platters. Finally, Jimmy will teach his class ways to color a project in order to emphasize the grain or figure. Everyone will leave with a good grasp of the fundamentals of woodturning and be ready to tackle many projects on their own!
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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