Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 24th Season Marches On!
We are thrilled to kick off our 24rd season; providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our new 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.
We continue the month of July with three more expert instructors at the workbench. In our front bench room and machine shop, is "Small Cabinet: Big on Details with Mike Pekovich." Students in Mike's class will explore the finer points of cabinetmaking, with lessons in case, door and drawer construction (to name a few) while they build an elegant wall cabinet. The focus of the week will be on combining machine and handwork with classic construction techniques to produce work of the highest quality in the most efficient manner. Mike's students will leave with a great foundation for building casework of any size or style!
Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room, we are pleased to welcome back Christopher White with "Flow: Creating Maximum Movement in Wood." Participants will learn to carve using simple principles of movement which, when repeatedly applied, produce dynamic sculpture imbued with a sense of movement. By the end of the week, students will turn a piece of wood or a turned vessel into a polished fluid form sculpture. In addition, participants will also learn how to bring out the full potential of a piece of wood by finding, simplifying, and refining the inherent lines, planes and forms found in naturally occurring wood.
Finally, in our back bench and machine room, Chris Gochnour is set up for "Handtool Skills: Make an Enfield Shaker Cabinet." Chris's class will spend the next five days making a great woodworking project for those who want to improve a wide range of hand joinery skills while making this American classic. Students will use sliding dovetails for the shelves and through dovetails for the top of the cabinet. The back is made from tongue and groove bead board planks, and the face frame and door employ mortise and tenon joinery. They'll even get the chance to make cornice molding using traditional molding planes. By the end of the class, their hand tool skills will be enhanced and they will have a useful and well proportioned cabinet to take home and show off their newly learned skills.
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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