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2015 Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking




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March 2015

Joinery with Marc Adams (April)

3/30 - 4/3

No matter what your skill level, this class will change the way you approach all of your projects. Students gain confidence and learn that if they can lay it out accurately and cut to the line, any joint is possible. By the end of the week, you will be a joinery wizard!

Woodturning with Alan Lacer

3/30 - 4/3

This class includes something for everyone, whether a new turner or someone wishing to build and improve upon their woodturning foundation. Alan covers the basics of spindle turning, bowl turning, and how to execute a fine-fitting, lidded box. And there's plenty of time for hands on practice!

Designing Chairs with Michael Fortune

3/30 - 4/3

This workshop is an intensive investigation into the design and construction of dining or desk chairs. Making a unique, comfortable, strong, and attractive chair is a wonderful challenge and is considered to be the pinnacle of woodworking prowess.




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April 2015

Fundamentals of Carving with Mary May

4/7 - 4/11

In this class Mary will cover the basics of carving based on traditional European Techniques using a mallet and gouges to achieve crisp, beautiful designs. This class is designed to be an introduction to basic carving skills and would be perfect for any furniture maker who wants to take his or her work to the next level.

Creative Turning with Michael Hosaluk

4/7 - 4/11

This class will be a great opportunity to spend a week learning the craft of woodturning with one of the best woodturners in North America. This week he will introduce students to the four areas of woodturning: spindle turning, bowl turning, hollow turning and box making.

Gustav Stickley: The Morris Chair with Bob Lang

4/7 - 4/11

Gustav Stickley is an icon of the American Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century, and his #369 Morris Chair is a classic example the period. Join Bob Lang for a week-long class to build this authentic reproduction of a bent-arm Morris chair!

Creative Drawing with Michael Hosaluk

4/12 - 4/12

This class can help you launch new ideas for the creation and construction of your work. It will also explore surface designs on the work you create.N ot only is Michael a creative genius, but his thought process is truly unique - this class is a don't miss opportunity.

Marquetry with Marc Adams

4/13 - 4/17

This workshop will teach you the fine art of working with veneer to create pictures, otherwise known as marquetry. By the end of the week, everyone will have produced many pressed, sanded, and lacquered works of art. f you are a craftsperson, this class will change your life.

Trim Features: Wainscot, Panel Jambs, Crown Details & Curved Moldings with Gary Striegler

4/13 - 4/17

This is the class Gary has always wanted to teach at MASW. Students will be working with full size wall mockups to learn the skills Gary uses every day on the job site to trim out a home.

Turning Bowls and Embellishing Made Easy with Jennifer Shirley

4/13 - 4/17

In this week long bowl turning extravaganza, Jennifer will lead both the beginner and woodturning savvy to a new level of skill. Jennifer will take the craft of turning wood bowls and break it down into several easy to understand steps that will have you turning beautiful bowls by weeks end.

Build a Virginia Slant Front Desk With Thirteen Secret Compartments with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton

4/20 - 4/26

During this seven day class students will use both hand tools and power tools to investigate the period construction methods used in building a Shenandoah Valley of Virginia slant front desk. An extra feature to this desk is its additional 13 secret compartments!

Making a Federal Nightstand with Phil Lowe

4/20 - 4/24

This is a great project that includes many techniques that will help you to hone your skills to a new level. It is also a great opportunity to work alongside a master furniture maker that's been at it for more than 45 years.

Build a Wooden Sea Kayak (Bring a Friend) with David Orth

4/20 - 4/26

Building your own wooden kayak in a fun group setting with the help of experts is a great experience. Even better, bring a friend if you like. Students will build a single-cockpit, sea kayak (perfect for lakes and rivers, too) in this 7 day class.

Handplanes and Their Uses with Thomas Lie-Nielsen & Christopher Schwarz

4/25 - 4/26

What an opportunity! Imagine spending two days with Thomas Lie-Nielsen and Christopher Schwarz. Thomas is the man whose name is on some of the best hand planes made in the world. Christopher is the editor of Lost Art Press and is one of the best hand tool guys in America. Together, they will share their vast knowledge of hand planes and scrapers.

Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams

4/27 - 5/1

This class will advance your woodworking skills by leaps and bounds and is perfect for beginners or a husband and wife who want to spend a week together building new woodworking skills. The goal is to complete this sculpted table. By the end of the week students will be on their way to a better understanding of fine craftsmanship.

Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek (April)

4/27 - 5/1

This is a five-day, hands-on finishing class, designed to help you understand what finishing schedule is best for you. Your goal is to learn what it takes to create that beautiful finish you've been looking for on your projects.

Bench Top Tool Chest with Roy Underhill

4/27 - 5/1

Working entirely with hand tools, students will build a bench top tool chest that is big enough for your most needed tools but not too big to lift! Chosen for its utility and for the variety of techniques it requires, this chest has long been the centerpiece of hands-on workshops taught by Roy.




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May 2015

Really Cool Bandsaw Puzzle Boxes with Jeff Vollmer

5/2 - 5/3

Students will make a puzzle box of redwood equipped with a spring-loaded round drawer. Jeff will demonstrate correct cutting techniques and how to rejoin wood, making nearly invisible seams. Each students will make aunique, interesting, and challenging puzzle boxes similar to the ones that Jeff sells for over $400!

Steps for Building Staircases with John Ressler

5/2 - 5/3

Welcome to the world of stairs. The craft of stair building offers numerous challenges as well as endless possibilities. In this course, John will show you the steps to design, layout, fabricate and install stairs, including curved stairs.

Getting Started in Furniture Restoration & Refinishing with Mitch Kohanek

5/2 - 5/3

Reviving an old piece of furniture can be just as rewarding as building something from scratch. But how does one get started with the process of refinishing? A week with Mitch Kohanek will certainly get you started!

SketchUp for Todays Woodworker with Bob Lang

5/2 - 5/3

SketchUp is an affordable, easy to learn and useful three-dimensional modeling program. With it, the average woodworker has access to a powerful design tool, capable of quickly and accurately planning furniture or other woodworking projects. This class will get the SketchUp novice up and running in a weekend.

