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

Our 24th Season Has Officially Launched!

We are thrilled to kick off our 24rd season; 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.

Marc AdamsMichael FortuneAlan Lacer

We kick off our new season with three veteran MASW instructors at the workbench. In our front bench room and machine shop, is our own Marc Adams as he leads another session of our acclaimed Joinery with Marc Adams. If you ever wanted to know all of the ways you can join two pieces of wood, this class is your answer! Marc will begin the class by teaching how to cut the hallmark joint in woodworking, the dovetail, by hand. From there, they will explore all manner of joints, cut by hand and machine, including: the mortise & tenon, the sliding dovetail, and the hip joint (just to name a few). Before the end of the week, these folks will know our school motto backwards and forwards: "Layout is Everything!"

In our Outpost, we are pleased to welcome back Michael Fortune, a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, teaching "Developing the Idea". This course is for woodworkers who want to move beyond working from other peoples plans and start exploring their own designs. If you've ever wondered how one of North America's premier studio furniture craftsman comes up with his own award winning designs, this class will answer those questions! This class will literally turn our students ideas about design upside down.

Finally, we have the internationally recognized master woodturner, Alan Lacer, teaching in our lathe room. In his class, Woodturning with Alan Lacer, he will be introducing a new group of students to the joys of woodturning. Along the way, they'll learn how to properly sharpen their tools, they'll learn how to turn spindles, bowls, and even make lidded boxes. If you are feeling the call of the lathe, there is no better introduction to woodturning than Alan's introductory class!

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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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