Stephen Proctor is widely recognized as one of the most skilled hand tool expert currently working wood today. Spending a week with Stephen, learning how to work efficiently with hand tools, has opened up a whole world of hand tool possibilities for this class of lucky woodworkers.
Mary May's class received one of the best introductions to carving the could possibly receive in this 5 day course. They began by carving the most basic shapes on day 1 and were creating classical shells and acanthus leaves by day 5. Along the way, they sharpened their tools and their skills as they learned this timeless art.
Marc Adams takes the helm again as he provides another class with the perfect introduction to the craft of woodworking. There aren't many classes out there that cover the range and depth that this class did. From joinery, to veneer, to crafting a small side table (complete with hand shaping), these folks did it all. And all with a healthy dose of safety thrown in. Not a bad way to start!
It was a real treat to see some of the "practice" pieces that emerged from Stephen Hatcher's inlay class. Whether you like turned work or flatwork (or a combination of both), he brought a whole new dimension to the art of embellishment with his techniques for including crushed mineral inlays in your projects. This lucky class will definitely be including what they learned this week in their woodworking repertoire.
We generally don't show off a lot of leg around the shop, especially after a long winter. This week was the exception to the rule, as Allan Breed and his students spent the week working on "Lots of Legs." Allan lead them through numerous variations of classical furniture legs. Along with a newfound appreciation for each type of period leg, they also got plenty of one-on-one time with one of America's premiere craftsman.
It's time again for another sold out class taught by nationally recognized refinisher, Mitch Kohanek. This time he's teaching his renowned "Hands-On Finishing" class. We're proud to host him here are MASW. HIs students found out why during this week of intensive examination of the how and why of finishing wood. The results speak for themselves!