Veneering: A Course of Action for Making Furniture with Marc Adams

5/4 - 5/8

Properly done, veneering is one of the finest methods known for obtaining exquisite furniture that will last as long as anything made with solid wood. Through a series of design exercises, coupled with practice of veneering techniques, students will learn fundamental and complex ways of applying veneer to any furniture project.

In the Greene & Greene Style with Thomas Stangeland

5/4 - 5/8

During the early 1900s the architects Greene & Greene developed a design language so captivating and unique that it remains part of our design lexicon after more than a century. In this weeklong class students will explore the stylistic elements of G & G and incorporate those elements into the design and construction of their own furniture piece.

Creating Exceptional Furniture: Controlling the Line with Stephen Proctor

5/4 - 5/8

Woodworkers require the ability to create true and elegant curves, both simple and compound in nature. These may be for the use of legs, or even just for shaping an edge. Beginning with simple exercises, this class will explore the process required to arrive at shapes, forms, and sections in a controlled and often, non-intuitive manner.

Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes

5/11 - 5/15

Students will start with some simple spindle work, learning the basic cuts in spindle turning. Next will be the use of the skew, roughing out gouge, spindle gouge and parting tool. After spindle turning comes bowl turning. Throw in instruction on box making and platters and you've got a thorough introduction to woodturning.

Basic Cabinetmaking with Zane Powell

5/11 - 5/15

Cabinetmaking is the fundamental place to start woodworking, and this class is designed for those just starting. Students make a small face frame cabinet, which is the foundation of the class. Design, layout, dressing the stock, and building drawers and doors are all covered in detail.

Sculptural Carving: Adding That Third Dimension with David Franklin

5/11 - 5/15

This will be a challenging adventure that will teach students how to visualize three-dimensionally and how to use multiple views in order to learn to carve sculpture. Inspired by the totemic carvings of the Pacific Northwest, students will create a dynamic bird form that evokes these ancient woodworking traditions.

Handplanes: The Ultimate Tool with Rollie Johnson

5/11 - 5/15

In this class students will be encouraged to bring any and all the planes they have so as to completely break them down, clean, adjust, flatten, polish and sharpen them into better than new workability. With these sharp tools, you will make a small keepsake table that will be created with your newly sharpened tools!

Pattern Inlay & Decorative Borders with Steve Latta

5/16 - 5/17

When most folks think of inlay, what comes to mind is period American or English furniture with a standard catalog of equally traditional designs. In this class, this age old form of ornamentation will gain firm footing in the 21st century. Pattern inlay involves creating designs executed with modern tooling and free of the traditional constraints.

Jewelry: Making Metal Move with Myra Perrin

5/16 - 5/17

Have you always wanted to learn to make jewelry but never had the time? This two-day workshop will explore beginning jewelry basics; learn to saw, file, forge, form, and finish copper, brass or silver. Each student will make earrings, pendants and a cuff bracelet.

Making Bent Carving Knives with David Franklin

5/16 - 5/17

Learn how to make your own carving tools with very basic equipment. Three bent knives and a straight carving knife will be made in this class, a basic yet versatile set of tools. These knives are traditionally used by native people of the Northwest but can now be found in all the major carving catalogues.

Getting the Most From Your Router with Rollie Johnson

5/16 - 5/16

The router is the most often used and, without a doubt, the most versatile tool in the shop today. In this informative workshop, Roland will cover everything you need to know.

New Techniques to Inlay Woodturned Rims with Stephen Hatcher

5/16 - 5/17

This was a really fun class last year and students were amazed that they were able to create dazzling optical effects with mineral crystals that were inlaid in their turnings. This year Stephen will introduce several completely new designs and methods to take things even further!

Apprenticeship: In The Federal Style (Pt I) with Steve Latta

5/18 - 5/22

This two-week class will provide an extensive overview of furniture produced during the Golden Age of American Furniture, the Federal period. This class will focus on the essential elements of design, construction and ornamentation. Participants will select and design a piece to their liking and special emphasis will be placed on efficient construction approaches and improved joinery methods.

Designing Furniture: A Practical Approach with Paul Schurch

5/18 - 5/22

This class is an opportunity to experience the process of design with world-renowned marquetry furniture maker Paul Schürch. Students will focus on creating an original piece of furniture by planning out the construction so success can be assured.

Explore Unusual Materials and Methods in Woodturning & Flatwork with Stephen Hatcher

5/18 - 5/22

Adding inlay to your woodworking project can elevate your work from good to spectacular. This course explores inlay techniques as applied to woodturning and flatwork and is structured for all skill levels.

Through The Narrow Gate with Marc Adams & Bill Spencer

5/26 - 5/30

During the last week of June, 2014 we shut down the entire school for one week to offer our facilities to Bill and Stacy Spencer for a weeklong workshop called Through the Narrow Gate with Marc Adams. This workshop will involve making two special document boxes. One box will be for you and the other box will be for you to give to that very special person in your life.




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June 2015

Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune

6/1 - 6/12

This workshop is intended for those who have a familiarity with woodworking tools and machinery and is a required class for those working on their MASW Masters program. It is an opportunity to advance technical knowledge by experimenting with woodworking processes that may be new to you. Vacuum forming, strip laminating, hot pipe bending, steam bending, and jig construction to accommodate irregular shapes will all be demonstrated.

Precision With Hand Tools with Garrett Hack

6/1 - 6/5

Hand tools open up new vistas of efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment for woodworkers, even those with modest skills. This is a class to ramp up your hand tool skills smoothing surfaces, jointing edges, working to a pattern, fitting joints, cutting beads and attractive edges. We will link those tasks to the reality of building a fun little table with lots of design possibilities.

Making A Porch Swing with a Flair for the Arts & Craft Style with Tim Celeski

6/1 - 6/5

Maybe you've built tables, chairs, or even a rocker; but have you ever built a great porch swing? In this five-day hands-on furniture building workshop you will build a swing in a size that fits your home.

Getting the Most from Your Bandsaw with Michael Fortune

6/6 - 6/6

The bandsaw can be one of the most accurate and safe machines in your workshop-providing it is set up and used properly. New or even well used 12" or 14" bandsaws with only a 1/2 horse power motor can be tuned to cut precision joints or re-saw flawlessly. Let Michael show you how he does it.

