Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 23rd Season Marches On!
We are thrilled to present our 23rd season of classes with a solid tradition of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our latest 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.
In our front bench room and machine room, we are always pleased to welcome back long-time favorite at the school, Doug Stowe, to teach “Small Decorative Boxes.” Tight miters, lasting joints, and hinges that fit, along with close tolerances, are part of what quality workmanship is all about and box making is great way to show off these qualities. Doug will start this workshop with a discussion of the practical aesthetics of box design before moving on to an in-depth review of the techniques to make these high quality creations. This class will cover making jigs and sleds for accurate cutting and shaping of parts, making inlay, using story sticks for accurate fitting of hinges, and accurately cutting small complicated parts (just to name a few). By the end of the week, each participant will leave with 8–10 custom designed boxes that are sure to amaze their friends and family.
Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room we have a new face behind the instructors bench as Richard Saffold is here to teach “Beginning Traditional Bow and Arrow Making”. Traditional bowmaking may be very simple in concept, but it is complex in application. Tillering a bow requires both an experienced eye and hands to take a simple stick of wood and turn it into a fine shooting implement. With plenty of demonstrations, Richard’s students will receive lots of individual attention as they learn to properly shape their bows. This class also will cover all aspects related to traditional bowmaking from visiting the local lumber yard, to harvesting a limb from a favorite tree. Bow design and how to get the best possible bow from a given stave and how to craft arrows will all be covered in detail. Students will learn how the bow should feel in their hand and how to shoot with a bow that fits their body and shooting style. His students will leave at the end of the week with several completed bows. They’ll also be better marksmen!
Finally, in our lathe room we welcome another new face to MASW, all the way from Jerusalem, we have “Woodturning Techniques with Eli Avisera”. This weeklong workshop will be full of learning methods and techniques in turning wood from the foundation skills all the way to advanced techniques. Eli’s students will start with sharpening tools, such as the skew, convex bevel and all kinds of gouges including a double bevel, then how to use these sharp tools the right way. Eli will demonstrate turning between the centers, turning bowls, platters, boxes and hollow forms. Best of all, there will be lots of hands-on practice with Eli by their sides. By Friday, each student will have advanced their turning abilities and have had the experience of working with one of the best turners in the world!
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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