For those who were looking for a challenge to up their carving game, Jeff Phares brought the perfect project as he and his class spent the week exploring techniques to carve the human face. As with all our carving classes, it's great fun to watch the carvings develop over the course of the class.
Mitch Kohanek has been the go-to guy to learn the art of finishing wood for decades and we are always thrilled when he brings his expertise to our shop for his always sold-out "Hands-On Finishing Class." It's become a "must-have" classes at the school and this lucky group of participants left us knowing exactly why that's the case!
Peter Follansbee is craftsman of great stature in the woodworking community, particularly so in the period furnishings and traditional handskills specialty. He shared his expertise in 17th century carving and construction as the class made these wonderful carved oak boxes.
There's nowhere else you'll ever get to spend a week with the Three Michaels than MASW. This group of lucky participants got to explore every way you can bend wood and shape wood in five jam-packed days. You can't help but learn a ton when you bring this level of creativity to a single class.
Stone inlay has been practiced for thousands of years but there are very few craftsmen doing it in this day and age. Luckily, Paul Schürch is one who is keeping it alive. He shares his knowledge of the craft with these fortunate students. The results are truly impressive as this class created twice the number of pieces Paul expects from an introductory class!
Jeff and Steve return to MASW for another period Americana project. It's a punched tin pie safe and a great way to learn to add more traditional techniques to your mental toolbox. Jeff and Steve are famous for their blend of hand and machine work and they impart this approach (and much more) to another group of eager students.