The Blacker House Entry Mirror with Tim Celeski

6/6 - 6/7

When you enter the great Greene & Greene masterpiece, the Blacker House in Pasadena, you'll be immediately struck by the outstanding mirror in the entranceway. You will make a very precise copy of the original Blacker mirror and leave with the knowledge of a new joinery technique.

Carbon Fiber & Furniture with Mark Hedin

6/6 - 6/7

Whether you are interested in utilizing carbon fiber for it's striking aesthetics or its unique structural properties, you won't want to miss this class. There are a myriad of applications for carbon fiber in the context of traditional and contemporary furniture

Working with Curves with Garrett Hack

6/6 - 6/7

As your design and technical skills develop, often so does your interest in using curves in your furniture. But how do you design a pleasing curve, make the curved parts, and then join them together? Garrett will cover the basic ways to create those parts, from cutting them out of solid stock, to laminating and steam bending more complex shapes for chairs or bowed drawers.

Decorative Details with Steve Latta

6/8 - 6/12

In many ways, veneer work, marquetry, inlay, and related techniques reached an early zenith during the Federal period of American furniture. Students will learn single, double and triple line stringing for both traditional and contemporary designs. Steve will touch upon ornamental bandings, fans, bellflowers, line-and-berry patterns, shells, and paterae.

Woodturning with Alan Lacer (June)

6/8 - 6/12

This class includes something for everyone, whether a new turner or someone wishing to build and improve upon their woodturning foundation. Alan discusses the basics of spindle turning, how to turn bowls and the best methods for executing a fine-fitting, lidded box.

Fine Finishing with Common Hardware Store Materials with Tim Puro

6/13 - 6/14

Does fine finishing require exotic materials and expensive spray equipment? Absolutely not! If you understand the properties of these hardware store materials, you can finish like a real professional!

Laser Marquetry: The Future of Veneering with Marc Adams

6/13 - 6/13

This workshop will not be about how to select a laser as much as how to use one to cut veneer. Although lasers are still pretty pricy, it is amazing what can be done with one. There will be a discussions of laser settings, handling veneers, arranging the packets, using contact paper, and making the packets after they have been cut.

Parent/Child Making a Skateboard/Longboard with Chris Gochnour

6/13 - 6/14

Building a skateboard requires many basic woodworking skills such as stock preparation, lamination and pattern routing. Bring out your younger side or engage in a great parent/child woodworking activity while making these incredible skateboards.

The Making of Woodturning Tools, Jigs & Accessories with Alan Lacer

6/13 - 6/14

In this hands-on class, Alan will take students through the process of making several shop made woodturning tools and jigs. Participants will be provided the time and materials to make at least three of the following items: two variations of a hook tool, quick-change handle for hook tools (or any round-shanked turning tool), awl and a thin-kerf parting tool.

Details: Taking Your Work to the Next Level with Marc Adams

6/15 - 6/19

This workshop will be an intensive study of understanding how to work with wood, both through design and physical hands-on practice. The focus of this process-oriented workshop is the development of skills that can be applied to building fine wood furniture. Students will come away with a better understanding of how to embellish their work by adding details such as carving, sculpting, inlay, veneer, bent forms, complex joinery, and design concepts that work.

Fine Writing Instruments: Pen Making with Barry Gross

6/15 - 6/19

Even if you have never made a pen before, Barry will make you feel at home in this course! Students from basic to advanced are welcome to learn an assortment of techniques to take their pen making to the next level. By the end of the week, each student will have made a minimum of eight different pens with emphasis on quality of fit and finish.

Blending Hand & Power: Making a Unique Gate-Leg Table with Chris Gochnour

6/15 - 6/19

Gate-leg tables are beautiful and practical. Inspired by Shaker design, this table possesses a simple elegance that showcases the solid wood. This table includes several special and unique features, including a rule-joint drop leaf, oval tabletop, and wooden hinges.

Cold Bronze Casting & Mold Making with Scott Grove

6/20 - 6/21

Why spend hours laboring over a one-of-a-kind piece of woodworking only to add a $2 piece of hardware that your neighbor has on his kitchen cabinets? This special session will be dedicated to mold making, reproduction and cold metal bronze casting to create or reproduce just about any form and texture.

Beautiful Borders: Using Silver Wire, Stone & Precious Metals with John Koch

6/20 - 6/21

The difference between a good project and an eye-popping project is often in its decorative details. There are many ways to decorate wood. This class will focus on the use of silver wire, stone and small metal inlays to create borders or other features that embellish wood.

Making Scandinavian Bent-Wood Boxes with Doug Stowe

6/20 - 6/21

The process of steam bending wood is exciting and fast paced. The opportunity to work quietly and efficiently with hand-tools is a luxury. The Scandinavian bentwood box combines both. You will learn steam bending, how to make Norwegian style latches, using a variety of hand tools to shape wood and add interest to the the lid, latches and base.

Turned Bracelets: Combining Wood and Metals with Barry Gross

6/20 - 6/21

Turning bangle bracelets are fun and easy! Barry will show you everything you need to know and then some on making unique and stunning bangle bracelets; from the raw wood to a finished product in just a short weekend.

Small Decorative Boxes with Doug Stowe

6/22 - 6/26

Tight miters, lasting joints, and hinges that fit, along with close tolerances, are part of what quality workmanship is all about. Boxes are among the most interesting woodworking projects because of the endless possibilities they offer for exploring technique, form, and style.

Metal Spinning for the Woodturner with Lynne Hull

6/22 - 6/26

This class will introduce woodturners to the metal spinning process, an industrial process used to create objects such as vent systems, lamp parts and automobile components. Students will explore the creative options this technique offers the turner and learn to adapt a woodturning lathe for metal spinning.

Veneering and Alternative Techniques, Inlay & Pattern Edge Applications with Scott Grove

6/22 - 6/26

The class project will be to design and build an organic form tabletop with a veneered face, inlay detailing, and French curved hardwood edge. Students will come away with a better understanding of how to embellish their work and expand their designs and techniques.




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July 2015

Make Your Own Custom Workbench with Doug Dale

7/6 - 7/10

The real work of any woodworking project happens at the workbench, perhaps the most important tool in the shop. Having the right bench, like the right tool, makes all the difference. Students will design and build a customized workbench that focuses on their personal requirements as well as the type of work they intend to complete.

