Christopher Storb, the Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, joined us this week to share his expertise in period architectural carving with a lucky class of students. It was an information packed week and a great introduction to the craft.
Mike Dubber is hands down one of the best metal engravers working in the craft today. This week he passed some of that enormous body of knowledge on to woodworkers looking to distinguish their work from the pack.
Gene Wengert (a.k.a. - the Wood Doctor) brought his expertise in the characteristics of wood and it's drying to the school this week to teach the fundamentals of building and using a solar kiln. The class left with their own kilns ready for final finish and assembly and a lot of building tips and tricks from assistant, Mark Hedin.
Our own Zane Powell is behind the instructors bench this week to bring his special expertise to a group of lucky participants. Each made a wonderful chest of drawers, they all had a great time and everyone left with new skills they can apply to any furniture project.
The creativity meter was pegged this week as Scott Grove returned to the school to lead his popular Edging and Inlay class for another group of students. They learned how to add a hardwood edge to any shape they can imagine...and then the fun begins!
This weekend classes included: "Basic Finishing with Tim Puro," "Cold Metal Casting: Reproducing Unique Hardware, Pulls, Escutcheons and Emblems with Scott Grove," "Making One of a Kind Serving Trays with Mark Hedin" and "Turning Pepper Mills with John Koch." Whew! What a weekend!