John Morgan's work in automata is a stellar example of art in woodwork. His creations are impossible to ignore, you just have to turn that crank and see what is going to happen. This week his students got to make a kinetic sculpture of their own while learning the techniques needed to make complex gears and linkages in wood. The results are whimsical and slightly addictive!
This weekend we joined by Steve Latta, teaching "Pattern Inlay & Decorative Borders"; Herman Beuno, with "Chip Carving"; and "Infusing Your Work with Possibilities with Mark Hedin". Another informative weekend here in the shop.
Panels of veneer and marquetry are no surprise here, but it's much rarer to find a veneering class that puts it all together to demonstrate the principles behind making modern veneered furniture. This week Marc Adams gave his class that opportunity and lead them through the process while they got plenty of hands-on experience with every type of veneer challenge they'll experience when making their own high-end furniture.
We were very pleased to welcome Mark Del Guidice to MASW, not only because he's a noted furniture maker in his own right, but because we knew his class was in for a treat. This week Mark stepped his class through his own design process and helped each one develop a process suited to their own particular strengths. The question now is, "What will they design next?"
Billed as one of our introductory classes, "Basic Cabinet Making" is all about getting to know the art of cabinetry inside and out! Our own shop foreman and professional cabinet maker Zane Powell is the perfect instructor to lead his class through the many choices a modern cabinetmaker has to make. His students take home a small cabinet and the knowledge to build any future project.
This weekend saw us hosting Jeff Vollmer with "Really Cool Band Saw Puzzle Boxes" and Keith Neer with "Principles of Woodworking: Making a Coffee Table with a Floating Top." Both classes got to try their hands at a lot of new techniques while learning a ton in the process. Oh, and they got to take home some really cool projects...