Making an Acoustic Guitar with John Ressler

7/6 - 7/11

Building your own guitar can be one of the most rewarding crafts. It consists of precise joinery, creativity and music all in one package! During this class you will be guided through all the critical elements of making an acoustic, steel-string guitar.

Naturally Simple Woodworking with Wes Bushor

7/6 - 7/10

In this class, Wes will share his passion for creating natural form furniture using simple tools and techniques. Students will conceive, develop and build useful items using natural wood as well as boards that would normally be discarded in woodworking as Wes leads the class through the steps to prep wood to make sculptures, furniture, chairs and lamps.

Improve Your Finishing with Aerosol Cans with Tim Puro

7/11 - 7/11

In this one day class, Tim will teach you how to master this portable, cordless spray gun that needs no turbine or compressor to operate. He will show you how to finish everything from small objects to dining room tables and make them look like they have been sprayed with an expensive spray gun set up.

Bringing the Work to You! Building a Bench-Top Bench with Steve Latta

7/11 - 7/12

Tired of ending a stretch at your bench with strained eyes and an aching back? How about building the perfect bench-top bench to bring the work to you? In this class, students will make Steve's classic mini-bench that is perfect for joinery, inlay, carving or whatever your specialty may be.

Guitar Set-Up, Repair & Maintenance with John Ressler

7/12 - 7/12

This one-day class will be packed full of information about how to set up your acoustic guitar for smooth playability, make your own minor repairs, and maintain it for a lifetime of performance!

Sure-Fire Tips for Perfect Dovetails with Mike Pekovich

7/12 - 7/12

The dovetail is an essential joint for every woodworker to master. Not only does it look great, but its also a strong joint thats useful in many situations. While the dovetail has become a hallmark of fine craftsmanship, the good news is that it's not that tough to make!

Fine Cabinetmaking with Mike Pekovich

7/13 - 7/17

Explore the fine points of cabinetmaking while building an elegant wall cabinet. The focus of the class will be on combining machine and handwork with classic construction techniques to produce work of the highest quality in the most efficient manner.

Joinery with Marc Adams (July)

7/13 - 7/17

It's a general rule that the weakest part of any furniture piece is at the joint. No matter what your skill level, this class will change the way you approach all of your projects. You will learn how to cut dovetails, mortise and tenons, angled mortise and tenons, lap joints, bridal joints, three-way miters, scarf and hip joints, as well as decorative joints. By the end of the week, you will be a joinery wizard.

Apprenticeship: In The Federal Style (Pt II) with Steve Latta

7/13 - 7/17

This two-week class will provide an extensive overview of furniture produced during the Golden Age of American Furniture, the Federal period. This class will focus on the essential elements of design, construction and ornamentation. Participants will select and design a piece to their liking and special emphasis will be placed on efficient construction approaches and improved joinery methods.

Woodworkers Guide To Fine Finishing with Mike Pekovich

7/18 - 7/18

Finishing isn't the hardest part of building a piece of furniture, but it can be the most stressful. After investing so much time in building a piece, the thought of ruining it with the wrong finish can be frightening, but theres no need to worry. In this class, you'll learn how easy it is to get a silky smooth finish that brings out the best in any piece of furniture.

Parent/Child Wand Magic with Wand Wizard Carl Booth

7/18 - 7/18

Kids should drag a parent along or ride in with them on their broom for a fun filled day of wand making. Carl will show you how to add plenty of bling to make each wand unique and very special.

Table Construction: A Surgical Approach with Steve Latta

7/18 - 7/19

Whether running or woodworking, the goal is to find a rhythm where the effort just flows. A table can be made a variety of ways, but what brings harmony to the work is a concise methodology that factors in efficiency and accuracy. In this two-day course, we will construct a classic, single drawer night stand/end table while focusing on the rhythm that makes the whole process efficient.

Making Jigs & Fixtures for Machining Accurate Mortise & Tenons with Jerry C. Forshee

7/18 - 7/19

This two-day course will allow each student to build and take home one or two completed jigs each for machining mortises and tenons. These jigs will enable students to increase both their accuracy and speed in machining mortise and tenons in their future projects.

Making a Queen Anne Chair with Alf Sharp

7/18 - 7/24

Many woodworkers consider chairs like this to be too difficult to undertake, but a clear order of procedure and a few special tricks make it attainable for anyone with intermediate woodworking skills. This workshop will afford participants the opportunity to explore the construction and challenges of square and angled mortise and tenon joinery, as well as the clean subtle sculpture of the chair back, the graceful lines of the cabriole legs, and ball and claw feet.

A Marquetry Odyssey with Silas Kopf

7/20 - 7/24

MASW is proud to welcome back Silas who is one of the best Marquetrians/furniture makers of modern time. The class will be hands-on with an emphasis on teaching the double bevel method of sawing marquetry. Students will have plenty of time to practice hand sawing veneers to create veneer pictures.

Handskills Every Woodworker Should Know with Stephen Proctor

7/20 - 7/24

Literally anything can be made using hand tools, but not everything can be made with machinery. Understanding hand tools and how to use them will enable you to make furniture that would otherwise be impossible to accomplish by power tools alone. This course is about tuning and using tools as well as marking out and cutting half-lap, mortise and tenon, and dovetail joints.

Sculptural Rocking Chair with Marc Adams

7/25 - 7/31

This class will be dedicated to making a Maloof-style sculptural rocking chair with major emphasis on comfort, aesthetics, and ergonomics. You will use tools such as rasps, gouges, saw rasps and grinders to rhythmically give the chair shape.

The Craft, History and Culture of Spalting with Sara Robinson

7/25 - 7/26

During this two-day class students will learn the history of spalting in woodcraft, as well as modern technology and methods for using and creating spalted wood today.

Keepsake Jewelry Box with Doug Stowe

7/25 - 7/26

Students will make a box featured in Doug's latest book, using a variety of tools and set up to produce this box to perfection. Some of the features of this box are mitered corners, mortise and tenon drawer construction, texturing of lid and the use of multilayered milk paints to create decorative effects.

Intro to the Fine Art of Pyrography with David Kreider

7/25 - 7/26

If you have ever been charmed by the exquisite ancient art of woodburning, and wondered if you could ever learn to create such handsome works of art, this weekend class will show you the secrets to this rare artform.

