Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 23rd Season Marches On!
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.
The month of August marches on with “Veneering: From Simple to Asymmetrical and From Flat to Compound with Scott Grove.” Scott’s students will be designing and creating an organic form tabletop with a veneered face, inlay detailing, and French curved hardwood edge. Along the way, Scott will cover selecting, flattening, seaming and repairing veneer. Scott will also reveal his super secret method for creating a wavy contour seam which is virtually invisible. With lots of time to experiment and practice the techniques that Scott will demonstrate, his students will come away with a better understanding of how to embellish their work and expand their designs and techniques. As Scott says, “You don’t know where the edge is until you cross it!”
Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room, we have Michael Fortune back for “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.
In our back shop, we have “Steel & Bronze for the Woodworker with David Orth.” Metalworking skills can greatly enhance a woodworker’s range of abilities and design options and there’s no one better than David Orth to introduce our woodworkers to this new medium. Students will be introduced to a design process reminiscent of boat building from which surprisingly full and curvilinear shapes can be constructed out of otherwise flat material. Each student will begin by making several small objects in steel and bronze. After this short introduction, each person will make their own tabletop sculpture or functional object. Not only will they take home some beautiful metalwork, they’ll take home knowledge of a whole new discipline to enhance their future woodworking.
Finally, in our west outbuilding, we welcome back well-known classical marquetry expert, Patrick Edwards for “Painting with Wood: French Marquetry.” Students in this sold-out class will be introduced to the tool that made French Marquetry the envy of the world - the Chevalet. This tool, made of wood and powered by hand, allows the worker to cut intricate designs out of packets of veneer with amazing accuracy. By the end of the week, each participant will have a thorough understanding of how to use a chevalet, as well as plenty of practice using traditional methods to create elaborate marquetry designs, referred to in the 17th century as “painting in wood.” They’ll also leave with plenty of examples that will amaze their friend and families.
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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