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Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America

Our 23rd Season Marches On!

We are thrilled to present our 23rd season of classes with a solid tradition of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our latest season promises to bring you an inspiring line-up of hands-on woodworking classes and workshops, taught by the very best woodworkers the world has to offer, in the best equipped facilities available anywhere in North America.

Steve LattaJonathan BensonAlf Sharp

We close out the month of July with another week of stimulating instruction and hands-on time with 3 more world-class instructors. In our front bench room and machine room, Steve Latta returns for week two of “Apprenticeship: Furniture in the Classic Tradition, Part II”. This week, his students will put some of the new skills they learned during the first week to the test as they proceed with the construction phase of their apprenticeship. Because each student is pursuing their own unique project, it makes for an exciting shop experience, with lots to see, share and learn.

Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room we have Veneering: Start to Finish with Jonathan Benson. This goal for this class is to take the mystery out of veneering to allow beginners to create beautiful matched patterns and elegant designs immediately. Jonathan’s students will create a basic book match before progressing through four-, eight-, and twelve-way matches while learning how to inlay these patterns into other veneers. Several methods for cutting, joining, pressing, and finishing veneers will be presented, as well as the process of hammer veneering with PVA glue. Class participants will leave with the expertise and confidence to take veneering to the next level on their own when they return home!

Finally, in our back bench and machine rooms, Alf Sharp returns to MASW to lead “Make a Chippendale Dining Chair”. In this class, students will learn how to fashion angled joinery and match joinery to curved surfaces. The splat will offer a nice opportunity to hone your scroll saw skills. Most of the work will be done in the traditional manner using hand tools - including becoming closer friends with the spokeshave! Once Alf has shown a few simple tricks and general principles, everyone will leave with a very elegant and useful heirloom. Best of all, Alf’s students will know that making a chair need not be intimidating!

Just a “typical” week here at Marc Adams School of Woodworking!


Craftsman May Be Lying To You

By Scott Grove

The last time Scott Grove taught at the school, he shared this presentation, prepared for the TEDxFlour City Talks, during our Tuesday Night slide shows. In it, Scott addresses the rise of technologically driven production methods and its relation to our definition of traditional, hands-on craftmanship. Ultimately, he asks us to consider just what hand-made means in the 21st century and how do we communicate that our customers. It generated lots of discussion that week and we felt it important to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

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Masters

Masters

MASW has an incredibly strong teacher base which gives our program diversity and depth. Students that pursue our Master's designation are assured of receiving a well rounded education by teachers that make their living as Master woodworkers. Read More

Fellowship

Fellowship

The Michael Fortune Fellowship program picks up where the Master's program leaves off and is open to all who have completed their Masters designation. This program leads the student towards a profession or a passionate avocation as a respected woodworker. Read More

Wood Turning

Wood Turning

Working closely with program director Alan Lacer, MASW has created this unique opportunity for wood turners to challenge yourselves and broaden your woodturning skills while exploring a the wide array of different techniques that is woodturning. Read More

Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops

Super weekend specials are designed to give you an opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the masters in the field of woodworking. Classes are scheduled just Saturday or Sunday or both Saturday and Sunday. Read More