The Mechanics of Movement: Toying with Wood with John Morgan

7/27 - 7/31

This class will provide you with the opportunity to make a creative mechanical object from wood. This category of woodwork is called automata in Europe. Through the design and creation of their machine, students will realize the ability to communicate their unique vision through an inspired piece of woodwork designed to intrigue their friends and build confidence in their creative ability.

Multiple Media Pyrographic Arts in Wood: Color, Texture & Adding Dimension with David Kreider

7/27 - 7/31

For pyrographers and wood artists interested in taking their work to another level, with creative applications in blended media, this unusual five-day workshop is for you!

Small Decorative Boxes: The Next Level with Doug Stowe

7/27 - 7/31

Doug has taught box making at MASW for 10 years, and many students have asked for a class to expand the scope of their work and add additional skills. This class may be a great refresher for some, and a more adventurous way to develop new wood working skills for others.




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August 2015

Intro to Woodworking: Making a Cherry Lamp Table with Jerry C. Forshee

8/1 - 8/2

If you desire to build beautiful handcrafted solid wood furniture but did not know what to do or where to go to get started; then this class is for you! Each student will complete a fully assembled beautiful cherry lamp table in the Shaker style.

Carve a Colorful Byrdcliffe Panel with Bob Lang

8/1 - 8/2

Bob built a reproduction of the Byrdcliffe Linen Press for the cover of the April 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and has spent time studying another piece; the Iris Desk. In this class, students will carve one of the three panels of this desk, assemble it in a frame and apply color to the carved panel. Everyone will go home with a distinctive piece of handmade art.

Spicing It Up: Making Stack Containers on the Lathe with Matthew Hill

8/1 - 8/2

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to make something functional as well as beautiful. The techniques used in making these stacking spice containers are the same as those used in making a lidded box. Participants will make multiple precision fitting joints, use the skew chisel, detail gouge and an end grain hollowing tool too efficiently and cleanly hollow multiple boxes.

Curvy Furniture: Using Boatbuilding Techniques with David Orth

8/3 - 8/7

This popular class will turn your ideas about shape, structure, and wood inside out! Flat, thin, and flimsy skins can be joined together into richly curved, voluminous, strong, and lightweight forms students can use in their furniture. Individuals will learn simple intuitive methods for designing and building these alternative shapes.

Decorative Turned Boxes with Matthew Hill

8/3 - 8/7

If you like the precision of fitting things together and the freedom and speed of woodturning, then making lidded containers on the lathe may be just the project for you. Participants will make two containers of Matthews design and one or more of their own design while learning spindle turning and end-grain hollowing.

Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek (August)

8/3 - 8/7

This is a five-day, hands-on finishing class, designed to help you understand what finishing schedule is best for you. Your goal is to learn what it takes to create that beautiful finish you've been looking for on your projects.

Spot Repair & Touch-Up with Mitch Kohanek

8/8 - 8/9

With spot repair skills, students are able to repair nicks, dents and scratches in wood and wood coatings. This is a beginning course and repairs will be performed only on wood panels that have been finished with lacquer. It will be helpful to anyone who finishes wood which is probably all of us.

Hammer Veneering with David Orth

8/8 - 8/9

Veneering opens up a whole new world of shape and surface possibilities for the woodworker. Traditional hammer veneering allows you to apply veneer directly without the use of cauls, clamps, presses, elaborate set ups, or inappropriate contact cements. Hammer veneering is to modern veneer techniques what a handplane is to power joinery.

Copper Lidded Turned Containers with Jennifer Shirley

8/8 - 8/9

Adding copper to your turned projects will open up a really fun, fresh avenue for exploration! Boxes have a unique alluring mystery to them. Whats inside? What will I find under the lid? This weekend workshop will get you started not only making simple, no fuss, turned boxes but introduce you to the wonderful world of working with copper. Jennifer will show you how easy it is to make a hammered lid.

Sculptural Rocking Chair II with Marc Adams

8/10 - 8/14

There are quite a few students who have taken the Sculptural Rocking Chair class over the years and left with a completely made and jointed rocking chair ready for the final sculpting, sanding, and finishing which somehow never got done. If you are in that number, then this is the class for you. This will be a rare opportunity to come and finish your chair under Marc's guidance.

Turning Between the Centers: Skew Chisel Training Camp with Alan Lacer

8/10 - 8/14

This is a class that you will rarely see offered at any school, as most turners today are drawn to bowls and vessels. However, there is a rich, long tradition of between-center work in furniture, architectural turnings, and numerous small objects. In this unique class Alan will take you through a wide variety of topics and challenges. You will learn to duplicate from a drawing or pattern and deal with thin slender turnings, pommels, off-center turning, and a host of projects that will culminate in the making of a three-legged stool.

Basic Relief Carving with Mary May

8/10 - 8/14

This class will go over a variety of classical relief woodcarving techniques and designs. Mary will discuss how to make the tools do a variety of cuts, even when the wood grain is not cooperating. You will learn the technique of thinking through the entire carving process from start to finish which makes the carving process efficient.

Practical Architectural Woodworking for The Home with Gary Striegler

8/10 - 8/14

Nothing is more rewarding than putting your woodworking skills to work at home, while at the same time increasing the value of your home. In this class, Gary will share practical ways to increase storage, improve function and add beauty to any home.

Finishing for Woodturners with Alan Lacer

8/15 - 8/16

In this course, Alan will combine lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience for an information-filled weekend course. He will explain the breadth of finishing options for a woodturner, as well as specific guidelines for choosing the appropriate finish for particular objects. The different application methods will be covered, with a chance for students to try their hand at spray finishing and applying finish.

Festool Essentials with Brian Sedgeley

8/15 - 8/16

This class is geared toward existing power tool users who have a basic or limited knowledge of the Festool System. In this class, Brian will cover the essential components of the Festool System. Though there will be some limited classroom-style presentations, the bulk of the class time will be spent in the shop using the tools.

Quilting: Easy Techniques for Adding Dimension & Curves to Any Project with Amy Harry

8/15 - 8/16

This class will explore various techniques for adding texture and shape to your quilting projects. Students will use various mediums to add the illusion of dimension. This class is not for beginner sewers, as participants must be comfortable using a sewing machine.

