Mitch Kohanek's approach to learning the fine art of proper finishing is the best we've seen so it's always a pleasure to welcome him back. This week another group learns why hands-on is the only way to really learn how to finish.
Michael Fortune's Number 1 Chair is masterpiece of intelligent design and solid joinery with plenty of embellishments to make it stand alone. Michael's students begin the first of two week long sessions as they bend and shape the parts for their own number 1 chair.
This weekend we learned about jig making from Michael Fortune; CAD from Bob Lang, color and finish from Mitch Kohanek and the uses of a CNC with Tim Celeski. That's a roster that will prove tough to beat!
This year marks the addition of a new category of classes at the school. Our technology category kicks off with a five day introduction to using the CNC in the modern wood shop. Students experienced everything owning and operating a CNC machine entails in this hands-on class. They also got the opportunity to make their first piece of furniture with this new technology.
Glenn Lucas joined our ranks of MASW instructors this year and there's a class of lucky participants that are glad he did! Glenn introduced them to the special world of turning bowls and platters. Needless to say, it was an enjoyable week of instructor and student alike.
There's nobody in North America that can do a better job of introducing hand tools and their use than Stephen Proctor. This class has been a staple at the school for years and continues to be our one of our most recommended classes. You arrive with dull, untuned handtools and you leave with tools and techniques for razor sharp cuts.