Michael Fortune begins the first week of his two-week apprenticeship. His class threw themselves into the spirit of the thing and the steaming and the bending began almost immediately! Lots of great demonstrations and the genesis of some really great projects.
This week we the shop is devoted to a charity event to benefit the Narrow Gate Foundation. During the week these folks made a bunch of inspired boxes, complete with marquetry and an integrated locking system for the top. Each student made 2 boxes; one for themselves and one to give to a special person.
Stephen Hatcher returns to lead another group through the process of utilizing crushed minerals, dyes, and novel inlay techniques to add striking details to either flatwork or turned work. The results were impressive and the sheer volume of unique peices attests to the enthusiasm of Stephen's students.
Steve Latta is a welcome addition to any week, and this time he's here to teach part 1 of a 2 week apprenticeship class. With lots of Federal style, and some modern takes as well, he gets this group well on its way to creating a whole class full of masterpieces.
This weekend we were thrilled to host "Getting the Most From Your Router," "Jewelry: Making Metal Move with Myra Perrin," "Making Bent Carving Knives with David Franklin," "New Techniques to Inlay Woodturned Rims with Stephen Hatcher," and "Pattern Inlay & Decorative Borders with Steve Latta." What a weekend!
Jimmy Clewes was an instant hit last year and the same is true this year. He takes his class through all the different techniques and all the different types of woodturning. By the time they leave they have bowls, boxes, and even hats they've turned themselves!