Painting with Wood: French Marquetry with Patrick Edwards

8/17 - 8/21

This class will introduce the student to the chevalet as well as the traditional method used to create elaborate marquetry designs, referred to in the 17th century as "painting in wood." Although this class will use the chevalet as the primary cutting tool, these projects can also be done with a jigsaw. The process of building packets and working with assembly boards and hot glue will be a valuable skill in either event.

Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune

8/17 - 8/21

Where do design ideas for furniture come from? How do I develop my own ideas? This course will introduce the participants to a series of simple bench top design exercises that will exponentially expand how and where you look for inspiration.

Turning Elegant Vessels & Decorative Techniques with J Paul Fennell

8/17 - 8/21

In this class students will focus on techniques to turn elegant hollow forms with an additional emphasis on the decorative possibilities after completing the vessel. To embellish the form, decorative techniques will be explored in detail, including carving, texturing, and piercing.

The Ultimate Gift with Michael Fortune

8/22 - 8/23

Make a beautiful hand mirror for someone you love. Students will use jigs to construct the wooden hand mirror and fit the specially ground beveled glass. Wall brackets will be made so the hand mirror can be mounted on the wall.

Veneering a Turned Vertical Column with Patrick Edwards

8/22 - 8/22

The ability to apply veneers to different diameter columns allows furniture designers to expand their design options when making furniture. This class will provide instruction and hands-on experience in using protein glues to veneer columns.

Back To Basics: Exploring Form with J Paul Fennell

8/22 - 8/23

In this weekend class, Master woodturner J. Paul Fennell will teach the essentials to create vessel forms that bring elegance to your work. Good form is an important starting point for making gallery-quality work and for more advanced work such as carving, piercing and pyrography.

Guitar Building Methods I with John Ressler

8/22 - 8/23

The Guitar Building Methods I class is a unique opportunity to make your own guitar building jigs and fixtures. After completing the fixtures, you will use them to make actual guitar parts. This class provides a rare opportunity to learn lutherie methods that are typically only learned through a hard-to-come-by luthier apprenticeship.

Geometrical Marquetry: The Assembly Board Method with Patrick Edwards

8/23 - 8/23

Geometrical marquetry, known in English as parquetry and Tarsiageometrica in France, is one of the easiest and most exciting types of surface decoration. This class will teach the students how to make frisage and jeux de fond which are common patterns in antique furniture and how to adapt these methods to modern forms.

Great Shop Fixtures & Accessories with Zane Powell & Doug Dale

8/24 - 8/28

There are three common shop fixtures that every woodworker should have: a router table, cross cut box, and a cope and style fixture. In this one-week class you will make all three of these fixtures, which are the same ones used at MASW.

Need Some Relief: Add Interest & Life to Your Work with Dixie Biggs

8/24 - 8/28

Want to add personality to your woodturnings through surface enhancements and relief carving? Techniques will include adding simple textures with Dremels and engravers; enhancing these with dyes, grain fillers or colored waxes; relief carving with rotary power carvers; wood burning for texture and detail; and adding color to your work though a dry brush technique.

French Marquetry: Advancing Your Skills Piece by Piece with Patrick Edwards

8/24 - 8/28

This class continues the instruction provided in the Painting with Wood: French Marquetry class and is recommended for students who have a basic knowledge of the chevalet as a cutting tool for marquetry.

Infuse Your Work with New Possibilities with Mark Hedin

8/29 - 8/29

This one day seminar on resin infusion, commonly referred to as stabilization, will teach you the process by which wood and other materials can be impregnated with epoxy resins. Discover the potential for creating your own unique and one of a kind turning blanks. Imagine what can be done with wood once it has been permanently stabilized as a material and the less than desirable traits of this material are overcome.

Making a Connecticut Country Table with Allan Breed

8/29 - 9/4

This copy of an 18th century side table will allow students to learn about early construction methods and how to do hand and machine work to create a great example of early Connecticut River Valley furniture. Molded legs and gadrooning as well as draw bore construction and mortise and tenon joinery combine to make this a great learning piece.

Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams (Aug)

8/31 - 9/4

This class will advance your woodworking skills by leaps and bounds and is perfect for beginners or a husband and wife who want to spend a week together building new woodworking skills. The goal is to complete this sculpted table. By the end of the week students will be on their way to a better understanding of fine craftsmanship.

Building Versatile Nesting Tables & Stools in the Z Style with Alison McLennan

8/31 - 9/4

This five-day course will cover the design and fabrication of three nesting Z-tables. These are versatile tables that can be used as stools or extra chairs at the dining table. The design is sleek and modern looking, yet it was derived from the classic Z-chair made by Gerrit Rietveld in 1934.




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September 2015

Segmented Turning: Where Precision Partners With Turned Elegance with Malcolm Tibbetts

9/8 - 9/12

Segmented woodturnings have a high degree of How'd he do that? This class is designed for both accomplished segmenters as well as beginners. Malcolm will teach much more than just the basics of this fascinating art form. Topics will include complex feature-ring construction, portholes, segmented spheres, ribbons, and advanced segmented sculpture.

Water Based Finishes: Dyes, Stains, Glazes, Sealers & Top Coats with David Smith

9/8 - 9/12

Have you ever heard people say I've tried water-based finish and its terrible? Have you ever wanted to try water based finishes, but you don't know where to start? Or have you tried water based finishes and been frustrated? If so, this is the class for you!

Apprenticeship with Stephen Proctor

9/9 - 9/18

This two-week class is a concentrated study of the furniture making art, from the very basics of hand tool use, to very advanced machine tool techniques. During the two weeks, students will design and construct an individual project. The project should challenge students to explore new skills, such as bending, shaping or carving. Design is also part of the process, including sketching, mockups and group critiques.

Making A Butterfly Leaf Table with Michael Fortune

9/14 - 9/20

Michael has seen a variety of ways of making tables expand and made almost all of them. But his favorite, and the only way he makes them now, is by using the butterfly method that has the leaf stored under the table where it can be opened when the top is extended. This class will prepare participants to include this interesting mechanism in the construction of their tables.

Traditional Woodworking with Chris Gochnour

9/14 - 9/18

Hand tool skills are a vital part of a woodworkers repertoire. Even in a modern shop with all of the labor-saving equipment, hand tool proficiency is indispensable. This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for woodworkers to develop greater hand tool skills. Chris will focus on the use of traditional tools: handplanes, chisels, backsaws, scrapers, molding planes and others.

