It was a real treat to welcome David Franklin to MASW for the first time. He brought with him a wealth of information about the carving techniques of the Pacific Northwest, an obvious enthusiasm for teaching, and a deep knowledge of his craft. I know his students agree. He also brought the addictive scent of red cedar to the halls of MASW!
Keith Neer, a new Michael Fortune Fellow of the school, takes on the task of teaching what he's learned about the many different ways veneer can be utilized in furniture making. His students got a crash course, detailing almost every scenario needed to incorporate veneer work into their own furniture pursuits.
We pause this weekend, to celebrate Mother's Day, so we only had time for a single day class. So, we were pleased to be able to schedule Jerry Forshee to teach "Grading, Selecting and Milling Hardwood Lumber". Saturday's students got a thorough introduction to processing their lumber - with lots of extra tips and tricks along the way!
Christopher Schwarz always re-ignites the appreciation of the old school way of woodworking. Add a little history, plane shavings, and quite a few dovetails and you've got yourself a class. This class provided all that and more for a lucky set of students.
Here's a quick take on what it's like to spend two weeks with Michael Fortune! But this was no "ordinary" class - this was the Apprenticeship class. That means they spent their time both examining new techniques that can take their woodworking in a new direction. Then they got plenty of time to try applying those techniques towards projects of their own design. And all under the watchful guidance of Michael Fortune!
Marquetry with Marc Adams is another staple of the school It's also an opportunity to learn the secrets of successful marquetry from one of the acknowledged experts in the field. From how to process veneer, to obtaining spectacular colors, not to mention the techniques of cutting and assembling marquetry panels - it's all here!