Guitar Building Methods II with John Ressler

9/19 - 9/20

This second methods class will focus on jigs and fixtures for making guitar necks, fingerboards and bridges. Students will build the three different neck routing jigs as well as a fixture to hold the neck for carving. Once the jigs are completed, each student will carve their own acoustic guitar neck from raw stock.

Making 32mm Cabinets by Festool with Brian Sedgeley

9/19 - 9/20

In this class, Brian will cover the tools and techniques necessary to build and install shop-quality cabinetry onsite. Though participants will walk away with a range of broadly applicable skills, the class will concentrate primarily on the construction of a 32mm frameless upper cabinet and a traditional face frame base cabinet.

Classic Shop Stool with Chris Gochnour

9/19 - 9/20

Years ago Chris saw an antique Chinese stool of this design and was enamored by the paradox of simple yet complex design. He was determined to build a reproduction. Ten years later he found the time and this useful stool became a favorite project of his. Its also a useful addition to any shop.

Furniture Restoration, Repair & Refinishing with Tim Puro

9/21 - 9/25

This workshop teaches the skills and techniques used by furniture restorers to make old furniture beautiful again. This class is a great opportunity for woodworkers who want to refinish their own furniture but don't know where to start. Tim will help each student develop a restoration plan for the furniture they bring to class and then guide them through the process.

Lustrous Surfaces: Wood, Brushed Metal, Flooring & Concrete with Thomas Schrunk

9/21 - 9/25

This class will deal with the special inner fire that a number of materials possess and will explore methods to use them. The brightness of particular areas of an objects surface may be due to reflection, refraction, or light and shade. Understanding how this process works can benefit the individual to help bring out these unique qualities in their work and use them to best advantage.

Make a 17th Century Chevalet with Mark Hedin

9/21 - 9/25

The chevalet, also known as a French marquetry donkey, was a byproduct of the European Renaissance. These early scroll saws allowed French craftsmen to packet cut multiple layers of veneer with a repeatable precision for production work. In this class students will build their own chevalet tailored to suit their own dimensions and then tune it to perfection.

Weaving Seats: Traditional Techniques With Cane with Cathryn Peters

9/26 - 9/27

Want to learn how to supplement your retirement income, furniture making or refinishing business by offering chair seat weaving, but are afraid to try? Well, here's your chance to test the waters and learn all about the two most popular and traditional types of chair caning techniques.

Using the Vertical Knee Mill: Bring Accuracy & Creativity to Your Woodworking with Michael Koppy

9/26 - 9/27

A vertical milling machine is one of the only machines that can duplicate itself. So to say this machine can make almost anything is an understatement. Think about the next wood project you take on. If you had no machine limitations and your jigs and fixtures could be made to within .001 of an inch, imagine the potential. Students will make a variety of jigs and fixtures both out of metal and wood to take home that will help with future woodworking projects.

Turning Functional Objects for the Kitchen with Clay Foster & Jennifer Shirley

9/26 - 9/27

In this weekend workshop students of all skill levels will enjoy the rewards of making objects to be used in the kitchen. Jennifer and Clay will take you step-by-step through the processes of making a variety of functional objects. If you love to work at the lathe or have wanted to try woodturning, this class will keep you busy all weekend and then long after you arrive back in your kitchen.

Scandinavian Spoon Making with Jögge Sundqvist

9/26 - 9/27

In this workshop students will make one of Jögge's spoons using crooked hardwood. These elegant and useful objects are then either painted with oil-based colors or adorned with decorative chip carvings.

Fine Detailed Boxes with Adrian Ferrazzutti

9/28 - 10/2

The small box is an ideal project to introduce intricate veneer work while developing fine box making techniques. Students will build a small box using a veneered pattern of their own design that seamlessly wraps down and around the sides of the box.

Upholstery: From Webbing to Springs to Show Covers with Mike Mascelli

9/28 - 10/2

Students will learn all the steps required for the completion of a full-size upholstery project, which they get to take home. During the week students will have the option of working with a partner or on their own, but each person in the class will take a bare frame to a fully upholstered piece of furniture.

Form Development & Construction Methods with Scott Grove

9/28 - 10/2

This exciting class will expand your vision and design opportunities by exploring various fabrication techniques and materials. It will help students decide whether a piece should be stack laminated, steam bent, veneered, steel reinforced, hollow form, or carved from solid wood, to name just a few.

Wooden Kitchenware, Made With a Knife and Axe with Jögge Sundqvist

9/28 - 10/2

In this special class you will be inspired as the ideas just pour in while you work unplugged, without electricity. This will be an uplifting class, full of techniques on how to work greenwood with hand tools. Students will carve butter knives, split out straight wood for cutting boards, cutting the pins to a wall mounted hanger, carve a saltcellar with a lid, and make a trivet for your hot pans with sliding dovetails; all beautiful kitchenware that will find a special place in your kitchen.

Hand Tool Immersion 101 with Christopher Schwarz

9/28 - 10/2

Getting started in hand tools when you have a young family, stressful job and precious spare money or time is difficult. Thats why we have designed this course for young adults to give them the confidence and training to get serious about woodworking with only a basic set of hand tools and a once in a life time learning experience at a minimum cost.




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October 2015

Cabinetmaking with Marc Adams

10/5 - 10/9

Cabinetmaking is probably the easiest way to jump into woodworking full time and is usually the fundamental place to start developing machine skills. This class will focus on designing, estimating, purchasing, laying out, dressing the stock, planning joinery and assembling cabinetry. This class will be geared toward the very serious woodworker who is considering making cabinets as a source of income.

Thin Wall Vessels: Surface Design with Binh Pho

10/5 - 10/9

In this workshop, you will learn how Binh creates his one-of-a-kind signature pieces. Every process Binh uses to create these extraordinary pieces will be discussed, including the techniques and safe ways to turn thin wall vessels, open vessels, and winged vessels and how to embellish these turnings to produce spectacular work.

Inlay & Engraving with Grit Laskin

10/5 - 10/9

This five-day session will be divided into two parts. The first two days will focus on inlay. Discussion and demonstrations will cover all of the steps required to create inlays out of a variety of shells and stone. The last part of the week will focus on hand engraving, the technique that has traditionally brought detail and dimension to inlay.

Advanced Band Sawn Boxes with Jeff Vollmer

10/10 - 10/11

In this class students will create an interlocking puzzle box which features three spring-loaded, hidden drawers! The box is challenging to make as well as fascinating and puzzling to look at. This class is NOT for the beginner, but the person with good bandsaw skills or anyone who has attended one of Jeff's workshops.

Making A Federal Executive Document Box with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton

10/10 - 10/11

During this two-day workshop, students will build a walnut Federal eagle inlaid document box. Jeff and Steve will uncover the traditional period furniture construction techniques needed to build this outstanding piece. All aspects of the construction joinery needed in the building of this inlaid Federal document box will be covered.

Finishing As A Design Element with Tim Puro

10/10 - 10/11

The color of furniture is the first thing we see and the finish is the first thing we want to touch. Yet many woodworkers just clear coat their furniture and ignore the design element that first grabs your attention. In this two-day class, Tim will demonstrate the ways a finish can be used to amplify the color in the wood, to accentuate grain patterns and to make your work stand out from other furniture.

Intro to Stained Glass with Mark & Carol Hedin

10/10 - 10/11

In this weekend workshop Carol and Mark will introduce students to the basics of making stain glass panels. During this two-day class each student will hand cut, machine cut, grind, foil, solder, frame, and patina their own stain glass piece to take home.

Make A Pie Safe with Punched Tin Doors and Side Panels with Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton

10/12 - 10/16

Come join Jeff and Steve for a class on making a Virginia pie safe. This class will be an in depth study of the construction techniques used to produce one of the most overlooked pieces of true Americana-the food safe. This particular pie safe is in the Sheraton style and is constructed with traditional period joinery.

The Decorative World of Stone Inlay with Paul Schurch

10/12 - 10/16

This class is about discovering the possibilities and applying the principals of working solid stone like onyx, marble, gemstones, other common and semiprecious stones for inlay for furniture, or to be displayed as a decorative stone marquetry art piece. Be prepared to open up a whole new world of decoration using stonework!

Unimaginable! With the Three Michaels: Fortune, Hosaluk & Cooper

10/12 - 10/16

Im not quite sure how I was able to pull this off, but imagine spending the week with the three most creative, talented and crazy woodworkers on the planet. Having Michael Fortune, Michael Hosaluk and Michael Cooper all in the same shop at the same time is a dream come true. This intensive week will focus on the ways wood can be bent, twisted, curved, rotated, turned, swirled, curled, rounded, coiled; anything but straight.

Basic Veneering with Marc Adams

10/17 - 10/18

The ability to work with veneer is a skill well worth developing; it opens up a whole new world of design freedom. This course will begin with the history of veneer and then move on to learning how to handle veneer and cut, tape, press, and sand panels. From there Marc will cover different matches, along with inlay and edge treatments.

Making Doors & Drawers the Festool Way with Brian Sedgeley

10/17 - 10/18

In this class, students will learn the tools and techniques necessary to build and install shop-quality doors and drawers. Each student will build, a Shaker flat panel door, a five piece beaded mitered door and a cope and stick with raised panel door. Drawer box applications will focus on both blind and through-tenon construction.

By Hand & Eye: Design with George Walker

10/17 - 10/18

This fun-filled workshop will change the way you see and build furniture, with a focus on simple exercises that will awaken your inner eye. Students are encouraged to bring along an idea for a project and can expect to leave with a design ready to build.

Make a Carved Oak Box: 17th Century Style with Peter Follansbee

10/19 - 10/23

This class explores the work of 17th century joinery; with the focus on a carved box typical of that period. Peter will demonstrate the layout and execution of various designs used in the low-relief carving found on period pieces. The box features rabbet joints secured by rived oak pegs and glue. The lid is fixed with a wooden pintle hinge and hand wrought nails.

Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek (Oct.)

10/19 - 10/23

This is a five-day, hands-on finishing class, designed to help you understand what finishing schedule is best for you. Your goal is to learn what it takes to create that beautiful finish you've been looking for on your projects.

From Wood to Life: Carving the Human Face with Jeff Phares

10/19 - 10/23

The objective of the class is to learn how to carve eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and other facial features. In addition, students will be instructed on how to block-in a face and determine proportions. This workshop will be a great opportunity for beginners to learn something new and accomplished carvers to hone their skills and address any difficulties that may arise with carving the face.

Getting the Most From Your Scroll Saw with Marc Berner

10/24 - 10/25

The scroll saw is the most overlooked and underrated tool in the shop. In this two-day workshop, Marc will discuss the types of saws available today and their features, how to tune them up, how to make jigs and fixtures, and what accessories work best.

Husband & Wife Woodturning with Alan & Mary Lacer

10/24 - 10/25

Looking for that great romantic weekend getaway with your significant other? If so, experience the joy of working together to create fun projects at the lathe.Each husband and wife team will work together to make a minimum of four of the following projects: screwdriver, spurtle, weed pot, door stop, ice cream scoop handle, basting brush, perfume pen or a Christmas tree ornament.

Advancing Your Skills with Shellac & Lacquer with Mitch Kohanek

10/24 - 10/25

If you have decided that shellac and/or lacquer might be your finishing choice, Mitch will show you how to get the most out of what these coatings have to offer. You will work with fast evaporating dyes, stains, glazes and toners to achieve beautiful results.

Making a Comfy Garden Chair with Michael Fortune

10/24 - 10/30

This is a very comfortable chair equally at home inside or outdoors in a Florida sun room. It is easy to get in and out of and perfect for a nap or reading. Lamination techniques, pattern making, jig construction and simple joinery will be demonstrated throughout the week which will show ways to make this chair infinitely reproducible.

Woodturning with Alan Lacer (Oct)

10/26 - 10/30

This class includes something for everyone, whether a new turner or someone wishing to build and improve upon their woodturning foundation. Alan covers the basics of spindle turning, bowl turning, and how to execute a fine-fitting, lidded box. And there's plenty of time for hands on practice!

Joinery with Marc Adams (Oct)

10/26 - 10/30

No matter what your skill level, this class will change the way you approach all of your projects. Students gain confidence and learn that if they can lay it out accurately and cut to the line, any joint is possible. By the end of the week, you will be a joinery wizard!